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The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies presents
Film Screening: Rarea Solar Mama
Wednesday, October 29
6:00 PM

Facilitated by: Nasser Chour, Deparment of Communication

Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her four daughters in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. She is given a chance to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate grandmothers from around the world are trained in 6 months to be solar engineers. If Rafea succeeds, she will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers, and provide for her daughters. Even when she returns as the first female solar engineer in the country, her real challenge will have just begun. Will she find support for her new venture? Will she be able to inspire the other women in the village to join her and change their lives? And most importantly, will she be able to re-wire the traditional minds of the Bedouin community that stand in her way?


The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies Presents
Film Screening "Control Room"
Thursday, October 30
6:00 pm

Facilitated By: Nasser Chour, Department of Communication

The immediate subject of his documentary, directed by Jenane Noujaim's. The “Control Room” is the media outlet is al-Jazeera, but its real theme is the huge gulf in understanding that exists between Americans and the Arab world and the way events, big and small, connected to the war in Iraq have taken on marked.


The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies Presents
Film Screening THE SQUARE
Wednesday, November 12
6:00 pm

Facilitated by: Nasser Chour, Department of Communication

Young revolutionaries  armed with nothing more than cameras, social media, videos posted to YouTube, and a resolute determination to liberate their nation. The Square  is made in a cinéma vérité style, giving us an up-close view of the Egyptian revolution from the ground. New technologies show us that the voice of young people cannot be silenced in this digital age where characters are fighting an ancient war with new weapons.

Congratulations to our 2014 CAIS graduates!

Our newly-graduated majors are Jospeh Pressser, Joseph Versen, Nahema Carty, Khalid Fares, Mattisan Rowan, Rachel Kaye, Noor Shalik, Francesca Gortzounian and Colin Feiter, Elizabeth Negron, Katherine Dunn, Gino Catena earned their minor in AIS.

Well done and best wishes to you all! 

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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

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Major or Minor

Students are encouraged to enter the program no later than the first semester of their junior year in order to complete the requirements. A semester studying in an Arabic speaking country is strongly encouraged for all AIS students. Apply for the major in SAC 277.