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What: The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) directory of college- and graduate-level Middle Eastern studies programs.

BEST POINTS: The site is a valuable resource for students interested in courses from beginning Arabic or introductory Islam to the advanced study of Iranian history or Koranic exegesis. Its list of comprehensive college and university programs includes complete contact information for MESA's institutional members. The organization does not comment on or endorse any particular program.

What YOU NEED TO KNOW: Forty-nine academic and philanthropic institutions are members of MESA, a private, nonprofit, non-political organization of scholars and others interested in the study of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Islamic world. Founded in 1966 with 50 members, it now boasts more than 2,600 members worldwide and is an important resource for those involved in the study of the Middle East.

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