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This minor concentrates on social and political issues involving Muslim, Christian and Jewish populations in their own right and in relation to one another in the territory between the Nile and Indus rivers during the modern period. The program is also designed to accommodate consideration of other communities including Hindu and other South Asians, Anatolian and Central Asian Turks, and Mediterranean peoples in the larger area stretching from North Africa to Southeast Asia as well as Middle Eastern diaspora communities in Europe and the Americas from the ancient period to the present.

The cross disciplinary orientation of the program emphasizes comparison and a synthesis of local, regional, trans-national and global perspectives. The program provides an intellectual foundation that can be usefully applied and built upon in graduate school, the private sector or government service.

View the brochure.

Login to MyMadison to declare the minor. See detailed instructions here.

If you would like to declare a Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations minor, or if you have questions about the minor, please contact:

Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi
Department of History
Cleveland Hall, Room 306


You’re invited to attend The Madison Global Student Conference taking place on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 9:05am-4:25pm in Madison Union

At JMU we have a number of regional and trans-national minor programs that promote student engagement with our ever more interconnected, globalizing world. The Madison Global Student Conference offers a venue for students to highlight the work they have done in the following programs: 

  • Africana Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Humanitarian Affairs
  • Justice Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies 
  • Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations
  • Modern European Studies 
  • Women's and Gender Studies

The JMU community is welcome to attend panel sessions and a special presentation of Diego, a 15-minute film created by JMU students. The full program and poster are available here.

This conference is sponsored by the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Office of Access and Inclusion.

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