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 Welcome to the Arab-American Educational Foundation

The Arab-American Educational Foundation, Inc. (AAEF) was established in Houston in 1985 as a non-profit organization with the mission to promote understanding of Arab culture, history and language, through the endowment of university chairs and the sponsoring of academic programs, lecture series, cultural performances, scholarships, and research. The AAEF has produced many successful events in the Houston area to educate the local community. The AAEF has also established the first Chair of Arab Studies in Houston, initiated at Rice University. Currently, the AAEF has successfully raised the necessary $1 million in an endowment campaign to establish a second Chair of Arab Studies in the area, at the University of Houston. We are very proud of our achievements on behalf of the Arab-American community, and invite you to join us in making as well as preserving history.


Current Projects


 Community Events

The AAEF is conducting discussions with the two chairs of Arab History and Middle East studies in Houston and university leadership to create a Center for Arab Studies. Please check back soon for more information.

The AAEF Hosts Social to Celebrate Establishing Chair of Arab Studies at University of Houston

An event was hosted on Friday, April 10, 2015, to celebrate the establishment of the Chair of Arab Studies. More than 150 guests attended the event at the Alumni Center.

Read more in:

Middle East Online

The Arab Weekly

The AAEF President was featured in three videos:

Dr. Aziz Shaibani was honored by the Arab American Cultural and Community Center at its annual gala in December 2017 with an award for his dedication to the community.

Dr. Shaibani gave a lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston on Brain Science and Visual Art: Quest for Essential, on

October 26, 2017.

The AAEF cosponsored with the Arab American Cultural and Community Center a conversation with the Syrian thinker Professor Aziz Al Azmeh on secularism, moderated by Dr. Aziz Shaibani.

Articles by Dr. Ussama Makdisi

The Mythology of the Sectarian Middle East 


Trump's Executive Order Pits Muslims Against Christians

Arab American Cultural and Community Center College Scholarship Announcement

The ACC announced its annual College Scholarship Program for Arab-American students who seek to attend or currently attend a college or university.
The application period closes on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

To read the application packet, visit

Connect with The AAEF


The Arab-American Educational Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 270333
Houston, Texas 77277-0333


Celebration of First Chair of Arab Studies at the University of Houston


Endowment Campaign for the University of Houston Chair of Modern Arab Studies


We invite you to view our endowment campaign video and lecture videos at the links below.

Celebration of Chair of Arab Studies at University of Houston, April 2015

Shawqi Kassis Lecture at Rice University, November 2014

Robert Fisk Lecture at Rice University, May 2014

Charles Hirschkind Lecture at Rice University, April 2014

Ussama Makdisi Lecture at Rice University, March 2014
Marcel Khalife Lecture at Rothko Chapel
, April 2012

Anthony Shadid Lecture
, October 2011

Poet Adonis Lecture
, October 2010