Welcome! Middle East/South Asia Studies covers an area of utmost historical, cultural, economic and geopolitical significance. Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia bridge these regions. The Middle East and South Asia are the birthplace of major world religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism as well as Zoroastrianism and the Baha’i faith in Iran and Jainism and Sikhism in India. The Middle East gave rise to two of the first great empires: Egypt and Mesopotamia. The Indus Valley civilization, of equal antiquity, arose in South Asia. Major languages of the Middle East are Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew; those of South Asia include Bengali, Gujurati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. The Middle East and South Asia are home to over a quarter of the world's population. The two areas are connected by religious exchanges over centuries, trade routes and traffic in products, languages, and ideas; colonialism (especially British and French); migrations of people; family systems; ideologies of feminism and nationalisms and development paradigms in the 19th and 20th centuries.