The support of the Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) award has built momentum and enabled staff and faculty to greatly enhance Middle East and North Africa studies at Marquette University. This project has energized MENA related dialogue on campus and within the greater community through a combination of curricular, programmatic and faculty initiatives.


Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Courses

Marquette University offers a wide array of Middle East and North Africa related courses. Through the support of the Title VI UISFL award, the Office of International Education offered course development grants to faculty for new MENA course development, existing course content infused with MENA topics and short-term study abroad development in the Middle East and North Africa. The current Middle East and North Africa studies courses are listed below.


  • ANTH 3312. Anthropology of Religion
  • ANTH 3360. People and Cultures of the Middle East
  • Arabic
  • ARBC 1001. Elementary Arabic 1
  • ARBC 1002. Elementary Arabic 2
  • ARBC 2001. Intermediate Arabic 1
  • ARBC 2002. Intermediate Arabic 2
  • ARBC 3001. Intermediate Arabic 3
  • ARBC 3002. Spoken Arabic
  • ARBC 3200. Culture and Civilization of the Middle East
  • ARBC 3210. Arabic Literature in English Translation


  • FILM 4953. Seminar in Film: The Cinema of Iran
  • Foreign Languages and Literature*
  • FOLA 4931. Topics in Foreign Language, Culture and Literature - Problems of Integration Encountered Today by North African Muslims in French Society
  • FOLA 4931. Understanding Arab and Muslim Communities' Oral History (*NEW COURSE)
  • FOLA 4960. Arab American History and Culture (*NEW COURSE)


  • HIST 3205. The Byzantine Empire
  • HIST 3455. Modern Middle East Since 1500
  • HIST 4212. The Crusades
  • HIST 4450. North Africa
  • HIST 4933. Spain and Islam
  • HIST 5931. Understanding Arab and Muslim Communities' Oral History (*NEW COURSE)


  • PHIL 4931. Philosophy and Faith in the Three Abrahamic Traditions
  • PHIL 3620 Early Medieval Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • POSC 4366. Religion and Politics
  • POSC 4561. Politics of the Developing World
  • POSC 4721. International Politics of the Middle East
  • Social Welfare and Justice
  • SOWJ 3450. Arabs and Muslims in America


  • THEO 2000. Hebrew Scriptures: Old Testament Overview
  • THEO 2010. Hebrew Scriptures: Old Testament Selected Books
  • THEO 2200. The Bible Through the Ages
  • THEO 2410. Christian Faith in Cultural Contexts: Christians and Muslims in Dialogue
  • THEO 4420. Theology, Violence and Non-violence
  • THEO 4510. Survey of World Religions
  • THEO 4520. Jewish Thought and Practice
  • THEO 4530. Islam: Faith and Practice



The Office of International Education offers a number of study abroad opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. Thanks to the generous support of the Title VI UISFL award, a limited number of scholarships are available.


Rabat, Morocco - Summer Intensive Arabic Program

Dates: late May-early June or all of July
Academics: Arabic, humanities, social science

Rabat is one of Morocco's "imperial cities" and its modern capital. It offers students opportunities to move from shops and cafes to winding alleys and exciting markets of the old “medina”. The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program is a language intensive program, which focuses on modern standard Arabic. Students live with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families and attend classes at the school’s facilities in the bustling Agdal area of the city.

Rabat, Morocco - The Rabat School of Governance and Economics

Dates: Semester or Academic Year
Academics: Political Science, International Affairs, Economics

The Rabat School of Governance and Economics (EGE Rabat) was created in 2008 to develop students with in-depth expertise in the political, economic and cultural realities of emerging and developing economies.  EGE Rabat uses a comparative approach which advocates the application of the same criteria when studying any subject, so that the African and Arab regions are studied in the same way as any other region of the world.

Cairo, Egypt - American University in Cairo

Dates: Semester or Academic Year (not running currently)
Academics: Various

Founded in 1919, American University in Cairo is the region’s premier English language university. It serves as a crossroads for the world’s cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument and understanding across cultures. Students live in one of two premier residence facilities. The academic program is rooted in liberal arts education offering a broad selection of classes in addition to Arabic language courses.


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Arabic Language and Culture Club

The Arabic Language and Culture Club provides students with an opportunity to practice Arabic conversation skills with native speakers in an informal setting. This network of Arabic language learners, international students and Milwaukee community members meet regularly to discuss culture and current events in the Middle East and North Africa. For more information contact Dr. Enaya Othman.

Arab Student Association

The Marquette Arab Student Association’s goal is to foster understanding of the diversity and richness of the Arab world. In addition, they form a strong support network for the Arab students on campus.

Muslim Student Association

The Muslim Student Association at Marquette helps the Muslim students on campus live their Islamic tradition throughout their university experience. They also strive to create dialogue with the greater Marquette community to increase understanding of Islam.

Hillel Milwaukee

Hillel Milwaukee strives to create a dynamic, warm and celebratory Jewish environment for Milwaukee’s university students and young adults. They offer holiday and cultural programs, social activities, volunteer projects and more.



'Algerian Chronicles' Captures how Albert Camus Sought Humanity in Colonial Conflict

May 3, 2013 - Philip Naylor, professor of history, wrote an article reviewing Algerian Chronicles, a book that captures how Albert Camus sought humanity in colonial conflict. Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Discussions on the Boston Marathon

April 27 and May 1, 2013 - Risa Brooks, assistant professor of political science, wrote on the Boston Marathon tragedy and homegrown terrorism saying, "Americans can be reassured that the terrorism threat posed by Muslims residing in the United States remains small. As horrific as they were, the Boston attacks are not evidence that homegrown terrorism is on the rise." Opinion piece appeared on, April 27, 2013. Related story appeared on, May 1, 2013.

Increased Palestinian Immigration to Chicago

February 7, 2013 - Louise Cainkar, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, commented on increased Palestinian immigration to Chicago's southwest suburbs, the single largest Palestinian community in the country. Story appeared in


Louise Cainkar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Social and Cultural Sciences

Expertise & Research: Arab American studies; Muslims in the United States, and migration and immigrant integration. Award-winning book: Homeland Security: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience after 9/11 (2009) draws upon extensive field work and ethnographic interviews.

Lezlie Knox, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, History

Expertise & Research: Medieval Europe, Crusades, Gender, historical methodology. Author of Creating Clare of Assisi: Female Franciscan Identities in Later Medieval Italy (2008). Current book project focuses on imprisonment practices within two major religious orders of the later Middle Ages, the Franciscans and the Dominicans.

Jean-Pierre Lafouge, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Foreign Languages and Literature

Expertise & Research: Nineteenth and seventeenth century French literature, Orientalist and spiritual literature. Author of an anthology on Jesuit Spirituality: For God's Greater Glory: Gems of Jesuit Spirituality. Translated Charles Eastman's book The Indian Soul/L'Ame indienne.

Phillip C. Naylor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, History

Expertise & Research: North Africa, Middle East and Algeria and French foreign policy. Authored North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present (2009) and France and Algeria: A History of Decolonization and Transformation (2000). Current board member of the Middle East Studies Association.

Irfan A. Omar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Theology

Expertise & Research: Islamic thought with a special focus on connections between Islam and other religions; Islamic mysticism. Edited Islam and Other Religions: Pathways to Dialogue (2006) and A Christian View of Islam: Essays on Dialogue by Thomas F. Michel, SJ (2010)

Enaya Othman, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Arabic

Expertise & Research: Women and the Muslim faith, Arab-American history and experience, the history of Islam. Founded local non-profit: Arab Muslim Women Research and Resource Institute.

Richard C. Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

Expertise & Research: Ancient and medieval philosophy; and Arabic/Islamic philosophy and its Greek sources and Medieval Latin influences. Co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy (2005) and translated Avoerroes (Ibn Rushd of Cordoba. Long Commentary on the De Anima of Aristotle (2009). Organizer of the Aquinas and the Arabs International Working Group.

David Tweeten, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Philosophy

Expertise & Research: Ancient and medieval philosophy; philosophy of religion. Author of numerous articles and book chapters on Averroes, Aquinas and Albert the Great.