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About CSME

The Indiana University Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME) is a Title VI National Resource Center funded by the Department of Education, which endeavors to promote scholarly and cultural understanding of the Middle East via outreach, financial and academic support, and campus events.


Located on the Bloomington campus, CSME supports the professionalization of the teaching of the main languages of  the Middle East and North Africa: Arabic, Hebrew, Kurdish, Persian, and Turkish.


We engage in collaborative activities with community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) through promoting the internationalization of the curriculum/courses by teaching students and training instructors. With the School of Education, we are participating in a state-wide plan to prepare and certify language teachers for grades K-12, as well as develop a K-12 global learning certificate.


IU has 103 Middle East studies faculty, representing sixteen Arts and Sciences departments, seven professional schools, and the IU Art Museum. IU’s library has  over 230,000 volumes relevant to Middle Eastern Studies (MES).


Due to the extraordinary current interest in our region, our faculty members are very active on the local, state, national, and international levels in outreach directed at the general public and media.