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The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations promotes understanding of the Middle East through teaching, research, and community outreach.

Our center is distinguished by its cross-regional approach to Middle East studies, one that breaks down area studies barriers in order to track global flows of ideas, commodities, and people.

The Center is part of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A new way to study the Middle East
UNC's approach represents a fruitful hybrid between traditional area studies approaches and cross-regional Islamic studies.
Where is the Middle East?
The concept of a region called the "Middle East" is a relatively recent and unstable construction.
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After the tragedies of September 11, 2001, UNC established a Planning Group to bring together faculty, students, and administrators to review the University's resources in Middle East Studies and to chart a course for future development. The Center grew out of this planning process and was founded in 2003.

About the Logo
The Center's logo is from the world map of al-Sharif al-Idrisi, made for Roger II of Sicily in 1154.

Planning Documents:
Strategic Plan (Spring 2009)  
Strategic Plan  (Mar. 1, 2005)
Strategic Plan  (May 6, 2002)
Summary Proposal, Revised Draft  (Mar. 3, 2002)

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