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Exploring the Mediterranean from the Middle Ages to the present

Our faculty and students explore all aspects of co-existence and conflict that have marked the cultures and societies of the Levant, Anatolia, the Balkans, Southern Europe, and North Africa.

The Abbasi Program's Statement of Solidarity in Response to the Devastating Earthquake in Syria and Turkey

The recent earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria is one the deadliest disasters in recent history. With a staggering death toll surpassing 40,000 lives lost as of February 2023, the scale of human suffering as a result of this disaster is still unfolding. On behalf of the staff and affiliates of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and its sister program, the Mediterranean Studies Forum, we wish to express our shared grief and heartfelt condolences to the countless lives lost and our solidarity with all those affected in this humanitarian catastrophe. We join our colleagues at the Turkish Students Association, the Arab Students Association at Stanford and the Markaz Resource Center in issuing our support to our community during this difficult time. We encourage our community members to attend and to contribute to reliable aid channels working on the ground in the region such as the Bridge to Turkiye fund or the White Helmets.The Abbasi Program has also complied a list of reliable aid organizations doing relief work on the region. For more information, please consult this link >>>

Our Initiatives

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Digital Library

Browse photos and lectures online.

Ottoman and Turkey Encounters at Stanford

An intellectual forum housing several series of events that foster critical engagements with contemporary Turkey and the Ottoman world, namely Southeast Europe, the Middle East and North Africa during the Ottoman centuries. 

Ottoman Map Routes

Mapping Ottoman Epirus


Sephardi Studies


Currently, no future events are scheduled.


September 3, 2021
This academic year, the Abbasi Program is pleased to announce the broad theme for its events and programming as they relate to frameworks of collective belonging, cultural construction, identity and heritage formation.