Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

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The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of the modern history and contemporary affairs of the Middle East and Africa. The Center does not take positions or recommend policies. Through research, publications, conferences, documentary collections, and public service, it seeks to inform civil society and promote dialogue on the complexities of the ever-changing Middle East. In doing so, the Center hopes to advance peace through understanding.


The Center's origins lie in the Reuven Shiloah Institute, first established in 1959 under the auspices of the Israel Oriental Society. In 1965, the Shiloah Institute was incorporated into Tel Aviv University. In 1983, the University established the Moshe Dayan Center, which combined the Shiloah Institute and documentation units dealing with the Middle East. Generous friends of the late Moshe Dayan raised the endowment necessary to establish and sustain the Center. The Center is part of the School of History and the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University.


Tel Aviv Notes

Tel Aviv Notes is the Moshe Dayan Center's bi-monthly analytical update on current affairs and regional developments in the Middle East. It has a regular distribution schedule on the 10th and 26th of each month. On occasion, as happenings in the region become breaking news, research fellows provide special editions of Tel Aviv Notes to keep our subscribers updated as events unfold.

Middle East News Brief

The Middle East News Brief is a weekly digest of articles from English-language news sources in the Arab and Islamic world. It provides readers with commentaries and news analysis from the Arabic and Turkish press, and serves as a quick-reference resource to the members of our listservs.


Iqtisadi: Middle East Economy is a monthly e-newsletter providing subscribers with economic analysis of key players and events affecting the marketplaces and societies of the Middle East. Iqtisadi is published once a month in both English and Hebrew.


Sharqiyya is a peer-reviewed academic journal published semi-annually by the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University and the Middle East & Islamic Studies Association of Israel. Sharqiyya publishes scholarly articles about the recent history and politics of the Middle East and North Africa and seeks to promote and disseminate the work of scholars with firsthand knowledge of the region’s cultures and languages. Each issue includes six articles, several of which are based on a theme inspired by contemporary events in the Middle East and North Africa.

Tzomet HaMizrach HaTichon

Tzomet HaMizrach HaTichon (The Middle East Crossroads), edited by Prof. Ofra Bengio and Dr. Harel Chorev, is the Center’s newest Hebrew-language electronic publication, distributed monthly and providing in-depth coverage and analysis of events across the Middle East and North Africa. Research fellows provide special editions of Tzomet HaMizrach HaTichon to keep our subscribers updated as events in the region unfold.


Bustan: The Middle East Book Review contains article length comparative reviews and traditional brief reviews. Articles deal with a host of topics related to the Middle East and Islamic Studies. Subjects covered include (but are not limited to) political science, economics, history, language, geography and cultural issues of the region. Articles review works in a multitude of languages; however, articles are exclusively written in English.

Diwaniyya Podcast

Diwaniyya Podcast "Diwaniyya" is the Arabic word for "informal council." It connotes open discussion, a meeting of the minds. Diwaniyya is not another news program or political commentary podcast; it offers a wider view of a multifaceted Middle East. Through thought-provoking conversations on different issues in the region, Diwaniyya contextualizes current events and trends.


Research at the Moshe Dayan Center focuses on the Islamic and Arab worlds (including North Africa), Turkey, and Sub-Saharan Africa with an emphasis on modern history and contemporary affairs. Most of the Center’s researchers have been trained in history, with its rigorous requirements for documentary research, and have a strong command of two or more Middle Eastern languages, e.g. Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, Persian and Kurdish. The Center also actively seeks to involve scholars from other relevant disciplines in all of its work. Individual scholars are free to pursue any avenue of research they choose, within any disciplinary framework.

The Center’s research initiatives focus on a variety of areas, which adapt to arising regional situations. Projects are pursued through research teams in workshops, symposia and international conferences designed to produce increased interaction between the Center’s scholars and those from other departments and disciplines at Tel Aviv University and elsewhere, in Israel and abroad.


The modern history of states and societies in the Persian Gulf, state building in the Middle East, oil and politics in the Middle East, Iranian-Arab relations, and Sunni-Shi’i tensions.
Sufism and Islamism in West Africa, Islam and politics in post-colonial Africa, and conflict resolution in Africa.
The social, cultural, and medical history of Morocco
Contemporary Middle Eastern history, Modern and Contemporary politics of Iraq and the Arabic language
Networks Analysis and its implementation in Middle Eastern studies, History of the Family, Palestinian and Lebanese socio-cultural history, Internet & Social Networks
Modern Turkish history, contemporary Turkish politics, Kurds in Turkey, Israeli - Turkish relations.
Middle East economic history, Middle East political economy and related strategic issues, The Middle East economy and business
Modern Shi'i thought, history, and politics; Iraqi history and politics; political Islam; intellectual history
Civil society in the Arab world, Palestinian society and politics, radical Islam in the Middle East, the modern history of Egypt and of Jordan
Modern Shi‘i history, Palestinian politics and Arab discourses.
Contemporary Middle Eastern history, inter-Arab relations and the modern Maghrib.
The history and politics of Syria and Lebanon
The Middle East economy and its historical development
The history and politics of Sudan, Libya and North Africa, and the comparative analysis of politics and religion in the Middle East.
The history and politics of Jordan and the Palestinians; religion and state in the Middle East; and Arab-Israeli issues.
Iranian security and foreign policy, civil-military relations, the role of Islam in military and foreign policy, and U.S. policy in the Middle East.
The socio-cultural history of modern Egypt, politics (especially the religion-state relationship), women and gender relations in Muslim and Arab societies, and youth in the Middle East.
Arab discourse analysis, Modern Islamic movements, Muslim-Jewish Relations (including Arab Anti-semitism and Arab perceptions of the Holocaust), Muslims in the West
North Africa
The history and politics of Syria and Lebanon
Algeria, The current political and strategic issues of the Middle East


Moshe Dayan Center Library

The library specializes in materials on the modern Middle East. Its extensive collections of journals, articles, economic material, bibliographies and other reference material, to name but a few, are of great value to students and researchers alike.

The articles are indexed in a sophisticated database and searchable by keywords, author, titles and various other parameters. Currently, there are over 250,000 items in the database.

In addition, the library houses a fine collection of the Archive Editions (reprints of British Government documents). In the economic section, a broad selection of statistical material from and about the countries of the Middle East is at hand.

The library puts special emphasis on digital materials: databases, such as the US government's World News Connection (WNC) and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) monitoring services are in extensive use. On-line electronic materials, such as daily newspapers, are disseminated by the library staff to the faculty.

The library is part of "ALEPH," the Israeli academic library computer system, providing access to all academic catalogs and databases. Every two months, an "Electronic Current Contents of Articles" keeps readers up-to-date on the latest articles on the Middle East. The library also publishes bi-weekly Library Updates, which are essentially links to the full-text of reports, policy papers and briefings published by think tanks, institutes, and research centers the world over, on subjects related to the modern Middle East, North Africa and Islam.

Audio-Visual Library

The Glazer Media Initiative at the Moshe Dayan Center is a media center which offers students and researchers a unique opportunity to explore Middle Eastern history through the lens of feature and documentary films, music, and broadcasts from the region. The media center houses an extensive film collection on various topics related to the Middle East (places, persons, culture, music, conflict). In addition to its vast collection, the media center offers access to satellite services and broadcasting of important regional channels.

Adding a cultural component to Middle Eastern studies, the Glazer Media Initiative serves as a valuable source for conducting research. It contributes to a further understanding of the region and offers an alternative way to stay informed about recent developments in the Middle East. While the media center's archives provide background information on historical and contemporary themes of interest to the student and researcher of Middle Eastern studies, the opportunity to follow regional broadcasting will increase the Dayan Center's up to the minute analysis of the region. Moreover, the resources of the media center can be used as teaching material for professors that will assist in stimulating in-depth discussion in the classroom.

Governance and Partnerships[edit]

The Moshe Dayan Center is governed by an Israeli Board of Governors, on the advice of an International Advisory Council. It is administered by an academic director. The Center is funded by the University, an endowment, research grants, and contributions. The Moshe Dayan Center is the eldest and largest institution of its kind in Israel.[22]

Some of its programs are in partnership with the Council of Higher Education of the Republic of Turkey and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Its other foreign connections include Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the Turkish Foreign Policy Institute in Ankara, Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, Emory University, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara.[22]


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