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Student Spotlight

Isra Hussain was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship.

Ariana Caraffa, Matt Sanborn, and Austin Bodetti were awarded BC's Mizna Fellowship

Stephen Choi was awarded a Boren Scholarship for his study-abroad year in China.

Brooke Loughrin was recently appointed the first ever U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. | Boston Globe article on Brooke.

Faculty Profiles

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Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom have traveled throughout the Middle East and Asia, authored or edited hundreds of scholarly articles and more than a dozen books—including seven jointly—and have accumulated an extensive catalogue of photographs of Islamic art and architecture.


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My Prison, My Home
Video from Front Row

Iranian-born Haleh Esfandiari tells the story of her 2006 arrest in Iran, imprisonment, and eventual release.

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Iran's Nuclear Challenge
Video from Front Row
David Menashri of Tel Aviv University discusses the Islamic revolution in Iran and the connections between ideology and Iran's foreign policy.

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Afghanistan on the Brink
Video from Front Row
Thomas Barfield of Boston University discusses Afghanistan's 2009 presidential election and the ensuing charges of balloting fraud.

The Miras Ensemble 

The Middle Eastern Ensemble at BC is dedicated to learning how to play music from cultures of the Middle East. The Ensemble has a YouTube Channel and a SoundCloud Playlist


Boston College is offering a new M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies.

Current Opportunities.

Check out our new pages for Career Resources, Academic Resources, and Faculty News

Take a look at the Afghanistan After 2014 project.

Check out our new Alumni page to follow the exciting careers of ICS graduates.

Stay informed! Visit the Events Calendar for upcoming events concerning MENA politics and culture.




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The ICS Program allowed Ryan Folio '12 to pursue his interest in freedom of expression in the Middle East.


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Al-Noor, Boston College's undergraduate Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies journal, aims to promote a discourse about the diverse opinions, myriad cultures, histories, and perspectives that comprise the Middle East.