Sep
05

The Beginnings of Islamic Law: Late Antique Islamicate Legal Traditions

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Lena Salaymeh, Ph.D., Tel Aviv University

Like artists who use a combination of recycled and new materials, Muslim jurists crafted their legal opinions by fusing ancient norms, scripture, Prophetic precedents, local practice, and contemporaneous needs in unexpected ways. The craft of legal recycling produced works whose component parts are not easily identifiable or classifiable. Much law was simultaneously Islamic, tribal, Jewish, … Continued

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Sep
07

MENA Salon: Turkey’s Economic Turbulence and Rift with US

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Chronic problems of the Turkish economy resurfaced before and after the anticipated presidential election in June, which for many was going to mark the beginning of a new era. It was assumed that the reelection of Erdogan may calm financial markets. But after the spat between US and Turkey over the fate of North Carolina … Continued

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Sep
14

MENA Salon: Saudi Arabia: Image and Reality in an Era of Reform

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Since Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman took power in June 2017, Saudi Arabia has become the center of international media attention on its new found reform agenda–from granting women the right to drive, effective in June 2018, to restricting the powers of the religious police, to new found connections and investments between the Kingdom and … Continued

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Sep
21

MENA Salon: Egypt Five Years After Rabaa

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

August 15th marked the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Cairo’s Rabaa and Nahda Squares, in which Egyptian security forces killed at least 800 people. An Egyptian court on Saturday September 8 issued its final verdict upholding the death sentences of 75 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters for their participation in the Rabaa and Nahda … Continued

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Sep
27

Covering and Uncovering Iran in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with Journalist Melissa Etehad (Los Angeles Times)

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times & Persis Karim, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, San Francisco State University

As the profession of journalism has been attacked and undermined by the charges of “fake news” from the Trump Administration, many journalists are doubling down in the effort to cover important international news that so often has sidelined by domestic daily headlines. Reporting about Iran and US-Iran relations, covering the “Muslim Ban” and its impact … Continued

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Sep
28

MENA Salon, 25 Years On: The Legacy of the Oslo Accords

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the first Oslo Accords. The historic handshake exchanged between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, under the supervision of US President Bill Clinton in Washington, DC, was anticipated to provide a timeline for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Yet, the mutual political will demonstrated during … Continued

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