The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) promotes research and scholarship on South Asia and the Middle East. CSAMES was designated a National Resource Center (Title VI) 2006-2010 by the US Department of Education for the study and teaching of the Middle East, enabling the Center to further strengthen its commitment to an academic inquiry into a region that is home to some of the world’s oldest religions and civilizations.
CSAMES works with more than a dozen departments and affiliated faculty of over 70 faculty members, who bring to the Center their expertise and diverse areas of interest. These members actively participate in lectures and events, including the annual Turkish Studies Symposium and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Lecture Series. Some of the disciplines that CSAMES faculty are associated with are contemporary and historical studies of South Asia and the Middle East, and inquiries into such topics as religious and social identities, cultural values, literary expression, urbanization, politics and gender. Courses recently developed in conjunction with these faculty include Muslim-Christian Interactions and Islam in East Africa.
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Academics (MA Program and Undergraduate Minors)
CSAMES administers the South Asian and Middle Eastern concentration of the MA in Asian Studies. The Center’s students specialize in either South Asian Studies or Middle Eastern studies. The program is offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; however, admissions, advising and evaluation of students’ progress are the responsibility of CSAMES. Apart from the Master’s program, CSAMES also offers interdisciplinary minors in both South Asia and Middle East. The structure of the minor provides students great flexibility, and possible areas of emphasis include language and literature, history and social sciences, art and architecture, and empires and religious studies.
The Center supports language studies through its affiliated faculty that teach Hindi, Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew and Turkish. Along with this, CSAMES also provides support for new library acquisitions in these languages, and new course development.