Apr
03

MENA Lit Chat: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Michael David Lukas, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join bestselling author and CMES Program Coordinator Michael David Lukas for a conversation about his new novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, “a beautiful, richly textured novel” centered around a thousand-year old synagogue in Cairo.

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Apr
04

Islamic Texts Circle: Muhammad in the Qur’an

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Asad Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes … Continued

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Apr
05

Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Nora Fisher-Onar & E. Fuat Keyman

Panelists will discuss their new volume Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City (Rutgers University Press, 2018) which asks: What does Istanbul teach us, for better or for worse, about living with the Other? The interdisciplinary group of contributors hail from politics, international studies, area studies, urban studies, sociology, anthropology, and geography. Chapters examine…

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Apr
06

MENA Salon

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week’s topic.

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Apr
10

Reimagining Morocco’s Cultural Heritage for the 21st Century

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Ashley Miller, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

In July of 2011, King Mohammed VI of Morocco (r.1999-present) endorsed a constitutional referendum that acknowledged his country’s plural identities and histories in an unprecedented way, describing a Moroccan national identity “forged through the convergence of its Arab-Islamic, Amazigh, and Saharan-Hassanic components, nourished and enriched by its African, Andalusian, Hebraic, and…

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Apr
12

State of Emergency and State of Lawlessness: Turkey’s Contemporary Political Predicament

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Hüseyin Levent Köker

A substantially significant aspect of constitutionalism is to limit state power even under states of emergencies. Accordingly, “emergency rule” under constitutionalism is not “exceptional”, “extralegal”, therefore “unlimited” form of rule. Turkey, with its relatively long albeit troubled tradition of constitutional government is no exception. Thus, according to the Turkish Constitution (1982),…

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Apr
13

MENA Salon: IDF Fires on Palestinians at the Gaza Border

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week’s topic.

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Apr
14

Contemporary Armenian Writing and the Parameters of the Literary

9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Dwinelle Hall 370
Siranush Dvoyan, American University of Armenia & Myrna Douzjian, University of California, Berkeley & Hayk Hambardzumyan, Yerevan State University & Vahram Danielyan, American University of Armenia & Talar Chahinian, California State University, Long Beach & Krikor Beledian, National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations & Hagop Gulludjian, University of California, Los Angeles & Marc Nichanian, American University of Armenia

Welcome and Opening Remarks 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Stephan Astourian, Department of History and William Saroyan Director of the Armenian Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley Morning Session – Literature in Armenia 9:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. “Repression, Rehabilitation and Silence: An Uknown Episode from the Soviet-Armenian Experience” | 9:45 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Siranush Dvoyan,…

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Apr
19

The Question of Judeo-Arabic: Nation, Partition, and the Linguistic Imaginary

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Ella Shohat, New York University

Professor Ella Shohat, 2018 CMES Distinguished Visitor, teaches at the departments of Art & Public Policy and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at New York University. She has lectured and written extensively on issues having to do with post/colonial and transnational approaches to Cultural studies. Her writing has been translated into diverse languages, including: French, … Continued

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Apr
20

MENA Salon: A Chemical Attack and Airstrikes in Syria

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Events in Syria over the past two weeks have ignited a diplomatic firestorm and raised a number of questions about action against the Syrian government. What were the airstrikes meant to accomplish? Will they alter the course of Syria’s Civil War? Will they have an impact on international relations and law? We will consider these … Continued

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Apr
21

Cal Day 2018: Berkeley Students Respond to Syria

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Berkeley students

As we enter the 8th year of the war in Syria, how are UC Berkeley students engaging with this humanitarian catastrophe? This panel will discuss research opportunities on critical issues of public health and human rights, the challenges of studying and writing about Syria, and participation in student organizations and activism on campus and beyond. … Continued

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Apr
25

The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

4 - 6 p.m.
Dwinelle Hall 3335
Alexander Bevilacqua, Williams College

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a pioneering community of Christian scholars laid the groundwork for the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization. These men produced the first accurate translation of the Qur’an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote Muslim history using Arabic sources. The Republic … Continued

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Apr
26

Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Nahid Siamdoust, Yale University

Music is an alternative and revealing way for studying post-revolutionary Iranian society and politics. In this book talk, Nahid Siamdoust discusses music as a potent cultural register that facilitates political expression and communication, while tracing the evolution of cultural and social policy making in Iran. Drawing on over five years of research in Iran, including … Continued

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Apr
27

Rape as a Weapon of War: Yazidi Women Break the Silence

5 - 8 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
miriam cooke, Duke University

Keynote Address by miriam cooke, Duke University, at 5:00 pm. Reception to follow at 6:30 pm, with music by Fathi Al-Jarrah. Day 1 of the Near Eastern Studies Graduate Student Conference Hard Times: Critical Approaches to Crisis and its Aftermath

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