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.

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Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran educates, connects Iranian diaspora

Cross-campus collaboration between UCLA and CSUN created the series in 2003 to host a variety of lectures on topics such as Iranian politics, culture and society.


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In The Media

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The art of belonging: Arab American artist Saj Issa explores identity, ritual and labor in new works

The UCLA graduate student combines Islamic art history with Western iconicism to speak to members of the Palestinian diaspora


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Alumni News

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UCLA alumna translates a masterful, important novel

Mariam Rahmani discusses translating vernacular fiction.


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Recent Podcasts

An intensive online workshop featuring leading authorities on the study of Arabic manuscripts.

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