The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) is an area studies center of the Office of International Affairs at the Ohio State University. MESC promotes learner-centered teaching, scholarly exchange, and intercultural experience related to the Middle East. MESC combines efforts with Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC), the Undergraduate International Studies Program (UISP), and the Middle East Studies Library Collections (MESLC), to support students, faculty and staff. Please support our Center’s Outreach Program with a donation. Every dollar directly funds curriculum and its accessibility to the general public, through the creation of easy-to-digest materials, such as this e-book, and our personal delivery of content to schools and teachers in Columbus and across the country, and online. We conduct extensive training for the military, provide ongoing media analysis, and continually work to strengthen Middle East studies at OSU by supporting courses, library resources and opportunities for students at OSU.