Welcome to the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, one of the country’s oldest organized research centers for study of the Middle East and North Africa. Since 1957 we have furthered interdisciplinary understanding of the region through conferences, symposia, lectures, scholarly research, teacher workshops, partnerships with area schools and colleges, public programs, language training, and supporting graduate and undergraduate instruction.

Upcoming Events

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War on Culture/War on Memory: Ukraine, Bosnia and the Global Defense of Heritage

Friday, December 2, 2022
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Pacific Time)

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CNES Reception at MESA 2022

Saturday, December 3, 2022
8:30 PM
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

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Engaging Lived Religion: Jain, Buddhist, and Muslim Communities

Saturday, January 28, 2023
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Fowler Museum

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Center News

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Engaging Lived Religion: Jain, Buddhist, and Muslim Communities

This free K-12 Teacher Institute (Jan 28 and Feb 4, 2023) is designed for educators teaching grades 6-12 to learn about Jainism, Buddhism, and Islam through the lens of "Lived Religion". Register now! Space is limited to 25 teachers.


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In The Media

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Why so many Iranian immigrants live in California

The New York Times explores why Los Angeles is home to the world's largest Iranian community outside of Iran, featuring input from UCLA Sociology professor Kevan Harris.


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Alumni News

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Alumni reaches beyond academic careers with creativity

UCLA alumnus and receiver of two CNES fellowships William Geibel talks about the creative career opportunities available to area studies specialists beyond tenure track.


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Recent Podcasts

Averroës Lectures on Jewish Communities in Muslim Lands Lecture by Joshua Schreier (Vassar College)

A panel discussion with distinguished experts on Syria, Turkish Kurdistan, and indigenous land rights in Israel.

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