Middle East Centre

Middle East Centre

Contact Details: 

The Middle East Centre is located in (1) the Kirdar Building at 68 Woodstock Road and (2) the Investcorp Building (entrance via St Antony's College main entrance at 62 Woodstock Road), Oxford OX2 6JF, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1865 284780
Fax: +44 (0)1865 274529
Email: mec@sant.ox.ac.uk


For specific enquiries please email:

  • MEC Library (Librarian, Mr Afzal Haus) | Opening hours are in term time, Monday to Thursday 9:15am to 5pm and Friday 9:15am to 4:30pm; and during the vacation period, Monday to Friday from 9:15am to 1pm (1-2pm closed) and 2pm to 5pm
  • MEC Archive (Archivist, Debbie Usher) | Open by appointment only, with opening hours of 9.45am to 12.45pm and 1:45pm to 5.15pm
  • Tours of the Investcorp Building please visit the Investcorp Building page and register your interest in a tour | Tours are restricted to outside of the academic term (Wednesdays 3.30pm and then again at 4pm) as the building is an active research site for our students, Fellows and researchers
  • Please note that parking on site is limited

Since it’s establishment in 1957, the MEC has emerged as a premiere international institute for teaching, research and scholarly exchange on the modern Middle East in the University of Oxford, training over 1000 masters and doctoral students. Centre graduates have gone on to leadership positions in academia, diplomacy, public policy, journalism, finance and related fields. The MEC:

  • promotes inter-disciplinary scholarship on Turkey, Iran, Israel and the Arab states of the Middle East and North Africa from the nineteenth century to the present day;
  • serves as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East, encouraging the exchange of students and researchers from across the region;
  • encourages informed debate and respect for divergent views on the contentious issues confronting the Middle East; Centre scholars contribute to debates in the press and public arenas and advise government to promote greater understanding of the Middle East;
  • provides supervision, teaching and research support for masters and doctoral students in modern Middle Eastern studies; students come from around the work – from the UK and the rest of Europe, from all parts of the Middle East and Asia, and from the Americas.