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Middle East & North African Studies

Welcome to Middle East and North African Studies

Drawing upon faculty strengths in Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts, faculty in Middle East and North African studies allow students to learn about a complex region through an interdisciplinary approach. Based in a number of departments and programs in the humanities and social sciences, faculty offer a wide array of courses to provide a broad background in the region’s past and present. By introducing students to the rich history, layered politics, diverse cultures, linguistic, and religious traditions of the Middle East and North Africa, Tulane’s faculty seek to transcend simplistic generalizations and stereotypes about the region and its people while promoting global literacy in an increasingly interconnected world.


Edwige Tamalet Talbayev Associate Professor Department of French & Italian Tulane University

Edwige Tamalet Talbayev

Department of French & Italian
Director, Middle East & North African Studies
Newcomb 311K

MENA Course Offerings Fall 2023

  • ARBC 1010-01 Elementary Arabic I MWF 10:00-10:50 (Bouchaib Gadir)
  • ARBC 1010-02 Elementary Arabic I MWF 11:00-11:50 (Bouchaib Gadir)
  • ARBC 1010-03 Elementary Arabic I MWF 12:00-12:50 (Khedidja Boudaba)
  • ARBC 2030-01 Intermediate Arabic I MWF 1:00-1:50 (Bouchaib Gadir)
  • ARBC 3250-01 Arab Modern Culture MWF 2:00-2:50 (Khedidja Boudaba)
  • ARCH 2930-02 Cities of the Middle East/ARCH 6930-02 Middle East: Decolonial-Pres, W 9-11:45 (Sofia Shwayri)
  • GESS 4930-01 Gender and Family Issues in Afghanistan M 3:00-5:30 (Mariam Taqaddusi and Katherine Johson)
  • HBRW 1010-01 Elementary Hebrew I MW 10-10 :50/TR 9:30-10:20 (Mery Beit Halahmi)
  • HBRW 1010-02 Elementary Hebrew I MTWR 11:00-11:50 (Mery Beit Halahmi)
  • HBRW 1010-03 Elementary Hebrew I MW 12-12 :50/TR 12:30-1:20 (Mery Beit Halahmi)
  • HBRW 2030-01 Intermediate Hebrew I TR 3:00-4:40 (Ari Ofengenden)
  • HBRW 2030-02 Intermediate Hebrew I MWF 10:00-10:50/ T 12:30-1:20 (Ari Ofengenden)
  • HBRW 3100-01 Advanced Hebrew I MWF 11:00-11:50 (Ari Ofengenden)
  • HISM 2200-01 History of Islam to 1400 TR 9:30-10:45 (Xiaoyue Li)
  • JWST 3220-01 Arab/Israeli Conflict W 5:35-8:15 (Ari Ofengenden)
  • JWST 3740-01 Israel: Culture, Pol, and History TR 3:30-4:45 (Brian Horowitz)
  • JWST 3740-02 Israel: Culture, Pol, and History M 6:00-8:40
  • POLC 3340-01 Middle East Comp Politics TR 2:00-3:15 (Andrew Leber)
  • POLI 4660-01 Middle East Security TR 9:30- 10:45 (Andrew Leber)
  • SPAN 4350-02 Drugs, Music- Mediterranean TR 9:30-10:45 (Yasmina Aidi)
  • SPAN 4520-02 Milit. Lit. Maghreb-Spain TR 11:00-12:15 (Yasmina Aidi)
  • SPAN 6810-01 Reading Medieval Iberia M 3:30-5:55 (Jean Dangler)