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ERIC Number: EJ764685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May-18
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Bridging Cultural Divides
Galuzska, Peter
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n7 p20-27 May 2006
Colleges and universities across the country are seeing an overwhelming interest among students in learning about the Middle East and Arabic languages. The most popular courses, professors say, are Arabic language, Middle Eastern politics and the dynamics of the Israeli and Arab relationship. Also in demand are courses on comparative religions and gender issues. Courses in Arab film have also enjoyed renewed popularity, reflecting an ongoing renaissance in cinematography in Iran, North Africa and Israel. The surging interest in the Middle East is at least partially tied to post-Sept. 11 national security concerns, so while Middle Eastern studies programs have exploded in popularity in the past six years, whether they will remain in the national spotlight remains to be seen. Interest in the programs appeared to begin to flatten in 2005, but it is still too early to draw any conclusions. The continued fighting in Iraq, the escalating conflict with Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict suggest that affairs in the Arab world will continue to make national headlines. As a result, many professors have reason to believe that interest in Middle Eastern studies will also continue to grow.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Iran; Iraq; Israel