The Middle East Studies Program is affiliated with several organizations and programs at Mason and beyond, including a special partnership between MESP and the Arab Studies Institute.



Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies Website

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies was founded through the generous donation of Mr. Ali Vural Ak, businessman and entrepreneur from Istanbul, Turkey, in 2009. The center is situated on the dynamic and innovative campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, outside of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

Its strategic location allows the center to draw on unparalleled resources to advance its mission in research, education, and professional opportunities for current and future scholars of Islamic studies. Through conferences, workshops, lectures, and other events, it is able to engage in community outreach with one of the most diverse populations in the country.


Arab Studies Institute

A not-for-profit organization that produces knowledge on matters related to the Arab world and its relations. It serves as an institute in its own right and as an umbrella organization for five other subsidiaries: the Arab Studies Journal, Jadaliyya, Quilting Point, FAMA (Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs), and Tadween Publishing.

The School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs (SPGIA)

The School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs (SPGIA) prepares undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders who advance the public good in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. SPGIA was formed in August 2014 by a merger between the School of Public Policy and the Department of Public and International Affairs. It is one of the most distinguished and largest schools of its kind. Through research and education in public policy, government, and international affairs, SPGIA serves our students, the region, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.