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About CSME


The Indiana University Center for the Study of the Middle East endeavors to promote scholarly and cultural understanding of the Middle East via outreach, financial and academic support, and campus events.


CSME supports pursuits involving the understanding of our core Middle Eastern Languages, including Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. We frequently support IUB faculty and students who are committed to further exploring our core languages, and are involved in supporting the Turkish Flagship Program, and hope to contribute in developing an Arabic Flagship program at IUB soon. We are also attempting to expand language coverage to include Kurdish.


Furthermore, via our outreach program Alef Ba, we strive to promote the understanding of the Arabic language to local youths in the Bloomington community. Alef Ba is in its seventh year running and is sponsored through The Center for Global Change’s “Bridges: Children, Languages, World” project. Volunteers work with community partners to teach Arabic to K-8 students and to build a greater awareness of Middle Eastern and North African cultures in the local community.


CSME works with various faculty, staff, and students on grants and grant proposals. Additionally, CSME is involved with bringing various visiting scholars to Indiana University, in order to promote a scholarly understanding of the Middle East


Dozens of events are sponsored and co-sponsored by CSME throughout the academic school year. We are dedicated to providing the student body with forums in which the various political, religious, linguistic, and cultural issues surrounding the Middle East can be discussed, and will often bring scholars from the Middle East to IUB for a chance in which students have real and engaging interactions.


Stop by the Center for the Study of the Middle East on 1105 E Atwater Avenue and check out our various other projects that we are engaged in.