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



About Middle East Peace Studies 

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
Laura Hope
Fred Kammer, SJ
David Moore
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).