Academic Resources

Arabic Forums

Online Arabic forums are a great way to improve one's Arabic, especially one's knowledge of a dialect. Forum users debate politics, economics, religion, family, music, television, and much, much more, and they often write the way they talk. Reading these forums can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. 

Yemen Forums

al-Majlis al-Yemeni


al-Jazeera Television Programs

Al-Jazeera has many television programs that can be watched on its website. Better still, al-Jazeera usually provides the transcripts for entire shows, allowing students to read along when the audio becomes too difficult. Here are just a few of the shows available. Under individual episodes, look for the tab entitled Nuss al-Halqa (نص الحلقة). 

From Washington

In Depth

Palestine Under the Microscope

The Opposite Direction

Today Interview

Without Bounds


Arabic Newspapers

al-Arabiya

al-Awsat

al-Balad

al-Jazeera

al-Quds

al-Wafd

BBC Arabic


Arabic Textbooks

201 Arabic Verbs

501 Arabic Verbs

Advanced Media Arabic

Anthology of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought from Pre-Islamic Times to the Present

Arabic Stories for Language Learners

al-Kitaab: Part One

al-Kitaab: Part Two

al-Kitaab: Part Three

Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic, The

Elementary Modern Standard Arabic: Volume I

Elementary Modern Standard Arabic: Volume II

Focus on Contemporary Arabic (Conversations with Native Speakers)

Media Arabic: A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News

Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader

Modern Standard Arabic Grammar: A Learner's Guide

Standard Arabic: An Advanced Course

Tales from Kalila wa Dimna: For Students of Arabic

Thinking Arabic Translation: A Course in Translation Method: Arabic to English 

Top 1,300 Words for Understanding Media Arabic, The

Using Arabic Synonyms

All of these resources are available online to members of the Boston College community through the Boston College Library.

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Comparative Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought

Blackwell Companion to the History of the Middle East

Blackwell Companion to the Qur’ān

Cambridge Companion to American Islam

Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy

Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology

Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture

Cambridge Companion to Muhammad

Cambridge Companion to Sufism

Cambridge History of Egypt

Cambridge History of Iran

Cambridge History of Islam

Cambridge History of Turkey

Tanzil (Standard Quran text with translation)

Christian-Muslim Relations

All of these resources are readily available online or to members of the Boston College community through the Boston College Library.

Encyclopaedia Iranica

Encyclopaedia of Islam (2nd edition)

Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE

Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an

Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World

Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

Encyclopedia of Modern Middle East and North Africa

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture

Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures

Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS)

IO Careers - Employment in international organizations

Middle East Institute

Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

American Enterprise Institute

American Islamic Congress

American Security Project

Aspen Institute

Atlantic Council

Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies (ACIPSS)

Bipartisan Policy Center

Brookings Institute

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Carter Center, The

CATO Institute

Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST)

Center for American Progress

Center for Asymmetric Warfare (CAW)

Center for Conflict and Peace Studies (Afghanistan)

Center for International Policy

Center for Naval Analyses

Center for Strategic Communication (CSC)

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Center for Terrorism Law (CTL)

Center on Terrorism and Irregular Warfare (CTIW), The

Centre for Studies in Islamism and Radicalisation Processes (CIR)

Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (HCSTPV)

Century Foundation

Chatam House

Committee on Homeland Security

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)

Council on Foreign Relations

Demos

East-West Center

Flashpoint Partners - Jihadist Intelligence

Foreign Policy Research Institute

Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)

Freedom House

German Marshall Fund of the United States

Global Terrorism Database (GTD)

Global Terrorism Research Project (GTRP)

GLORIA Center

Heritage Foundation

Hoover Institution

Hudson Institute

Institute for Defense Analyses

Institute for Policy Studies

Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

Institute for the Study of War

Institute for the Study of Violent Groups (ISVG)

IntelCenter

INTELWIRE

International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)

International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), The

International Institute for Strategic Studies

International Relations Center

Jamestown Foundation

National Democratic Institute

National Endowment for Democracy

New America Foundation

Open Society Foundations

Partners for Democratic Change

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Polaris

Project for the Research of Islamist Movements (PRISM)

Project on Violent Conflict (PVC)

Quilliam Foundation

RAND Corporation

Resources for the Future

Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

Search for Common Ground

SITE 

Society for Terrorism Research (STR)

Stimson Center

Terrorism and Political Violence Association (TAPVA)

TRAC: Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Wilson Center

Graduate Programs in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

As part of the Islamic Civilization and Societies Program’s efforts to help students find the right path after their undergraduate studies at Boston College, below you will find a diverse list of graduate programs in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, both here in the United States and abroad.

While Boston College undergraduates are highly encouraged to apply to the interdisciplinary Master of Arts program in Middle Eastern Studies at Boston College, there are many similar programs throughout the world.

The list below primarily consists of programs devoted to Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, but it also includes many programs located in various other departments. When considering graduate school, students should also consider applying to degree programs in religion, political science, international relations, public policy, sociology, or history, many of which offer concentrations in Islamic or Middle Eastern studies.

This is hardly an exhaustive list. You will notice, for example, that many of the schools offer several types of related MA degrees. This list is simply meant to help you get started.  

American Islamic College
Degree: MA, Islamic Studies

American University, Beirut
Degree: MA, Middle East Studies

American University, Cairo
Degree: MA, Middle East Studies

American University, School of International Service
Degree: Comparative Politics and Regional Studies

Arizona State University
Degree: MA/PhD, Religious Studies

Australian National University
Degree: MA/MPhil, Middle East and Central Asian Studies

Bayan Claremont
Degree: MA, Islamic Studies and Leadership, Islamic Education

Boston University
Degree: PhD, Graduate Program in Religion

Brandies University
Degree: MA/PhD, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Brown University
Degree: PhD, Religious Studies

City University of New York
Degree: MA, Middle Eastern Studies

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
Degree: MA, International Affairs

Columbia University
Degree: MA, Islamic Studies

Cornell University
Degree: PhD, Near Eastern Studies

Duke University
Degree: PhD, Graduate Program in Religion

Emory University
Degree: PhD, Islamic Civilizations Studies

Emory University
Degree: PhD, Religion

Florida International University
Degree: MA, Religious Studies

Florida State University
Degree: MA/PhD, Religious Studies

George Mason University
Degree: MA, Middle East and Islamic Studies

George Washington University
Degree: MA, Islamic Studies

George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs
Degree: MA, Middle East Studies

Georgetown University
Degree: MA, Arab Studies

Georgetown University
Degree: MA/PhD, Arabic and Islamic Studies

Graduate Theological Union
Degree: MA/PhD, Islamic Studies

Hartford Seminary
Degree: PhD, Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

Harvard University
Degree: MA/PhD, Middle East Studies

Harvard University
Degree: MA/PhD, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Harvard University
Degree: MA, Public Policy

Harvard University
Degree: PhD, Study of Religion

Indiana University
Degree: MA/PhD, Near Eastern Language and Cultures

Indiana University
Degree: MA/PhD, Religious Studies

John Hopkins University
Degree: MA, Middle East Studies

John Hopkins University
Degree: PhD, Near Eastern Studies

King’s College, London
Degree: MA, Middle Eastern Studies

Marburg University
Degree: MA, Islamic Studies

McGill University
Degree: MA/PhD, Islamic Studies

Middlebury College
Degree: MA, Arabic Studies

New York University
Degree: MA/PhD, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Northwestern University
Degree: PhD, Religious Studies

Ohio State University
Degree: MA/PhD, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Princeton University
Degree: MA/PhD, Near Eastern Studies

Princeton University
Degree: MA/PhD, Public Affairs

Princeton University
Degree: PhD, Religion

Rice University
Degree: MA/PhD, Religion

Rutgers University
Degree: MA, Religious Studies

Stanford University
Degree: PhD, Religious Studies

Syracuse University
Degree: MA/PhD, Graduate Program in Religion

Tel Aviv University
Degree: MA, Middle Eastern Studies

Temple University
Degree: MA/PhD, Religion

Tufts University, The Fletcher School
Degree: MA, Law and Diplomacy

UCLA
Degree: MA/PhD, Islamic Studies

University of Arizona
Degree: MA/PhD, Middle Eastern and North African Studies

University of California, Berkeley
Degree: MA/PhD, Near Eastern Studies

University of California, Davis
Degree: PhD, Study of Religion

University of California, Santa Barbara
Degree: MA/PhD, Religious Studies

University of Cambridge
Degree: MA/PhD, Middle Eastern Studies

University of Chicago
Degree: MA/PhD, Islamic Studies

University of Chicago
Degree: MA, Middle Eastern Studies

University of Chicago
Degree: MA/PhD, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

University of Chicago, Committee on International Relations
Degree: MA, International Relations

University of Colorado
Degree: MA, Religious Studies

University of Denver
Degree: MA/PhD, Religious Studies

University of Edinburgh
Degree: MA, Middle Eastern Studies

University of Florida
Degree: MA/PhD, Religious Studies

University of Georgia
Degree: MA/PhD, Religious Studies

University of Illinois
Degree: MA, Middle Eastern Studies

University of Iowa
Degree: MA/PhD, Religious Studies

University of Kansas
Degree: MA, Religious Studies

University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
Degree: MPhil/PhD, Near and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Michigan
Degree: MA, Arabic Studies

University of Michigan
Degree: PhD, Middle East Studies

University of North Carolina
Degree: PhD, Religious Studies

University of Notre Dame
Degree: PhD, Theology and Peace Studies

University of Ottawa
Degree: MA/PhD, Classics and Religious Studies

University of Oxford
Degree: MSc, Modern Middle Eastern Studies

University of Pennsylvania
Degree: MA/PhD, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

University of Pennsylvania
Degree: PhD, Religious Studies

University of Southern California
Degree: PhD, Religious Studies

University of Texas
Degree: PhD, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

University of Toronto
Degree: MA/PhD, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

University of Toronto
Degree: MA/PhD, Study of Religion

University of Virginia
Degree: MA, Middle Eastern Studies

University of Virginia
Degree: MA/PhD, Religious Studies

University of Washington
Degree: MA, Middle East Studies

University of Washington
Degree: PhD, Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Vanderbilt University
Degree: MA/PhD, Religious Studies

Washington University in St. Louis
Degree: MA, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies

Yale University
Degree: MA/PhD, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Yale University
Degree: PhD, Religious Studies

Zaytuna College
Degree: MA, Islamic Texts