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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) is the only academic center in the United States focusing essentially on the Arab world--the region from Morocco to the Gulf. Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/1jtqkplqdOUjz0yc2

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Centering Refugee Voices - CCAS 03/13/2024

CCAS students created final projects using mediums from poetry and digital maps to lesson plans and research papers to highlight refugee voices. Take a look here!

Centering Refugee Voices - CCAS Students created final projects using mediums from poetry and digital maps to lesson plans and research papers to highlight refugee voices.

03/01/2024

This March at CCAS, we're hosting a series of critical discussions, from the Gulf Studies Symposium to a roundtable on Iran's influence in regional conflicts, and a book talk by Dr. Maya Mikdashi. Engage with experts and gain insights on pivotal geopolitical issues. Join us to stay at the forefront of global dialogues. For more details please visit: https://www.georgetown.edu/events/calendar/ccas/

Teaching during a time of war: Three faculty leaders reflect 02/28/2024

Professors Fida Adely, Jonathan Lincoln, and Nader Hashemi reflect on teaching during a time of war with Medium

CCAS Prof. Adely says "What has been perhaps most important for me as a faculty member is to support my students through solidarity" read it here:

Teaching during a time of war: Three faculty leaders reflect By Nader Hashemi, Jonathan Lincoln, and Fida Adely

CCAS Welcomes MESA - CCAS 02/21/2024

CCAS is proud to announce that The MESA: Middle East Studies Association NA, the leading professional membership association for scholars and students of the Middle East and North Africa, has relocated its DC headquarters to the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) in Georgetown University’s (GU) Walsh School of Foreign Service. Read more here:

CCAS Welcomes MESA - CCAS The Middle East Studies Association, the leading professional association for scholars and students of the MENA, has relocated its DC headquarters to CCAS.

From Ferguson to Gaza: How African Americans Bonded With Palestinian Activists 02/12/2024

Last week, MAAS alum Sandra Tamari spoke with the New York Times about solidarity between Palestinians and African Americans. See the article here!

From Ferguson to Gaza: How African Americans Bonded With Palestinian Activists The relationship became closer during protests over police brutality, but brings political risks, like straining the alliance between African Americans and Jews.

02/08/2024

CCAS in partnership with Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding are hosting Ilana Feldman for Humanitarian Danger and Palestinian Life in Gaza on 2/21. Attend virtually or in person. Register below!

Humanitarian Danger and Palestinian Life in Gaza - Georgetown University Event: This talk will explore the multiple forms of humanitarian danger that are confronting Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The massive humanitarian crisis caused by Israeli bombardment and siege of Gaza is a clear danger. The healthcare system has been decimated by attack, starvation is looming as...

FLAS Applications Open! - CCAS 01/31/2024

The Georgetown University National Resource Center on the Middle East and North Africa (NRC-MENA) is pleased to offer summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. FLAS summer Fellowships are available for Graduate and Undergraduate students of modern Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Deadline: March 13, 2024 The application is now live and can be found below. Thank you to the U.S. Department of Education for making these scholarships possible. https://ccas.georgetown.edu/2024/01/31/flas-applications-open/

Fellowship Amount:

Summer (Undergraduate and Graduate): $5,000 for tuition + $3,500 stipend

FLAS Applications Open! - CCAS Apply to FLAS Funding through Georgetown's National Resource Center on the Middle East and North Africa

01/09/2024

We are so excited to present an excellent lineup of events this spring semester! Please join us this Thursday, 1/11/24, for "Gaza and the Question of Genocide." On 1/18/24, we are hosting the 40th Anniversary screening of the groundbreaking documentary "Gaza Ghetto" with producer and current CCAS adjunct professor Joan Mandell. Send us a message with your email if you want to be added to our mailing list! https://www.georgetown.edu/events/calendar/ccas/

Politicians & media are fuelling attacks on US Palestinians 12/11/2023

Check out a new article by MAAS alumni Samar Saeed, "The shooting of Palestinian students in US: Politicians & the media are to blame for rising anti-Arab racism," in The New Arab.

The shooting of Palestinian students Tahseen Ahmad, Hisham Awartani, & Kinnan Abdalhamid in the US is not an isolated attack. Growing dehumanisation of Palestinians since October 7 has led to a rise in anti-Arab racism & violence, writes Samar Saeed.

Politicians & media are fuelling attacks on US Palestinians The shooting of Palestinian students Tahseen Ahmad, Hisham Awartani, & Kinnan Abdalhamid in the US is not an isolated attack. Growing dehumanisation of Palestinians since October 7 has led to a rise in anti-Arab racism & violence, writes Samar Saeed.

Israel Gaza War: a conversation with Amira Hass 12/06/2023

The Israeli war on Gaza continues to shock and disturb the world. Since October 7th, CCAS has hosted and co-hosted a number of events addressing the Hamas attack on Israel, the broader historical context for the intensified violence, and the extensive human rights violations being committed in Gaza. Over the next week, we will be posting videos of the events to recap the programming we have been doing.

In this special event, co-sponsored by CCAS, Democracy for the Arab World Now, and the MENA Forum, ACMCU hosts guest speaker and award winning Haaretz journalist Amira Hass to talk about the current situation in Gaza and what could be next in the ongoing military conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Israel Gaza War: a conversation with Amira Hass In this special event, co-sponsored by CCAS, Democracy for the Arab World Now, and the MENA Forum, ACMCU hosts guest speaker and award winning Haaretz journa...

Israel-Gaza War: A Conversation with Mouin Rabbani 12/05/2023

The Israeli war on Gaza continues to shock and disturb the world. Since October 7th, CCAS has hosted and co-hosted a number of events addressing the Hamas attack on Israel, the broader historical context for the intensified violence, and the extensive human rights violations being committed in Gaza. Over the next week, we will be posting videos of the events to recap the programming we have been doing.

ACMCU, The MENA Forum, Georgetown University Qatar, and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies CCAS hosted Co-editor of Jadaliyya Magazine Mouin Rabbani for a conversation on the state of the war between Israel and Hamas and its impact on the people of Gaza and the broader Jewish and Palestinian diaspora.

Israel-Gaza War: A Conversation with Mouin Rabbani On Saturday, October 7 Hamas militants launched the most devastating attack on Israel since the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. This attack elicited an Israeli respon...

Gaza and Decolonization: Human Rights are Not Enough 12/04/2023

The Israeli war on Gaza continues to shock and disturb the world. Since October 7th, CCAS has hosted and co-hosted a number of events addressing the Hamas attack on Israel, the broader historical context for the intensified violence, and the extensive human rights violations being committed in Gaza. Over the next week, we will be posting videos of the events to recap the programming we have been doing.

On 10/12, CCAS in partnership with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and Georgetown University in Qatar, and the MENA Forum hosted Escalation of War in Palestine and Israel. Dana El Kurd, Omar Shakir, Mouin Rabbani, and Khaled Elgindy discussed the immediate aftermath of the initial eruption of conflict.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPfxJllBuaM&list=PL-cVcOi-Env0inFtbvWR8jsD624hYqfqA&index=5

CCAS, Arabic and Islamic Studies, and Culture and Politics (CULP) at Georgetown University hosted renowned scholar Neve Gordon. Responding to claims that human rights have for too long dominated the imaginative space of emancipation, including in our personal experience in Israel/Palestine, Neve Gordon offers an alternative political framework, one based on a politics of care.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBSydWr6bOg&list=PL-cVcOi-Env0inFtbvWR8jsD624hYqfqA&index=5

Gaza and Decolonization: Human Rights are Not Enough CCAS, Arabic and Islamic Studies, and Culture and Politics (CULP) at Georgetown University are pleased to present an event with renowned scholar Neve Gordon....

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Decolonizing Sustainability: A Vital Path for Our Planet. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 11/30/2023

On Dec. 5th at 11am ET, The Earth Commons at Georgetown is hosting, Decolonizing Sustainability: A Vital Path for Our Planet. The event features CCAS professor Marwa Daoudy and MAAS alum Yasmeen El-Hasan. Check it out!

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Decolonizing Sustainability: A Vital Path for Our Planet. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Decolonizing Sustainability: A Vital Path for Our Planet. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

In Search of My Family’s Home in Pre-Nakba Palestine 11/29/2023

On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, CCAS Prof. Marwa Daoudy wrote a piece for New Lines Magazine.

On Twitter she said, "On , I wrote this essay as my homage to Gaza and its beautiful people. A story about forced displacement, land loss & the end of one's history - the story of all Palestinians. "

Read it here:

In Search of My Family’s Home in Pre-Nakba Palestine A scholar describes visiting the land her forebears inhabited for generations before they were driven into exile on the eve of Israel’s creation

11/28/2023

CCAS, in partnership with the American Druze Foundation (ADF) and the State of Qatar, is pleased to offer two fellowship opportunities for AY 2023-2024.
Now accepting applications. For more information, visit: https://ccas.georgetown.edu/resources/opportunities/

The American Druze Foundation Fellowship supports research on collective political and cultural identities in the Arab world with a primary concentration on Druze communities.
Application Deadline: January 5, 2024
https://ccas.georgetown.edu/resources/opportunities/american-druze-foundation-fellowship/

The Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship supports a recent Ph.D. working on the topics of U.S.-Arab relations, Arab studies, or Islamic studies.
Application Deadline: December 5, 2023
https://ccas.georgetown.edu/resources/opportunities/qatar-post-doctoral-fellowship/

Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship - CCAS Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship The Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship was established by a generous grant from the State of Qatar to the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The fellowship supports a recent Ph.D. working on the topic of U.S.-Arab relat...

11/15/2023

CCAS, in partnership with the American Druze Foundation (ADF) and the State of Qatar, is pleased to offer two fellowship opportunities for AY 2023-2024.
Now accepting applications. For more information, visit: https://ccas.georgetown.edu/resources/opportunities/

The American Druze Foundation Fellowship supports research on collective political and cultural identities in the Arab world with a primary concentration on Druze communities.
Application Deadline: December 12, 2022
https://ccas.georgetown.edu/resources/opportunities/american-druze-foundation-fellowship/

The Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship supports a recent Ph.D. working on the topics of U.S.-Arab relations, Arab studies, or Islamic studies.
Application Deadline: January 3, 2023
https://ccas.georgetown.edu/resources/opportunities/qatar-post-doctoral-fellowship/

Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship - CCAS Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship The Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship was established by a generous grant from the State of Qatar to the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The fellowship supports a recent Ph.D. working on the topic of U.S.-Arab relat...

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: MAAS Virtual Open House . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 10/30/2023

We are searching for our next class of future leaders! Tomorrow join us for a virtual open house to learn more about the MAAS program at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies on October 31 from 11am-12pm ET

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: MAAS Virtual Open House . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: MAAS Virtual Open House . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Escalation of War in Palestine and Israel 10/18/2023

Last week, CCAS held the event "Escalation of War in Palestine and Israel," Ft. Dana El Kurd, Omar Shakir, and Mouin Rabani. Moderated by Khaled Elgindy with CCAS director Fida Adely

View the recording here:

Escalation of War in Palestine and Israel On the morning of Oct. 7, Palestinians from Gaza undertook a surprise attack against Israeli military bases and communities just across the border from the b...

The Collective Punishment of Palestinians in Gaza - CCAS 10/17/2023

As part of the Wilson Center's ViewPoints Series, CCAS professor
Marwa Daoudy published, "The Collective Punishment of Palestinians in Gaza." Read it here:

The Collective Punishment of Palestinians in Gaza - CCAS The Collective Punishment of Palestinians in Gaza Marwa Daoudy Excerpt from the Wilson Center’s ViewPoint series. Source Link. The killing of more than 1300 Israelis—soldiers, innocent children and civilians—by Hamas shocked Israel and the world. Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem ch...

10/16/2023

Tomorrow at Noon in the ICC Auditorium | "Israel-Gaza War: A Conversation with Amira Hass" https://buff.ly/46M5OTr Center for Contemporary Arab Studies School of Foreign Service - Georgetown University

Escalation of War in Palestine and Israel - Georgetown University 10/10/2023

Join us on October 12, 2023 at 5pm ET on Zoom for, “Escalation of War in Palestine and Israel.” On the morning of Oct. 7, Palestinians from Gaza undertook a surprise attack against Israeli military bases, settlements and communities just across the border from the besieged Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007. The conflict is quickly escalating with thousands of casualties. This event will address the broader context for these recent events, and provide an analysis of the unfolding developments and their longer term implications. Featuring Omar Shakir, Mouin Rabani, Dana El Kurd, and moderated by Khaled Elgindy. Cohosted with: Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

Escalation of War in Palestine and Israel - Georgetown University On the morning of Oct. 7, Palestinians from Gaza undertook a surprise attack against Israeli military bases, settlements and communities just across the border from the besieged Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007. The conflict is quickly escalating with thousands of casu...

10/03/2023

What are the dangers of the deals the Biden administration is discussing with Saudi Arabia and Israel in pursuit of normalizing relations between the two countries?

This Thursday, hear what experts, including DAWN's Sarah Leah Whitson, have to say, in an in-person and online panel at Georgetown University, organized with the Center for International Policy, Forum on the Arms Trade and Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.

Details and registration: https://www.forumarmstrade.org/events.html

Sudan: Insights Into the Current Crisis - Georgetown University 09/21/2023

Join us tonight in person or online at 5pm for "Sudan: Insights Into the Current Crisis," with Nisrin El Amin, Elobaid Elobaid, Ahmed Kodouda, and Isma’il Kushkush with the African Studies Program (AfSP), Conflict Resolution Program, and Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. https://www.georgetown.edu/event/sudan-insights-into-the-current-crisis/

Interested in reading some background on the conflict in Sudan? Take a look at several pieces from tonight's speakers.

Sudan’s Generals Are Dragging the Country Toward Disaster
https://lnkd.in/eggu_EQU

Analysis | Recent protests in Sudan are much more than bread riots
https://lnkd.in/esZyyggJ

A Sudanese-American journalist recounts his experience fleeing Khartoum
https://lnkd.in/eH-AaaKi

Sudan: Insights Into the Current Crisis - Georgetown University CCAS in partnership with the African Studies Program (AfSP), Conflict Resolution Program, and Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security are hosting Sudan: Insights Into the Current Crisis. In April of 2023, fighting broke out in Sudan between the army and a powerful paramilitary group known...

Remembering Dr. Halim Barakat: Building on His Legacy 09/12/2023

Please join us for "Remembering Dr. Halim Barakat: Building on His Legacy," hosted by his family with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and The Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center This is taking place in person at Riggs Library in Healy Hall on Georgetown University's main campus. Directions to Riggs Library will be provided to RSVP'd guests. An opportunity to watch and listen virtually will be provided to those not in the Washington D.C. area.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remembering-dr-halim-barakat-building-on-his-legacy-tickets-717300203217?aff=oddtdtcreator

Dr. Barakat will be remembered by friends and family from around the world. There will be an opportunity for in-person guests to say a few words at the end of the program. A light reception will follow the memorial.

Remembering Dr. Halim Barakat: Building on His Legacy Come join us for an inspiring in-person event, Remembering Dr. Halim Barakat: Building on His Legacy, as we honor his memory and continue hi

Summer Teacher Institute 2023: A Pedagogical Paradise - CCAS 09/05/2023

CCAS’ Education Outreach program, led by Dr. Susan Douglass, hosted the Summer Teacher Institute 2023 The Long 19th Century in the Middle East and North Africa, and Its Global Impact from July 31 to August 4. Read about it here!

Summer Teacher Institute 2023: A Pedagogical Paradise - CCAS CCAS’ Education Outreach program, led by Dr. Susan Douglass, hosted the Summer Teacher Institute 2023 The Long 19th Century in the Middle East and North Africa, and Its Global Impact from July 31 to August 4. “The purpose of the Summer Teacher Institutes held over the past 20 years are to provid...

09/01/2023

Join women leaders from Sudan and global policymakers on Wednesday, September 6, for our virtual webinar, “Caught in the Crossfire: Sudanese Women’s Struggle for Peace.” Speakers will discuss the ongoing conflict in Sudan, the role of women leaders on the frontlines, and the way forward for advancing international action.

Sudanese American Physicians Association - SAPA | SIHA Network | Center for Contemporary Arab Studies | African Studies at Georgetown University

Click here to learn more and RSVP:
https://giwps.georgetown.edu/event/caught-in-the-crossfire-sudanese-womens-struggle-for-peace/

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