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February 2019

Exhibit and Opening Reception: “40 Years After: Posters from the Soviet-Afghanistan War”

February 13, 2019 | 5:30 pm - March 29, 2019 | 5:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Visualizing Afghanistan marks the fortieth anniversary of the Soviet invasion as well as the eighteenth year of the longest war ever waged by the United States. An exhibit of political posters from the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-89) reveals regional contestations among socialism, nationalism and Islamic insurgency at the end of the Cold War. The rise of the Mujahideen set the foundation for the establishment of Al-Qaeda and the subsequent US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. In conjunction with the exhibit, a…

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Lecture: “Find True Love and Make it Last” with Haleh Banani

February 23, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Learn what it takes to attract the right person to marry and make the love last a lifetime. How do we build and maintain healthy relationships? What is it we should look for in a partner? What are the current crises we're facing in marriages? Come and listen to Haleh Banani, a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience, answer these questions and discuss relationships in Islam. Haleh Banani has her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with 20 years experience. She…

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Lecture: “Cyclical Sanctity and Ismaili Identity: A Framework for Rethinking Conversion to Shi’I Islam in the Iranian World” by Dr. Daniel Beben (Nazarbayev University)

February 25, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

How are minority religious communities able to successfully endure and proselytize under adverse conditions of persecution? Through analyzing the Ismaili Shi’i community of Central Asia, Dr. Beben will investigate the inter-related practices of patronage and the elaboration of religious conversion narratives connected with Ismaili saints, demonstrating how these practices intersect within a process of appropriation and re-appropriation to address  the paradox of why Ismailism is a literary and intellectual tradition that has its deepest roots in “peripheral” regions. Sponsored by…

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Film Screening: “Blood and Oil”

February 25, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Global Studies Students Association for the Middle East installment of this semester's documentary series! Anyone interested in learning and understanding the timeline of events that has lead us to the modern day conflict in the Middle East should watch this film created by Marty Callaghan. 'Blood and Oil' is a detailed account about the motivation behind the birth of the Middle Eastern nations and the insatiable greed for oil. It examines the devastating conflicts and Western political intrigue that laid the…

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Panel Discussion: “The War in Yemen: Implications for America and the World”

February 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  The war in Yemen is defined by the U.N. as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, but remains chronically underreported. The war involves almost 10 countries, including the U.S., and has recently come into the limelight after Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Once celebrated as a success story of the Arab Spring, almost eighty percent of the country now needs some form of humanitarian aid. This panel, through analysts at the Yemen Peace Project and Oxfam will trace the geopolitical significance of…

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Humanities in Action Talk: “Why are There So Few Muslim Terrorists?” with Charles Kurzman (UNC-Chapel Hill)

February 26, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

featuring Charles Kurzman, Philip Stadter Distinguished Professor of Sociology All programs are held from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS and receive a discount on the purchase of all ten lectures. Program Tuition: Advance registrants pay $18 per lecture ($13 for GAA members) or can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS—register for all 10 events for $135.00 ($100.00 for GAA members). To check your membership status…

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Conversation: “Breaking the Cycle of Violence” featuring Michal Hochberg and Osama Elewat (Combatants for Peace)

February 27, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

On February 27th, at 6 PM in Social Sciences 139, J Street U brings to campus Combatants for Peace, a grassroots organization of Israelis and Palestinians that takes direct action to pursue mutual non-violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Each member has played a direct role in the cycle of violence in this conflict. We will be joined by Osama Elewat and Michal Hochberg from the organization, and they will spend time talking about CFP and their thoughts on the conflict,…

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Global Career Night

February 27, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Hear from a panel of stellar UNC alumni in globally focused careers! A networking reception will follow the panel. At the reception, representatives from Honors Carolina, the Peace Corps, UNC Career Services, the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, UNC Study Abroad, the UNC Campus Y, and the US Department of State will join the panelists and attendees. Panelists include: Anthony Dest, University of Texas at Austin Andrea Felder, American University Erin O’Connor, Raytheon International, former US Department of State Justin…

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Lecture: “Interpreting Islam in China” – A book talk with Kristian Petersen (Old Dominion University)

February 28, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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During the early modern period, Muslims in China began to embrace the Chinese characteristics of their heritage. Several scholar-teachers incorporated tenets from traditional Chinese education into their promotion of Islamic knowledge. As a result, some Sino-Muslims established an educational network which utilized an Islamic curriculum made up of Arabic, Persian, and Chinese works. The corpus of Chinese Islamic texts written in this system is collectively labeled the Han Kitab. Kristian Petersen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy…

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Lecture: “How Peshawar revived Bukhara’s Sanctity: The Remarkable Story of Hazrat Jio Sahib Peshawari (d. 1816)” with Waleed Ziad (Yale University)

February 28, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

From the mid-18th century,  the political landscape of the Persianate world underwent dramatic transformations. While decentralized states gradually emerged across Central Asia, the Durrani Afghans began carving out an empire from eastern Iran to north India. This turbulent period also witnessed the proliferation of an intricate network of shrines, Sufi centers, and madrasas associated with the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi (lit., ‘revivalist’) Sufi order, which had originated in the Mughal heartlands. This talk will focus on the career of one of the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi scholars-saints…

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Lecture: “Islam in the Modern World” with Omar Suleiman (Southern Methodist University)

February 28, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for a discussion on what it means to navigate Islam in the modern world led by Imam Omar Suleiman! The talk will discuss how to navigate and overcome challenges faced by Muslims in America. It will be followed an interactive Q&A session. Omar Suleiman is an American Muslim scholar, civil rights activist, and speaker named one of "25 Muslims changing America" by CNN. He is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research professor of…

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March 2019

tgiFHI Series: “Modern Hebrew: A History Revisited” with Shai Ginsburg (Duke University)

March 1, 2019 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its new Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretative social sciences and arts the opportunity to present on their current research to interlocutors in their fields. A light breakfast will be served at 9am. About the presentation: Scholars concur that modern Hebrew emerged as an everyday spoken language in Ottoman Palestine during the late nineteenth century or early twentieth century. Whereas they differ on exactly when, where, and how…

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Panel Discussion: “A Thematic Conversation on Minority Issues in China”

March 1, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Panelists: Dr. Kristian Petersen (Old Dominion University), Dr. Ralph Litzinger (Duke University), Janice Hyeju Jeong (Duke University) and Aydin Anwar (Duke University) This thematic conversation will revolve around two aspects: in the fall of 2018 Duke University Libraries acquired the personal photo album of Sir Percy Sykes, the famous British Brigadier-General and Diplomat of his travels to Kashgar in 1915. The album details the culture and topography of Kashgar, one of the centers of the large Muslim minority in China.…

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16th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference: “Muslims, Motherland, and Minoritization”

March 2, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This conference aims to explore how categorization by governing bodies create and influence ethno-religious identities as a component of subjecthood. Questions to explore include: How do the state and other actors influence religious and/or racial minority identity? What roles do power, gender, race, and sexuality play in these identity formations? How have standards of normativity been constructed and projected onto Muslim bodies? The conference is the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conference in the country. Free…

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Lecture: “Interreligious Polemics, Anti-Sufism, and Shī‘ī Intellectual History in Late Safavid Iran: the Contribution of ‘Alī Qulī Jadīd al-Islām (d. early 18th C.)” with Alberto Tiburcio (Philipps University of Marburg)

March 4, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Interreligious polemics, especially those from the post-classical period, are often dismissed as formulaic and unoriginal, with no more than a fringe testimonial value. In this talk, Alberto Tiburcio will argue that the polemical work of the Portuguese-born convert ‘Alī Qulī Jadīd al-Islām offers us a unique window into various facets of religious, political, and intellectual life in late Safavid Iran. Jadīd al-Islām’s work responds to a polemical cycle that linked late seventeenth/early eighteenth century Iran to early seventeenth century India…

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Cultural Event: “Celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz”

March 5, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina & Persian Students Association at Duke University for a celebration of Nowruz. This event to celebrate the Persian New Year will feature original music by Siavash Pourfazli, Shahram Mazhari, and Hamed Tabkhi; Persian dance; choir; and readings from the Shahnameh. Free and open to the public. Space is limited; please be on time. The Duke Divinity School is located next to the main Duke Chapel; parking is available in the nearby garage next…

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Performance: Brother Ali – Building Bridges: Muslims in America

March 7, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC United States
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  From his complicated backstory to his compelling rhymes, Brother Ali is a rapper without a rival. Albino and legally blind, he struggled to find peers in the midwestern states where he spent his youth. But in a pivotal moment at age eight, he found rap, which gave him an outlet and, through the references his favorite rappers made, led him to Islam. For twenty years, he has funneled these elements of his distinctive identity into increasingly profound verses, pairing…

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Cultural Event: Islamic Association of Raleigh Annual Open House

March 9, 2019 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The Islamic Association of Raleigh welcomes you and your family with "Open Doors ... Welcoming Hearts" to its Annual Open House on Saturday, March 9th from 11am to 3pm,  featuring keynote address by Imam AbuTaleb. Meet and greet your fellow American Muslim Neighbors, observe the Muslims at prayer, listen to children reciting the Quran, enjoy table discussions with your neighbors, engage in Q&A with our Imam - Dr. AbuTaleb, and sample culinary treats from around the world. Please register at…

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Dinner and Reception with Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of American University of Beirut

March 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

The Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut-NC Chapter, and the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies cordially invite you to attend an event with Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of the American University of Beirut. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. Click here to register and purchase tickets ($75/person). Please mark your calendars and note that an RSVP is required. For more information, please visit https://lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora…

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Lecture: “Future of Higher education in the Middle East” by Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of American University of Beirut

March 18, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut-NC Chapter, and the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies cordially invite you to attend an event with Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of the American University of Beirut. Please mark your calendars and note that an RSVP is required. Free and open to the public. Click here to register for the talk. For more information, please visit https://lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/.   Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and the…

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Panel Discussion: “Erdogan’s Turkey in the Balkans: A Rival of the West?”

March 19, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Since the early 1990s, Turkey has been intimately involved in the politics of the Balkans. From Bosnia to Bulgaria and from Greece to Montenegro, it has seen its economic footprint as well as ties to local Muslim communities grow. Turkey has championed the inclusion of the Balkans into Western institutions, such as NATO, and contributed to regional cooperation and stability. At the same time, skeptics argue that the illiberal regime established by President Tayyip Erdoğan poses a political and ideological…

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Film Screening: Kafr Naum (Capernaum)

March 19, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Witherspoon Cinema, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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The Khayrallah Center, Middle East Studies Program, Office of Global Engagement, and the NCSU Libraries invite you to the screening of Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's new film, nominated for the Golden Globe awards, Kafr Naum(Capernaum). Click here to register (not required, but recommended). Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit https://lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/. Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center, Middle East Studies Program, Office of Global Engagement, and the NCSU Libraries. Witherspoon Cinema North Carolina State University

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World View K-12 Global Migration Seminar

March 20, 2019 - March 21, 2019
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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More details coming soon! Register at https://worldview.unc.edu/programs/2019-migration-seminar/. Friday Conference Center UNC-Chapel Hill

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Conference: Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities

March 22, 2019 - March 24, 2019
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies for the annual Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies conference: Rockets fired out of Gaza; protesters shot near the fence; Egypt mediating between Hamas and Israel–when the Gaza Strip is mentioned in U.S. news outlets, it is usually in response to that day’s sensational events with little (if any) context provided. “Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” will shed much needed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip,…

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GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics 2019

March 30, 2019 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  REGISTRATION opens Tuesday, February 19! GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics is designed to help students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for engagement in communities, and develop intercultural competencies. First-time travelers and experienced globetrotters alike can benefit from session topics like “Voluntourism” + the White Savior Complex, The Ethics of Healthcare Abroad, Race + Ethnicity in a Global Context, Local Global Opportunities, The World We See: Global Photography, and Gender + Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Travel.…

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April 2019

Performance: Habibi – Building Bridges: Muslims in America

April 4, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Garage rock delivered in Farsi? That’s what Brooklyn band Habibi plays on Cardamom Garden, its delightful 2018 album. At the start of its finale, singer Rahill Jamalifard launches into a pepped-up rendition of “Green Fuz,” a garage-rock classic, with a bold proclamation rendered in Farsi: “Here we come, and we’re coming fast.” It’s a fitting declaration for a group committed to such surprising unions of cultures and styles. An unlikely juxtaposition of infectious surf pop and riff-heavy punk, imbued…

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16th Annual Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center Spring Conference: Action for Peace

April 6, 2019 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 for the 16th Annual Rotary Spring Conference! The theme this year is "Action for Peace". Class XVI Rotary Peace Fellows will be presenting their research, sharing examples of hope, peace-making and positive change from every corner of the earth, including presentations on the Middle East. For more information and to register, please visit here. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. FedEx Global Education Center UNC Chapel Hill Student Ticket Price: $5 (includes lunch)

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