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We are thrilled to announce that the IMES minor has been revised beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year!

Congratulations to Prof. Amy Singer, a leading scholar of Ottoman history who will join the History faculty in Fall 2019! We look forward to welcoming her to Brandeis and the IMES program!

Welcome to our new UDR, Emily Sorkin Smith ('18), who will put on IMES events for students, be a liaison to perspective majors and minors, and serve as an important resource for students with concerns or suggestions.

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

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

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The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) program is an interdisciplinary program organized and taught by faculty in the Departments of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS), Politics, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Fine Arts, and African and Afro-American Studies. Designed to provide a strong foundation in Middle Eastern Studies with a specialized knowledge of Islam, the program provides unique opportunities to examine current geopolitical events and develop a deep understanding of religion, culture, and society in the Arab World, Turkey, Iran, and Israel.

With a solid training in language, history, political theory and praxis, and the ideals and practices of Islam, the program is especially appropriate for students wishing to pursue graduate work in the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies, and it provides a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue careers dealing directly or indirectly with the Middle East.

The IMES program is administered by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, which is home to a number of IMES faculty. Opportunities for study abroad and internships or fellowships in the Middle East are also available.

For a more detailed look at the IMES program, please review the university bulletin.