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The North Carolina Consortium for Middle East Studies, a collaboration between the Duke University Middle East Studies Center and the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, promotes and coordinates Middle East studies at the two universities and throughout the state of North Carolina. This collaboration, dating back decades, was institutionalized in 1994 through the Carolina Seminar in Comparative Islamic Studies, which brought together faculty, visiting scholars, graduate students, undergraduates, and community members for scholarly and cultural events relating to the Middle East and to Muslim communities around the world. A joint center was founded in 2005 to broaden this cooperation, and was expanded in 2022 to serve Middle East studies across North Carolina.