Diverse perspectives


Advancing awareness


The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) was founded to sponsor, highlight, and encourage events that further our academic community's awareness of and knowledge about the societies of South Asia and the Middle East. CSAMES is engaged in activities to foster knowledge and debate on those areas on campus as well as among community institutions such as schools, libraries, and service organizations, and we welcome suggestions for collaborative efforts in the service of these goals.

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Alumni Spotlight: Natasha Samreny

Stay curious Samreny uses world view to connect with theater audience Meet Natasha Samreny (MA, ’10, Middle Eastern Studies & Arabic). She is the director of marketing and communications for Trinity Repertory Company, a theater within the League of Resident Theatres. As a storyteller, Samreny taps into her global view to connect with audiences from different backgrounds. Describe a typical workday. Also, what is an example of the most interesting aspect of your job? My team’s priority is to promote the multiple...

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Recent Lecture: China and the Middle East through the lens of Halal Diplomacy

This research focuses on certain halal markets that are large and have aspirations to lead halal certification and quality standardization in recent years. Example: the MENA. Southeast Asia has inspired halal diplomacy with other players. I analyze whether China is a major halal market partner and their influence for each situation. This trend is also seen in major halal markets like MENA, EU, and ASEAN as these countries expand their halal certification processes. The paper examines halal markets and global South relations, focusing on China's influence, and outlines the interview methods...