Thesis Titles and Abstracts

Master's Thesis Topics 2015/2016

  • Nader Atassi, “Economic Thought During the NahdaL The Late Nineteenth-Century Writings of Al-Muqtataf”
  • Bengu Ezgi Aydin, “"Hittite Turks": Re-Making of the Arab Alawite Minority of Turkey, Turkification Policies and the Question of Sanjak of Alexandretta”
  • Emily Bader, “Anchoring a Sinking Ship: United States Aid to Egypt from Nasser to Mubarak”
  • Peter Belfiore, “Gaming Politics: Technopolitics, Video Games, and Saudi Arabia”
  • Paul Bielecki, “Nestorians and their Intellectual Achievements In Persia During Abbasid Dynasty 8th-10th Century: Christian-Muslim Relationship Case Study”
  • Keith Collela, “Financial Disintegration: The Saudi Stock Exchange in the Middle East and Abroad”
  • Jessica De Oliveira, “From Integration to Insubordination: Challenges to Cooperation and Coordination within the GCC”
  • Nafisa Dhanani, “Countering Swara: Lessons from Approaches to the issue of Child Marriage”
  • Zeynep Ekmekci, “Maras Massacre: Violence, the State and Citizenship”
  • Mariam Elba, “Meditations on the Growth of Cairo: Luxury, Decay, and a New Cosmopolitanism in Al Rehab”
  • Alex Kane, “Post, Share, Like, Arrest: The Israeli Surveillance State's Turn to Facebook”
  • Aqsa Khalid, “Unveiling the Silence: Understanding the nationalist sentiments among the 1947 Partition survivors”
  • Stephanie Kraver, “Palestinian Diary Writing: A Performance of Human Rights”
  • Brian Lewis, “Homonationalist Representation, Discursive Elision and Queer Alterity: An Analysis of Contemporary Euro-American LGBT Representations of Iranian Trans Subjectivities”
  • Soleiman Moustafa, “Political Cells of the Egyptian Prison”
  • Colin Murtha, “Divine Gifts: An Examination of Ottoman Childhood in the Early-modern Period”
  • Parisa Osmanovic, “The of Religious Observance in affecting the Financial Attitudes and Economic Behavior of American Muslims”
  • Julian Phillips, “Missionary Educaiton in the American Century: The Changing Mission of the Tehran Community School, 1932-1980”
  • Simone Rutkowitz, “Reading the UAE through Brownbook Magazine”
  • Nadeen Shaker, “Egypt's Prison Nostrums: Why the Prison System is Broken”
  • Kathryn Thornton, “Writing Against the Currents: Production of Alternative News at Dicle News Agency in Turkey”
  • Jeremy Wheatley, “"Keep Snapping the Truth": Palestinian Countervisuality and the Limits of Resistance via Snapchat”

Master's Thesis Topics 2014/2015

  • Sara Dima Abi Saab, "Beyond Death: How Reincarnation and Memory Reshape Kinship and Politics in Mount Lebanon"
  • Karima Al-Absy, "Creating Symbolic "Facts on The Ground:" Manifestations of Palestinian Identity on the Football Field"
  • Yasmine AlSayyad, "Documenting Egypt's Revolution: How the Egyptian Regime Managed to Bury the Truth about the Uprisings"
  • Thalia Beaty, "Hungry for Justice: Seeking Accountability in Post-Authoritarian Tunisia"
  • Jeff Eamon, "Policing the Bahrain Islands: Labor, Race, and the Historical Origins of Foreign Recruitment"
  • Brooke Fisher, "Contentious Memories: Narrating the 1991 Uprisings in Iraq"
  • Gina Hakim, "Tourism and Terrorism: Development Models and Dispossession in the Sinai"
  • Shima Houshyar, "Mothers of Laleh Park: Motherhood, Citizenship, and Justice in Post-Green Movement Iran"
  • Maham Javaid, "No Road to Waziristan: Stories of Civilians Caught Between Pakistan's Taliban, Military and Government"
  • Hannah Lawrence, "Archiving al-Nakba: a Challenge or Testimonial to the 'Unitnessability' of Palestinian Refugees?"
  • Adnan A. Moussa, "The Beirut-Dahiyeh Divide: Evoking Nostalgia and Amnesia in the Creation of an Exclusionary Capital"
  • Anna Reumert, "Intimate Strangers: Practices of Syrian Refugees in Beirut"
  • Keenan Wilder, "'Trying to be a Representative and a Policeman at the Same Time:' Explaining Labor Autonomy in Authoritarian Tunisia"
  • Boya Xu, "Beyond Sino-GCC Economic Ties: The Poltics of Hui Muslims in China"

Master's Thesis Topics 2013/2014

  • Sara Afzal, "The Relations Between the Urban Spaces of A Tehran Apartment Complex and Alternative Youth Culture Formations"
  • Margaretha Blignaut, "Casting Roma: the Production of Roma Subjectivity in Genetic Ancestry Research"
  • Alex Boodrookas, "Food for Books: Grain Aid, Cold War Scholarship, and the Weaponization of American Research Libraries"
  • Parisa Chavoshi, "Racializing Terror: Racial Bodies and Terrorist Populations in the Counter-Radicalization Encounter"
  • Nathan Christensen, "Agrarian Transformation and Transnational Revolution in South Yemen"
  • Matt Coogan, "The Struggle in Syria: Regime Consolidation and its Effects on Foreign Intervention, 1964-2014"
  • Cevat Dargin, "Politics of Historiography and the De-Historicization of Kurdistan"
  • Tom Finn, "Mothers of the Revolution: Yemeni Women in the Arab Revolt"
  • Shirin Gerami, "Sex-in-Crisis: Framing Marital Sexual Problems in Iran"
  • Matthew Greene, "Port Cities and the US War on Terror: The Cases of Dubai and Salalah"
  • Gayatri Kumar, "A Tale of Two States: Non-Resident Indians and Narratives of Belonging in the Sultanate of Oman"
  • Adam LoBue, "Neoliberalism as National Apocalypse in Egyptian Science Fiction: A Reading of Ahmed Khaled Towfik's Utopia"
  • Molly Oringer, "Consuming the homeland: archaeological sites, luxury commodities, and diaspora tourism in Israel"
  • Jackson Perry, "Planting the State: The FAO forestry division in mid-20th century Morocco"
  • Emma Quail, "Sudanese Resistance in Egypt: Tracing Colonial Legacies of Race and Domination Through the UNHCR"
  • Brooke Reynolds, "I'm Looking for Humans: Prison Hunger Strikes from Guantanamo Bay to Palestine"
  • Elif Sari, "Suspended Lives: Law, Violence, and LGBTQ Asylum In Turkey"
  • Eva Schreiner, "A City in Ruins: Neoliberalism, Heritage, and Securitization in Solidere's Downtown Beirut"
  • Omer Shah, "Apprehending the Hajj"
  • Simone Stemper, "No Borders in France: Contesting Humanitarian Norms in Calais"
  • Sarah Yozzo, "Producing the Intifada: Security Narratives and Imagined Social Identities in Brooklyn"

Master's Thesis Topics 2012/2013

  • Arash Afghahi, "Re-narrating Resonance: Examining Common Literary Perceptions within Iranian Studies"
  • Emma Alpert, "'Cinema Defends Life': The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Palestinian Filmaking "
  • Ryah Aqel, "'They Destroy, I Rebuild': Dispossesion, Time, and Resistance in the South Hebron Hills"
  • Mediha Belgemen, "'Nationalization of Woman's Emancipation': Re-reading the formation of the Republican Woman in Turkey with Reference to Islamist Feminist and Secular Feminist Approaches”
  • Mohamed Khelil Bouarrouj, "The World as We Know It: America, Saudi Arabia and the Cultural Politics of the 1973 Oil Embargo"
  • Tina Carter, "Rendering Visibility: How Activists are Fighting NYOD Surveillance & Restoring Muslims' Civil Rights in America"
  • Katie Cella, "Bidoun: Statelessness in the United Arab Emirates"
  • Eda Dogancay, "Islam as "National Cement": The Limits to AKP's Engagement with the Kurdish Question in Turkey"
  • Katharine Forman, "Rooted in Memory: Imagining the Homeland in Palestinian Children's Literature"
  • Laura Garland, "Faces of the Social Gospel: Visions of Gender and the Pioneering Impulse of the Arabian Mission, 1902-1913"
  • Bayann Hamid, "From Mangalore to Fustat: Mobility and Family Dispersion in a Medieval Merchant Society"
  • Fatima Malik, " Pedagogies of Progress: The Case of Rashidabad and the Pitflls of Development in Pakistan"
  • Jared Malsin, "The Rights of the Martyrs: The Politics of Mourning in Revolutionary Egypt"
  • Matt Pinas, "'All Cops Are Bastards': The Transformation of Egyptian Ultras from Football Fans to Revolutionaries"
  • Cyrus Roedel, "Census, Map and Museum: Revisiting Nationality in Jordan"
  • Sasha von Oldershausen, "For the Love of Farsi"

Master's Thesis Topics 2011/2012

  • Hayal Akarsu, "'Daru'l Hikme''s Project of Medrese Education in Turkey: Reinstating Islamic Tradition and Authority and Islamic Critique of Secularism"
  • Shifa Ali, "Remaking Tangier: 'Poetic Ways of Making-Do' in Urban Spaces of Transformation"
  • Rafat Azad, "Organ Transplant Debates in Islam: The Quest for Social Benefit ('Maslaha') & Consensus"
  • Philip Beverly, "Shaking off the Sheikh: How Two Major Arab American Organizations Combated Stereotypes 1967-1990"
  • Matthew Carrieri, "Free Market Logic: The Sociopolitical Effects of Structural Adjustment in Pre-Revolution Egypt and Tunisia"
  • Killian Clarke, "The Activist Networks Behind the 2011 Egyptian Uprising"
  • Susanna Ferguson, "Faithful Subjects of Rights: Feminism, Citizenship, and Subjectivity in Damascus, Syria"
  • Justin Finkelstein, "The Palestinian Refugee Problem: Competing Histories, Contentious Solutions"
  • Laura Goffman, "Under Strenuous Conditions of the Modern World: Organizing Arab Education in Mandatory Palestine 1923-1946"
  • Walker Gunning, "Towards a Cinema of Revolution: 18 Days in Tahrir Square"
  • Gozde Guran, "Socially Responsible Pipeline: Techno-Political Spaces of Governance and Contestation around the BTC Project"
  • Deborah Guterman, "'Di Tsung Iz Nit In Goles' or 'The Tongue is Not in Exile': Producing Countermemories of the Jewish Diasporic Experience"
  • Rebecca Keleher, "Rethinking Positive Images: Transnational Circulation of Iranian Cinema and the Pitfalls of Praise"
  • Grace Maalouf, "Buried in Silence: Lebanon's 'Disappeared' and the Politics of Civil War Memory"
  • Hania Mourtada, "The Vagaries of Syrian Womanhood: The Authoritarian State and the Politics of the Niqab"
  • Wajiha Naqvi, "The Role of Pakistani Sufi Music in the United States: The New York Sufi Festival and Caravanserai, A Place Where Cultures Meet"
  • Lila Nazemian, "Shifting Aesthetics of a Traditional Performance: Qawwali Music in America"
  • Rosa Norton, "Sensory Turns: On Being and Becoming Muslim in Contemporary Granada, Spain"
  • Kieran O'Connor, "One Struggle: Irish and Palestinian Nationalism and Cooperation since the Twentieth Century"
  • Sean O'Neill, "A View from Above: Palestinian Drivers Help Smuggle Workers Across the Green Line"
  • Andrew Schwimmer, "A Looming Crisis at Sea: The Quest for Gas in the Levant Basin Province"
  • Alexandra Sprano, "Constructing Gaziantep: Formulations of Social Memory in an Urban Landscape"
  • Merel Van Beeren, "The Daily Battles of the Turkish Journalist"
  • Miriam Wakim, "Investing in Citizenship or Security? Economic Discourse and Youth in Bashar al-Asad's Syria"

Master's Thesis Topics 2010/2011

  • Matthew A. Boury, "Identity and Energy: Rethinking Contemporary Turkey, Russia, and the European Union"
  • Sophie Chamas, "The Honorable People: Becoming Hezbollah"
  • Sara Edmunds, "Pedagogies of Tolerance: Human Rights, Masculinity and Marginalization in Palestinian Refugee Education"
  • Clemence Fondlladosa, "Bedouins, Environment, and Expertise in the Eyes of the European Union in Twenty-First Century Egypt"
  • Eline Gordts, "Love and Loathing in Ladakh: The Peaks and Valleys of Muslim-Buddhist Relations in the Indian Himalaya"
  • Antonia House, "Outlawing Palestinian Memory: Implications for Democracy in Israel"
  • Melissa Runstrom, "Being Local: Egyptian Return-Migrant Conceptions of Homeland"
  • Max Shmookler, "'And With Hardship Comes Ease'": The Influence of Islamic Notions of Suffering on Psychotherapy in a Refugee Context"
  • Brian M. Torro, "Interrogating the Discourse of Sectarianism in Iraq"

Master's Thesis Topics 2009/2010

  • Claudia Paola Ambrosino, “Mussolini's Politics of Penetration and His Gamble for Domination in Egypt”
  • Fatma Melek Arikan, “Turkish Islamic Intellectual Discourses on "Modernity", "Islamic Tradition and "Islamism": A Comparative Analysis Between Abdurrahman Arslan and Yasin Aktay”
  • Caitlyn Bolton, “Transcribing Tyranny: Darfur's Black Book and the Language of Resistance”
  • Janan Delgado, “The Fatwa as Historical Source in al-Andalus, A Study of the Abu Sa'id Ibn Lubb (d.1380)”
  • Elizabeth A. Harrington, “Spaces of Culture: Neoliberalism, Cultural Franchising, & Abu Dhabi's Saddiyat Island”
  • Roman Matveyev, “The Pulpit, the Sword and the Pipe: Seventeenth Century Reactions to Smoking in the Ottoman Empire”
  • Zeynep Sertbulut, “The Culinary State: Shifting Ingredients of Israeli Identity”
  • Besnik Sinani, “From Students of Knowledge to Hoxhas: Transnational Islam in Post-Communist Albania”
  • Daniel Smith, “Israel's Open Wound: Public Health and the Arab Jewish Immigrants of the Great Aliyah”
  • Helena Zeweri, “Defining "Afghanness": Performing and Claiming Afghan Identity Within the New York Afghan Diaspora