Mar
01

Oh My Sweet Land: A Play and Conversation on the Syrian Conflict

7 - 9 p.m.
Anthony Hall

Join the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Golden Thread Productions for a performance of the play Oh My Sweet Land, followed by food sharing and community conversation. Called “extraordinary” by The Guardian, this tour-de-force solo show, based on interviews with Syrian refugees in Jordan, takes an unflinching and personal look at the Syrian refugee … Continued

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Mar
02

MENA Salon: Press “Freedom” as Diplomacy: Turkish-German Relations

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

On February 16, a court in Istanbul ordered the release of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel after 366 days of pre-trial detention. Yücel’s release, following months of lobbying by the German government, marks rare good news for jailed journalists in Turkey, which is now ranked the world’s worst jailer of journalists, with around 160 held in … Continued

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Mar
02

Edin Hajdarpasic

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 270
Edin Hajdarpasic, Loyola University

During the nineteenth century, Serbian and Croatian national movements defined themselves against the specter of “the Turk.” Yet even as they explicitly named “the Turks” as sworn enemies, many Serbian-Croatian nationalists simultaneously described Bosnian Turks or Muslims as their “brothers,” pointing to their shared language, traditions, and ancestry. As one leading South Slavic nationalist…

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Mar
09

MENA Salon

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and 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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Mar
15

Desert Borderland: The Making of Modern Egypt and Libya

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Matthew H. Ellis, Sarah Lawrence College

How should we think about the emergence of territorial nationalism in the modern Middle East? Historians have typically emphasized cartography and border demarcation as necessary determinants of nation and state formation in the modern era. In this talk—based on his forthcoming book, Desert Borderland: The Making of Modern Egypt and Libya (Stanford UP, March 2018)—Matthew … Continued

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Mar
16

MENA Salon: A Nuclear Deal with Saudi Arabia?

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

On March 2, a delegation led by US Energy Secretary Rick Perry met with Saudi officials in London. The parties opened discussions on a potential deal that would allow the Gulf state to purchase nuclear power plants from American contractors. The prospect of a nuclear cooperation agreement between the US and Saudi Arabia raises a … Continued

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Mar
16

Yektan Türkyılmaz

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 270
Yektan Türkyılmaz, Fresno State

Through a brief overview of the turbulent nineteenth and especially the early twentieth centuries of Van/Vaspurakan Armenians this lecture will underscore the ways in which exploring this particular location challenges the conventional understandings regarding Armenian modernization, inter and intra-communal relations in the late Ottoman period and, particularly the Genocide. The nineteenth…

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Mar
19

Politics of Religion in Post-Coup Turkey

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Yunus Doğan Telliel, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

While there remain many unanswered questions regarding the July 2016 coup attempt, most Turkish citizens seem to agree with the government that putschists were linked to Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet movement. Although the government was decisive about what some call ‘de-Gülenification’ in state and private sectors, the possibility of a coup organized by a … Continued

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Mar
23

MENA Salon: The Fate of the Iran Deal

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s removal from the Trump administration on March 13 has raised serious doubts about the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Tillerson’s likely replacement is CIA director Mike Pompeo, a staunch opponent of the agreement. In this week’s MENA Salon we will build upon last week’s discussion of nuclear non-proliferation in … Continued

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