Previous Events


The Arab Awakening: One Year On
Marwan Mausher
Tuesday, March 20th
Bartley 1011 6:00 p.m.


Film screening "INCENDIES" Tuesday, March 27th 5:30 p.m. Connelly Center, Cinema Presided By: Marwan Kreidie Professor of Political Science Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother’s last wishes.


Film Screening; Forbidden Marriages in the Holy Land
Wednesday, February 29th
Bartley 1011 at 6:00 p.m.


Father Simon Faddoul

"Iraqi Christians Confronting the Future"

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Bartley 2044


Arab and Islamic Studies: Michael Slackman
"The Arab Spring and the Fate of Egypt's Christians"
Thursday, February 16th
Bartley 1010 6:00 p.m.

September 14

  • Fulbright Scholar Grants for U.S. Faculty and Professionals

October 09

  • The Critical Role of the Sultanate of Oman

March 27

  • Alek Baylee Toumi: Reading/Debate on Immigration, Terrorism, Intellectuals in North Africa & France
  • Reception of the Arab and Islamic Studies Program: Meet faculty/students & enjoy Middle Eastern food

March 29

  • Cultural Studies Conference: "Negotiating Modernity: The Reality TV Wars in Saudi Arabia"

March 31

  • Hilmar Kaiser: "The Anatomy of Genocide: Reflections on the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1918

April 01 - April 02

  • Lebanese Film Festival - West Beirut

April 02

  • Lebanese Film Festival - A Perfect Day

April 08

  • The Iraqi Refugee Crisis: Reports and Responses from the Field

April 09

  • Lebanese Film Festival - Bosta

April 10

  • Critical Language-Information Session

April 14

  • Islamic Awareness Week - Islamic Banking: How does it differ?

April 15

  • Islamic Awareness Week - Islam, Politics, and Media

April 16

  • Islamic Awareness Week - The Message: Oscar-nominated classic about Islamic History

April 17

  • Islamic Awareness Week - Is there such a thing as Islamic Terrorism?

April 18

  • Islamic Awareness Week - HAFLA: Dance PARTY with Middel Eastern Food and Music!!

April 25 - April 26

  • Sabeel Conference

October 22 - December 02

  • Youssef Chahine: A Life in Cinema

October 23

  • Will and Should the U.S. Attack Iran?

October 28

  • The Prosperity Agenda: What the World Wants from America and What We Need in Return

November 06

  • Tribute to Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian Poet Laureate

November 26 - November 30

  • Thanksgiving Recess

December 02

  • Final CAIS events of the Fall semester!
  • Lebanon: Interreligious Coexistence

January 22

  • Panel Discussion about the Conflict in Gaza

February 20

  • Teaching the Qur'an in Christian Contexts

March 09

  • Convergence and Conversation: Islam and Christianity

April 01

  • Meet Nadine Labaki, Internationally Acclaimed Film Star and Director

April 02

  • Center for Arab and Islamic Studies -- Meet the authors: Susan Abulhawa, Habib Tengour, Eric Sellin
  • My Name is Rachel Corrie, a Stage performance

April 03

  • The Center for Arab & Islamic Studies Conference: Keynote Address

April 04

  • The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies Presents: Women Take the Camera in the Middle East

April 28

  • Screening of Handala

September 04

  • 10th Annual Ramadan Dinner

September 22

  • Eid Reception
  • Film Screening: West Beyrouth (Ziad Doueri 1998)

October 15

  • St. Augustine Scholarship: Application Deadline October 15, 2009

October 20


October 26

  • Documentary Film Series: Beyond Belief

November 03

  • The Other Side of Islam: Ismail Ferrouki's Le Grand Voyage

November 10

  • "Non Violence as a Tool for Change in the Middle East"
    •Film Screening: Under the Bombs (Philippe Aractingi 2007)

January 28

  • Film Screening: The Battle of Algiers

February 04


February 08

  • Film Screening: Persepolis

February 11

  • "The Resistance Movement in Iran and The Future of U.S.-Iran Relations"

March 11

  • "Beyond al-Qaeda: Yemen's Crises in Context"

March 18

  • Documentary Screening: Slingshot Hip Hop

April 06

  • Faculty Book Talk - Dr. Catherine Warrick

April 13

  • "(Im)possible Histories: Islams Re/Deconstructed"

April 22

  • EVENT CANCELLED ------ "Re-Framing the Arab as Political Project"

April 25

  • An Afternoon of Arab Music with Simon Shaheen

October 04

  • Israel, Palestinians, and the Threat from Iran

October 25

  • Arab Voices with James Zogby

November 02

  • The Art of Arabic Calligraphy

    •The Art of Arabic Calligraphy

November 12

  • **This event has been canceled.** Loyalty and Citizenship in the Age of One Civilization

November 15

  • Arabic Movie Night

November 17

  • Nathalie Handal, an internationaly acclaimed poet.

January 31

  • The Mummy Project
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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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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.