News and Announcements


Questions:  Dr. Charles Kennedy or Dr. Michaelle Browers, Directors Middle East & South Asia Studies

New Course for Spring 2016

ARB 260 – Classical/Medieval Arab-Islamic Civilization

Monday – Wednesday – Friday

11:00 – 11:50 am

Any questions please contact Dr. A. Z. Obiedat

Morocco 2016 Capture Fez, Morocco:  Arabic/French Language Study (all courses count toward MESA minor)

To learn more, contact:
Darlene May, Associated Professor of Arabic
(336) 758-5908


New Course Spring 2015

4 Spring 15 new MESA course CaptureThis course will investigate Turkey through a discussion of theoretical concepts such as modernity, and Europeanization.  Because of Turkey’s complex positioning in the Middle East and Europe, timely issues relevant to Turkey and to Muslims populations worldwide will be considered, including the complex relationship between veiling and female agency, secularism and Islam.



Muhammad's pictureMuhammad Siddiqui, a recent graduate and a Wake ForestFellow at the Office of the Dean of Wake Forest College, has been selected to present a research paper at the University of Bath’s Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa: Challenges and Opportunities Conference this coming November.

Muhammad attended the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) 8th. Summer Program where he was actively engaged in research work.  He was one of four students selected for outstanding performance and achievement and was offered a full year, non resident Research Fellowship at IIIT.

Muhammad’s research explores how The Islamic Republic of Iran has legalized donor compensation as part of its Living Unrelated Renal Donation (LURD) program, to deal with the country’s shortage of available kidneys.  He argues that, since the justification and implementation of such a system requires the whole gamut of secular and religious power, the proliferation of donor compensation in post-revolutionary Iran demonstrates that while interpretations of the Shari’ah are invoked to rationalize and validate state policy, it is not always the main driving force behind such decisions.  Muhammad’s hope is that, by exploring how Islamic jurists in Iran are able to reconcile Sharia-based ethical principles with contemporary notions of autonomy, beneficence and non-maleficence, policy debates on donor compensation can be enhanced through a dialogue between the Islamic and Western bio-ethical traditions.


Program Newsletter 

Each semester the program publishes a newsletter to keep students and faculty updated on important information, opportunities, and events related to the minor. Take a look at our most recent issue from this spring!

Fall 2015

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Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2011

Other News & Announcements 

Seven Students Receive Fulbright Grants

Faculty discuss faith, mental health in open forum

The abroad experience leaves a lasting mark

Trial and error while exploring a Middle Eastern city

Religion professor profiled by American Academy of Religion

Anthropology: Yasmin Bendaas

Secretary of State urges democracy in Cairo

OGB profile of Charles Wilkins

9-11 & Middle East Studies at WFU

OGB Profile of Fulbright Hijazi Isaili

Faculty Q & A: Browers on Egypt

Students in India

Students and ProfessorsTravel to India

Political Scientist Recieves NEH Grant

We Are Wake Forest: Oration from student Zahir Rahman

Feast of Sacrifice Celebrated

Faculty Q & A: Communication’s Anandra Mitra

Faculty Q & A: Anthropology’s Ellen Miller.

Faculty Q & A: Political Science’s Michaelle Browers.

Profile of one student’s experience in Fez.