Swiss Society for the Middle East and Islamic Cultures

The Swiss Society for the Middle East and Islamic Cultures (SSMEIC, or in its German and French/Italian abbreviations, SGMOIK and SSMOCI) exists to further knowledge and understanding both of the cultures and societies of West Asia and North Africa in past and present and also of Islam in different parts of the world, especially Switzerland. To achieve this it encourages dialogue with Middle Eastern and Muslim cultures and supports academic publications and forms of artistic expression.

The Society (SSMEIC) was founded in Bern on 10 November 1990. It is multi-lingual, with events and publications taking place mainly in German and French, but also in English and Italian. It aims to provide a forum where different opinions can be expressed and scholarly-based discussions occur in a climate of mutual respect.

The Society (SSMEIC) is committed to making the results of scholarly research better known among the general public in Switzerland, thereby extending the horizons of public discourse. It seeks to support university teaching and research in Middle Eastern languages, history, art and culture and encourages networking among all those in academic disciplines concerned with the region or with Islam in Europe and particularly Switzerland. The Society (SSMEIC) also provides a platform for those working in the areas of art, literature, journalism, conflict resolution and development cooperation as well as for the wider public. It organises conferences, lectures, discussions and seminars in different Swiss cities.

The Society (SSMEIC) has no particular world view or political standpoint and does not serve to propagate particular ideologies or religious beliefs.


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28.12.2018: The journal nr 46 (Spring 2018) is available online!

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15.03.18: General Assembly SSMEIC in Fribourg
Saturday, 21st April 2018 (2.15 pm -3.45 pm).
Followed by a public lecture by Prof. A Dziri and by an apero.
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17.03.18: The journal nr 45 (Autumn 2017) is available online!

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21.02.18: The annual report 2017 is available online!

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