Middle East Peace Studies

Welcome to Middle East Peace Studies

Make Peace, Not War

Over the last century, devastating wars and violence have plagued mankind. The threat of total annihilation remains a real possibility in an age when nuclear weapons have spread to new parts of the world. Thus, in the face of continued war and heightened militarism, Loyola University in line with its Jesuit mission of social justice aims to make a meaningful contribution to world peace by adding Middle East Peace Studies to its interdisciplinary programs.

About Middle East Peace Studies
Program Requirements
Current Course Offerings
Faculty & Staff


Loyola's The Student Peace Intitiative

12th Annual Student Peace Conference

March 30-April 2, 2020

What is it? 

The Annual Student Peace Conference is a week-long event open to the public that consists of undergraduate research panels, guest speakers/panelist, musical performances, and other artistic/academic happenings. 

What is it about? 

Our theme changes every year. However, they tend to be open and ambiguous to foster a multi-disciplinary environment. Our tentative theme this year is *Shapeshifting Climates,* focusing on changes in all climates (environmental, social, political, historical, etc). 


If you are interested in helping us organize or being a participant, advise the email address below or come to one of our bi-weekly meetings held Thursdays 6-7PM in the History Conference Room, 445 Bobet Hall. 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Shapeshifting Climates

This year's conference looks at CLIMATE CHANGE. While this includes changes to our common home, we encourage submissions that not only deal with the environmental, but also transformations to historical, political, social, artistic, religious, economic, etc. climates! Our goal is to explore all aspects of transformation around the world that impact the global community, our local enclaves, and our daily lives. 

All geographical regiions and academic disciplines are welcome! 

We are accepting academic papers, artistic projects, creative writings, research posters, and anything else relating to the topic. 

Deadline to Sumbit: February 17, 2020

Please send all 250-word abstracts to peacecon@loyno.edu

About Middle East Peace Studies 

Mission: Middle East Peace Studies (MEPS) seeks to provide a practical, intellectual response to the spread of war in the Middle East and to the intensification of militarism throughout the world. In line with the goals of a Jesuit university, the Middle East Peace Program seeks to graduate leaders concerned about society and the world in which they live.

Middle East Peace Studies is interdisciplinary by nature and open to all students. MEPS curriculum exposes students to the history, politics and culture of the Middle East and to the impact of religious, philosophical, and cultural discourses on war and peace in a global context. It combines studies of historical memory and institutional practices to promote ideals of peace and stability. In addition to courses, and seminars, MEPS offers cultural events, student conferences, public lectures, and personal contacts with internationally known scholars and conflict resolution experts.

Program Requirements

While Peace Studies and Middle East Studies programs exist in a number of institutions, Loyola is unique in combining these two areas into a single academic program. Building on the Jesuit tradition of engaging the world by promoting a value-based education, the Middle East Peace Studies program seeks to provide an intellectual and practical response to the spread of war in the Middle East and to increased militarism throughout the world. Middle East Peace Studies courses encourage inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue in a non-partisan fashion. Photos provided by Ramin Bajoghli and Reza Deghati.

The Middle East Peace Studies minor is a 21 credit hour program (7 courses) that present a wide variety of perspectives to participating students. By defining Peace Studies as a multidisciplinary examination of obstacles to and the conditions for peace making, and by focusing on the Middle East, we regroup our courses into three distinctive areas: Middle East Studies, Normative Views, and Historical and Institutional Practices.

Itemized academic program & course requirements for Middle East Peace Studies can be found in the University Bulletin. 

Current Course Offerings

Students can use the Course Section Search on the Loyola Online Records Access (LORA) system to find courses that are eligible for the Middle East Peace Studies program. Before declaring Middle East Peace Studies as a minor, please contact the program director. 


The Middle East Peace Studies program is directed by Behrooz Moazami, Patrick G. O'Keefe Distinguished Professor of History

Participating faculty also include: 

Robert Gnuse
Fred Kammer, SJ
Catherine Wessinger
Mark Yakich


The program will do its utmost to place students with internships at local, regional, national or international NGO's. Underlying MEPS mission is a desire to change our world for the better.MEPS is an excellent choice for students who wish pursue a graduate degree in a number of fields, including Middle East Studies, Peace Studies, History, Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, Journalism, and Mass Communications. It also provides an exemplary framework for a career in law, NGOs or a diverse range of international organizations.

An updated list of resources for additional reading on Middle East Pecace Studies can be found here (LINK).