Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS)
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MENAS students Andrea Gillespie and Jessie Stoolman are two of the 29 recipients of the 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grants.
CMENAS Director Juan Cole is quoted in Newsweek's story “The Persian Rug Trade is Back in Business.”
Newsweek.com: February 21, 2016
The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies enhances awareness of the peoples, cultures, and languages in the Middle East and North Africa. This vitally important region of the world constitutes a highly diverse cultural area now undergoing rapid and large-scale change.
Study of the MENA region began at U-M in 1889. Since the inception of the program in 1961, U-M has been committed to area studies and language training. In 1993, CMENAS became a member of the new U-M International Institute, which seeks to stimulate research and teaching on critical areas of the world and to foster cooperation among the university’s departments, schools, and colleges.