Nov
01

The Politics of Secularism: Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Murat Akan, Boğaziçi University

Discussions of modernity—or alternative and multiple modernities—often hinge on the question of secularism, especially how it travels outside its original European context. Too often, attempts to answer this question either imagine a universal model derived from the history of Western Europe, which neglects the experience of much of the world, or emphasize a local, non-European … Continued

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Nov
01

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Dr. William Barylo

7 - 9 p.m.
Zaytuna College Sanctuary
Dr. William Barylo, Light Inc.

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic … Continued

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Nov
02

Genealogies of Syrian Ba‘thism: Michel ‘Aflaq and Modern Arab Intellectual History

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Max Weiss, Princeton University

Join the CMES for a lecture by Max Weiss, Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He studies the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the modern Middle East. His research interests include transformations of law and society, religious culture, history of ideas, and the translation of contemporary Arabic literature into … Continued

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Nov
03

MENA Salon

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in 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. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week’s topic.

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Nov
15

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Professor Alexander Key

7 - 9 p.m.
Zaytuna College Sanctuary
Professor Alexander Key, Stanford University

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic … Continued

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Nov
17

MENA Salon

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in 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. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week’s topic.

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Nov
27

On the History of Religions and the Study of Islam

5 - 7 p.m.
Stephens Hall Geballe Room 220
Travis Zadeh, Yale University

Islam plays a powerful role in American public discourse. Across this often contentious landscape, numerous voices can be heard defining and contesting the nature of Islam. This lecture addresses the place and history of Islam in the modern academic study of religion in light of discursive structures that are designed to contain and delimit the … Continued

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Nov
30

Rise of the Female Imam: Gender Reform in Islam

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Rabi'a Keeble, Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque, Berkeley & Sherin Khankan, Mariam Mosque, Copenhagen & Amina Wadud, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley & Mairaj Syed, UC Davis

Join the CMES for a thought-provoking conversation on local and global gender reform in Islam, featuring founders of women mosques in California and Denmark and prominent scholars of Islamic studies.

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Dec
01

MENA Salon

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in 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. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week’s topic.

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