The CMES stands in solidarity with demonstrators protesting the killing of Mahsa Amini, tragically lost to us in the prime of her life. We send our love and thoughts to those affected by this tragedy. We categorically condemn the repeated and brutal violations of basic human rights and of the rights of women in Iran.
“Kūnū qawwāmīna bi-l-qisṭi shuhadāʾ! (Stand firmly in justice, as witnesses!)” (Qurʾān, Women: 135).
Founded in 1963, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies promotes the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at the University of California, Berkeley, and beyond, raising public awareness of the region’s diverse peoples, languages, cultures and their connection to wider global contexts. A Title VI National Resource Center for more than three decades, UC Berkeley’s CMES is widely recognized as one of the country’s most important sources of knowledge about the Arab world, Iran, Israel, and Turkey.