East Studies Program
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The Middle East Studies Program focuses on engaging the Arab-Muslim world in addition to Israeli Jews and Christian Arabs—seeking to learn from all the children of Abraham. Though MESP students obviously take advantage of the incredible biblical geography and sites during their many tours around Israel, the program challenges students with a journey that extends beyond the typical holy land experience. Assuming safe travel conditions, the program arranges substantive travel to Turkey and Egypt as well as a shorter trip to Jordan. Interdisciplinary speaker seminars, Arabic language study, and service work with various aide societies all provide MESP students with opportunities to explore the diverse religious, cultural and political tapestry of Middle Eastern societies. Students may experience intense encounters with both locals and colleagues that reflect a mix of worldviews existing in the region, yet always under the protective wing of a supportive MESP community.
DBU Contact: Monica Hardy, Academic Dean's Office firstname.lastname@example.org.
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