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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Six Awards in Islamic, Muslim, and Middle East Studies

Graduate students in the Faculty of Arts whose research projects are focused on socio-cultural, historical, religious, and/or political issues in Muslim contexts are encouraged to apply. Read More

The 4th MEIS Monthly Meeting

Mediating Feeling: Muslims, Gender, and Change in the Age of Social Media | Wednesday, March 27, 2024 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Tory Building, Room 14-28 Read More

The 3rd MEIS Monthly Meeting

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