New Book: The Transnational Mosque

Kishwar Rizvi, drawing on the multifaceted history of the Middle East, offers an illustrated analysis of the role of transnational mosques in the construction of contemporary Muslim identity. Transnational mosques are structures built through the support of both government sponsorship, whether in the home country or abroad, and diverse transnational networks. By concentrating on mosques — especially those built at the turn of the 21st century — as the epitome of Islamic architecture, Rizvi explains their significance as sites for both the validation of religious praxis and the construction of national and religious ideologies.  more …

Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines

See the Student Grants Database to apply to fellowships within the Council on Middle East Studies, including The Çağatay Summer Travel Fellowship (due February 23), The Ganzfried Family Travel Fellowship (due February 24 and The Libby Rouse Fund for Peace (due February 26).

CMES is also accepting applications for Summer 2016 and Academic Year 2016-17 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (due February 25). Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Higher Education Act, Title VI, and are available to undergraduate, graduate and professional school students whose academic work includes foreign language study and whose career plans include teaching, public service or business related to Middle East Studies. Fellowships are available for modern language study for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply.