Feb
02

The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory by Brian Fishman

4 - 5:30 p.m.
2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues) Wildavsky Conference Room

Given how quickly its operations have achieved global impact, it may seem that the Islamic State materialized suddenly. In fact, al-Qaeda’s operations chief, Sayf al-Adl, devised a seven-stage plan for jihadis to conquer the world by 2020 that included reestablishing the Caliphate in Syria between 2013 and 2016. Despite a massive schism between the Islamic … Continued

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Feb
03

MENA Salon

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340, Sultan Conference Room

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

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Feb
08

Rabih Alameddine on “The Angel of History”

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Rabih Alameddine is the author of six novels–including the National Book Award finalist An Unnecessary Woman and the international bestseller The Hakawati–as well as a Twitter feed that The New Yorker called “a work of art.” His most recent novel, The Angel of History, follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he reckons with his childhood in … Continued

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Feb
09

Islamic Texts Circle

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Join visiting scholar Ahmad Ighbariah (Tel Aviv University) for our first Islamic Texts Circle of 2017, examining the work of 10th century philosopher Al-Farabi. To RSVP and receive texts, please contact cmes@berkeley.edu. Text in Arabic and English translation.

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Feb
13

Spring Art and Film Series: “On the Banks of the Tigris”

6 - 9:30 p.m.
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

The film follows Majid Shokor, an Iraqi-Australian, as he discovers many of the classic Iraqi songs from his youth were composed by Iraqi Jews. Shokor then travels around the world, meeting, collaborating, and unifying Iraqi musicians of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith. Followed by a conversation/ performance with Yair Dalal.

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Feb
15

Syria: Spaces of War

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

The uprisings that swept North Africa from late 2010 thru early 2011 reached Syria, to the surprise of many including President Bashar Al-Assaad, in March 2011. Al-Assaad, was convinced that his country would never experience such a widespread public show of dissent. Differing from those other uprisings, Syrians could not claim their own Tahrir Square … Continued

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Feb
15

Knowing Plants in Cuneiform Cultures

12 - 1 p.m.
Barrows Hall 254

This talk will consider what R.C Thompson’s 1949 “Dictionary of Assyrian Botany” might look like in the twenty-first century. Scribal investigations of plants covered a wide range of scholarly genres in cuneiform cultures, from lexical lists, to materia medica, and glassmaking recipes. I will address the perennial challenge of identifying modern plant species in ancient … Continued

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Feb
16

Sassoon Grigorian

8 - 10 p.m.
Vasbouragan Hall

At a critical juncture in its history, this book explores the challenges and opportunities for Armenia, with clear public policy recommendations. Armenia is a Smart Nation, it has one of the highest literacy rates globally, it is a recognised world leader in the strategy game of chess, Armenians have been credited with many innovations and inventions … Continued

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Feb
23

To Aleppo Gone

6 - 9 p.m.
UC Berkeley Campus TBD

Poetry reading from Berkeley faculty, stage reading of Mohammad al-Attar, performance by spoken word artist Omar Offendum, and music by members of Disoriental: Berkeley’s MENA Music Ensemble.

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