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Center for the Study of the Middle East Panel
Welcome CSME
A Message from the Director
Photo of Director Ambassador Istrabadi

Welcome to the Indiana University Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME), a Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center. This is a particularly prestigious designation, conferred by the US Department of Education, and shared by CSME and only 14 other Middle East centers at universities across the United States. With some 100 members of the IUB faculty located in the College of Arts and Sciences and six professional schools, CSME promotes multi- and inter-disciplinary knowledge of the Middle East by supporting academic programs, scholarship, public outreach, and support for educators and students at all levels. The Middle East has long been a center of political, cultural, religious and linguistic fascination. It is of tremendous importance to the vital strategic interests of the U.S., and never more so than at this moment of unrest and turmoil across the region. Read More


Volunteers Needed!
CSME is currently looking for volunteers to help with our Activity and Calligraphy tables at Lotus Blossoms Bazaar, March 27 and 28. Please email, if interested.
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Contact CSME

Phone: (812) 855-4221

Fax: (812) 855-4600

Mail: 1105 E. Atwater

Bloomington, IN 47401

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 28, 10:00am - 2:00pm

"Family Day at the Lotus Blossoms Bazaar "

Activity Table and Calligraphy Table hosted by Center for the Study of the Middle East

Location: Binford Elementary School, 2300 East 2nd Street, Bloomington, IN 47401


Friday, April 10, 2 - 4pm

"Turkey's Quest for Influence in International Governance"

by Dr. Kemal Kirişc, TÜSİAD senior fellow and director at Brookings

Location: Maurer School of Law, room 122

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Saturday, April 11, 11am - 4pm

"Critical Area Studies in a Global Era"

Workshop for faculty and graduate student

Speakers: Kevin Martin, Aziza Khazoom, Kaya Sahin

Location: TBA


Wednesday, April 22, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

"Lunch and a Lecture"

CSME Visiting Scholar Kishimzhan speaks about her current research project.

Location: CSME Building 1105 E Atwater Ave., Bloomington, IN


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Spotlight Videos

"States of Palestine at the International Arena: A Discussion on Current Events in Palestine" - A Lecture by Dr. Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations


Jan. 20, 2015


"Negotiating in Civil Conflict: Constitutional Construction and Imperfect Bargaining in Iraq" - A lecture by Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi, University of Pittsburgh School of Law


Feb. 26, 2015





Congratulations to CSME affiliate faculty Dr. Jamsheed Choksy for being promoted to Distinguished Professor by Indiana University!

As noted in the press release: "The distinguished professorship recognizes faculty who have transformed their fields of study and received international recognition for their work... Choksy, a professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, is an authority of Iran, the Indian subcontinent, Zoroastrianism and Islam. His success in studying the Near East and South Asia stems from his unparalleled knowledge of primary language skills over more than 20 dialects."

Registration open for Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Global Change, School of Global and International Studies

Why Attend ICCI?

This unique institute facilitates the internationalization of your campus or unit, curriculum, and/or individual course, to better prepare students, faculty, and staff to be effective scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the 21st century. Program dates are May 17-20, 2015 (in Bloomington, Indiana).

Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2015

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