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The Institute for Critical Thought was founded in 2015 as an independent site for the liberal arts. It provides a space for creative and critical engagement with the arts, humanities, and social sciences while cultivating  relationships among members of the community.


Based in Amman, the Institute applies an array of resources from philosophy, politics, and literature, as well as from the practice of studio art, to the Levant’s present moment, with a view to the global configurations of power in which the region operates.


Our flagship program is composed of intimate, graduate seminars in the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Supported by a need-based Scholarship Program, the seminars attracts members from around the world. Alumni range from scholars and professionals to social workers and artists.


Between terms, the Institute supports affiliates in further study through mentoring, grants, and an international network. With liaisons in Cairo, Sao Paulo, London, and New York, the Institute aims to strengthen intellectual and artistic bonds internationally.