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Box 353770
Seattle, Washington 98195-3770

Phone: 206.543.5900
Fax: 206.685.3234

Near and Middle Eastern Studies

The University of Washington Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue research with a comparative perspective in the following fields:

  • Near and Middle Eastern literature, culture, and languages (including Arabic, Hebrew, Persian [or Dari or Tajik], and Turkish and [Central Asian Turkic]);
  • Islamic topics, including Islamic law, history, institutions, theology, and mysticism;
  • Comparative religion of the Near and Middle East;
  • Interdisciplinary investigations of modern historical and contemporary topics using the social sciences.

The program is administered by an interdisciplinary Graduate School group. The current interim director is Resat Kasaba, Director of Jackson School of International Studies, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) and Adjunct in Sociology. The program of studies includes courses offered in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, the Jackson School of International Studies and other departments on campus. Students in the program are required to take courses in both the humanities and social sciences.


Requests for further information and application materials should be directed to:

Jean Rogers
Interdisciplinary Programs
The Graduate School Box 352192
University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195-2192
206.543.6398 fax: 206.685.3234

For information about the on-line Graduate Admissions application process, access the online Graduate Admissions Form.

For information on UW master’s programs in Middle Eastern studies, see Near Eastern Languages and Literature and Jackson School of International Studies, Middle East Studies.

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