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Conference: The Arab World, Iran and the Major Powers

Conference: The Arab World, Iran and the Major Powers

CAIS is holding this international conference at a critical juncture for the Middle East...

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Counter-revolution: The Resilience of Authoritarianism in the Wake of the Arab Spring

Counter-revolution: The Resilience of Authoritarianism in the Wake of the Arab Spring

Dr Emile Nakhleh presented a CAIS lecture titled 'Counter-revolution: The Resilience of Authoritarianism in the wake of the Arab Spring'. The audio of this lecture is now available....

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Ethel Tory language scholarship now open

Ethel Tory language scholarship now open

CAIS students studying a language abroad are eligible to apply for the Ethel Tory Scholarship. For more information on how to apply...

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Graduate Information Evening

Graduate Information Evening

The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies will have representatives at the Graduate Information Evening to answer your questions about our degree programs. If you are interested in discussing your enrollment options - please attend on 6 May...

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CAIS offering Persian and Arabic Online in 2014

CAIS offering Persian and Arabic Online in 2014

CAIS is offering introductory on-line Arabic and Persian in 2014. The courses are available as both award and non-award courses.

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The Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies (Middle East & Central Asia) forms part of the ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences at The Australian National University and is Australia’s premier location for studies in this field, with a high international standing and links with its major counterparts in the Arab & Muslim world, as well as in North America and Europe.

The Centre integrates the study of Middle Eastern and Central Asian contemporary politics, history, culture, political economy, economics, and the role of Islam within the broader framework of the changing global order. The Centre fosters the study of the region’s most relevant languages of Arabic, Persian and Turkish. It also focuses on issues pertinent to Australia's interests in, and the development of its commercial, scientific and industrial ties with, its areas of coverage.

CAIS is a multi-disciplinary teaching and research Centre, with cognitive links with the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, as well as professional association with its other Colleges. Its activities are guided by a twenty-one member Advisory Board and a group of international advisers, made up of prominent scholars in Arab, Islam, Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies.

The primary objectives of CAIS are fourfold:

•    to promote Arab, Islamic, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies by providing quality educational programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
•    to conduct research of its own, and to coordinate broader research projects with  Australian and international academics and specialists;
•    to provide a pool of expertise for public and private sectors;
•    to strengthen Australia’s ties with the Middle Eastern and Central Asian domains through educational links, and engagement with government, business, diplomatic missions and the broader community.
 

What can I study?
The Centre offers Masters degrees, a Graduate Certificate and a Bachelor degree in Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies. It also offers individual undergratuate courses and postgraduate supervision (PhD and MPhil) on a wide range of topics, including Middle Eastern and Central Asian politics, history, political economy, international relations, Persian, Turkish and Arabic languages, literature and culture, and Islamic studies.

Updated: 17 April 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Head of CAIS / Page Contact:  Web publisher