CASAW (Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World) is the result of a UK government initiative to build crucial expertise on the Arab World based on a knowledge of the Arabic language coupled with advanced research methods skills in the social and political sciences, arts and humanities. CASAW is currently funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
UK Wide Collaboration
It fields one of the largest concentrations of expertise in the UK, bringing together over 50 full-time members of staff drawn from a variety of departments in the arts, humanities and social and political sciences, all working on areas directly related to the Arabic-speaking world.
CASAW’s priority is to serve national strategic interests by safeguarding the future health of Arab World expertise in the UK, training the next generation of academics and providing a vital flow of expertise to sustain the needs of the public and private sectors.
Enhancing National Capacity in Arab Studies
The Centre will substantially enhance national capacity in Arabic and Arab World studies. In addition to training an elite cadre of masters and doctoral students, it hosts eight post-doctoral fellows trained in Arabic and pursuing, alongside teaching and administration, major research projects on areas such as jihad and martyrdom, minority identities and the Muslim diaspora.
The critical mass of scholarly expertise available at all three universities fosters a culture of national and international collaboration, both within academia and beyond to the public and private sectors.
Major Funding Bodies
As part of the United Kingdom’s Language-Based Area Studies Initiative the country’s major funding bodies – the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and SFC (Scottish Funding Council) – awarded the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester and Durham £5 million to establish the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) which was founded in September 2006.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council
The Arts and Humanities Research Council supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of culture and creativity.
The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences.
Higher Education Funding Council for England
The Higher Education Funding Council for England promotes and funds teaching and research in higher education institutions.
Scottish Funding Council
The Scottish Funding Council distributes about £1.5 billion in funding each year for teaching and learning, research and other activities in Scotland’s colleges and universities.