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Middle East Center

Welcome to the Middle East Center (MEC) at Florida State University. Created in 2006, the MEC's main objective is to provide an academic environment for students from a multitude of disciplines to develop a deeper understanding of the Middle East. The MEC also administers FSU's Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies, as well as minors in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.


Allyson Gonzalez, a new post-doc in the Dept. of Religion who specializes in Spain, is offering a seminar course in the fall 2015 semester on Jews and Muslims living in Christian Spain. The seminar will be mixed grad/undergrad, and its course number is REL 4190-2. Sign up today!


The FSU Middle East program continues its record of success in national language study fellowships: congratulations to Jessie Marks, who won a Boren Scholarship, and Ed Neuse, who won a Critical Languages Scholarship. Ed will spend the summer in 'Amman, Jordan, and Jessie will spend the year there. Both will study Arabic. 


On Monday, April 20, at 4 p.m., Sinan Ciddi (Georgetown), director of the Institute of Turkish Studies, will lecture on "Erdogan's New Turkey: An Emerging Authoritarian Power." His abstract: "Turkey's political history during the multiparty period (1950-) is riddled with instability, praetorian and authoritarian rule. Under the incumbency of the Justice and Development Party (AKP),the country's initial turn to consolidating and internalizing liberal democratic norms has since 2013, taken a sharp dive. Although Turkey has not been plagued by severe economic instability since the early 2000's, there seems to be no doubt that the country is in the midst of an ever-escalating political crisis. Institutional arrangements to manage, accommodate and ameliorate political conflict- from political parties to the judicial system appear to be faltering.  What are the roots Turkish political conduct and what typology does Turkey's democratic credentials fit into?" The talk will be held in the auditorium at the Center for Global Engagement.