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The Middle East Institute
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Press Release (October 2014)

Title VI grant award for the Middle East Institute

The Middle East Institute has been awarded over $2 million in funding from the National Resource Centers (NRC) program and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The funds will be used over the course of the next four years to help fund Middle East Studies teaching and programming, as well as student fellowships the study of regional languages.

Funded under five programs authorized by Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, these grants are designed to help the United States enhance its leadership through global engagement and scholarship. Grants are awarded to institutions of higher education to establish and strengthen foreign language instruction, research in international studies, and community outreach and consultation. An important focus for this grant cycle will be collaboration with Minority-Serving Institutions, community colleges, and K-16 teacher training programs to enhance the understanding of the culture, history, politics, and economics of these regions. For the first time, the award requires that National Resource Centers like Columbia’s Middle East Institute take financial need into consideration when awarding fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students in language and area studies training programs.

For the Middle East Institute at Columbia, this is an opportunity to enhance our teaching and public programming, as well as entering into collaborations with long time partners such as Teachers College and new ones including Hunter College and La Guardia Community College.







Carbon Democracy provides a unique examination of the relationship between oil and democracy. Interweaving the history of energy, political analysis, and economic theory, Mitchell targets conventional wisdom regarding energy and governance. Emphasizing how oil and democracy have intermixed, he argues that while coal provided the impetus for mass democracy, the shift to oil drastically limited democratic possibility; above all, the ability to confront contemporary ecological crises.



For more than seven decades the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has raged on with no end in sight, and for much of that time, the United States has been involved as a mediator in the conflict. In Brokers of Deceit, Khalidi zeroes in on the United States's role as the purported impartial broker in this failed peace process.









Developing Writing Skills in Arabic is specifically designed for upper-intermediate to advanced students who need to write Arabic for personal, professional and academic purposes.




What does it mean to be human? Humanism has mostly considered this question from a Western perspective.Through a detailed examination of a vast literary tradition, Dabashi asks that question anew, from a non-European point of view. The World of Persian Literary Humanism presents the unfolding of a tradition as the creative and subversive subconscious of Islamic civilization.




The Impossible State argues that the "Islamic state," judged by any standard definition of what the modern state represents, is both impossible and inherently self-contradictory. Comparing the legal, political, moral, and constitutional histories of premodern Islam and Euro-America, Hallaq finds the adoption and practice of the modern state to be highly problematic for modern Muslims.







What does it mean to be a Muslim - in this world, in this deeply transformative time? Dabashi asks this seminal question anew in Being a Muslim in the World, in the context of what he proposes is a post-Western world where the "Islam and the West" binary is collapsing and where "the West," as a construct, no longer holds the same normative hegemony. Against the grain of more than two hundred years of colonialism and self-alienation, Islam remains not just a world religion but a worldly religion - one that has always been conscious of itself in successive imperial settings.




Oppressed in the Land, an anthology of fatwas (Islamic legal opinions), showcases diverse reflections by Muslims upon the political, social, and theological ramifications of living in places with non-Muslim governments. These documents represent the learned and influential views of some leading figures from the fourteenth through the twenty-first centuries, reflecting on experiences of Muslim communities in medieval  Christian Spain, British-controlled India, French colonial North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Bosnia, the United States, and Israel/Palestine.


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