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Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies

The Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary research centre that aims to promote understanding of key developments within the Middle East and the Islamic world through a range of academic approaches.

Major events for spring 2016:

Annual Conference of the EURAMAL Association

End-of-Project Conference "The New Middle East (NewME)"

Research projects

The New Middle East: Emerging political and ideological trends

Old patriarchal structures are crumbling, the population getting younger, and the democracy deficit is acute. Where is the Middle East heading?


In 2016: How it felt to live in the Arab World five years after the ‘Arab Spring’

Democracy, political Islam and violence. How do these aspects relate to the realities of everyday life in the post-revolutionary Arab world? 


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Professor Brynjar Lia


Heidi Breen Råken

Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies

The Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies (JAIS) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access, academic journal. It is also the world's most widely read journal in the field of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.


Babylon is the leading Middle East journal in the Nordic countries.

Babel filmklubb

Babel filmklubb (Babel Film Society) shows Middle East related movies every second Thursday at 18:00, at Arne Næss auditorium, Georg Morgenstiernes hus. Free admission.