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Join us for a book talk with Shadi Hamid, author of Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World, on Thursday, October 13 from 12-2pm.

We hope you enjoyed the live oud performance with Nabil Ata!

Have questions about the program? Meet Program Chair, Nader Habibi, during his office hours on Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 pm or by appointment.

Learn about the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies undergraduate departmental representatives.

Current sophomores: Be sure to register as an IMES major with Professor Habibi this semester.


Brandeis offers students the unique opportunity to acquire a strong foundation in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies (IMES) in preparation for graduate work or jobs in the public sector and in various organizations with a focus on the modern Middle East.

The IMES program is administered by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, in conjunction with faculty in various departments. Students, therefore, have an unusual opportunity to experience the intersection of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, and to interact with faculty members representing a variety of disciplines and acquire critical language skills. 

To learn more about the variety of IMES courses of instruction, visit our page on the university bulletin.