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Center for Middle East Studies

Center for Middle East Studies


Welcome to the Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. 

We seek to engage the University of Denver community and the broader Denver community in informed discussion on topics of regional importance in an effort to deepen understanding of this critical region of the world. We host numerous events, films, panel discussions throughout the year; almost all are completely free and open to the public. 

We also hope to deepen the discussions that are happening by staying engaged with current events through our timely news & journal publications, as well as our frequent appearances on local and national news networks.

To keep up to date on our latest events, our upcoming book publication, and all CMES activities, contact us at and ask to join our e-mail list. We hope to see and hear from you!

The Sectarianization book is now available!

Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East is now available through Amazon, and Hurst Publishers. Sectarianization is a co-edited volume intended to disentangle the conventional argument that says long-standing sectarian strife is responsible for much of the instability in the Middle East. This breakthrough publication takes in-depth case studies from the region, written by some of the most notable names in Middle East studies, to push back against this conventional argument.

One of the first reviews of the book was done by television and radio producer Usman Butt at Muftah.  Read the review here.

Watch the co-editors, CMES Director Nader Hashemi and former CMES Associate Director Danny Postel discuss the book in the University of Denver's Bookchat series:




Student Trip

Korbel M.A. student Abbey Vogel provides an excellent account of her experiences from the student trip to Israel and the West Bank in June 2017. CMES co-sponsored and helped organize the trip. Read the report here. 

New Book
Sciaron Book

CMES affiliate faculty member and Associate Professor of Jewish History Jonathan Sciarcon has published a new book, Educational Oases in the Desert, a history of the French schools that pioneered female education in Ottoman Iraq's Jewish communities. See more information.