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 Text Circle: Muhammad in the Qur’an

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

he 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
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 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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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
13

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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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

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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Apr
27

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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Apr
30

Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran

5 - 6:30 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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