Welcome to CCAS

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is the only academic center in the United States focusing exclusively on the Arab world, and it has been doing so with distinction since 1975.

The Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary study of the region.

CCAS hosts a rich calendar of public lectures, film screenings, and cultural events.

CCAS provides workshops, curriculum support, and other resources on the MENA for K-14 educators.


Collage of three posters from the PPPA

Preserving a Genre Under Duress

An Arabic-translation assignment 30 years ago ignited a lifelong passion for MAAS alum Dan Walsh, now curator of the world’s largest archive of posters on Palestine.

International Organization for Migration fieldwork

New Findings Show Lack of Durable Solutions for Displaced Iraqis

CCAS Director Rochelle Davis and colleagues at the Institute for the Study of International Migration and IOM Iraq have published “Access to Durable Solutions: Three Years in Displacement,” with findings from an ongoing, multi-year study on displacement in Iraq.

gouache painting of veiled women holding slips of paper

Q&A with Artist Helen Zughaib

Artist Helen Zughaib, who spoke at CCAS last semester, shares her thoughts on the role of art in bridging cultures and documenting the Arab spring.

Artwork featuring a series of X-rays that evolves from a man pointing a gun to a gasoline pump

Saudi Arabia’s Artists of Change

MAAS alum Sean Foley writes for the CCAS Newsmagazine about the rise of the Saudi arts movement, the subject of his forthcoming book.

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ADF Fellowship Applications Now Open

Sponsored by the American Druze Foundation and housed at CCAS, the ADF Fellowship supports research on the Druze and Arab minorities with a concentration in the political, economic, and social history of the Druze.