Hassan, Mahvash & Farzad Milani Scholarship for MESALC Students

Thanks to the generosity of the Hassan, Mahvash & Farzad Milani Charitable Trust, the Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures is offering a $4,000 scholarship during the Spring semester of 2015 to a graduate or undergraduate student majoring, minoring, or taking courses in the Department. The scholarship is open to both needs-based and merit-based recipients although preference will be given to those receiving financial aid. Eligible students must be enrolled full time. Please submit a resume and an essay summarizing your educational interest to Mr. Cameron Clayton at no later than December 10. The recipient will be informed no later than January 20.

Shea House Accepting Applications Oct. 17

UVA Set to Offer New, Semester-Long Study-Abroad Program in India

UVA Today interviews Geeta Patel and John Echeverri-Gent about new study abroad program in India. Click here to read the full article by Jane Kelly.

Her Voice Is Undying: Farzaneh Milani Remembers "Lioness of Iran"

UVA Today article covers Professor Milani's remembrance of the famous Iranian poet, Simin Behbahani, after her recent death. Click here to read more.

First International & Interdisciplinary Conference on Trust and Islamic Capital

Hosted by: The Center of Islamic Finance and the University of East London. Click here for more information.

UVA Today Features Jefferson Research by MESALC Faculty Scott Harrop

Let Freedom Ring: U.Va. Professor Rediscovers Sacred Story Behind Jefferson Statue. UVA Today article covers MESALC faculty Scott Harrop's Thomas Jefferson research. Story by Lauren Jones. Click here to read more!

UVA Today Features MESALC Summer Course "Recent Revolutions in the Islamic World"

Summer Session: Students Contemplate Islamic Uprisings as they Unfold. UVA Today article featuring MESALC instructor Scott Harrop and his summer course "Recent Revolutions in the Islamic World." Story by Lauren Jones. Click here to read more!

2014 MESALC Newsletter

The Spring 2014 edition of the MESALC newsletter is now available! Click the following link to view it:

May Course - HIST 3775: Americans in the Middle East


May 19-30, 2014 in Washington, DC
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to comb through government documents at the National Archives?  Perhaps you really want to know why the U.S. has been involved in wars in the Middle East?
This new Maymester course give you the chance to read the letters of spies, diplomats and even presidents at the Library of Congress and the National Archives.  We spend two weeks in Washington DC to study the many different people who have forged our country’s complex relationship with Middle Eastern peoples—for good and bad: missionaries, teachers, soldiers, spies, oil industry executives, and diplomats.  After reading some excellent published histories about their encounters in Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Palestine, Israel and Lebanon,we dive into the archives to learn the real story behind their motives, their successes, and their mistakes.
and contact Prof. Elizabeth F. Thompson in the history department:  

UVA Today Article features MESALC class with Hoda Barakat

UVA Today recently published an article about MESALC's first author-in-residence, Hoda Barakat. Professor Hanadi Al-Samman invited Hoda to be a special guest lecture for her class, ARAB 4559/8559: Love, War, and Exile in Hoda Barakat's Narrative. Click here to read the full article!