Welcome to the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

The concept for the establishment of the Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies (CIMES) on the campus of CSUSB was initiated in 1997 and was predicated on the notion that the Center’s primary function was to serve the academic needs of the university and the wider local and international communities. At that time the largest university system in the United States, the California State University (CSU) was virtually bereft of courses in Middle East languages; its then twenty-two libraries were seriously lacking or deficient in holdings on the Middle East and Islamic world and it was a system with few majors or minors in Islamic or Middle East Studies. Our goal then as it is now is to develop and expand our Center as one that will serve as a flag ship for international dialogue and academic excellence for our students, faculty and the local and international communities. Visit Center's History webpage for more information.