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Recreating Solomon's Temple

Recreating Solomon's Temple

Professor Balfour's most recent book, Solomon’s Temple: Myth, Conflict, and Faith (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), is a study of the constructive and destructive power of religion played out in the myths and realities of one place, Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and a journey through four thousand years of constantly shifting religion and reality in the Middle East.

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Prof. Sima Shakhsari on Sanctioned Freedom: Weblogistan, Gender, and Liberation in Times of War

Prof. Sima Shakhsari on Sanctioned Freedom: Weblogistan, Gender, and Liberation in Times of War

Less than a decade before the Iranian Green Movement became known as the “Twitter revolution,” and before Twitter and Facebook revolutions gained currency in the lexicon of the recent uprisings in the Middle East, “blogging revolution” described the role of the Iranian blogosphere in the liberation and democratization language, reminiscent of the post-Soviets color revolutions. Women in particular became the focus of liberation through blogging in cyber-enthusiastic accounts that reproduced the binaries of oppression versus freedom in cyberspace. In this talk, Prof.

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Building a Frontier: Islamic Architecture, Mongol Rule and Local Patronage in Medieval Anatolia

Building a Frontier: Islamic Architecture, Mongol Rule and Local Patronage in Medieval Anatolia

In the first half of the thirteenth century, the Mongol conquest of the eastern Islamic world shook up established patterns of rule and patronage. In Anatolia, patronage of Islamic architecture moved from the Seljuk court into the hands of various actors, including local notables, Sufi leaders, and Mongol governors. This talk examines these shifts in architectural patronage and building practices during the the construction of this western frontier of the Mongol Empire.

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From Resistance to Mainstream Power: The Changing "Islam" of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

From Resistance to Mainstream Power: The Changing "Islam" of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Dr. Eltantawi discussed her research on the “political theology” of the Muslim Brotherhood by giving a genealogy of the Muslim Brotherhood's conception of Islam and Islamic law from the creation of the group in 1928, through the period they were forced underground (latter half of 20th century) to their current political manifestation as The Freedom and Justice Party (Al-Huriyya w’al ʼAdaala).

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In Memoriam: Prof. Edward Said's Final Speech

In Memoriam: Prof. Edward Said's Final Speech

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In honor of the tenth anniversary of Prof. Edward Said's death, watch his last public appearance, a speech for the CMES Lecture Series in the spring of 2003. In a lecture entitled "The United States, the Islamic World, and the Question of Palestine,"  Prof. Edward Said argued that there could be no peace in the Middle East until the Israeli government ceased injustices against Palestinians. Rather than go to war against Iraq, Prof.

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Spaces of Liberation

Spaces of Liberation

Mass protests during the Arab Spring in the Middle East have revealed layers of complexity within the construction of large-scale urban revolts. These processes and patterns have yet to be empirically and systematically investigated. This conference brings together scholars to examine the quick pace by which public spaces were reshaped and reproduced as spaces for resistance and liberation from the traditional state-driven system of power and control.

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