Introduction to Middle Eastern and African Studies

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New & Noteworthy

  • Report from Palestine

Member of parliament for vancouver East Libby Davies and publisher and CODE PINK member Kim Elliot will share stories and photos from their August, 2009 delegation to the West Bank and Gaza in Occupied Palestine.

Friday, sept 18, 7:00 pm BUS 1-5, Business Bulding, U of A Presented by the Palestine Solidarity Network- U of A and U of A Campus NDP Free

  • Giving Voice to Hope: Music of Liberian Refugees - CD Launch

Thursday September 24, 2009 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta Campus

The University of Alberta is pleased to invite you to the launch of the musical and educational CD Giving Voice to Hope: Music of Liberian Refugees. Production of this CD has been a cooperative multi-year initiative involving Liberian refugees in Ghana, a Liberian NGO (The Centre for Youth Empowerment), and University of Alberta faculty, staff, and students. The CD launch will feature live music and refreshments and will be held as part of the Design Celebrating Hope exhibition being hosted September 1-26 at the FAB Gallery.

Background: Buduburam is a Liberian refugee camp located west of Ghana’s capital, Accra. The first refugees arrived in 1990 fleeing from Liberian civil wars. Although the camp was once home to over 40,000 inhabitants, population numbers are diminishing as Buduburam’s residents make their way back to Liberia. Giving Voice to Hope: Music of Liberian Refugees is a compilation CD featuring 16 Liberian musical groups who have resided as refugees in Buduburam, some even since their birth. Musical recordings represent life in Buduburam through several genres: hip hop, R&B, traditional, gospel, and reggae. CDs will be on sale at the CD launch and are also available for $15 +GST at the University of Alberta Bookstore and Blackbyrd Myoozik (10442 82 Avenue).

You can listen to music samples and view information on the project here.

For more information contact Melanie Grell at (780) 492-6040.

  • World Music Sampler: free concert of African, Middle Eastern, Indian music - Sunday November 22, Convocation Hall (Old Arts Building)

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Group responsibilities

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Course outline

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Midterm and final exam study guides(2008)

Midterm results

MEAS 200 midterm results 2009


MEAS 200 outline (2009)

Arab world reference




Arab Poetry

Source texts


African Languages



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