MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Summer Study Programs

To post a summer 2014 program (fee-based service) please complete the form found here. Questions may be directed to Mark Lowder at

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Date/Location Summer Program
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June 2-26, 2014

July 2-July 23, 2014

Al Akhawayn University - Summer 2014 in Morocco April 30, 2014
Various Start Dates Arabeya Summer and Winter Programs in Arabic  
June 2-July 18, 2014 (see listing for dates for various offerings) Arizona State University, Critical Languages Institute Priority & Scholarship Deadline: January 31, 2013; Final Deadline: May 23, 2014
Three sessions:
May 25-June 19
June 22-Aug. 7
Aug. 10-28
The Center for International Learning: Oman Summer Arabic Bonanza  
June 2-30, 2014 The Field School for Social Innovation - Field School in Turkey December 2, 2013
June 2-August 1, 2014 Indiana University Summer Language Workshop Priority application deadline: February 1, 2014
May 19-June 24, 2014 International Institute of Islamic Thought - 2014 Summer Students Program April 15, 2014
Various dates Middlebury Language Schools, School of Hebrew: 1. Hebrew for Lifelong Learners; 2. Seven-Week Intensive Immersion Program; 3. Hebrew MA Program Rolling basis.
June 16-August 8, 2014 Monterey Institute of International Studies - Summer Intensive Language Program in Arabic TBA
August 18-26, 2014 Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo: Intensive Summer School on "Perspectives on the Arab Uprisings: Democracy, Conflict and Protest May 31, 2014
June 1-26, 2014
August 3-28, 2014
August 31-September 25, 2014
Noor Majan Institute  
May 16-June 27, 2014 PCA-JUST Study Abroad Programs in Jordan Rolling admissions.
July 22-30, 2014 Ruhr University Bochum Summer School "Eurasian Religions in Contact" December 15, 2013
June 16-27, 2014 Simon Fraser University 2014 International Summer Programme May 30, 2014
May 19-June 26, 2014 Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program February 14, 2014
May 19-August 8, 2014 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Summer Research Lab in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies April 15, 2014
June 15-August 8, 2014 University of Virginia Summer Intensive Language Program in Arabic Applications go live in early January.
June 15-August 8, 2014 University of Virginia Summer Intensive Language Program in Hebrew Applications go live in early January.
June 14-August 9, 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute May 15, 2014 (rolling admissions); FLAS deadline: February 15, 2014.

Al Akhawayn University

Arabic Language & North African Studies - Summer 2014 in Morocco

Al Akhawayn University invites applications for its Summer 2014 Arabic Language & North African Studies program in Morocco. Program components include: college credit, cultural and linguistic immersion, study of North African issues, community service-learning program, field trips, family homestay weekend. Learn a year of Arabic in 8 weeks or a semester in 4 weeks. Program dates are: June 2-26, 2014 (session 1) and/or July 2-23,, 2014 (session 2). Scholarships are available. The application deadline is April 30, 2014. For more information, contact: Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Hassan II Avenue, 53000 Ifrane, Morocco (Tel. +212-535-862-427/012; Fax. +212-535-862-977; email:;


Winter and Summer Arabic Programs

Arabeya Winter Program 2014 Starting Dates: 22 December 2013, 29 December 2013, 5 January 2014, 19 January 2014, 20 January 2014, 2 February 2014, 16 February 2014, 23 February 2014, 2 March 2014 , 9 March 2014, 23 March 2014, 6 April 2014 and 20 April 2014. We offer small group programs (2-5) in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) & Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA). Standard courses are four weeks long, but the course length may differ depending on your request (minimum two weeks). Two weeks (50 Hours) for 355 Euro; Three weeks (60 Hours) for 435 Euro; Four weeks (80 Hours) for 515 Euro. Each program includes: 1. Free airport shuttle, free placement test, free certificate. 2. Students choose between MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) and ECA (Egyptian Colloquial Arabic). For additional information, please visit:

Arabeya Summer Program 2014 Starting Dates: 13 April 2014, 27 April 2014, 11 May 2014, 25 May 2014, 8 June 2014, 15 June 2014, 22 June 2014, 29 June 2014, 6 July 2014, 13 July 2014, 20 July 2014, 3 August 2014, 17 August 2014, 24 August 2014, 31 August 2014, 7 September 2014, 14 September 2014, 5 October 2014 and 19 October 2014. We offer small group programs (2-5) in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) & Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA). Standard courses are four weeks long, but the course length may differ depending on your request (minimum two weeks). Our intensive rich and varied Arabic program, with interesting offers to Arabic learners of all levels, including absolute beginners, and with diverse interests. You have two options for Summer Program:

I - Summer Program with Accommodation: Two weeks (50 Hours) for 540 Euro; Three weeks (60 Hours) for 648 Euro; Four weeks (80 Hours) for 834 Euro. Each program includes: Accommodation (a bed in a double room at our school); Free airport shuttle, free placement test, free certificate. New program starts every week. Students choose between MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) and ECA (Egyptian Colloquial Arabic).

II - Summer Program without Accommodation: Two weeks (50 Hours) for 414 Euro; Three weeks (60 Hours) for 504 Euro; Four weeks (80 Hours) for 594 Euro. Each program includes: Free airport shuttle, free placement test, free certificate. New program starts every week. Students choose between MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) and ECA (Egyptian Colloquial Arabic). For additional information, please visit:

Online Course Learn Arabic LIVE with your own private native teacher anytime from anywhere. No pre requests. We accept students from zero level to high advanced level. We offer an affordable online Arabic Language course with the click of your computer mouse. Arabeya Arabic Language School can help you maximize your Arabic language competence - quickly, affordably, and in the privacy of your home. Free trial Lesson before you start your regular course - Simple to use online classroom - Save Time and Money - Start at anytime all over the year. You can choose to have: (5 Hours) for 65 USD (10 Hours) for 120 USD (15 Hours) for 170 USD (20 Hours) for 220 USD (50 Hours) for 520 USD (75 Hours) for 745 USD (100 Hours) for 970 USD For additional information, please visit:

Also you can join our Regular course:

Small Groups
One to One Arabic for Diplomats Arabic Journalism
Arabic Music Course
Islamic Courses
For more information about our school, teachers or courses please feel free to contact us directly on:

Arizona State University

Critical Languages Institute

The ASU Critical Languages Institute offers proficiency-oriented intensive instruction and study-abroad programs for 12 languages of the Middle East, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Elementary-level participants complete the equivalent of 2 semesters work in 7 weeks and then have the opportunity to solidify their skills in an integrated 4-week study-abroad program. Intermediate and Advanced students in selected languages spend the entire summer overseas in 8- to 10-week intensive programs. Tuition waivers and scholarships are available for all languages and all locations, and for graduate students, undergraduate students, and non-students alike.

Languages Offered: Albanian, Armenian, BCS, Hebrew, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek Study-Abroad Locations: Tirana, Yerevan, Sarajevo, Kiev, Kazan, St. Petersburg, Ankara, Samarqand Elementary

Program Dates: June 2 - July 18, 2014

Arizona Intensive Courses: July 22 - August 15, 2014

Optional Follow-On Study-Abroad Programs Intermediate/Advanced Study-Abroad Dates: June 23 -- August 15, 2014

Priority & Scholarship Deadline: January 31, 2014

Final Deadline: May 23, 2014

Details and Applications at

The Center for International Learning

Oman Summer Arabic Bonanza

The Center for International Learning is the longest-established and most popular Arabic program in the Sultanate. Our eight full-time faculty are native Omani instructors trained in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). Our intensive program offers more contact hours than any other: 6 hours of Arabic daily-- 30 hours per week, with daily 1:1 and 1:2 conversation hours. Our students live in Muscat, Oman's stunning capital, and we take them on planned weekend excursions such as Bedouin desert camping, the Giant Turtle Reserve, and into the mountains and wadis of interior villages. Session One: May 25 - June 19 (4 weeks) Session Two: June 22 - Aug 7 (6 weeks) Session Three: Aug 10 - 28 (3 weeks) Students can mix and match sessions for longer study. Instruction includes grammar, media, skills (reading, writing, listening), conversation, and Peer Facilitators (Omani language partners). We offer all proficiency levels, from Beginner to Advanced. Typical class size is 5-8 students. Accommodations are in fully-furnished shared flats in Muscat's bustling Al Khoud Souk neighborhood. Weekly private bus transportation is provided, as well as cultural activities, lectures and weekend trips. CIL's Arabic language programs are recognized by the U.S. State Department, U.K. and U.S. military agencies, the Omani government and many E.U. and U.S. universities as being of superior quality. CIL is the only Muscat-based program approved by the Omani Government to offer for-credit Arabic programs for foreign university students. For more information, see our website: and Facebook page:

The Field School for Social Innovation

Field School in Turkey - June 2-30, 2014

The Field School for Social Innovation is an independent non-profit educational organization that specializes in experiential courses for learning ethnographic field research methods. The summer 2014 program will be in Turkey. The topic of focus will be social change and innovation. This is a traveling course during which students will practice field methods on a daily basis, in the context of learning about social innovation in Turkey. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Turkish culture, to learn and practice Turkish, and to gain valuable experience as field researchers. Interested student may also apply for July-August internships working with local social ventures in Turkey. For more information, please visit: Or write to us at: The application deadline for summer 2014 is December 1, 2013.

Indiana University

Summer Language Workshop

The Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (June 9 - August 1, 2014) is accepting applications for intensive study of Arabic (begins June 2), Persian, Tatar, Turkish, and Uzbek on the Bloomington campus.

The program features 20 contact hours weekly, twice-weekly language table, films, food tastings, and other culturally rich extracurricular programming. 

  • All participants pay in-state tuition
  • Students earn 6-10 credits
  • FLAS and ROTC Project GO funding available to qualified students in select languages — Priority deadline for funding is February 1, 2014. Funding requests received after this date will be reviewed contingent upon availability of remaining funds.

In 2014, the Workshop will also offer intensive language courses in Hindi-Urdu, Hungarian, Mongolian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, and Swahili.

See for more information and to apply.

Questions? Please contact ( or 812-855-2889).

International Institute of Islamic Thought

2014 Summer Students Program

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is pleased to announce its 2014 Summer Students Program, which will run for five weeks between Monday, May 19, and Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The program is designed for graduate students and exceptional senior undergraduates, majoring in the humanities or social science disciplines, and who have a particular interest in developing their knowledge and research skills in the core areas of Islamic studies such as methods in the study of Islam, the Qur'an, the Sunnah, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Islamic History and Civilization, and Contemporary Islamic Thought. The program also provides in-depth analysis and discussions -- in seminar format-- on subjects related to contemporary Islamic reform movements, Islamic banking and finance, faith-based entrepreneurship, Islam and science, and Islam in America. Summer Students Program is a residential program, taught by world-class fac ulty, drawn from top institutions in the US and around the world. During the course of the program, students would complete a total of 200 hours of directed research, instruction, and administrative work at the IIIT, and would receive a certificate of completion from the Institute. Shenandoah University has agreed to offer credit hours to students who are interested in transferring credits to their home institutions. Top performing students may qualify for a one-year, non-resident research fellowship with the IIIT that would allow them to continue their research, and to present papers at academic conferences throughout the year. Accommodation for out-of-area students will be provided by the IIIT at a local hotel on a shared basis. In addition, IIIT will pay each student a scholarship of $1,000 to cover their living and other expenses, which will be paid in two installments. Students should have their own health insurance coverage. IIIT does not provide health -- or any other form -- of insurance to students. The program will be held at IIIT office in Herndon, VA. Transportation to and from Herndon is each student's responsibility. The Institute will not cover transportation costs. The applicants should fill in the online application form and submit it with their updated C.V and a recent transcript no later than April 15, 2013. Official transcripts should be sent to the following address: Director of Research and Academic Programs International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) 500 Grove St., Suite 200 Herndon, VA 20170 For additional information please visit:

Middlebury Language Schools

School of Hebrew Hebrew Language Programs

Opened in the summer of 2008, the School of Hebrew combines a proven curriculum for Hebrew and an immersion-learning environment for which the Language Schools have been celebrated for nearly a century. All students sign the Language Pledge®. We offer three programs for the study of Hebrew.

Hebrew for Lifelong Learners - This three-week course combines a curriculum designed specifically for adult students in a rigorous immersion environment. Our focus on the spoken language encourages rapid mastery of modern Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. Program Dates: June 20-July 11, 2014. Program Highlights: Four levels of study are available and are determined by a placement test and the student's experience with Hebrew. Students and professors interact in the classrooms, dining halls, and during cocurricular activities. In the late afternoon and evening, students can attend lectures, performances, and films. Daily classroom instruction is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Students have the option to earn one unit of credit (three credit hours). Need-based grants available â?¢ More information at

Seven-Week Intensive Immersion Program - You will benefit from our rigorous approach to daily classroom instruction, leading to rapid gains in the four major skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Outside the classroom, you'll participate in organized in-language cocurricular activities -- including soccer, theater, story-telling, and film club -- each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency. Program Dates: June 27-August 15, 2014. Program Highlights: Five levels of study, with placement determined by testing and prior experience with Hebrew. Daily activities normally include four to five hours of classroom instruction, work in computer labs, reading and listening activities via lecturers, literature, plays, films, multi-media, and journalistic accounts. Three units of credit (nine credit-hours). Need-based grants available. More information at

Hebrew MA Program - Prospective and active teachers of Hebrew can combine cultural immersion with superb pedagogical training. Two tracks allow MA students to study for four summers at Middlebury's Vermont campus or to accelerate their training in two summers at Middlebury and two low-residency academic years. Program Dates: July 1- August 15. Program Highlights: Middlebury's legendary in-language instruction and cultural immersion at its Vermont campus. Unique, proven pedagogy for teachers of Hebrew. Two tracks to accommodate different timing and financial needs. Need-based grants. Teaching practicums at different educational levels (elementary/post-secondary; pre-school/elementary; formal/informal education). More information at Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Please contact Carrie Gracie at or 802.443.5484 for more information.

Monterey Institute of International Studies

Summer Intensive Language Program in Arabic

We offer intensive language instruction for participants with a variety of academic or non-academic goals. Whether you are planning to study or work abroad, or just wish to strengthen your skills so you can enroll in higher-level courses at your home institute, our intensive and custom language programs might be just what you are looking for. We offer summer language programs in 6 languages (, as well as customized one-on-one and small group language training programs in common and less-commonly taught languages ( These programs are open to anyone interested in language study and development of cross-cultural understanding.

Program Dates: 2014 dates TBA

Program Highlights: 

  • Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese
  • 8-week intensive program
  • Small class size (8-10 student average)
  • Graduate and  undergraduate credit earned
  • Elementary, intermediate, and advanced courses offered

in most languages

For more information please feel free to contact:

Monterey Institute of International Studies
Intensive and Custom Language Programs

Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo

Intensive Summer School - "Perspectives on the Arab Uprisings: Democracy, Conflict and Protest

We are very pleased and excited to inform you of the intensive summer school on "Perspectives on the Arab Uprisings: Democracy, Conflict and Protest" in Cairo at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute from 18 until 26 August 2014. The Summer School includes lectures and seminars in both the mornings and afternoons, which will be moderated by academic experts from the MENA region and Europe. The topics discussed include: regional and international dimensions, the security state, civil war and conflict, Islamism and ideologies, political party formation, elections and voting behaviour, socio-economic problems, transitional justice, youth activism, labour organisations and women's rights. In addition to these seminars, we will also organize roundtable sessions where a range of professional and academic experts will speak on topics such as the regional geopolitical context, street politics and representative democracy. This summer school provides an exciting learning opportunity that brings together professionals, students and academics, who will discuss the most salient problems facing countries in the Middle East and what possible (post)authoritarian avenues are open to the region. Costs: The fees for international students are 425 Euro, which covers all lectures and seminars, extra-curricular activities such as expert roundtables, coffee and tea. Accommodation and lunch are not included. We will provide participants with a list of affordable housing opportunities in the vicinity of the NVIC building where all seminars will be held. The fee for Egyptian citizen-residents is 850 Egyptian pounds. ECTS: All students will receive a certificate of attendance on the condition that they have participated in all the classes, taken part in a successful group presentation, and undertaken the ascribed course-preparation prior to class. In addition, for those students seeking credits, the course is valued at 5 ECTS. Students wishing to receive such credits should enquire with the exam board of their home university. For, accreditation and inclusion of the course in one's grade-lists is at the sole discretion of these boards. Students wishing to receive such credits are required to submit a Critical Review (2000 words) and an written essay (2500 words) in addition to the presentation, and course preparation they must undertake. The academic scholars Dr Vivienne Matthies-Boon, University of Amsterdam; Dr Andre Krouwel, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Dr Mazen Hassan, Cairo University; Dr Hisham Wahby, British University of Egypt; Dr Mustapha Kamel Al Sayid, American University of Cairo/Cairo University; Dr Hagag Ali, Cairo University. Application: You should register your interest for the Summer School by sending your application to This application should consist of a curriculum vitae, letter of motivation and an overview of your grades. The deadline for application is 31 May 2014. Schedule - please see the website:, but classes include themes such as regional perspectives, the security state, trauma and emotions, Islamist thought and practice, alternative thought and practice, democracy and transitional justice, gender, youth movements and media narratives.

Noor Majan Training Institute

One-month Intensive Courses in Arabic

The Arabic department at Noor Majan Institute offers regular one-month intensive courses for students from all over the world. We offer these courses for the Novice High through Advanced II levels. Two or more courses can be booked subsequently for ascending levels in which case all following courses will be offered at a reduced fee. During the intensive summer course students take four hours of Arabic per day that focus on a communicative approach. In the afternoons students will work extra hours with an Omani language partner or with a private tutor to improve their conversational skills or in order to concentrate on certain areas of interest such as literature, classical Arabic, Quran recitation or Omani dialect. In addition to this ambitious and Arabic-infused learning environment at the institute, Arabic-learning throughout the students' stay in Oman is further supported by their placement with Omani hosts (host families for female students, host students in dorms for male students) with Arabic as their first language where students will be encouraged and in fact be obliged to speak Arabic on a daily basis spontaneously in every-day situations and where they will gain first-hand insights into Omani culture which is among the less-well known in Middle Eastern cultures. During the summer we offer three courses: 1 June - 26 June 2014 3 August - 28 August 2014 31 August - 25 September 2014 NMTI has hosted the 2013 CLS summer program in Ibri and all our staff have several years experience coordinating programs and teaching Arabic for the US State Department, World Learning and the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center of Washington, DC. Al-Kitaab is used along with other textbooks and authentic materials, but other textbooks will be considered primarily for students who have not used al-Kitaab. For more information about term dates, prices, housing options and curriculum, see:

PCA-JUST Study Abroad Program in Jordan

Intensive Arabic Immersion Program/Middle East Studies Program
Irbid, Jordan May 16-June 27, 2014

1. Intensive Arabic Immersion Program: Modern Standard Arabic (MSA); accredited by Jordan University of Science and Technology; 8 or 9 credits;120-140 contact hours; instruction: 4-5 hours daily; 2-3 language levels; excursions include world wonder Petra, Dead Sea, Baptism Site, Greco-Roman Decapolis cities. The program is open to students (18 years or older) from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Europe. This program caters to students with all language proficiency levels and is designed with quality and affordability in mind. The program is based on full immersion and is taught by JUST's AFL instructors. We welcome American and Canadian university/college program affiliation and honor all types of scholarships, including Boren, Fulbright, and FLAS. Regular program fee is $3,750 & includes tuition, housing, excursions, and texts. Early-bird discounts of up to $500 are available. Some restrictions apply. Please check PCA's website (arabicABCa for full details, contact information, and an application form. Deadline: rolling admissions (seats limited)

2. Middle East Studies Program: Students enrolled in this program take choose two courses (3 credits each) and all students take a core course (2 credits). The program is designed for 8 semester credited and based on a 128 contact hours. The courses are especially geared to taking advantage of the Jordanian context. Courses have a minimum enrollment policy of six. Should a course enrollment fall short of this minimum, registered students will be asked to choose an alternative course. Courses are taught be expert instructors from Jordan University of Science and Technology and other universities in Jordan. Instruction in program courses will be in English. The program is open to students (18 years or older) from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Europe. Field trips and excursions are the same as those for our intensive Arabic program. Regular program fee is $3,750 & includes tuition, housing, excursions, and texts. Early-bird discounts of up to $500 are available. Some restrictions apply. Please check PCA's website ( for full details, contact information, and an application form. Deadline: rolling admissions (seats limited).

Rur University Bochum

Summer School: Eurasian Religions in Contact, July 22-30, 2014

Religion and its potential for creating or reducing conflicts have recently become the subject of increased medial, political and legal attention. Academic interest too has grown, especially in contacts between different religions. Recent collaborative research at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Dynamics in the History of Religions" (University of Bochum) combines material and systematic as well as historical and contemporary aspects. It links the perspective of religious semantics with that on social structures and focuses especially on relational aspects as constituents of religious formation. In such a framework, networks of cultural and religious traditions are interpreted as protracted processes of orientation and religious exchange. In July 2013, a first summer school on "Eurasian Religions in Contact" (ERiC) was held in Bochum with the aim of translating the research conducted by senior scholars into knowledge which benefits junior researchers. The ERiC Summer Schools offer advanced students of graduate standing working on related topics the opportunity to explore important theoretical and methodological questions for studying these contacts. The aims of ERiC are 1. Provide and assess exemplary case studies of intra- and interreligious encounters in Eurasia without limitations as to specific disciplines, timelines, and geographical frame; 2. Discuss current theoretical frameworks and critical approaches to the study of religious encounters from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. Young researchers will have the opportunity to present their own research and receive feedback from their peers and internationally renowned scholars. The University of Bochum offers a limited number of full scholarships to attend the summer school scheduled to take place in Bochum in July 2014. As part of this scholarship, we will cover your travel expenses and accommodation and provide a small stipend in Bochum. Interested applicants are encouraged to seek financial support from their home institutions. Applicants are requested to submit their applications online ( as well as the following documents: a description of current research project, cv and a statement explaining the motivation for applying and your expectation how you might benefit from the summer school, and the names and contact details of two referees. Referees must send their references directly to the summer school conveners, Anna Akasoy and Georgios Halkias at Applicants are responsible for a timely submission of the references. Deadline for applications: 15 December 2013.

Simon Fraser University

2014 International Summer Programme: Expressions of Diversity: An Introduction to Muslim Cultures

Expressions of Diversity: An Introduction to Muslim Cultures provides a window into the rich historical and contemporary diversities within Muslim societies and cultures.  Major international scholars will be brought together on the Vancouver campus of Simon Fraser University to provide instructional modules addressing various facets of the history, culture, and contemporary challenges of Muslims. In this stimulating environment, participants will be equipped with the resources and skills to understand the heritages, evolving experiences, contributions to world history, and contemporary relevance of Muslim peoples.

Now in its seventh year, the internationally renowned programme is co-sponsored by theCentre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at Simon Fraser University and the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.It will provide a critical-historical understanding of Muslims within larger frameworks that recognise the importance of interdisciplinary and comparative approaches across regions, without reducing this understanding to issues solely related to the religion of Islam.

This year the second week will provide a balanced and informative introduction to mysticism and popular culture in Muslim contexts, with a particular concern for intellectual, social, and cultural interpretations.  While the public is exposed to Islamic fundamentalism on an almost daily basis, the critical importance of mystical interpretations within plural Muslim societies and cultures has been rarely discussed.  

The Programme is designed by academics in Muslim Studies as a comprehensive and unbiased introduction to the various facets of the heritage and contemporary experiences of Muslim peoples.  It will be of benefit to a range of individuals, including professionals from intermediate and higher education, government, business, medical, NGO, and other sectors. Instructional modules are taught in small classroom settings by internationally renowned experts and augmented by a range of cultural activities such as film screenings, concerts and tours.  The location of the Summer Programme at Simon Fraser University will provide the participants with the opportunity to experience Vancouver’s vibrant multi-ethnic atmosphere.

This Programme will be offered from Monday June 16 to Friday June 27, 2014, and is open to all participants over the age of eighteen. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded participants at the end of the Programme.

For further details and application forms, see:

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Scholarships to Study Arabic at SALAM: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program, Summer 2014

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2014 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program in the Sultanate of Oman. SQCC supports Arabic language study for U.S. students through its annual SALAM program. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture. Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in a degree seeking program (BA, MA or PhD) in spring 2014, and have completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework. Program dates: May 19-June 26, 2014 Location: Manah, Oman Cost: SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase international health and medical evacuation insurance, and arrange travel to and from Washington, D.C. and their home city. Classes: Held 8:00am-1:30pm Sunday to Thursday. Modern Standard Arabic-3 hours, media Arabic-1 hour, and the Omani dialect-1 hour. Outside of class: Students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures. Housing: Shared student housing, provided by the program. The program also provides: three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and laundry and gym facilities onsite. To submit an application, or for more information, please visit the SQCC website at

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Summer Research Lab in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the International and Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are pleased to announce a Summer Research Lab in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, to offer scholars an opportunity to utilize the Library’s extensive collection on the Middle East and Islam.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has the largest public university library and the second-largest university library in North America, with 13.3 million volumes, 135,389 serial titles, 645,398 e-books, more than 400 electronic databases, and 26 service locations. As of December, the Library had 56,395 books in Arabic and 3,599 Arabic serials. The Library has 30,341 books and 2,776 serials on Islamic studies. The Library also features the Sultan Qaboos Collection on Oman and Ibadi Islam, thanks to a grant from the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.

The Library has a strong collection of classical Islamic books and modern Arabic books from Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries and reference works written in Arabic, Persian, English, French and German, including bibliographies, dictionaries and encyclopedias. The collection has Arabic novels from every Arab country, especially Egypt and Lebanon, and carries novels written in minority languages such as Berber or Kurdish. In addition the Library has newspapers from 1890, such as Al-Mu'ayyad and Al-Ahram. The Library also houses Arabic manuscripts from Mauritania and a collection of Albert H. Lybyer Papers, 1876-1949.

The library has electronic databases, including:

Encyclopedia of Islam (Brill)

Oxford Islamic Studies

Encyclopedia Islamica

Encyclopedia Iranica

Brockelmann Online

Researchers are invited to conduct research at the University of Illinois any time from May 19 to August 8, 2014. The Summer Research Lab will include two full-day workshops:

“Ibadi Islam: History and Bibliography” (July 14) will be taught by University of Illinois professor Valerie Hoffman and Florida State University professor Adam Gaiser. This workshop will introduce scholars to the doctrines, terminology, history and major sources on Ibadi Islam, utilizing sources in the Sultan Qaboos Collection.

“The Arab Spring (al-Rabīʻ al-‘Arabī)” (July 16) will be taught by Laila Hussein Moustafa, University of Illinois Librarian for the Middle East and North Africa. This workshop will introduce scholars to Arabic sources on the Arab uprisings and will help them learn how to search and find books, articles and films on this topic.

Scholars at both workshops will be provided with lists of relevant sources. The University of Illinois Librarian for the Middle East and North Africa and the staff of the International and Area Studies Library will be available to assist scholars to find materials appropriate to their research.

The cost of registration for the Summer Research Lab is $50. Housing will be provided at a cost of $46 per night at Presby Hall, on the campus of the University of Illinois ( Breakfast will be provided free of charge during the workshops, and each workshop will conclude with a group dinner. Graduate students and others who do not have research funds from their home institution may apply for travel grants of $300 each and up to five nights of free housing.

For more information, contact Angela Williams at Click here for online registration form. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2014.


University of Virginia

Summer Language Institute - Summer Intensive Language Program in Arabic

The Arabic SLI attracts a diverse group of students who are interested in studying Arabic for a wide range of academic, professional and personal reasons. The teaching staff is made up of exceptionally dedicated, native-speaking instructors. The intimate environment and commitment of the faculty maximize opportunities for students to practice and refine their language skills, inside and outside the classroom. Participants earn the equivalent of two semesters (8 credits) of language study in an accelerated yet supported environment. Students can opt to take either level 1 (elementary) or level 2 (intermediate), depending on their existing level of proficiency. Upon completion of the SLI, students are well prepared to enter a rigorous university 2000-level course (after completing level 1) or a 3000-level course (after completing level 2).

Program Dates: June 15-August 8, 2014

Program Highlights:

  • 8-week intensive program
  • Small class size (10-15 student average)
  • 8 undergraduate credits earned
  • Elementary and intermediate courses offered
  • 1 hour/day instruction in Levantine colloquial for level 2 students

For more information or to apply, please visit Please direct questions to the SLI Coordinator, Caren Freeman (, or the main Arabic level 2 instructor, Bilal Maanaki, (

University of Virginia

Summer Language Institute - Summer Intensive Language Program in Hebrew

The Hebrew SLI's fast-paced program is unique in that participants enter the program with little to no prior knowledge of Hebrew and exit with an intermediate level of proficiency. Through hard work, a positive attitude, a willingness to take risks in learning, and the support of our top-notch faculty, participants master the equivalent of 2 years of Hebrew in just 8 weeks. The 12 credits you earn through SLI satisfies the language requirement at UVa and most other colleges and universities.

Program Dates: June 15-August 8, 2014

Program Highlights:

  • Small class size (10 student average)
  • 12 undergraduate credits earned
  • learn the equivalent of 2 years of college-level Hebrew in 8 weeks
  • co-curricular activities extend and reinforce classroom instruction
  • innovative assessment methods designed to alleviate test-taking anxiety
  • equal emphasis on linguistic and cultural literacy

For more information or to apply, please visit The SLI coordinator, Caren Freeman ( and Hebrew SLI Program Director, Zvi Giboa, ( are happy to answer your questions.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute

The UW-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII) is now accepting applications for Summer 2014. APTLII is an eight-week intensive summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Throughout the entire program students are required to communicate in their target language - in their shared living space on campus, at meals, and at co-curricular activities that combine to create a language immersion experience. Courses are offered at levels ranging from Beginner to Advanced (depending on sufficient enrollment), and provide two semesters of academic credit. Instruction is given in small groups taught by native speakers and experienced language teachers. Our intensive program include a minimum of 4.5 classroom contact hours daily Monday through Friday, along with a packed schedule of afternoon and evening activities and workshops. The total charge of $7,000 includes tuition, housing, and meals. Students are eligible to apply for Summer FLAS fellowships from UW-Madison Global Studies to cover the entire cost of the program - visit for details. For more information about APTLII, including student newsletters from past summers and the current application, visit our website at APTLII Deadline: May 15, 2014 (rolling admissions) FLAS Deadline: February 15, 2014


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