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The Middle East Field

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Iraqi dinars

The Middle East is not only home to three of world's great faiths - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - but remains at the epicenter of much of the world's attention, whether it is the Iraq war, the Israeli-Palestine conflict, or a global thirst for oil.

Geographical and Chronological scope

Our faculty cover the Middle East from a wide range of perspectives and expertise. These include the archaeological past (modern day Turkey), the medieval expansion of Islam throughout the region and into Spain, and the modern Middle East.

Themes of study

Students address a variety of subjects of study, from participating and writing about archaeological finds, to the role of Islam in Spain, to the current Iraq war and the future of the Middle East.


The Middle East field is available at the MA, MS, and PhD levels, and also as a minor field at the PhD level.


Bradley Parker

Peter von Sivers

Peter Sluglett

Last Updated: 8/12/16