At the Middle East Center we recognize our position as a meeting point of different disciplines, departments, and constituents, which allows us to facilitate learning and research opportunities.
We have compiled lots of useful links, great lesson plans and free materials for teachers, language learning resources, and much more on the Middle East and the Islamic world.
Media Library
The Middle East Center maintains a collection of videos and DVDs for free use by schools, groups, and individuals in Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley region.

The Middle East Center's (MEC) mission involves raising awareness of the unique circumstances of the region through research and instructional programs.  The MEC has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East, and we offer a wide range of educational opportunities.


Dr. Beth Baron, Dr. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Dr. Leslie Peirce, Dr. Elizabeth F. Thompson
Claudia Cohen Hall- 402
Dr. Jamal J. Elias, University of Pennsylvania
Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, Camden County College
Dr. Abbas Milani, Stanford University
B26- Stiteler Hall, 208 South 37th Street Philadelphia PA, 19104
Ambassador William Luers, Director of The Iran Project
Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, Camden County College
Dr. Lerna Ekmekcioglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stiteler Hall B21, 208 South 37th Street
135 Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3340 Walnut Street

The MMES Degree Program

The interdisciplinary MMES degree program is designed to allow students, both majors and minors, to specialize in the Modern Middle East as a region of the world by combining course work using both social, scientific, and humanistic approaches, underpinned by relevant language skills.

Fall 2014 Courses >  Spring 2014 Courses >

Alumni on the Major

“The Modern Middle Eastern Studies major provided me an exciting, multifaceted lens through which to view a region that has interested me throughout my college career. The interdisciplinary approach offered me the unique opportunity to think about the contemporary Middle East in a nuanced fashion...  More >

Outreach Programs

The MEC provides K-12 teachers, as well as the wider public, access to the multitude of resources on the Middle East available through the University of Pennsylvania.

Calendar of Events >  Learn More >

Paul M. Cobb's New Book on the Crusades

Paul M. Cobb, Professor of Islamic history in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, has just published...

MMES Student Interns with the U.S. State Department 

Erica Ma, spent her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania working in a federal...

Public Outreach Highlights: Iranian-American Novelists Event

In partnership with multiple Penn entities and the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Middle East Center organized several public events...

Community College Programs

The Center has been working with community colleges around Philadelphia area for the past years to enhance the understanding about the Middle Eastern cultures, history,...

STEM Outreach at the Middle East Center

Through creative teacher training programs, the Middle East Center combines STEM outreach with area studies curriculum training for K-12 educators. This year...