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Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program events and news
Muslims and Christians in Dialogue at the Founding of Islam

Muslims and Christians in Dialogue at the Founding of Islam

Saturday, November 18 at 6:00 pm at the Guiding Light Islamic Center, 6500 Six Mile Ln, Louisville - Dr. Brad Bowman (History) and Dr. Greg Hutcheson (Classical and Modern Languages) explore moments of negotiation and dialogue between Muslims and Christians at the time of Islam’s founding and through the first century of its expansion. Contested is the notion that Islam and the West are enduringly and inescapably locked in a “clash of civilizations.”

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MEIS courses in spring 2018

This program offers an interdisciplinary study of Islam and the Middle East through coursework in anthropology, art history, history, humanities, Pan-African studies, political science, sociology, and Arabic language.

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Islamophobia and Race Symposium

Islamophobia and Race Symposium

Monday, March 27, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM Elaine Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

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Screening of "Disturbing the Peace"

Screening of "Disturbing the Peace"

Thursday, February 23, 2017 7:00 PM in Speed Art Museum Cinema

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Save The Date: Islamophobia and Race Symposium

Save The Date: Islamophobia and Race Symposium

A heads-up and hold-the-date! MEIS is holding a one-day symposium on Islamophobia and race on Monday, March 27, 2017. Topics include: racialization of the Muslim, origins of Islamophobia; the surveillance/security state and civil rights; intersection with race and the Black Lives Matter movement; organizations and funding; gender, race and empire; impact on the Muslim community, and community responses.

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Arabic Conversation Table

Arabic Conversation Table

A big "thank you" to our wonderful Fulbright scholar, Nariman Moustafa, for the great help she is offering our students at the Arabic Conversation Table!

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Arts & Sciences has Banner Year for Prestigious Scholars

Arts & Sciences has Banner Year for Prestigious Scholars

In May, 2016, The University of Louisville announced that 22 students and alumni – 16 from the College of Arts & Sciences – have earned some of the world’s most prestigious scholarships. The scholars will head to destinations throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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MEIS Students Win Academic Awards

MEIS Students Win Academic Awards

In Fall, 2015, three Middle East & Islamic studies students won academic awards that will allow them to continue their studies of Middle East & Islamic language and culture.

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MEIS Program Student, Joel Thomas, Mingles with Foreign Dignitaries

MEIS Program Student, Joel Thomas, Mingles with Foreign Dignitaries

Joel Thomas is a student member of the MEIS Program and intern with the Kentucky World Trade Center.

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