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CSMAW Faculty in the News:

Professor Muhtaseb spoke as one of the panelists at the Fergustine: Solidarity as a Verb panel on April 25, 2016

CSMAW Associate Director Ahlam Muhtaseb interviewed by KPFK radio on women's roles during the Arab Spring and Palestinian resistance movement on April 4, 2016

Professor Doueiri winner of Golden Apple Teaching Excellence Award

Professor Muhtaseb gave a speech entitled “Oral Histories of Palestine” during UCLA’s Palestine Awareness Week on January 28, 2016

Professor Nassar published a book chapter: Nassar, J. (2016) 'Seeds of Justice' in Yasir Suleiman, Ed. Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora. Edinburg: Edinburgh University Press, pp.284-86.

Ece Algan interviewed by KPFK-Swana Region Radio on crackdown on academics in Turkey on January 18, 2016

CSUSB professor Ahlam Muhtaseb interviewed about Islamophobia in the academy

Cal State San Bernardino class on Islamic world grapples with students' questions about shooting

“At this point in time, some of you may be so traumatized,” Doueiri told his World of Islam class. “We’ve just got to be careful how...we express our sorrow.”Doueiri generally focuses on teaching a historical understanding of Islam and Islamic culture, including misconceptions about Muslims that spread after such attacks. 

CSUSB professor react to Trump’s call for Muslim ban

Ece Algan, a communication studies professor who is director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, said Trump was just taking advantage of the situation to score some votes at Muslims’ expense.

San Bernardino Shooting: Emotional Vigils Mourn the Victims

'As a member of the Muslim community, I address you tonight with a heavy heart to remember all of those who passed last week in a tragic massacre sadly committed by one of our own graduates and sadly maybe one of my students,' Dany Doueiri, an associate professor in the university's Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies, said in a voice choked with emotion. Read more here.

Cal State San Bernardino vigil offers message of hope

“On this year, the 50th anniversary of Cal State San Bernardino, I wish that we had gathered to celebrate instead of mourn, to smile instead of to weep, to plan our future instead of (reflecting) on our tragic past,” Doueiri said.

A message from CSMAW regarding the San Bernardino massacre

As the Center for the Study of Muslim and Arab Worlds (CSMAW), we extend our deepest, most heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the recent horrific tragedy, which has shaken our community to its very core. We mourn deeply the loss of precious and innocent lives from our community and stand firm and united in condemning all forms of violence and terrorism, regardless of the originating ideology. Terrorism is not justified by any religion. As a part of our mission, we are dedicated to enhancing knowledge about the history, culture, politics, religions and languages of the Middle Eastern and Islamic world. We reach out to the community to offer our expertise and assistance to those who want to have a better grasp of the current politics and developments in the Middle East and the Islamic world.

In fact, in October CIMES hosted Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi who delivered a talk on how to fight violent fundamentalism; she addressed ISIL --also referred to as Daesh in the region-- and its ideology to an audience of 600 students and community members on our California State University at San Bernardino campus. We will have similar events in the near future in order to address violent and extremist groups that terrorize not just the Middle East and the United States but the entire world. We will also host events that will highlight the voices and struggles of the Middle East through lectures, literature and poetry readings, and music.

We believe in the power of education to expose misinformation and prejudice, as well as to help us heal as a community.