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Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University directs the nation’s only Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) program. Our rigorous Arabic language training and multidisciplinary approach draw on the expertise of an academically diverse faculty. CCAS also hosts a rich calendar of public events, a Title VI-supported outreach program for K-14 educators, and a growing multimedia and publications program.

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A New Year, and New Faces, at CCAS

A New Year, and New Faces, at CCAS

The offices and common areas of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies are once again abuzz with students, faculty and staff now that the 2007-08 academic year is in full swing. CCAS welcomes 31 new MAAS students this fall -- the largest-ever incoming class. This academic year also sees the return of Dr. Michael Hudson, Saif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies, to the CCAS directorship. CCAS has bid farewell to staff members and welcomed their replacements over the last two months. Dr. Laurie King-Irani stepped into the position of Multimedia and Publications Editor in August as Laila Shereen Sakr left Washington, DC to pursue an innovative graduate degree in multimedia theory and design at UC-Santa Cruz. Formerly an adjunct professor in the MAAS program, King-Irani holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Indiana University-Bloomington (2001). She is a former editor of Middle East Report, and has edited and produced web and print publications in Lebanon, Canada, and the United States. Ms. Hala Shah joined CCAS as Information Officer in September 2007 following Greg Kruzcek's departure for Lebanon, where he is pursuing graduate studies in International Relations at the American University of Beirut. Ms. Shah holds a BA in Journalism from New York University, with a Minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She previously served as the president and editor of Aftab Magazine ...
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CCAS Announces Appointment of Dr. Fida Adely as First Holder of the Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies

Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) has announced the appointment of Dr. Fida Adely as the first holder of the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies. Starting this fall, Dr. Adely will teach courses on development, gender, and education in the Arab world as part of the Master of Arts in Arab Studies program. “This is a most welcome addition to our capabilities in Arab studies,” said Dr. Michael Hudson, Saif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies and director of CCAS. “It gives the opportunity to our faculty and students to confront the myriad challenges facing Arab societies in these turbulent times.” The Maksoud Chair, established by CCAS in honor of Ambassador Clovis Maksoud and his late wife Dr. Hala Salaam Maksoud to strengthen research and teaching in the areas of social and economic development in the Arab world, will contribute to research and teaching in the broad area of Arab social and economic development, including issues of education, governance and gender. Fida Adely comes to Georgetown with significant expertise in the field of development and gender in the Arab world. She was the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships to study gender and education in Jordan, where her research examined the role of state schools in processes of contemporary social change. She received her PhD in comparative education and anthropology from ...
Making Hummos bi Tahini in School

Making Hummos bi Tahini in School

Hummos is the word for chick peas in Arabic. Hummos bi Tahini means chick peas with tahini. Tahini is sesame seeds ground up into a paste; it is available at Middle Eastern food stores and at many supermarkets. Be sure to mix tahini well before adding, as the solids in it tend to settle to the bottom of the jar if it is not used often. What you will need: Utensils one can opener one large bowl one large spoon one rubber spatula ¼ cup measure ½ teaspoon measure ¼ teaspoon measure knife to cut lemon in half lemon juicer 3 sandwich size zipper-locking plastic bags one shallow dish or smaller bowl in which to serve the Hummos Ingredients one can (15.5 ozs.) chick peas ¼ cup water one medium size lemon (about ¼ cup juice) ¾ teaspoon salt ¼ cup tahini paprika for garnishing 3 loaves Arabic bread, cut up (to scoop the Hummos) How to Make Hummos bi Tahini: 1. Open the can of chick peas. 2. Drain can of the liquid inside. 3. Remove 9 whole chick peas and set aside (for garnishing later). 4. Divide the remaining chick peas into 3 portions and place each portion in a sandwich size zipper-locking plastic bag. Zip each bag closed (make sure there is no air left). 5. Mash the peas in the bag ...
Inaugural Year of Interfaith Arts Festival

Inaugural Year of Interfaith Arts Festival

April 17-21, 2007 the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies joined other campus groups to launch the inaugural year of the Children of Abraham Interfaith Arts Festival. Co-sponsors included the Program in Performing Arts, Program for Jewish Civilization, Berkely Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Campus Ministry, Center for Meditation & Inter-Religious Dialogue, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and Lauinger Library. The week-long series of events was made possible by a generous donation from the Ammerman family in honor of Father Royden B. Davis, S.J. and his pursuit of a more peaceful world through the arts. Each annual celebration aims to bring together performances and artists whose work manifests the cultural and spiritual traditions of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities to create an environment of understanding and peace. This year’s performances included a wide range of traditional and contemporary theater, music, community art and dance. The inaugural celebration boasted a group of prominent artists from a diverse range of cultural traditions. Acclaimed Arab performers included Simon Shaheen and his band Qantara and Palestinian poet Naomi Shihab Nye. As a prelude to his performance, Simon Shaheen led an interactive question and answer session demonstrating the intricacies of the ‘oud, and the way in which he manipulates its sound to fuse them with other musical styles he incorporates into his compositions. Award-winning poet and children’s author Naomi ...
Islamist Politics: Contemporary Trajectories in the Arab World

Islamist Politics: Contemporary Trajectories in the Arab World

This year's annual symposium brings together a group of distinguished scholars and specialists from the Middle East, Europe and the United States to explore different dimensions of Islamist politics. Islamist parties and groups have become the most popular political and social movements in the Arab World. But despite the media attention and policy focus on radical and violent groups, the most popular and influential Islamist movements in the region have received relatively less attention. From Morocco to Iraq and beyond, these groups have had the greatest impact on the region‰Ûªs politics and are likely to have the greatest influence on its future. This two day symposium will explore different dimensions of Islamist politics in the Arab world and the wider Middle East. Panels will explore subjects such as the development of Islamist political thought; social welfare provision, social networks and Islamist politics; Islamist groups as political opposition; Islamist participation in elections and parliaments; the convergence of national liberation and Islamist movements; Islamists in power and the West‰Ûªs historical and contemporary relationship with Islamist groups. Please join the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University for what promises to be a fascinating two-day symposium on a timely and important subject. RSVP for Day 1 and/or Day 2. Links to audio transcripts of the symposium can be found at the bottom of this page. March 22, ...