Particularly in recent years, but arguably for centuries, the political, cultural and economic happenings of the Middle East have occupied the center stage of global affairs. In a globalized world, the confluence of ethnicities, religions, cultures, languages, and nationalist struggles within the region, and the consequences produced from the meeting points of these variegated aspects of humanity, lend to an ongoing need for reliable scholarship on the Middle East. Geographically, Israel is located in the center of this complex part of the world map and is host to leading policy centers, leading research universities, and institutions that grapple with the subjects at hand.
Research institutions existing today at Tel Aviv University, such as the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and the Center for Iranian Studies will be able to act as frameworks within which research will be conducted. The materials and researchers in these institutions, as well as others, will be made available to the students of this program. Ideally, after three semesters of the TAU International MAMES Program, students will be endowed with a solid foundation in Middle Eastern Studies and be exposed to a variety of venues where such a skill set could be applied professionally.