The support of the Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) award has built momentum and enabled staff and faculty to greatly enhance Middle East and North Africa studies at Marquette University. This project has energized MENA related dialogue on campus and within the greater community through a combination of curricular, programmatic and faculty initiatives.
Marquette University offers a wide array of Middle East and North Africa related courses. Through the support of the Title VI UISFL award, the Office of International Education offered course development grants to faculty for new MENA course development, existing course content infused with MENA topics and short-term study abroad development in the Middle East and North Africa. The current Middle East and North Africa studies courses are listed below.
The Office of International Education offers a number of study abroad opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. Thanks to the generous support of the Title VI UISFL award, a limited number of scholarships are available.
Dates: late May-early June or all of July
Academics: Arabic, humanities, social science
Rabat is one of Morocco's "imperial cities" and its modern capital. It offers students opportunities to move from shops and cafes to winding alleys and exciting markets of the old “medina”. The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program is a language intensive program, which focuses on modern standard Arabic. Students live with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families and attend classes at the school’s facilities in the bustling Agdal area of the city.
Dates: Semester or Academic Year
Academics: Political Science, International Affairs, Economics
The Rabat School of Governance and Economics (EGE Rabat) was created in 2008 to develop students with in-depth expertise in the political, economic and cultural realities of emerging and developing economies. EGE Rabat uses a comparative approach which advocates the application of the same criteria when studying any subject, so that the African and Arab regions are studied in the same way as any other region of the world.
Dates: Semester or Academic Year (not running currently)
Founded in 1919, American University in Cairo is the region’s premier English language university. It serves as a crossroads for the world’s cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument and understanding across cultures. Students live in one of two premier residence facilities. The academic program is rooted in liberal arts education offering a broad selection of classes in addition to Arabic language courses.
The Arabic Language and Culture Club provides students with an opportunity to practice Arabic conversation skills with native speakers in an informal setting. This network of Arabic language learners, international students and Milwaukee community members meet regularly to discuss culture and current events in the Middle East and North Africa. For more information contact Dr. Enaya Othman.
The Marquette Arab Student Association’s goal is to foster understanding of the diversity and richness of the Arab world. In addition, they form a strong support network for the Arab students on campus.
The Muslim Student Association at Marquette helps the Muslim students on campus live their Islamic tradition throughout their university experience. They also strive to create dialogue with the greater Marquette community to increase understanding of Islam.
Hillel Milwaukee strives to create a dynamic, warm and celebratory Jewish environment for Milwaukee’s university students and young adults. They offer holiday and cultural programs, social activities, volunteer projects and more.
May 3, 2013 - Philip Naylor, professor of history, wrote an article reviewing Algerian Chronicles, a book that captures how Albert Camus sought humanity in colonial conflict. Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
April 27 and May 1, 2013 - Risa Brooks, assistant professor of political science, wrote on the Boston Marathon tragedy and homegrown terrorism saying, "Americans can be reassured that the terrorism threat posed by Muslims residing in the United States remains small. As horrific as they were, the Boston attacks are not evidence that homegrown terrorism is on the rise." Opinion piece appeared on BostonGlobe.com, April 27, 2013. Related story appeared on Patheos.com, May 1, 2013.
February 7, 2013 - Louise Cainkar, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, commented on increased Palestinian immigration to Chicago's southwest suburbs, the single largest Palestinian community in the country. Story appeared in WBEZ.org.
Expertise & Research:Arab American studies; Muslims in the United States, and migration and immigrant integration. Award-winning book: Homeland Security: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience after 9/11 (2009) draws upon extensive field work and ethnographic interviews.
Expertise & Research: Medieval Europe, Crusades, Gender, historical methodology. Author of Creating Clare of Assisi: Female Franciscan Identities in Later Medieval Italy (2008). Current book project focuses on imprisonment practices within two major religious orders of the later Middle Ages, the Franciscans and the Dominicans.
Expertise & Research: Nineteenth and seventeenth century French literature, Orientalist and spiritual literature. Author of an anthology on Jesuit Spirituality: For God's Greater Glory: Gems of Jesuit Spirituality. Translated Charles Eastman's book The Indian Soul/L'Ame indienne.
Expertise & Research: North Africa, Middle East and Algeria and French foreign policy. Authored North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present (2009) and France and Algeria: A History of Decolonization and Transformation (2000). Current board member of the Middle East Studies Association.
Expertise & Research: Islamic thought with a special focus on connections between Islam and other religions; Islamic mysticism. Edited Islam and Other Religions: Pathways to Dialogue (2006) and A Christian View of Islam: Essays on Dialogue by Thomas F. Michel, SJ (2010)
Expertise & Research: Women and the Muslim faith, Arab-American history and experience, the history of Islam. Founded local non-profit: Arab Muslim Women Research and Resource Institute.
Expertise & Research: Ancient and medieval philosophy; and Arabic/Islamic philosophy and its Greek sources and Medieval Latin influences. Co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy (2005) and translated Avoerroes (Ibn Rushd of Cordoba. Long Commentary on the De Anima of Aristotle (2009). Organizer of the Aquinas and the Arabs International Working Group.
Expertise & Research: Ancient and medieval philosophy; philosophy of religion. Author of numerous articles and book chapters on Averroes, Aquinas and Albert the Great.