Center for Arab & Islamic Studies

Welcome to The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies Website

Villanova University established the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies in 1983 in recognition of the critical importance of Arab and Islamic cultures, which have had a profound impact on the arts and sciences for centuries in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Today, international politics and economics are deeply affected by the dynamics in the Arab and Islamic world. Government officials, members of Congress, corporations, banks, the media and researchers stress the need for professionals who have the specialized knowledge essential for comprehending the geostrategic, socioeconomic, religious and intellectual dimensions of the region.

AIS entails an interdisciplinary approach that reflects the complexity of the Arab and Islamic world, offers a basic grounding in Arabic language, and provides a background for advanced professional studies, as well as careers in government or business in the field.

Upcoming Events


The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies & Department of Communications present:

The Mediated Strategy of ISIS: The synergistic use of terrorism, social media and branding

Jad Melki, Ph.D., is associate professor of the journalism and media studies and incoming chairperson of the Department of Communication Arts at the Lebanese American University (LAU). He was founding director of Media Studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and a former broadcast and digital journalist. Melki has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, Johns Hopkins University, and Towson University. His research is at the intersection of digital media literacy, news framing of war, and gender studies, and focuses on Arab media and journalism education. He recently won the UNESCO-UNAoC International Media and Information Literacy Award for promoting media literacy in the Arab region through establishing the Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut (MDLAB). 

America's Unofficial Ambassadors

America's Unofficial Ambassadors 
Info Session with Program Coordinator, Kathleen Gillen
Tuesday, November 10 at 4:30 pm
Falvey 204

Gain professional skills cross-cultural experience, earn academic credit, study a foreign language, address vital human development challenges at the grassroots level, and serve as an unoffical ambassador of your community!

rings for sale

Rings for Sale (“Bayya3 al-Khawatem”)
Yousssef Chahine, Director
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Connelly Cinema
6:00 pm
Series Speaker: Nasser Chour
Communications Department

Shot on location in Lebanon in the 60's and directed by the legendary filmmaker Youssef Chahine, Rings for Sale ( “Bayya3 al-Khawatem” ) starring Lebanon's vocal diva Fairouz takes us on a colorful and sensational journey to Lebanon's countryside showcasing all of its rich  traditions and beauty. A spectacular musical about a small village where young people are preparing for an annual festival in which many will choose spouses.  

Philip Aractingi, Director
Wednesday, December 2nd
Connelly Cinema
6:00-9:00 pm,

This rousing Lebanese musical tells the story of college troupe that tours the country in an old bosta (bus), performing a techno version of the national line dance that shocks conservatives, but paves the way for the future. 


Contact Information

The Center for Arab & Islamic Studies
800 Lancaster Avenue, SAC 277
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-4640
Fax: (610) 519-6133

Hibba Abugideiri, Ph. D.

Office: SAC 430
Phone: 610-519-4683

Catherine Warrick, Ph. D.
Office: SAC 257 
Phone: 610-519-7712

Administrative Assistant:
Joyce Harden
Office: SAC 277
Phone: 610-519-4640