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.


Hannah Beswick

Q&A with Hannah Beswick (MAAS ’14)

Hannah Beswick graduated from CCAS in 2014 with an M.A. in Arab Studies. She currently works as the Partnerships Development Specialist at the UN Women Liaison Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

picture of Washington Islamic Center

The Legacy of A. Joseph Howar

CCAS benefactor A. Joseph Howar was the catalyst behind the Washington Islamic Center, the first mosque in the nation’s capital. Read his remarkable story here.

Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh performs at the Kennedy Center

For the Love of Music

For more than twenty years, MAAS alum David Chambers has been using his Arabic language skills and experience in the entertainment industry to bring Arab musicians to Washington audiences.