Useful links, lesson plans, language learning resources, and much more on the Middle East and North Africa.
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.
Law Certificate
For Law Students interested in applications of Middle East and Islamic Studies to Law, the center has created a certificate program that addresses linguistic, cultural and legal issues of the Middle East.

The Middle East Center's (MEC) mission is to raise awareness about the unique circumstances of the Middle East and North Africa through implementing K-14 educational outreach programming, special events and academic lectures relating to the region.

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.

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 >


The Modern Middle East Studies (MMES) is an interdisciplinary major and provides an education that can lead to various exciting and prestigious careers. MMES alumni have joined and pioneered the government and private sectors, and they have also excelled in the arts and medicine... 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.

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Penn PhD-Students Present at the 2018 Global Leadership Seminar: Islam, Politics & Change in the Middle East organized for Philadelphia high school students by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and sponsored...

Professor Heather Sharkey Publishes New Book, A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East


An Azeri-Uzbek language workshop was organized by the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania April 26-27, 2018. The workshop counted participants from Penn and outside Penn. The workshop covered alphabet...

Wharton Business School Graduate of Class of 2018, Loujeine Boutar, is the winner of the 2017-2018 Middle East Center Translation Contest for her translation of an excerpt of the Algerian female author Ahlan Mosteghanemi'...