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Middle Eastern & North African Studies Program

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Stay up to date on the latest program news, and immerse yourself in the history, art, and culture of the Middle East and North Africa through MENA events.


Accessing the Divine Presence

For Professor Eren Tatari, surrendering to God requires heart and intellect.
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Newcomb Receives Bornstein Award for Faculty Scholarship

Professor Rachel Newcomb is recognized for her scholarly achievement, creative accomplishment, and help in bringing national prominence to Rollins.
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Fertile Soil for Anthropologists

Professor Rachel Newcomb has a deep personal and professional connection with Morocco.
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Rachel Newcomb Appointed to Maher Chair of Distinguished Teaching

Rachel Newcomb, associate professor of anthropology, has been appointed to the Diane and Michael Maher Chair of Distinguished Teaching.
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Promoting Religious Understanding

Rollins students assist mosque with its community outreach program.

Rollins and Fern Creek Elementary Recognized by Florida Campus Compact

Rollins College and Fern Creek Elementary School were recognized by the Florida Campus Compact (FL|CC) organization with the Campus-Community Partnership Award for producing measurable improvements in people's lives while enhancing higher education.

Past Events

Spring 2017

Hollywood Islam & Racialized Muslims
Usame Tunagur | Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Bush Auditorium
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Usame Tunagur, an award-winning filmmaker and an independent scholar, will be addressing the overarching images of Islam and the process of 'racialization' of Muslims. Examining the Orientalist imagination, this presentation will analyze how Hollywood films project Muslims as a homogenized group, born with essential qualities and a natural tendency towards terrorism.

Fall 2016

Accountability and Justice in Syria
Dr. Radwan Ziadeh | Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar 
Tuesday, September 19, 2016
All Spring 2016 Speakers

Accountability and Justice in Syria
Dr. Omar Safi
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
All Spring 2016 Speakers

Spring 2016

Is Turkey’s Democracy and Secularism in Danger?
Dr. Hakan Ozoglu
Thursday, February 11, 2016
All Spring 2016 Speakers

IRAN Nuclear Crisis
Dr. Houman Sadri
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
All Spring 2016 Speakers

Anti-Americanism in the Middle East: Causes & Implications
Dr. Gunes Tezcur
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
All Spring 2016 Speakers