Resources for Students
From Morocco to Jordan, from Oman to Turkey, University of Denver students are more interested in working, studying and travelling in the Middle East than ever before in our school's history. We aim to encourage and support this student interest by providing relevant and timely resources.
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LIEBICH FAMILY FUND FOR MIDDLE EAST INTERNSHIP SUPPORT
Thanks to Don and Marcia Liebich's dedication to making a positive impact and improving their community and the world, a fund has been established to support Korbel MA student internships in the Middle East and North Africa.
Funding will go to students with an un- or under-funded internship or educational experience based in the region, and awards go up to $2,500.
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MACKENZIE AND WASSON ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS
Thanks to the MacKenzie and Wasson endowed scholarship funds, CMES offers two competitive scholarships annually for continuing graduate students at Korbel with a strong interest in issues related to Israel and Palestine. Korbel admissions will email all continuing students during the summer with more information, including an essay prompt.
GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP GRANT
As part of the RenewDU initiative, the Office of Graduate Education has funding available for Graduate International Internship Grants (GIG). These competitive grants are available to graduate students at the University of Denver who meet certain application criteria. Read more.
DU Undergraduate Courses on the Middle East (Winter 2021)
Course Number & Subject Course Name College Professor Schedule Type Course Day(s) Course Time(s) ARAB 2002 Intermediate Arabic CAHSS Maha Saliba Foster Combined/Hybrid Tues/Thurs 8:00-8:50 AM ARAB 3391 Arabic: Independent Study CAHSS ARAB 3702 Topics in Arabic: Effect of Corruption on the Lebanese Society CAHSS Maha Saliba Foster Asynchronous ARAB1002 Elementary Arabic CAHSS Maha Saliba Foster Combined/Hybrid Tues/Thurs; Mon/Wed 9:00 AM-9:50 AM ASEM 2697 Muslims and Identity in Europe Morgridge College Andrea Stanton In-Person Thurs 4:00-5:50 PM HIST 2105 The Dark Ages: Survey in Early Medieval History CAHSS Daniel Melleno Online Tues/Thurs 2:00-3:50 PM HIST 2300 A History of Israel-Palestine, 1800-Present CAHSS Jonathan Sciarcon In Person & Online In Person: Wed Online: Mon 10:00 AM-11:50 AM INTS 3215 Major Issues in International Security Josef Korbel School David Goldfischer Combined/Hybrid Thurs 10:00-11:50 AM INTZ 1810 Directed Independent Language Study: Arabic CAHSS Maha Saliba Foster In Person Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 9:00 AM-9:50 AM RLGS 3500 Religious Studies: Islam CAHSS Bridget Blomfield Online Tues/Thurs 10 AM-11:50 AM
DU Graduate Courses on the Middle East (Winter 2021)
Course Number/Subject Course Name College Professor Schedule Type Course Day(s) Course Time(s) RLGS 3500 Religious Studies: Islam CAHSS Bridget Blomfield Online Tues/Thurs 10 AM-11:50 AM INTS 4526 Modern Islamic Political Thought Josef Korbel School Nader Hashemi Online Wed 3:00-4:50 PM INTS 4649 Human Rights and the Middle East Josef Korbel School Micheline Ishay In-Person Tues 9:00-11:50 AM INTS 4722 U.S. Policy in the Middle East Since World War II Josef Korbel School Gary Grappo Online Wed 2:00-4:50 PM
Below you will find links to some of the best scholarly journals published on subjects relating to the history, politics and culture of the Middle East and broader Islamic world.
Note: Access to journal articles is available only when using the DU network. Library permissions will not be granted otherwise.
MIDDLE EAST POLITICS & POLICY
Middle East Policy
A journal dedicated to the study and analysis of contemporary Middle Eastern politics with a heavy emphasis on its relation to U.S. foreign policy. Strong current events focus.
The Middle East Journal
A journal focused on political and economic development in the Middle East and the implications for Western policy. Strong current events focused.
Middle East Research & Information Project (MERIP)
Policy and current event analysis geared towards the media and general public. Focused on non-specialist consumption and generating public awareness.
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY
British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Journal of the British Society of Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES). Strong emphasis on modern cultural, religious, intellectual, and political history.
International Journal of Middle East Studies
The journal of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Arguably the most prominent journal in the field. Heavy emphasis on cultural, religious, intellectual, and political history from the modern period.
Journal of North African Studies
The journal of the American Institute of Maghrib Studies. Primarily focused on the modern history of North Africa, frequently publishes pre-modern historical research.
Middle East Critique
Critical examination of contemporary Middle Eastern political, economic, social, and cultural history.
Middle Eastern Studies
Journal of modern historical research with an emphasis on political, economic, and military history.
Arab Studies Journal
Journal focusing on the modern histories of Arab societies.
Contemporary Arab Affairs
Focused on contemporary social, economic, and political/policy affairs within the Arab world.
Journal focused on the modern history of the Persianate world (Iran, Central Asia, Northern India, and the Caucuses), with particular emphasis on Iranian society and politics.
Focused primarily on contemporary Israeli politics and policy
Focused on post-Ottoman Turkish political, social, and economic history, in addition to contemporary policy debates.
The first step for any student interested in working overseas or domestically is to identify suitable employers. To help start that process, CMES has compiled an extensive--but by no means comprehensive--list of organizations that offer competitive internships, both throughout the academic year and in the summer. We hope you find it useful.
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MIDDLE EAST INTERNSHIPS IN WASHINGTON, DC
Graduate Certificate in Religion and International Affairs
The Graduate Certificate in Religion and International Affairs provides students pursuing MA degrees in the Department of Religious Studies (CAHSS) or the Josef Korbel School of International Studies with the opportunity to enhance their home program of study with specific expertise in the scholarly and professional field of religion and international affairs. This certificate program emphasizes scholarly and practitioner approaches to understanding the intersections between religion and international affairs in the modern world, providing students with an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary case studies as well as theoretical issues.
This certificate is open to students pursuing an MA Degree in Religious Studies (CAHSS), an MA Degree within the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and those enrolled in the DU/Iliff Joint Doctoral Program (JDP).
If you are interested in pursuing the certificate, please reach out to the degree directors.
Nader Hashemi – Director, Center for Middle East Studies | Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Andrea L. Stanton – Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Language Study Abroad
Hebrew and Israeli Culture Program, Hebrew University - Israel Intensive Hebrew Study Program (Ulpan), Ben Gurion University - Israel Brandeis University, Middlebury School of Hebrew - USA
Critical Language Scholarship Program - Tajikistan Arabic, Persian, & Turkish Language Institute, University of Wisconsin - USA
Korbel Trip to Israel & Palestine
The Center for Middle East Studies, in partnership with Mejdi Tours in Jerusalem and St. Norbert College, organizes an annual trip to Israel and the West Bank for graduate students. Due to COVID-19, we temporarily suspended the program in 2020 and plan to resume when it is safe to travel.
The context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one that often dominates news cycles, but this incredibly complex situation cannot be understood fully without a deep-dive into understanding the historical context of the area, and particularly the influence that religion has had on the people in the land. This program aims to provide the opportunity for an in-depth study of the history and culture of those living on one of the globe's most contested lands.
Spend two weeks meeting with NGO's, politicians, activists, community groups, artists, writers, university students, interfaith groups and more to better understand the work being done on the ground. Spend two nights in the home of a Palestinian family living in the West Bank. Travel with one of the most highly regarded and locally grown tour companies in the region, and hear from expert guides from multiple faith and ethnic backgrounds. This is an incredibly rich and substantive trip to the Holy Land.
- Must be a graduate-level student in the Josef Korbel School
- 4+1 students are eligible
- Students graduating in June are eligible to participate during the summer after graduation
- Completion of INTS 4649: Human Rights in the Middle East either for credit or for audit
- Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above
- Must be in good academic standing
- Must be a graduate-level student in the Josef Korbel School
The application has two parts:
- A 500 word statement about why you'd like to participate in this program, and how it will help your academic and professional endeavors
- A copy of your transcript (official or unofficial is acceptable)
- $200 application fee (Check made out to the University of Denver) due by the final application deadline and will be refunded in full if you aren't selected for the trip. This fee will be your first deposit towards the overall program fee.
E-mail materials to Gina Jannone with the subject "[last name] Israel-Palestine Application"
The cost of this trip will be partially funded thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor in order to ease the financial burden placed on students. Each qualfying student will receive a $2,000 waiver to offset the cost of the overall program.
A tentative cost breakdown is as follows:
Program fee* $3,400
*The program fee includes most meals, hotel lodging, transportation, site, guide, and speaker fees.
Students accepted to the trip are strongly encouraged to enroll in INTS 4649: Human Rights in the Middle East, typically during the winter quarter.
Students who are not able to fit this course into their program for credit can audit the class with permission. If you require additional accommodations regarding coursework, please reach out to Gina Jannone or Micheline Ishay to discuss options.
Cities/regions on the itinerary include:
Sites and activities on the itinerary include:
Mount of Olives
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Tent of Nations
Aida Refugee Camp
Walled Off Hotel
Church of Annunciation
Sea of Galilee
"Before leaving for the Israel and West Bank trip, I expected it to be a fun and educational way to dive into the Middle East. However, I could not have anticipated how formative those two weeks would turn out to be. Every day was packed with unique opportunities and experiences; every person we met brought a new narrative to light; every place we visited illustrated the complex history of the region. I learned how to challenge my own assumptions as well as the opinions of others with grace and respect, and was constantly reminded how important it is to know where someone stands before judging their perspective."
— Shannon Payne, MA Candidate ('19), Josef Korbel School of International Studies
"In all the years that I have been studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and in the 27 years that I have been teaching that history here at St. Norbert College, and in all the years I have been reading about this subject and traveling in the Middle East or living in the Middle East, I don't think I have ever come across a better way of coming to some understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than the trip that we took in May. My impression is more than simply positive.... No other tour experience is going to give you these kinds of entrees into different points of view or this kind of access."
—Robert Kramer, Professor of Middle East History, St. Norbert College