About Us

09 August 2016 Tuesday, 12:43

Institue for the Middle Eastern Arab Peoples

(Arap Enstitüsü-Der)





This institute is founded for the purpose of researching the histories, cultures, languages and relations with the countries they are dependent to, of the minorities living in the Eastern Mediterranean regions/countries which is also known as the Levant (Arabian Middle East), adopting a historical and cultural approach. It is an institution which aims to make the voices of the cultures which have been facing with the problem of lack of representation especially politically and historically heard. Antakya, which is placed in the centre of this study, as a border city that is on the border between Turkey and Syria, on the edge of the Eastern Mediterranean, representing both the peoples and urbanity in the best way as an ancient city, is an interface that opens from Turkey to the Middle East. Therefore, this institution has a field of study involving essentially the history of Antakya and the Levant region and the Middle East Arab peoples. Today, the Levant region contains national borders of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine – Israel and Jordan. Our institution focuses on publishing, educational and art studies at an academic level taking subjects such as Middle East Arab Sociology, Anthropology and Geopolitics as basis. Considering the Middle Eastern political structure, uprisings and wars of today, it aims to contribute to peace and freedom in the Middle East by an analytical understanding and explanation of the effects of crises and changes in especially Antakya, across the Levant region, on the peoples, within the frame of the world order. Our institution constitutes an exclusive example while taking the pulse of a multi-ethnical and multi-religious city, combining both local and international aspects and critical analyses.

Hatay (In Arabic; ‘Iskanderuna’; as for its French-mandated Syrian name, ‘The Sanjak of Alexandretta’), is a rather central city with its geopolitical importance and due to its critical history, for comprehending and explaining the political and social dynamics of firstly, the Levant; secondly, contemporary Middle East. Along with being considered within the Levant region, it is located inside the borders of Turkey. While studying the history of Antakya and its peoples’ oral history and socio-political characteristics particularly, the institution has been establishing its general perspective on historical and political studies in line with Middle East Arab geography. Basically, the study units work on using anthropological, historical and sociological methods. Besides the local ethnographic and oral historical studies, the institution with its academic staff investigates the Levant and Turkish relations, Arabic language, culture and minorities and publishing these studies by means of articles, book abstracts and projects. It aims to organize exhibitions, conferences, stage performances and works of identity-art-memory, with its staff of culture-art. It is in our essential objectives to analyze and to contribute to the analysis of the traditions, languages, ethnography and geography, local and regional problems, debates and social structures of the Arab peoples.


            1.1 Here are some of the geographic focal points which project the institutions general tendency and focus:

  • Antıocha
  • Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant
  • Middle East


        2.2 These are some of the essential subject samples which project the institutions general tendency and focus:

  • History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Language
  • International Relations and Geopolitics
  • Orientalism
  • Cultural Recollection, Memory and Oral History Studies
  • Politics

Our institution, which is the first study centre of the Arab peoples, aims to take place among the esteemed institutions and study centres, in cultural, political and historical fields in the national, regional and international arena in the first place and intensifying its studies especially on the Arab peoples.


It is among our missions to bring awareness to peoples of the Middle East of whom languages, cultures and histories have been made forgotten and trying to sustain their existences within the fiction of the modern world and at the same time to the political formations and problems of the Middle East, and to study the relations and connections of the ethno-religious minorities in Turkey and Middle East Arab countries with states and the Middle East history. The institution, which tries to represent and present the cultural and art wealth of the Middle East with the workshop studies team, aims to bring together the academicians, activists and artists from Turkey and all over the world, who study or think over the Middle East and by these means to contribute in peace.



Methods of Study:

Arab institution is a platform, established for the Arab peoples of the Middle East -from all religious orders, beliefs and countries- to express themselves orally and in written. It is a website, main broadcast of which consists of review assays of Arab Middle East, photographs and comment pages. Along with the broadcast in the academic quality being our main principle, the assays, articles and releases, which are prepared with the contribution of the specialists who maintain studies on the Middle East and of people who want to discuss the Arab world on the voluntary basis, are taken under review and are released to public after the necessary edits are made. Therefore, since our media organ is the website, the assays of the voluntaries who would like to contribute are accepted as well, however, they pass through the approval of the editors and the central committee. The institution, upon the editors’ inspection of the assays and articles, decides whether they are ready to publish. It organizes congresses, conferences, symposiums, seminars, panel discussions, forums, exhibitions, courses, educational studies on the history and politics of Middle East and similar activities. However, in addition to these, it also publishes booklets, reports, bulletins, magazines, newspapers and books, and it utilizes from every written and visual press and media instruments. It participates in national and international congresses held inside and outside the country.

Units of Study:

  • The institution works in committees.
  • Each committee acts within the approval and permission of the central committee and attends to common meetings every 15 days.
  • Each commission is obligated to inform their monthly targets and activities to the central committee.
  • The General Coordinator inspects and conducts the communication among the committees, public relations, institution introduction and advertisement. It coordinates with the central committee.




Central Committee: It consists of the founder and members of board. The central committee is the centre of decision which reviews the assays, activities, requests and studies of all committees. These academicians in this committee, who are directly responsible of the operation of the institution, are within the frame of the advisory board and they are considered as founders.

Education Committee: It is responsible with the educational studies to be conducted. It establishes connections with the instruments of education outside the institution, culture and art foundations and activities. In the long term, it develops specialties such as language, cultural recollection and memory trainings and methodological research techniques educations and aims to reach youth organizations in the Middle East/Antakya.

Historical and Ethnographic Research Committee: This committee is responsible with conducting two studies. One of them is to carry out field studies and make ethnographic studies, and the second one is to make oral history studies. It pursues a process as the ethnographic research field teams making recordings by means of the academic team and carry out interviews at every corner of Antakya and to carry the life styles and concerns of Arabs to anthropological broadcast. Historical studies is to carry out official history research, critics and analysis. Beside this, by means of conducting oral history and memory studies, the self-explanations of the public is prepared for broadcast. For example, it writes assays and makes book critics by researching the written histories of Arab peoples living in Antakya.

Editorial Team: It is responsible of the basic media organ, the website. This team consists of voluntary editors and separate editors take duties for every section such as interview, executive of photography and visuals, translator and culture page.

Arts and Humanities Committee: It carries out the activities such as exhibitions, documentaries, stage performances, and identity and art programs. These activities include getting in contact with local artists, publishing various projects on the website and assisting the introduction and development of the institution in common art projects.

Politics and International Relations Committee: It analyses and writes the assays and comments about the agenda of the Middle East.

The Methodology that the Committees shall benefit:

Especially “qualitative” techniques shall be taken as basis and one-to-one interviews shall be prepared by benefitting from focus groups and on-site observations. Qualitative research aims to find answers to particular questions as the result of the analyses of individuals living in various social environments. The researchers using qualitative techniques, concern how the individuals interpret their environments by means of symbols, rituals, social structures and roles (Berg, 2001:13). Qualitative techniques help the researchers to understand how the individuals form their perception and interpretation and their daily lives. It is tried to be figured out how the individuals interviewed with interpret and identify the groups out of the community, in which way the religious practices take place in the daily life and their political stances by means of this techniques. In the interviews, sometimes direct questions are applied and sometimes it is focused on narrations or the examples that the individuals give from their lives.