Freestanding courses

Every year CMES offered courses to any student aspiring a deeper understanding of the political, social, cultural, economic and religious developments of the contemporary Middle East. These courses have a limited number of seats. To apply visit

Application period fall is mid-March to mid-April

Application period spring is mid-September to mid-October


Courses fall 2018

The Formation of Middle Eastern Modernities

course teacher Rola Dean.

Course plan (PDF)

Literature (PDF)



Introduction to Middle Eastern Debates

course teacher Anders Ackfeldt.

Course plan (PDF)

Course Guide (PDF)



Key Theories in Middle Eastern Studies

course teacher Umut Özkirimli.

Course plan (PDF)

Literature (PDF)



Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East

course teacher Eda Hatice Farsakoglu.

Course plan

Courses spring 2019

CMEN18: Middle Eastern Studies: Exploring Religion in Contemporary Middle Eastern Societies (PDF)

Course coordinator: Torsten Janson

CMEN19: Middle Eastern Studies: Middle Eastern Refugees in the Global North (PDF)

Course coordinator: Rola El-Hosseini Dean

CMEN21: Environment and sustainable development in the Middle East, (PDF)

Course coordinator: Hussein Haschemi

CMEN22: Citizenship & Multiculturalism in Middle Eastern Societies, (PDF)

Course coordinator: Umut Özkirimli

CMEN23: Political Economy and Development in the Middle East, (PDF)

Course coordinator: Darcy Thompson