Oct
01

Mark Morris Dance Group and The Silk Road Ensemble

8 p.m.
Zellerbach Hall

Mark Morris’ lyrical choreography, the emotive voices of Azerbaijan’s Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, the vibrant musicality of The Silk Road Ensemble, and the striking visual palette of British painter Howard Hodgkin combine in this world premiere performance. The timeless story of the tragic love between Layla and Majnun originated in 5th-century Arabia, and later … Continued

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Oct
01

Study in Israel Scholarship Deadline

Stephens Hall

The Government of Israel is providing four scholarships of up to $5,000 for students of Latino and Caribbean descent or heritage to study in Israel with UCEAP in Spring 2017. Scholarship Deadline: October 1 for Spring 2017 programs and April 1 for Fall 2017 programs

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Oct
02

Mark Morris Dance Group and The Silk Road Ensemble

3 p.m.
Zellerbach Hall

Mark Morris’ lyrical choreography, the emotive voices of Azerbaijan’s Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, the vibrant musicality of The Silk Road Ensemble, and the striking visual palette of British painter Howard Hodgkin combine in this world premiere performance. The timeless story of the tragic love between Layla and Majnun originated in 5th-century Arabia, and later … Continued

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Oct
03

Syria from Reform to Revolt

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340, Sultan Conference Room

As Syria’s anti-authoritarian uprising and subsequent civil war have left the country in ruins, the need for understanding the nation’s complex political and cultural realities remains urgent. Professor Stenberg will speak on the subject of his recent volume, Syria from Reform to Revolt: Culture, Society, and Religion which draws together closely observed, critical and historicized … Continued

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Oct
06

Genghis Khan’s Womenfolk: How Imperial Women Shaped the Mongol Conquests and the Mongol Empire

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340, Sultan Conference Room

The epic story of Genghis Khan and the Mongol conquests of Eurasia generates widespread interest, yet still today few know the truth of the matter. Still harder to find are the stories of Genghis Khan’s womenfolk, even though no one doubts that there were many, many women in his life. In this lecture, Professor Broadbridge … Continued

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Oct
06

European Moments in the Making of Islam’s “Image Problem”

5 - 7 p.m.
Stephens Hall Geballe Room, 220

The image of Islam in the West has been consistently informed by the idea that Islam fosters distinctive attitudes towards the image. Recent controversies about Islam, aniconism and iconoclasm are typical in this respect, often taking the idea of an Islamic Bilderverbot (image prohibition) as a given. Seen from the perspective of the longue durée, … Continued

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Oct
07

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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Oct
07

Fatema Mernissi for our Times

9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Anthony Hall

This conference’s objective is to engage with the many contributions of Mernissi’s work and its relevance for critical studies of Islam, postcolonial feminisms and activisms in the current historical context.

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Oct
10

New Short Films

6 p.m.
Hearst Field Annex A1

This year the Arab Film Festival reaches a special milestone as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. The AFF is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country, and has established itself internationally as one of the most important festivals of its kind outside the Arab world. It strives to present … Continued

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Oct
10

3000 Nights

7 p.m.
Hearst Field Annex A1

A young Palestinian school teacher is falsely accused of a being an accomplice to a crime and sentenced to serve 8 years. She gives birth to her son in a women’s prison, in Israel, where she fights to protect him, survive and maintain hope. Director: Mai Masri Country: Palestine Languages: Arabic, Hebrew Length: 103 min.

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Oct
13

Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340, Sultan Conference Room

Men of Capital examines British-ruled Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s through a focus on economy. In a departure from the expected histories of Palestine, this book illuminates dynamic class constructions that aimed to shape a pan-Arab utopia in terms of free trade, profit accumulation, and private property. And in so doing, it positions Palestine … Continued

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Oct
14

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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Oct
18

Beyond the Discursive Binary: Roots and Prospects of the Syrian Uprising

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340, Sultan Conference Room

This lecture addresses the roots of the Syrian uprising as a way of understanding the realm of the possible in terms of proposed solutions and potential transition. Rather than engage in an unproductive blame-game, it addresses the real needs of the majority of Syrians and the extent to which existing alternatives are likely to satisfy … Continued

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Oct
20

Right Wing Women: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340, Sultan Conference Room

How do women in conservative religious movements expand spaces for political activism in ways that go beyond their movements’ strict ideas about male and female roles? How and why does this activism happen in some movements but not in others? Righteous Transgressions examines these questions by comparatively studying four groups: the Jewish settlers in the … Continued

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Oct
21

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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Oct
26

PopUp Exhibition |Karen Barkey, Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Mixed Attendance at Greek Orthodox Churches in Istanbul

12 - 1 p.m.
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

The talk will describe and analyze Professor Karen Barkey’s two seasons of ethnographic study of the sharing in Greek Orthodox Churches in Istanbul, Turkey. The study explores identities, practices and patterns of participation in church rituals and life. The presentation will delineate between different choreographies of sharing, the borrowing of traditions, and the bricolage of … Continued

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Oct
27

Islamophobia and the Body Politics of Public Space

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Barrows Hall 691

Geographies of Islamophobia in Sydney and the San Francisco Bay Area: Mapping the Spatial Imaginaries of Young Muslim residents Rhonda Itaoui, Center for Race & Gender The Exclusion of Visible Muslims from French Public Spaces: the Rise of Respectable Sexism and Racism? Fatima Khemilat, Center for Race & Gender

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Oct
28

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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Oct
28

The Dargah Culture in Ajmer Sharif: An Antidote to Hindu-Muslim Conflicts?

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 10

“THE DARGAH CULTURE IN AJMER SHARIF: AN ANTIDOTE TO HINDU-MUSLIM CONFLICTS?” A TALK BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT Senior Research Fellow at Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales at Sciences Po, Paris, Research Director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, and Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the India Institute, King College, London Hosted by: Political…

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