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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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.

Villanova University Group visit to Tunisia withTunisUSA

Villanova University from Villanova, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia) is currently in Tunisia as part of a program through their Center for Arab and Islamic Studies. The program was designed and coordinated by Villanova Professor Marwan Kreidie and Lowell Gustafson, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences in conjunction with TunisUSA's academic programming specialist. As part of this 3 credit course, students are meeting with people who have been involved with Tunisia's Revolution and the democratization process taking place. Leading the program is Hatem Bourial, one of Tunisia's noted writers and a specialist in culture, history, and the political scene


Michael Slackman; Deputy Foreign Editor, of the New York Times."The Arab Spring and the Fate of Egypt's Christians"

Brain Katulis and David Nasser "From Tolentine to Tahrir Square-- Villanovans and the Arab Awakening"

Brian Katulis, Villainova Alumni graduated in '94 majoring in History with a concentration in Arab and Islamic Studies

David Nasser, Villanova Alumni graduated in'91 majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Arab and Islamic Studies