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Faculty and Student News

Faculty News

  • Muhammad Ali published, Islam and Colonialism: Becoming Modern in Indonesia and Malaya, Edinburgh University Press, U.K., 2016.
  • Ruhi Khan published, Beyond Hybridity and Fundamentalism: Emerging Muslim Identity in Globalized India, Oxford University press, 2015.
  • Erith Jaffe-Berg published, Commedia dell” Arte and the Mediterranean: Charting Journeys and Mapping ‘Others’, Ashgate, 2015.
  • Sherine Hafez co-edited, Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa, Into the New Millennium, Indiana University Press, 2013.
  • Laila Lalami's book, The Moor's Account ( Pantheon Books, 2014) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, 2015.
  • Jeff Sacks published, Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetics of Form, Al-Shiyaq to Darwish, Fordham Press, 2015.
  • Fariba Zarinebaf published her collection of essays, Women on the Margins: Gender, Charity and Justice in the Early Modern Middle East, Istanbul, 2014.
  • Fariba Zarinebaf will be joining UCSD NEH summer Institute for K-12 teachers in Istanbul this summer ( July 1-30), Istanbul between East and West: Crossroads of History.

Student News

  • Winners of 2015-16 Best paper Prize: Giosianna Turchetti (MEIS major)
    Honorable Mention: Enrique Ochoa-Kaup (MEIS Minor); Jill Hoo (English Major)
  • Giosiana Turchetti graduated from UCR with a B.S. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Middle East and Islamic Studies in Winter 2016. During her time at UCR she has been very involved with the University Honors program and submitted her Capstone Project entitled “The Evaluation of Ancient Egyptian Agricultural Practices and their Implementation in Modern Egyptian Society” in Spring 2016. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she studied at University College London in England where she focused her studies on Ancient Egypt. In 2015, she was elected into Phi Beta Kappa as a Junior. Beginning in Fall 2016, she will be pursuing an M.Phil. in Egyptology at Oxford in England. Her goal is to get a Ph.D. in Egyptology and become a museum curator or professor.
  • UCR Students participated for the first time in the Model Arab League Conference, a student leadership development program from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, hosted by the University of La Verne from March 4th to 6th, 2016. The delegate team, which was student lead, represented the Kingdom of Morocco, as assigned. Two UCR students and MEIS majors, Megan Toussau and Sipan Dehjet won Distinguished Delegate awards. The Model Arab League is a diplomatic simulation and leadership program, which is designed to encourage student insight into the Middle East and build critical leadership skills from public speaking to negotiation and compromise. It is a unique program that UCR students greatly enjoyed the opportunity to participate and are eager to attend next year. Congratulations (mabruk) Megan and Sipan!

  • Students from HIST 125, Islam and Revolution in Iran, touring the Iranian neighborhood (Tehrangeles) with Fariba Zarinebaf in Westwood, LA in Spring 2015.




  • Kevin Hack, MEIS major ( 2014) got accepted to International Studies graduate program at John Hopkins University.
  • Chris Seeling, MEIS major ( 2014) got accepted into the History graduate program at Georgetown University.
  • Megan Awwad, MEIS major and graduating in June 2015 will be joining "Teach For America."
  • Congratulations ( tebrik) and Good luck to our alumni!!