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About the Centre

A city at night seen from above with houses, streets and lights. Photo.
Photo: Colourbox.

Our expertise

The expertise at the Centre is threefold: We investigate the political and ideological development of the Middle East, Islam and other religions in the area, and the languages and literature of the region.

Languages and literature

  • Arabian
  • Persian
  • Turkish
  • Hebrew
  • other Semitic languages


The Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies seeks to promote understanding of political and cultural developments within the contemporary Middle East and North Africa, as well as the development of Islam from a broad perspective.

Collaborate with us

The Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies wishes to be a meeting point for research, both within Norway and internationally.

We have a particular wish to stimulate collaborations between researchers at UiO and elsewhere in the region around Oslo, between researchers in the Nordic region, and between Norwegian researchers and their colleagues in the Middle East.

Thematically organised research

The Centre was opened at the 14th of June 2011. It is a thematically organised Centre situated at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages.

Mailing address

Senter for islam- og midtøstenstudier
Institutt for kulturstudier og orientalske språk
Postboks 1010 Blindern

Visiting address

Institutt for kulturstudier og orientalske språk
P. A. Munchs hus
4. etg.
Niels Henrik Abels vei 36