The Center for Contemporary Arab studies offers a Certificate of Arab Studies at both the graduate and undergraduate level. As part of the undergraduate certificate program, students write a capstone research paper in conjunction with the class “Understanding the Arab World,” which was taught by CCAS Professor Danial Neep during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Majd Al Waheidi, a first-year MAAS student, was born in Gaza to a Bedouin family from Beersheva. Before joining MAAS, Majd worked in Gaza as a reporter for the New York Times. She shares some reflections on her life as a journalist.
Graduates of the MAAS program have distinguished themselves in many professional fields, including the media. We hear below from alums who work in the media—as journalists and producers—and on the media—as expert commentators, knowledge archivists, and scholars.
Freedom of expression briefly flourished in the early days of the Arab Spring—thanks in part to media technologies—but was swiftly followed by authoritarian crackdowns and a chilling effect on free speech. Now, for many affected by the ensuing wars and crises, these technologies provide lifelines to vital news and services.
Why the “Muslim Ban” is inimical to academic freedom and scholarly community, and what the Middle East Studies Association is doing about it.
The early protests of the Arab Spring appeared to be the first step on the path to democratic transformation, with mass media serving as both catalyst and revolutionary mouthpiece. Why, then, have we not seen more progression toward democracy in the Arab world?
2008 MAAS graduate Dena Takruri’s bold, digital reporting is challenging dominant narratives and reaching a new generation.
Each year, in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Conference, institutional members of its affiliate, the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC), hosts a workshop for educators and conference attendees.
Inspired by a seventh-century model, a new “souq” at CCAS brings together thinkers and scholars to discuss current regional events within their historical and global context.
Khalid Albaih (@khalidalbaih) is a Sudanese artist and political cartoonist born in Bucharest, Romania. Albaih is based in Doha, where he formerly served as Head of Public Art for Qatar Museums Authority. He currently lives and works in Denmark as the ICORN/PEN Artist in Residence for the city of Copenhagen.
Congratulations to Kelli Harris, CCAS Assistant Director of Academic Programs, who recently received the Distinguished Staff Award at the 2018 Graduate Student Awards ceremony!