The Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (CIMES) is dedicated to broadening understanding of the Islamic world and the Middle East through teaching, research and community outreach.
- Teaching: The Center offers an interdisciplinary minor and certificate program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, including the instruction of languages in the region. CIMES faculty members also teach and supervise our internationally respected and award winning Model United Nations and Model League of Arab States programs. The Center continues to encourage, support and assist our students in study abroad and student exchange programs focused on the the Middle East and the Muslim world.
- Research: CIMES faculty have been active in a wide range of activities including hosting and participating in national and international scholarly conferences, serving in editorial roles for scholarly journals and periodicals, publishing co-authored research findings with Middle Eastern scholars, and working toward broadening our shared interests in higher education with universities and institutes in the Middle East and Muslim world. The Center contributes to research and scholarship by housing and contributing to the peer-reviewed journal, Arab Studies Quarterly.
- Partnerships, Collaborations and Community Outreach: CIMES faculty serves both CSUSB and the local community by offering seminars, panels, lectures, art exhibits, film and documentary screenings, and other public events. The latter includes sponsorship and organization of events which focus on inter-faith dialogue. The Center continues to be a leader in establishing dialogue with its partner universities in the Middle East as well as with institutions and organizations in Southern California, such as the World Affairs Council of Inland Empire and The Morrow McCombs Memorial Lecture Series Committee. The CIMES also faculty works closely with the university’s International Institute and local chapter of Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society of International Scholars) to enhance public awareness, and student and community participation in international education.
- Library Expansion: Through grants and gifts, the Center faculty has been instrumental in the selection and addition of hundreds of texts and audio-visual materials to the university library. One of the goals of the Center is to offer students, researchers and the wider local community access to one of the largest collections of Islamic and Middle East holdings in the California State University system.