The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Research Group aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars and students at the University of Alberta who are interested in the critical study of social, cultural, historical, religious and political themes related to the Middle East, Islam, and Muslim communities. The primary goals include raising awareness of the importance of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies within the Faculty of Arts and the University of Alberta, creating more opportunities for students to learn about MEIS, mobilizing our resources within the Faculty of Arts and the communities, and establishing more regular ties and involvement between the University and the communities.

MEIS fosters an intellectual community on campus that applies a critical lens to the teaching and the study of related scholarship. We encourage the free flow of ideas, debates and research projects among this community. We hope this will promote a deeper understanding of pertinent issues regarding the history, culture and civilization, arts and literature, and domestic and international politics of the Middle East and the wider Islamic world through a multi-disciplinary perspective.

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The 3rd MEIS Monthly Meetings

Echoes of Resilience: Stories and Poetry from Conflict Regions When:  Tuesday, February 27, 2024 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (MST) Where: Zoom Webinar Read More

The MEIS Monthly Meetings 2

Dr. Zohreh BayatRizi, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, U of Alberta Reyhaneh Javadi, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology, U of Alberta Documentary: “From Palace to Prison: The Trials of Sociology in Iran” Read More

The MEIS Meeting

Featuring Professor Michael Frishkopf Dr. Gabriel Ojakovo Live Music Performance by Kian Moradi When: Tuesday November 28, 4:00-6:00 PM Where: Tory Building 12-15 Read More