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September 2014

The Evolving Terrorist Threat — What Should Be Done?

September 10, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Sanford Fleishman Commons Durham, United States + Google Map
Free

Two leading counterterrorism experts: Fran Townsend, former chair of the Homeland Security Council for the GW Bush administration and Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, principal counterterrorism advisor to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, will discuss the changing terrorist threats. David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, will moderate the discussion. Free and open to the public. Series Name: The Robert R. Wilson Lectureship. For more information, contact alex.pfadt@duke.edu Sponsors: Sanford School of Public Policy, American Grand Strategy (AGS), Triangle Center on Terrorism and…

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Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar Presents: Menachem Fisch

September 14, 2014 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

The Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar welcomes a paper by Menachem Fisch, Joseph and Ceil Mazer Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University. Fisch is also Senior Fellow of the Kogod Center for the Renewal of Jewish Thought at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. He is Director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies Project at Tel Aviv University. He is former Chair of the Graduate School of Philosphy at Tel Aviv University, former President of…

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Fostering Interreligious Study and Conversation: Goals, Guidelines, Cautions

September 17, 2014 | 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
Westbrook 0015, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Bring your lunch and join us for this exciting panel discussion in which Duke faculty Abdullah Antepli, Duke's Chief Representative for Muslim Affairs and Associate Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Laura Lieber, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, and Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology engage visiting scholar, Menachem Fisch, Joseph and Ceil Mazer Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University.…

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Undergraduate Council for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies: First Meeting of the Semester

September 17, 2014 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Social Sciences 228, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Undergraduate Council for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies is a fairly new (created last Spring) group on campus that is dedicated to promoting student engagement in professional development, career planning, and student-faculty relationships with the DUMESC (Duke University Middle Eastern Studies Center) and with the DISC (Duke Islamic Studies Center). This year we would like to focus on bringing speakers and alumni to campus that can help you through the process of turning Islamic/Middle Eastern studies into job opportunities.…

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Reading Group: “Rethinking Global Cities”

September 18, 2014 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
225 Friedl, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This yearlong series of events (films, public lectures, reading group, and spring '15 conference) will investigate the complex, hybrid, and contested cultural and human geographies of world cities in the context of national and global politics. Cities will include: Bangkok, Beijing, Cairo, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Vienna and others. The reading groups will be held over a light dinner and will be open only to faculty and graduate students. An RSVP to mideast@duke.edu is required. The film series, lectures, and conference will be open…

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Prof. Kathryn Libal: “Bringing Economic and Social Rights ‘Home’ – A View from an Interdisciplinary Human Rights Classroom”

September 22, 2014 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Kathryn Libal is Associate Professor of Social Work and Associate Director of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. She specializes in human rights, social welfare and the state and has published on women's and children's rights movements in Turkey and on international non-governmental organizations' advocacy on behalf of Iraqi refugees. Her current scholarship focuses on the localization of human rights norms and practices in the United States. For more information, click here.

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Jen’nan Read: Pursuing Global Health Research in Qatar

September 24, 2014 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Trent Hall, Room 124​, Duke University NC United States + Google Map
Free

Join us for a Global Health Exchange lecture, sponsored by DGHI. This event is free and open to the public so please spread the word to your colleagues and friends. Beverages will be provided. Jen'nan Read will share findings from her ongoing global health research in Qatar relating to issues of gender and health, migrant health and mental health. She’ll also describe areas of opportunity for potential research in the future. Read is currently based in Qatar and is one of…

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Prof. Colin Dueck: “The Obama Doctrine”

September 25, 2014 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sanford Building, Room 003, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Does the Obama administration have a grand strategy that can effectively guide U.S. foreign policy?  What have the strengths and weaknesses of Obama's foreign policy been, and how prepared is the administration for current and future challenges?  Join us for a talk by a leading expert on U.S. foreign policy, who will discuss these and other key questions about America's global role. Colin Dueck is Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University.  His most recent book is Hard…

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Prof. Rachel Havrelock: “The Haifa-Kirkuk Oil Pipeline and the Militarization of the Middle East”

September 30, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
230 Gray Bldg, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for lunch as Professor Rachel Havrelock discusses her research on the oil pipeline that once ran from Kirkuk to Haifa.  She has pursued extensive research on the pipeline in the British National Archive, in Israeli and Jordanian archives, and by traveling the pipeline route and interviewing those living on and around it. For more information, click here.

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October 2014

Prof. Rachel Havrelock: “The History of the Contested Map of Israel and Palestine”

October 1, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Wednesdays at the Center (WATC) presents a lunchtime discussion in which Professor Havrelock illustrates her distinct methodology of combining biblical studies, literary and political theory, and the politics of interpretation. For more information contact Serena Elliott at serena.elliott@duke.edu or click here.

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Careers in International Relations & Development in the Middle East

October 9, 2014 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Are you interested in a future career or internship in International Affairs? Please join us in Social Sciences 136 for a lecture and conversation with Ben Orbach on careers and opportunities in International Development. Ben Orbach’s career expertise spans from the U.S. Department of State, to research fellowships focused on the Middle East, to a directorship for a program titled America’s Unofficial Ambassadors. We welcome all students interested in learning more about careers and internship opportunities related to International affairs, policy…

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Musical Performance: “Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali”

October 9, 2014 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bryan Center Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map
$10 - $34

When Pakistani qawwali superstar Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died in 1997, his family's six-century musical tradition did not end. The legacy of qawwali -- a devotional genre extolling mystical love and worship of God -- was passed to his nephews, Rizwan and Muazzam, exceptional singers who carry on the Sufi tradition of musical devotion and exaltation. Performing songs that use hypnotic vocal repetition to induce a state of ecstasy, the brothers' soaring voices are backed by a gharana, an ensemble…

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Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar (TMSS)

October 11, 2014 | 9:00 am - 2:15 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

A collaborative effort between Duke, North Carolina State, and UNC-Chapel Hill, the Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar (TMSS) offers a humanities-based, interdisciplinary forum for the study of history, art history, religious studies, literature, music, women’s studies and more ca. 500–1500, focusing on Europe, Byzantium and the Islamic world along with other regions. The seminar invites local and visiting scholars to present their written work as the basis for a rigorous discussion of current trends, topics, and problems in the field of…

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Film Screening: “Waltz with Bashir”

October 16, 2014 | 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map
Free

Director Ari Folman's animated, quasi-documentary "Waltz With Bashir" follows the filmmaker's emotional attempt to decipher the horrors that unfolded one night in September of 1982, when Christian militia members massacred more than 3,000 Palestinian refugees in the heart of Beirut as Israeli soldiers surrounded the area. Folman's depictions of the dementia of war have a hallucinatory power as strong as that of "Apocalypse Now." Nominated for Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year in 2009, Winner of…

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Neil Lazarus: “Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel? What’s next for the Middle East?”

October 17, 2014 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Jewish Life at Duke and Duke Friends of Israel as we welcome Neil Lazarus. Mr. Lazarus is an international expert in the field of Middle East politics and public diplomacy. He will speak about the current situation in the Middle East and how to move forward. For more information, see here or contact Liraz Cohen at liraz.cohen@duke.edu.

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Omnia El Shakry: “The Arabic Freud & the Invention of the Psychosexual Subject”

October 27, 2014 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Free

In stark contrast to the so-called "tale of mutual ignorance" between Islam and psychoanalysis asserted by Fethi Benslama, El Shakry demonstrates that psychoanalysis was a tradition with deep and varied roots in the Egyptian postwar setting. This talk outlines one locally specific episode of the intersection of psychoanalysis and what I term the invention of the psychosexual subject in postwar Egypt, by exploring the linguistic terminology used for sex/gender, as well as discourses surrounding infantile and adolescent sexuality. The invention…

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The Middle East in Turmoil: A Public Conversation

October 27, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map
Free

With a war raging in Syria that’s spilled over into Iraq, militant groups jockeying for attention and control, and a sobering post-Arab Spring reality that’s seen traditional alliances upended, political Islam scrutinized, and dissent stifled, four Duke experts put the latest developments and their relevance for America in perspective. What’s next for the Middle East? Join professors Bruce Jentleson (Sanford School of Public Policy), Abdeslam Maghraoui (Political Science), Omid Safi (Duke Islamic Studies Center), and David Schanzer (Triangle Center on…

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#Kobane: Feminism and Autonomy in the Rojava Revolution

October 28, 2014 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Free

Following the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, the three cantons of Rojva in northeastern Syria declared themselves an autonomous confederation devoted to the principles of pluralism, gender equality, and participatory democracy. Rather than relying on an unsustainable oil economy, the people of Rojava chose to close the existing wells and to reject the neocolonial and oil-based geopolitics in favor of self-determination, grassroots democracy, and a non-exploitative relationship of humans to their environment. Currently, the city and canton of Kobane are…

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Singing Archeaology: Akhnaten Lives

October 29, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Akhnaten, the ancient Egyptian 'rebel pharaoh,' husband of Nefertiti and probable father of King Tutankhamen, has found immortality through art. This year, Philip Glass's American opera Akhnaten, co-written with Shalom Goldman, is being performed in Germany, Belgium, and Australia. In the 30 years since its composition, "Akhnaten" has been performed throughout the world to great acclaim in many different productions. In this presentation, Shalom Goldman will describe the research and creative processes behind this modern classic. Unique among modern opera's…

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America, Islam, and the Legacy of Dr. King

October 29, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Westbrook 0016 Duke Divinity School, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Prophetic tradition, led by Martin Luther King and others, was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. What does this tradition have to say to Americans today, in light of our engagement in the Middle East, Ferguson, and the ongoing economic crisis?

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Between Tel Aviv and Baghdad and Beyond: On Identity and Displacement

October 30, 2014 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map
Free

Join AMES, DUMESC, the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies in welcoming award-winning Israeli Documentary Filmmaker Duki Dror to Duke. Duki Dror will give a talk on identity and displacement and discuss his other documentary projects. For students interested in the Middle East or Documentary Film Studies, this event will undoubtedly be enlightening for all. 

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November 2014

Arabic/Hebrew Night at Duke

November 4, 2014 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Join the Arabic and Hebrew Programs to celebrate language, performance and cultural appreciation. Two AMES professors will also be interviewed about each culture, so come to learn more! Dinner refreshments will be provided.

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Rudnick Lecture Presents: Ethan Bronner

November 10, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanford Fleishman Commons Durham, United States + Google Map

The annual Rudnick lecture is proud to present Ethan Bronner, deputy national editor of The New York Times to discuss the current Israeli-Palestinian crisis. This lecture is made possible through the generosity of the Rudnick endowment, and will be followed by a Q&A and a reception.

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Betrayed

November 10, 2014 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Nasher Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

A staged reading of selections from George Packer’s play, Betrayed, exploring the relationships between American military and diplomatic personnel stationed in Iraq. The reading, which will last approximately one hour, will be followed by panel discussion, moderated by D.G. Martin, with: Kirk Johnson, founder of The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies  Professor Abdul Sattar Jawad, Duke University Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle East Studies Professor Jayne Huckerby, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Duke International Human Rights Clinic at Duke Law Matt…

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Kirk Johnson: “To Be a Friend is Fatal”

November 11, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Kirk Johnson, founder of The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, reads from his book and answers audience questions.

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Film: Hats of Jerusalem

November 13, 2014 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

A visitor to Jerusalem is immediately struck by the incredible variety of people--of different ethnicities, nationalities and religions--who throng the narrow passageways of the old city. It soon becomes clear that specific groups within this crowd, almost all of whom sport headgear of varying shapes, sizes, textures and colors, can be distinguished by their hats. As Hats of Jerusalem reveals, there are reasons beyond mere protection from the weather for the varieties of distinctive headwear on display. Indeed, there is…

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The Role of Religion in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: How Does Interfaith Dialogue Promote Peace?

November 18, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In this conversation, Abdullah Antepli, Duke's Chief Representative for Muslim Affairs and Associate Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center will respond to Yakir Englander, on the role of religion and interfaith dialogue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Yakir Englander is a specialist in modern Jewish philosophy, with a focus on gender issues and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His PhD, from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2012), is in Jewish philosophy and gender studies. His dissertation, "The Perception of the Male Body in…

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The Stack: Design and Geopolitics in The Age of Planetary-scale Computing

November 19, 2014 | 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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From NSA surveillance to Jihadist social media and the Sino-Google Wars, computation has become more than a type of machine, it is a global infrastructure that is changing not only how governments govern, but what government even is in the first place. We should view smart grids, cloud computing, mobile software and smart cities, universal addressing systems, ubiquitous computing and robotics not as unrelated genres of computation but as forming a larger and coherent whole. Together they constitute an accidental…

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“Reasonable Accommodations and Minority Religious Freedom in the US & Canada”

November 20, 2014 | 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Panels include "Religious Tolerance in the 18th and 19th Centures," "Legal Challenges by Minority Religious Groups," "Bouchard-Taylor Commission on Accomodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences in Quebec," and "Religious Freedom & Minority Religious Rights in Canadian and American Foreign Policy

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December 2014

Stephen Hadley: “American Foreign Policy in Challenging Times”

December 2, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Fleishman Commons, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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A discussion with former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley about what’s wrong and what’s right about America’s position in the world at fixing problems, addressing challenges, and taking advantages of opportunities This event is free and open to the public. For more information, see here or contact Alexandra Pfadt at alex.pfadt@duke.edu.

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Dr. Sibel Bozdoğan: “Istanbul’s Transformation Under the AKP: Urban Development as Politics of Performance”

December 4, 2014 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

A series of highly controversial urban transformation/gentrification schemes and infrastructural mega-projects by Turkey’s AKP have been dramatically altering the urban landscape of Istanbul since 2002. Dr. Bozdogan will offer an overview of the AKP’s spatial practices and strategies of framing the state’s powerful agency in the making of capitalist real estate markets within a populist discourse of performance, development and public service. Dr. Bozdoğan is currently a lecturer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and is Professor and Chair…

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January 2015

President Obama’s Fourth Quarter Foreign Policy: A Conversation with Jake Sullivan About 2015-2016

January 13, 2015 | 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Fleishman Commons, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Jake Sullivan is an Obama administration delegate in the nuclear negotiations with Iran, and until 2014 Sullivan served as National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. He previously served as Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State and as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He was also named one of TIME’s “40 Under 40” civic leaders. This event is free and open to the public. Large groups should contact Alex Pfadt…

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Screening & Discussion: The Gulen Movement

January 13, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Center for Muslim Life at Duke invites you to join us for the screening of a new documentary on the Gulen Movement with participation of Kenneth Hunter, Executive Producer and Hakan Berberoglu, Co-Producer. Love is a Verb is an examination of a social movement that began in Turkey in the 1960s and now reaches across the globe. The group is called Hizmet, the Turkish word for service or The Gulen Movement after its inspiration, leader and beloved teacher Fethullah Gulen,…

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Sayed Kashua: “The Arabs in Israel – The Inaudible Cry for Citizenship”

January 15, 2015 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Sayed Kashua is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, author, and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humorous columns in Hebrew. Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs , Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular (all published in English by Grove Atlantic). Kashua is winner of the prestigious Bernstein Prize. He also writers a satirical weekly column in Hebrew for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. In a tongue-in-cheek style, Kashua addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, caught between two worlds. He is…

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Adhan Call to Prayer

January 16, 2015 | 1:00 pm
Duke Chapel Quad, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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In our continued efforts to create an inclusive and pluralistic environment and with strong advocacy and collaborative efforts by Dr. Christy Lohr Sapp, the Duke Muslim community is proud to announce and cordially invite you to the Muslim call to prayer “adhān” from the Chapel Quad which will continue to be given on a weekly basis (God Willing). The call will be done in Arabic and an English translation will be provided afterwards. The call will last only a few…

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Charlie Hebdo Attacks: Contexts and Implications

January 20, 2015 | 12:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Panelists Omid Safi, Helen Solterer, and Céline Flécheux will explore the broader contexts necessary for understanding the attacks and the reaction to them, as well as the potential implications on politics and culture in France and beyond. For more information, contact Keri Majikes atkeri.majikes@duke.edu.

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Displaced Ornaments: The Feminine Between Immanence and Transcendence with Ali Mian

January 26, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Friedl 225, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This paper analyzes contemporary Pakistani artist Naiza Khan's exhibition, "Heavenly Ornaments," in relation to multiple philosophical discourses, including feminist theory, continental philosophy, and Islamic Moral Thought. Please RSVP to tamar.shirinian@duke.edu.

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Reel Global Cities Film Series: “City of Life” (Dubai)

January 28, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Screening with introduction and discussion by Miriam Cooke of Duke University. An entitled young Arab wrestling with his cultural identity, an embittered cab driver contending with constant comparisons to a high-profile Bollywood star, and a Romanian flight attendant looking for love all find their lives transformed by seemingly inconsequential encounters on the streets of Dubai in this urban drama exploring the threads that tie society together.

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Middle East Reads

January 29, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

DUMESC, DISC and Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations invite you to participate in "Middle East Reads", our annual celebration of recent publications by Duke and UNC-CH faculty to be held Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6 PM in 240 Franklin Center. If you have a book about the Middle East or Islam published in 2014 that you would like to share with our audience through a short reading, please let us know by Monday, December 15th. The readings will…

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February 2015

Hunger Strikes & Force Feeding Seminar

February 2, 2015 | 4:00 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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In December 2014, the U.S. practice of force-feeding came into public spotlight. The Senate declassified its report on the U.S. interrogation and torture programs, revealing graphic images of force-feedings of detainees held at CIA black sites after 9/11.  Also, the Obama Administration appealed a federal court decision that requires the Administration to release videos of its force-feeding practices at Guantanamo, where detainees have been on hunger strikes.  The issue had already been gaining attention: a month earlier the American Nursing…

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Prof. Steven Salaita: “Silent Dissent: Academic Freedom and Censorship”

February 4, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Duke Students for Justice in Palestine, AAAS, DISC, the Duke Romance Studies Department, and CGSH as we welcome Professor Steven Salaita to Duke University to speak about his experience with censorship and our right to free speech within the academy. Professor Salaita's tenured job offer from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign was rescinded on the grounds of his "incivility" after he tweeted criticism of Israeli policy with regards to the siege on Gaza this previous summer. The…

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Rethinking Global Cities Conference (Day 1): “Virtual Uprisings: Tahrir Square”

February 5, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Please join speaker Nezar AL Sayyac of UC Berkley for the keynote of the Rethinking Global Cities Conference. To register, see here For more information, see here or contact Iyman Ahmed-Gaspard at ia45@duke.edu

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Reflection and Memorial for Victims of the Chapel Hill Shootings

February 13, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Duke Chapel Basement, Duke University, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join us for a short reflection and memorial at Duke to remember the Chapel Hill Shootings and their victims. The reflection will be held at the Duke Chapel Basement, today (Friday, February 13) from 12-12:45 pm. For more details and to RSVP please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/events/953721981305114?ref=m_notif¬if_t=plan_user_invited&actorid=547291017   For more information, please contact Iyman Ahmed at ia45@duke.edu. 

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Reel Global Cities Film Series: “The City Without Jews” + 5 short films (Vienna)

February 16, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Hugo Bettauer's disturbingly prophetic 1922 novel about the systematic deportation of Viennese Jews, intended by the author as a satire of anti-Semitism, was transformed into this controversial Expressionist film two years later. With Austria's turn to fascism in 1934 and its increasing acceptance of the political-economic demands made by Nazi Germany (even before the actual "takeover"), Bettauer's dystopic vision would soon come to pass: Jews were scapegoated and, from 1938, sent into exile or to their deaths, leaving Vienna to…

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The Image Wars & Kiarostami’s Zig Zag

February 17, 2015 | 3:00 pm
Friedl 115, Friedl 115, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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One of the signature images of the cinema of Abbas Kiarostami, Iran's most distinguished director, is that of a path sig zagging across the landscape. This paper argues that that path -- a figure of what Henry Corbin,friend and colleague of Lacan, named the "imaginal world" -- opens a new chapter in the study of Islam, and of cinema. Joan Copjec is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and formerly the Director of the Center for the…

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miriam cooke: “Syrian Culture After 2011″

February 18, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Please join Professor miriam cooke for a conversation about Syrian Culture after 2011. A light lunch will be served. miriam cooke is Director, Duke University Middle East Studies Center and the Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. For additional information see here or contact Iyman Ahmed atiyman.ahmed@duke.edu Sponsors: Duke University Middle East Studies Center and the Duke University Islamic Studies Center.

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Pluralism in the Private Sector

February 19, 2015 | 12:30 pm
Duke Law School, Duke Law School
Durham, NC United States
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Join us for a lunch-time panel discussion in Duke Law Room 3041 focused on the intersection of rights involved with decisions regarding diverse religious groups at a private university. Are universities obliged to treat various student groups equally? What are their obligations to donors? Do students forgo rights via contract at the time of enrollment? Speaking on these issues will be a panel comprised of Professor Richman, Dr. Christy Lohr Sapp, and Mr. Steven Hinkle moderated by Professor Miller.

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Underdevelopment in the Middle East: Roles of Religion

February 23, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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"In the year 1000, the economy of the Middle East was at least as advanced as that of Europe. But by 1800...the Middle East had failed to modernize economically as the West surged ahead. What caused this long divergence? ...What roles, if any, does religion play?"  Timur Kuran, one of the world's leading experts (and a Duke professor) on Islamic economic institutions and the economy of the Middle East provides a new answer to these long-debated questions in Perkins 217.…

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Politics Aside: Promoting Human Rights and Accountability in Israel-Palestine with Jessica Montell

February 24, 2015 | 5:30 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Jessica Montell served 13 years as Executive Director of BTselem: the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. She is now a visiting research fellow at the Hebrew University, Faculty of Law. Prior to joining B'Tselem, Ms. Montell worked at various Israeli social justice organizations, including the Israel Women's Network, Shatil and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual. She has also served as a consultant to the US-based Lawyers Committee for Human (now Human Rights…

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“What is Sacred Space?” Bridge Panel Conversation

February 25, 2015 | 12:30 pm
Duke Chapel, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Sacred space is central in the practices of many faith traditions. A Duke Chapel "Bridge Panel" explores the topic with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders. The panelists include: Dr. Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at the Duke Divinity School; Dr. Omid Safi, director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center; Dr. Christy Lohr Sapp, associate dean for religious life at Duke Chapel; and Rebecca Simons, director for Jewish Life at Duke. Chapel Dean Luke…

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The 21st Annual Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security Conference

February 27, 2015 | 8:00 am - February 28, 2015 | 5:00 pm
Duke Law School, Duke Law School
Durham, NC United States
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Topics covered include: targeting, surveillance, home-grown terrorism, intelligence gathering in the digital age, law of armed conflict issues, and ensuring human rights and civil liberties. Ft. Sen. Linsey Graham (R-SC).

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March 2015

The Greater Middle East – Challenges and Opportunities with Ambassador Thomas Pickering

March 2, 2015 | 5:30 pm
Fleishman Commons, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Thomas Pickering, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, India, Israel and Jordan, will give the Spring Rudnick lecture in the Fleishman Commons, Sanford School, entitled "The Greater Middle East -- Challenges and Opportunities." Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has held numerous other positions at the State Department, including executive secretary and special assistant to secretaries Rogers and Kissinger and assistant secretary for the bureau of oceans, environmental and scientific…

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Rethinking Global Cities: Ottoman Cosmopolitanism

March 2, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Reading group featuring Cemal Kafadar. RSVP required. For graduate students and faculty, RSVP to mideast@duke.edu Sponsors: Rethinking Global Cities @ Duke

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Politicizing Human Rights in Israel/Palestine

March 3, 2015 | 12:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Anat Biletzki, a long-time philosophy professor at Tel Aviv University, will present a lecture titled, “Politicizing Human Rights in Israel/Palestine" on Tuesday, March 3 at 12:00 at 011 Old Chem. Along with her work at the Tel Aviv University, Biletzki has also traveled widely, as a visiting scholar/professor at, among others, Cambridge University, Harvard University, and MIT. Her publications include books and articles on Ludwig Wittgenstein, Thomas Hobbes, analytic philosophy, political thought, digital culture, and human rights.  Outside academia, Biletzki has been active in the…

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Rethinking Global Cities: Early Modern Istanbul

March 3, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Professor Cemal Kafadar of Harvard University will give a public lecture on Early Modern Istanbul. For more information, please contact mideast@duke.edu. Sponsors: Rethinking Global Cities @ Duke

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Oded Zinger: From an Arab Queen to a Yiddishe Mama: Advice on Married Life among Muslims, Jews and Christians

March 17, 2015 | 5:00 pm
Westbrook 00013, Westbrook 00013 Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This lecture will track the peregrinations of a literary anecdote about the marital advice a mother gave her daughter on the eve of the latter’s marriage. Originally told in Arabic about a pre-Islamic Arab queen, the set of advice has found its way into Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Italian, Catalan and even Yiddish works written in diverse places, from 9th century Baghdad to 17th century Prague. The incredible success of this anecdote reveals both similarities and differences in conceptions of gender roles across the medieval Mediterranean. This event…

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Bioethics in Abrahamic Traditions

March 17, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Westbrook 0016 Duke Divinity School, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

What do ancient religious traditions have to say about contemporary questions in bioethics? Laurie Zoloth of Northwestern University, Aasim Padela of the University of Chicago, and Duke's own Stanley Hauerwas will speak in Westbrook 0016  about the relationship between their work in bioethics and their religious traditions. These three esteemed scholars represent some of the most interesting and thoughtful scholarship produced at the intersections of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and bioethics. This event is co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and…

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Film Screening: “Rosewater”

March 17, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Griffith, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Film Screening: "Rosewater" (Jon Stewart,2014, 104 min, USA, in English,Color, Blu- Ray) in Griffith at Duke University/ Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, written by Maziar Bahari. The film marks the directorial debut of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal. Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to…

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Turkish Reasonable Accommodations: From Multiculturalism to Secular Nationalism and Back

March 19, 2015 | 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Turkey has gone in the last century through radical transformations in its minority policies.  From the Ottoman Empire’s millet system, permitting non-Muslims a measure of cultural autonomy, to intensive nationalization and denial of minority rights under the militantly secular Republic to, presently, a moderate Muslim government that relaxes nationalist strictures and recovers a measure of imperial tolerance.  What are the implications of the Turkish experiment for contemporary European thinking of reasonable minority accommodations? This event will be held  in the John…

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Amira Hass: “The Palestinian Reservations and the Space of Jewish-Israeli Dissidence”

March 23, 2015 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Amira Hass comes to Duke as part of the Israel/Palestine Speaker Series and gives a talk entitled: "The Palestinian Reservations and the space of Jewish-Israeli dissidence." Amira Hass is the Haaretz correspondent for the Occupied Territories.Born in Jerusalem in 1956, Hass joined Haaretz in 1989, and has been in her current position since 1993. As the correspondent for the territories, she spent three years living in Gaza, which served for the basis for her widely acclaimed book, "Drinking the Sea…

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Nihad Sirees: Writing under the Gaze of Hafiz al-Asad”

March 24, 2015 | 5:00 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Please join us for a talk presented by the Syrian novelist and screenwriter Nihad Sirees. Nihad Sirees was born in the ancient Syrian capital of Aleppo (Halab) in 1950. His first novels were published in the 1980s and he gained a reputation as a realist in his writings which reflect the environment in Aleppo and the lives of the middle class, as well as political, historical and social issues. He has written 7 novels and a number of plays, TV…

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Lt. General Daniel Bolger: The Iraq War: Risk, Failure and Leadership

March 24, 2015 | 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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LTG (Ret.) Dan Bogler's military awards include five Bronze Star medals (one for valor) and the Combat Action Badge. The author of eight books and numerous articles on military and historical matters, he is also a contributing editor and columnist for Army magazine and a columnist for Signal magazine. His most recent book is Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Book signing to follow public talk in the Rhodes Conference Room, 223 Sanford…

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Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land

March 25, 2015 | 12:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In this lunchtime talk in Old Chem 011, Hass will talk about the challenges faced by a journalist in the context of a military occupation.  Please RSVP to serena.elliott@duke.edu by March 23 if you plan on attending.

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David Powers: The End of Prophecy: How Muhammad Became the Last Prophet

March 27, 2015 | 11:30 am
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Between the twenty-first century BCE and the seventh century CE, prophecy flourished throughout the Near East. Circa 610 CE, an inhabitant of Arabia by the name of Muhammad began to receive a series of communications that continued until his death in 632 CE. These communications were recorded in writing, collected, and redacted in the text known as the Qur’an. On one occasion, the Qur’an refers to Muhammad as “the seal of Prophets,” a phrase that is understood by Muslims as…

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We Ought Not Persecute Jews, but Saracens: The Lives of Muslims in Medieval Latin Christendom

March 30, 2015 | 12:00 pm
Flowers 201, Duke University, Flowers 201, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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What images are conjured up when one thinks of Muslims in Pre-Modern Europe? The Infidel, mujahid, the enemy and victim of Crusaders, the “Blackamoor” Othello, or predatory Barbary Pirates? Whatever the case, Islam is typically seen as the “Other” to Christian Europe. Few scholars and fewer among the broader public are aware that substantial populations of Muslims lived within Christian European society during the Middle Ages and into the Early Modern period. Brian A. Catlos, author of the prize-winning Muslims of Medieval Latin…

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Spring Johnson Lecture: “My Time in Libya: Trying to Help a Fragile State”

March 30, 2015 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Social Psychology Building 130, 417 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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What is it like to help a country pick up the pieces after a revolution?  Ralph Chami knows firsthand.  He spent four years, from 2010 – 2014, as the IMF’s mission chief to Libya.  As mission chief, Dr. Chami was the IMF’s main point of contact with Libya’s top political and economic officials and developed the IMF assistance program for this country after the fall of Qaddafi.  In 2014, Dr. Chami and his team received the IMF Award for Operational Excellence…

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April 2015

An Anatomy of the Islamic Cyborg

April 1, 2015 | 12:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Unaccustomed as we are still to our own cybernetic existence, we tend not to notice the full sensory reality of a given tweet. A tweet serves as our eyes and ears and is a connector of sorts. This talk by Negar Mottahedeh, Program in Literature, Duke University will discuss how one tweet in the early days of the Iranian election crisis of 2009 circulated as a sonorous alarm clock encoded at once to wake up God and to call in Judgment…

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Reading Group: Cairo

April 6, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Reading group featuring Nasser Rabbat, MIT. RSVP required. This program is part of the “Rethinking Global Cities” project at Duke. Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor of the History of Islamic Architecture and the director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His interests are Islamic architecture, urbanism, and postcolonial studies. In his research and teaching, he presents architecture in ways that illuminate its interaction with culture and society and stress the…

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Amer Marei: “Palestinian-Israeli Water Conflict: Facts and Figures”

April 6, 2015 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Come hear Dr. Amer Marei, the Professor of Hydrology at Al Quds University, discuss the Palestinian-Israeli Water Conflict.  Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Reception will follow.   Dr. Amer Marei is a graduate from Jordan University in Amman and from the University of Muenster in Germany. He established the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Al Quds University in Jerusalem. Currently, he is leading the Environmental Research Lab, in addition to leading the Quality Assurance Unit, at Al Quds University.   Professor…

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Nasser Rabbat: “Arab Cities and the Limits of Supra-Urbanization”

April 6, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Public Lecture featuring Nasser Rabbat, MIT. This program is part of the “Rethinking Global Cities” project at Duke. For more information, please contact Iyman Ahmed at iyman.ahmed@duke.edu.

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Popular Resistance: Iyad Burnat

April 6, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Duke Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace for a lecture by Iyad Burnat, a leader of the Palestinian Non-Violent Resistance movement in the village of Bil'in.  

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ISTHMUS Meeting with Jawaher Al Sudairy: Impact of Religious Tourism Planning on Makkah Residents: A Critical Analysis of the Land Expropriation Policy

April 7, 2015 | 7:00 pm
225 Friedl, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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We have the pleasure to introduce a guest speaker, Jawaher al-Sudairy, from Columbia University. ISTHMUS  (Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies) is an interdisciplinary colloquium for faculty and graduate students, designed to showcase research that engages the lives, thought, embodied practices, and cultural productions of Muslims globally, as well as the diverse communities living in Muslim majority societies. The city of Makkah, a symbol for Islam and the destination for Muslims all over the world, receives over 9 million pilgrims each…

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The Paradox of Women in Islam

April 7, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Griffith, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join Asra Nomani in Griffith Auditorium at this event sponsored by DIYA. Asra Nomani is an Indian-American journalist, author, and feminist, known as an activist involved in the Muslim reform and Islamic feminist movements.

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Film Screening “The Good Lie” (Middle East Refugee Awareness Week)

April 8, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Griffith, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Film Screening with Q&A featuring Miriam Cooke, Duke Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, to follow in the Griffith Film Theater.

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Blogging Palestine: Politics, Parenting, and Everything in Between With Laila El-Haddad

April 9, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us Thursday, April 9 in 011 Old Chem for a conversation with Palestinian freelance journalist, author, blogger, and media activist, Laila El-Haddad (Duke U alumna 2000). A light lunch will be served. El-Haddad is an award-winning author, public speaker, and parent-of-three from Gaza City. She is the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between and co-author of the critically acclaimed The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey. For more information:https://fsp.trinity.duke.edu/projects/blogging-palestine-politics-parenting-and-everything-between

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The Veiled Woman in Antebellum America: Nuns and Quadroons

April 9, 2015 | 4:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

2015 Anne Firor Scott Lecture by Emily Clark of Tulane University. Emily Clark is the Clement Chambers Benenson Professor in American Colonial History at Tulane University. She specializes in early American and Atlantic world history, and is particularly interested in the ways that the Francophone Atlantic can illuminate the development of racial, ethnic, and national identities in other parts of colonial and early national America. Her most recent book, The Strange History of the American Quadroon: Free Women of Color…

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The Gaza Kitchen: Cuisine, Resistance, and Remembrance in Palestine (Middle East Refugee Awareness Week)

April 10, 2015 | 4:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Public talk given by Laila El-Haddad, author of The Gaza Kitchen, in John Hope Franklin Center 240.

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Syria’s Lost Generation (Middle East Refugee Awareness Week)

April 13, 2015 | 4:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Public talk given by Keith Watenpaugh, Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights and Peace & Director of Human Rights Minor and UC Davis's Human Rights Initiative as well as Co-Director of UC Human Rights Collaboration. This event will be held in John Hope Franklin Center 240.

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Dispossession and Forced Migration in the Arab Middle East

April 13, 2015 | 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Public talk given by Dawn Chatty, Director of Oxford Refugee Studies Center.   For more information, please see here.

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Highlighting Iraqi Culture Through Food and Music

April 13, 2015 | 6:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

A celebration of Iraqi culture with introduction by Abdul Sattar Shakhly and Azeddine Chergui. An evening of food, music and conversation featuring local musician Laith Jajo in John Hope Franklin Center 240. For more information, please see here.

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Langford Lecture: “Occupied Istanbul: 1918-1923”

April 14, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Doris Duke Center, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Langford Lecture (RSVP Required) with Erdag Goknar. This program is part of the “Rethinking Global Cities” project at Duke. Erdağ Göknar is Associate Professor of Turkish Studies at Duke University and an award-winning literary translator. He holds a Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern studies (Turkish literature and culture) and has published critical articles on Turkish literary culture as well as three book-length translations: Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red; Atiq Rahimi’s Earth and Ashes (from Dari); and…

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Voices of Home: A Photovoice Exhibition

April 14, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This event will take place in the Keohane-Kenan Gallery, The Kenan Institute for Ethics, West Duke Building. Light refreshments will be served. The women of SuWA present Voices of Home: A Photovoice Exhibition sharing the images and stories of fourteen resettled Iraqi women living in Durham, NC. The women of SuWA will be selling their handcrafted goods at the event. There will also be a fundraiser to support a school mural project for Syrian refugee youth in Azraq camp in Jordan. This…

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“Translating Occupation”

April 15, 2015 | 12:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Duke PhD candidate Louis Yako will give a Wednesday @ the Center lecture.   For more information, please see here.

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Humanitarian Innovation: The State of the Art (Middle East Refugee Awareness Week)

April 15, 2015 | 4:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Public talk given by Dawn Chatty, Director of Oxford Refugee Studies Center. This event will take place in John Hope Franklin Center 240.

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Film Screening: “Not Who We Are” (Middle East Refugee Awareness Week)

April 15, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Griffith, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Not Who We Are" highlights the story of Syrian refugees who became displaced due to the brutal war in Syria. In early 2013, Syrians became the fourth largest refugee population in the world. Close to one million of those have taken refuge in Lebanon. More than eighty percent are women and children.   War and displacement acutely affect women in particular. They lose their homes, loved ones and possessions and often find themselves in unfriendly environments. Bereft of social support networks, they are vulnerable…

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The Many Histories of the Present: Pasts and Possibilities in the Muslim World

April 17, 2015 | 8:00 am - April 19, 2015 | 5:00 pm
Friedl 225, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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What can the past tell us about the present? This question, once the bedrock of historical enquiry, faded from the academic imagination after the post-structural turn. As utilitarian and deterministic understandings of the past came under attack for ossifying ‘traditions’, a new periodization took shape–now familiar to anthropologists and historians alike–of a post- colonial present separated from its ‘authentic’ past by the unbridgeable gulf of European imperialism and colonial modernity. The workshop aims to probe the limits of this approach…

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The Duke Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program End of Year Conference Research presentations for Sanford National Security Fellows

April 17, 2015 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

If available for lunch, please RSVP to Jennifer Boyle Akin at jennifer.akin@duke.edu   This event will take place in room 200 at Rubenstein Hall of Duke University.   For more information, please see event flyer here

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Refugees Lives Student Presentation

April 17, 2015 | 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us today in the Divinity School Westbrook Building, Room 0014 for the final Middle East Refugees Awareness Week event! This event features a Refugees Lives Student Presentation, where students from the Refugees Lives class, which is co-taught by Professor miriam cooke and Maha Houssami, will showcase their work with local refugee families from the Durham and Chapel Hill area. The presentation will be followed by a discussion entitled "Middle Eastern Refugees: Causes Effects and Lived Experiences" led by the Undergraduate Council…

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Jaun Zarate: “New Tools for Fighting the New Terrorist Threat”

April 17, 2015 | 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Juan Zarate is one of the nation's most-respected experts in counter-terrorism.  Juan was a pioneer in the post-9/11 effort to use all elements of national power, especially economic and financial tools of statecraft, in combatting terrorism, and he went on to be the top coordinator in the Bush White House National Security Council staff with day-to-day responsibility for terrorism issues. Juan's book, Treasury's War, is the seminal book outlining the new techniques of financial warfare -- techniques that have migrated from…

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The Way Forward in the Middle East featuring Nitin Chadda, White House Director for the National Security Staff

April 20, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Few would disagree that the Middle-East is in turmoil, but with a precarious Iranian nuclear deal, the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and increasing U.S. tensions with Israel, few agree on the solution. Should the U.S. merely have a nuclear deal with Iran or continue in its rapprochement? How will this impact its relations with Israel and the prospects for future peace in the region? The Duke chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society and American Grand Strategy present our final debate of…

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Arabic Night @ Duke

April 21, 2015 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Arabic language students will participate in plays, poetry readings, music, Middle Eastern music, oral proficiency activities, etc. in John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240. For more information, please contact: 919 668-2603.

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Dr. Dror Bondi at Duke University

April 30, 2015 | 12:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Students and faculty are invited to join the Duke Center for Jewish Studies for an event with Jewish Studies library fellow Dr. Dror Bondi (The Hebrew University). Bondi will be presenting an update to his project on translating the works of Rabbi Abraham Heschel, through previously unpublished letters and manuscripts.  As some of you may remember from last year, Dr. Bondi has been doing some incredible work and we truly look forward to this update. Dr. Bondi will give his…

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June 2015

“The Call of Cairo” Reception and Iftar

June 25, 2015 | 8:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

It happened to be Ramadan when On Look Films took their first production trip to Cairo in August of 2009. They were beginning to work on their feature documentary film Cairo in One Breath. Over the course of these several years, the On Look Films team has been documenting the transformation of the 1,400 year-old tradition of the adhan as a government plan to systemize the call to prayer was being implemented, the Adhan Unification Project. This selection of photographs…

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September 2015

The Call of Cairo – An Artist Talk

September 2, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Join artist, Anna Kipervaser for a talk about “ The Call of Cairo” photography exhibit currently on display in the John Hope Franklin Center. The exhibit, inspired by the film “Cairo in One Breath,” is an introduction to some of the film’s characters and their lives, taken between 2009 and 2014. Over the course of several years, the On Look Films team documented the transformation of the 1,400 year-old tradition of the adhan in Cairo as a government plan to…

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Film Screening: “Write Down, I Am an Arab.”

September 2, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Introduction and Discussion: Dr. Shai Ginsburg (Duke University). For more information, please see http://www.writedowniamanarab.com

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The Novel Project: “In Memoriam: Assia Djebar (1936-2015)”

September 3, 2015 | 3:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Franklin Humanities Institute, The Garage Smith Warehouse, Bay 4
Durham, NC United States
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World-renowned Algerian feminist novelist, translator, and film producer, Assia Djebar’s numerous works of historical fiction paint the canvas of Algeria’s tumultuous history from the French invasion in 1830 to the civil war of the late 1990s. Program Introduction miriam cooke, Asian & Middle East Studies “Languaging Space in Djebar’s Fantasia”  Rachel Rothendler, Romance Studies & School of Law “Gender and War in Djebar’s and Halide Edip’s Writings” Didem Havlioglu, Asian and Middle East Studies "The Epistolary & the Archive: Songs of…

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“The Iran Nuclear Deal: What’s at Stake?” – A discussion with Nasser Hadian, Peter Feaver, and Mark Emamian

September 8, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Nasser Hadian, a prominent professor of political science at the University of Tehran, will headline a lunchtime talk -- “The Iran Nuclear Deal: What’s at Stake” -- at Duke University Tuesday, Sept. 8. Hadian will offer the Iranian perspective on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the evolving Iran-U.S. relationship, and Iran’s geopolitical role in the region in the aftermath of the agreement. Mark Emamian, a senior research engineer in the Duke Physics Department at the Free Electron Laser…

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“The Iran Nuclear Agreement & American Diplomacy” – Amb. Jack Matlock

September 9, 2015 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies presents a lecture by Ambassador Jack F. Matlock. One of America’s most accomplished diplomats, Jack Matlock served in the American Foreign Service from 1956 to 1991, including as Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and Senior Director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff from 1983 until 1986, and Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1981 to…

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“ISIS: Terrorism at Home and Abroad”

September 10, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and the Sanford School of Public Policy on September 10th at 6:00pm in Sanford 04 for ‘ISIS: Terrorism at Home and Abroad,’ a conversation with Jessica Stern. Dr. Stern is a Fellow at the FXB Center for Human Rights at Harvard’s School of Public Health, a Lecturer in Government at Harvard University, and an Advanced Academic Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis.  She is also a member of…

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“The End of Christianity in Syria?”

September 10, 2015 | 7:15 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Christian Sahner, Ph.D., will present a talk titled “The End of Christianity in Syria?” This event is hosted by the Duke Catholic Center and will be held in the Holsti-Anderson Lecture Hall, Rubenstein Library, 1st Floor. Please email Aly Breuer at aly.breuer@duke.edu with any questions or for more information.

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Performance: Mahmoud Ahmed

September 10, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Bryan Center Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Duke Performances for a forthcoming performance of unforgettable West African popular music! Thursday, September 10 at 8 PM, Mahmoud Ahmed, the celebrated Ethio-jazz singer, Mahmoud Ahmed, will perform with his masterful ten-piece band at Reynolds Industries Theater.   In the early 70s, Ethiopia experienced a golden age of popular music with the rise of “Ethio-jazz” — a mesmerizing blend of zigzagging modal melodies and diminished harmonies played against a funky six-beat groove. At the center of the scene was…

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“Truck 71: Europe and the Refugee Crisis”

September 14, 2015 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Please come join The Duke Middle East Studies Center and ISLAMiCommentary in a public forum in which seven scholars and experts from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will talk about the refugee crisis in Europe. Beginning with an introduction by Prof. Miriam Cooke, other key speakers include Prof. Robin Kirk (Duke), Prof. Niklaus Steiner (UNC), Dilshad al-Gaaf (UNC), Geoffrey Mock (Amnesty International), Sama Naqeeb (Duke Undergraduate), and Peter Cooke (UNC Undergraduate). The goal of…

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“Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age”

September 16, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Rebecca L. Stein is the Nicholas J. & Theresa M. Leonardy Associate Professor of Anthropology at Duke University. She is the author of Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (Duke, 2008); and the co-editor of Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke, 2005) and The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 (Stanford, 2006). Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age (Stanford, 2015), co-authored with Adi Kuntsman, is her latest book.…

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Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” and Contemporary Mali: A Discussion

September 16, 2015 | 12:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join as at the Forum for Scholars and Publics in 011 Old Chemistry Building for a discussion with historian Bruce Hall and film studies scholar Amadou Fofana about the film "Timbuktu," a powerful and celebrated depiction of the occupation of the Mali town by Jihadists. The film will be screened on Monday, September 14th at 7 p.m. in the Griffith Film Theatre of the Bryan Center on Duke's campus as part of the Center for French and Francophone Studies film series.  We…

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“Contested Memories, Contested Affects: Music and Political Identity in the Armenian Diaspora”

September 17, 2015 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Speaker: Dr. Sylvia A. Alajaji (Franklin and Marshall College) This talk will examine the musical legacies of the experiences and memories of the 1915 Armenian Genocide- a historical moment that resulted in the mass dispersion of survivors and that continues to manifest through each subsequent generation. Since 1915, the boundaries of Armenian music have been continually redrawn, adjusting to the realities presented by the genocide, its aftermath, and the consequences of the state of conflict over the very existence of the…

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“Performing Self: Between Tradition and Modernity in the West Bank”

September 18, 2015 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Speaker: Dr. Sylvia A. Alajaji This talk will examine the ways the music of the Palestinian soundscape has become implicated in the trappings of the identity politics of the region. When identity operates as a site of contestation, the channels through which it is mediated- such as music and dance – become sites of contestation themselves. Thus, at issue here is not whether or not these musics are implicated but rather how each genre –from folk-lore to hip hop- answers…

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“Battleground Syria”

September 22, 2015 | 6:30 pm
Bryan Center, The Loop Pizza Grill, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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An AHS On-Tap Discussion with Professor William Anthony Rivera. Dr. Tony Rivera is currently a Subject Matter Expert in International Security at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, a visiting research professor at Duke University, and Director of the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation (LUCAS). This event is hosted by the Duke Alexander Hamilton society. Please email Aly Breuer at aly.breuer@duke.edu with any questions regarding this event.

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“Soft Power”

September 23, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Ellen McLarney is Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature and Culture in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. McLarney’s work focuses on Islamist movements, Islamic theological texts, gender in Islam, and North Africa. McLarney recently published “Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” with Princeton University Press. This fall she’s teaching two courses— Andalusia: Muslim, Jewish, Christian Spain and Islamic Awakening: Revival and Reform. “Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” chronicles the exponential rise in…

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“The Future of American-Iranian Relations” | A Conversation with Maziar Bahari

September 29, 2015 | 5:45 pm
CIEMAS Auditorium, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join Duke’s AGS Program in hosting Maziar Bahari. Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist, film maker, and human rights activist. From 1998 to 2011, he was a reporter for Newsweek. During the 2009 Iranian Election Protests, Bahari was incarcerated by the Iranian government June 2009 -October 20, 2009. In this talk, Bahari will discuss current American-Iranian relations and our future relationship with the country. For any information or questions about this event, please email Aly Breuer at aly.breuer@duke.edu. To Sign up for…

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“Imperial Russia’s Muslims”

September 30, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Imperial Russia’s Muslims offers an exploration of social and cultural change among the Muslim communities of Central Eurasia from the late eighteenth century through to the outbreak of the First World War. Drawing from a wealth of Russian and Turkic sources, Mustafa Tuna surveys the roles of Islam, social networks, state interventions, infrastructural changes and the globalization of European modernity in transforming imperial Russia’s oldest Muslim community: the Volga-Ural Muslims. Shifting between local, imperial and transregional frameworks, Tuna reveals how…

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Dastan Ensemble, Persian Classical Music Concert

September 30, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Reynolds Auditorium, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Iranian Cultural Society of NC (ICSNC), Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) and Iranian Student Association of NCSU (ISA) invite you to save the date for the Persian Classical Music Concert of Dastan Ensemble which will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday September 30, 2015 at the Reynolds Auditorium of Duke University in Durham NC. Tickets 1 - You can purchase your tickets in person at the Duke University Box office - 919-684-4444 OR 2 - You can purchase them…

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October 2015

Translator of Desires: A Poetry Reading of the Islamic Mystic Ibn Al-Arabi

October 1, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Michael Sells, John Henry Barrows Professor of Islamic History and Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will be hosting a poetry reading of the Islamic Mystic Ibn Al-Arabi. Ibn Al-Arabi was an Andalusian Sufi mystic, poet, and philosopher. He is renowned by some practitioners of Sufism as "the greatest master" and also as a genuine saint. For more information, please email Ellen McLarney at ellenmc@duke.edu. Sponsored by: AMES, DISC, DUMESC, Mellon Foundation, and Religious Studies

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The Qur’an & Its Listeners

October 2, 2015 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
York Room, Duke Divinity School, Duke University
Durham , NC United States
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Please join Duke University in a lecture given by Michael Sells, John Henry Barrows Professor of Islamic History and Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His 1999 book “Approaching the Qur'an: the Early Revelations” was the center of the UNC-Qur'an Controversy in 2002. He has published three volumes on Arabic poetry and a variety of books about the Qur'an, hadith, Arabic poetry, and early Sufi writings. He currently teaches courses on the topics of the Qur'an, Islamic love…

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Public Lecture: “Islam & Freedom of Expression: From Europe to Middle East”

October 5, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

From terrorist attacks to Charlie Hebdo to draconian laws about ‘apostasy’ or ‘blasphemy,’ various current events in Islamic contexts raise a question: Is Islam compatible with freedom of speech? Mustafa Akyol, an advocate for ‘Islamic liberalism,’ offers an answer. Mustafa Akyol became a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times in the fall of 2013. A Turkish journalist and author, he studied political science and history at Bogazici University, and teaches politics at Fatih University, both in Istanbul. …

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Cemâlnur Sargut: “The Well-seeing, Unity and Togetherness that a true Understanding of Islamic tasawwuf (Sufism) Brings”

October 7, 2015 | 4:00 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Please join us for an upcoming visit to the Triangle by Cemalnur Sargut, President of the Istanbul Branch of the Turkish Womens' Cultural Association (TURKKAD). Cemalnur Sargut is a renowned writer, researcher and teacher of Islamic tasawwuf (Sufism) in Turkey. Under her leadership, TURKKAD works to organize international symposiums and address a wide range of people who would like to apply solutions to today’s problems in the Sufi view that knowledge is a state to be practiced and worship is a journey toward love. Apart from her studies…

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New Turkish Cinema: Inside

October 14, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Please join the Global Education Office/Duke in Istanbul, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, AMES Presents, Screen Society, and the Program in the Arts of Moving Image for the New Turkish Cinema series. “Inside”: directed by Zeki Demirkubuz, 2012, in Turkish with English Subtitles, 157 minutes. For more information, please visit here.

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Panel Discussion: Conflicts in Syria | Children and the Refugee Crisis

October 19, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Duke International Association for an interactive panel event on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Each speaker will present different perspectives on the issue. Panelists include Miriam Cooke (Duke, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies), Geoffrey Mock (Amnesty International), Jayne Huckerby (Duke Law School), and Sama Naqeed (DukeEngage in Jordan). For more information, please click here.

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U.S. Military Response in Today’s Middle East: a Conversation with General John Abizaid (U.S. Army – Retired)

October 20, 2015 | 6:15 pm
Fleishman Commons, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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As the Combatant Commander of United States Central Command, General Abizaid was responsible for military strategy and joint operations in twenty-seven nations in the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, and Central Asia. Concurrently, he oversaw humanitarian operations such as relief for earthquake victims in Iran and Pakistan, and evacuation of American citizens from Lebanon prior to and during the Israeli-Hezbollah border conflict in 2006. Before his assignments at Central Command, General Abizaid served as the…

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The Borders of the Middle East Symposium: “The Hundred Year War in Palestine”

October 22, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Please join the Duke Middle East Studies Center for a public lecture by Dr. Rashid Khalidi titled “The Hundred Year War in Palestine.” Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford in 1974.  He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli…

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The Borders of the Middle East Symposium: Faculty Forum with Dr. Rashid Khalidi

October 23, 2015 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for a Faculty Forum to discuss Dr. Khalidi's latest publication, Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East. The panel will include Dr. Shai Ginsburg (Duke, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies), Dr. Erika Weinthal (Duke, Nicholas School of the Environment), Dr. Cemil Aydin (UNC, Department of History), and Dr. Fadi Bardawil (UNC, Department of Asian Studies), with Dr. Erdag Goknar (DUMESC Director, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies) as moderator. This event is free and open…

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“Countering Violent Extremism: The Case of Pakistan, a Conversation with Raza Rumi”

October 29, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Raza Rumi is a policy analyst, journalist, and author. For more information, please contact Asim Hasan at ah266@duke.edu. Hosted by the Duke Pakistani Students’ Association, DIYA, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, and Duke AHS.

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November 2015

Dr. Trita Parsi: “The US & Iran – Can the Nuclear Deal Bring Friendship?”

November 4, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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On Wednesday, November 4, Dr. Parsi will give a public lunch-time talk at Duke University for students, faculty and the public. A light lunch will be served. Dr. Parsi is a Middle East foreign policy expert with extensive Capitol Hill and United Nations experience. He is author of “A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran” and “Treacherous Alliance”. Dr. Parsi is president of the National Iranian American Council and a former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow…

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“Unveiled”: A One Woman Play by Rohina Malik

November 7, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Nelson Music Room, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life. “Unveiled”, written and performed by Rohina Malik, is the story of five women and the struggles they come to face as Muslims in a post-Sept. 11 America. A constant figure within all five stories is the character making or serving tea, which one of Malik character’s calls “a symbol of hospitality and friendship.” When asked what inspired her to write the play, Malik said she was inspired by the reactions after Sept.…

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New Turkish Cinema: Innocence of Memories

November 10, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please join the Global Education Office/Duke in Istanbul, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, AMES Presents, Screen Society, and the Program in the Arts of Moving Image for the New Turkish Cinema series. “Innocence of Memories”: directed by Grant Gee, 2015, in Turkish with English Subtitles, 90 minutes. For more information, please visit here.

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Blood from the East: Race, Vampires, Sacrifice

November 12, 2015 | 12:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

For Robertson Smith, Semites had perfected the art of blood sacrifice; for Renan, they invented racial purity.. And then there came the vampires, those notorious, if ambiguous, Oriental figures that appear to have taken over the world (or soon will, if Ephraim Goodweather doesn't stop them). Is there such a thing as Oriental blood? Is this the blood that drenches our imagination today? Gil Anidjar is Professor in the Department of Religion and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, as…

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An Evening with Ambassador Robert Jordan – Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

November 12, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Former Ambassador Robert Jordan is diplomat in residence and adjunct professor of political science in the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001-2003, under President George W. Bush. He took charge of his mission in the wake of the attacks of September 11 at a critical time in U.S.-Saudi relations. Apart from this, he is also the vice chair of the Tower Center board of directors,…

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A Strangeness in My Mind | A Public Talk with Orhan Pamuk

November 12, 2015 | 6:30 pm
Nasher Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please join DUMESC for a public talk and conversation with the Nobel laureate about his new novel A Strangeness in My Mind (Knopf, 2015). Orhan Pamuk is one of Turkey’s most prominent novelists. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages and he has received numerous prestigious international prizes, including Le Prix Mediterranee etranger, the Prix Medicis, the Ricarda Huch Prize, and honorary membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. For more information or questions about this event, please email Iyman Ahmed at iyman.ahmed@duke.edu. Sponsored by: Asian &…

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The Museum of Innocence: Visual Presentation & Faculty Forum

November 13, 2015 | 11:00 am
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A visual presentation by Orhan Pamuk on his novel and museum project, followed by a Duke faculty forum with professors Srinivas Aravamudan, Rey Chow, Miriam Cooke, and Michael Moses. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event or question, please email Iyman Ahmed at iyman.ahmed@duke.edu or call 919-668-1920. Sponsored by: Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; Duke Global Education/Duke in Turkey; Duke University Middle East Studies Center; Franklin Humanities Institute; Mellon Foundation/Partnerships in a Global Age

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New Turkish Cinema: Kosmos

November 16, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please join the Global Education Office/Duke in Istanbul, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, AMES Presents, Screen Society, and the Program in the Arts of Moving Image for the New Turkish Cinema series. “Kosmos”: directed by Reha Erdem, 2010, in Turkish with English Subtitles, 122 minutes. For more information, please visit here.

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The Beirut & Paris Attacks and Social Media: A Conversation

November 17, 2015 | 12:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us at the Forum for Scholars & Publics for an informal conversation about the role social media is playing in the global reaction to the recent attacks in Beirut & Paris. How is social media shaping and mediating the experience and response to these attacks both within the cities where they take place and globally? What accounts for the differences in the responses on social media to the attacks in Beirut vs. Paris? What role can and should social media play…

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Advising President Obama During Turbulent Times | A Conversation with Tom Donilon

November 19, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Fleishman Commons, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Join us for the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture with Tom Donilon to discuss the challenges and complexities of the current crises the administration faces as well as the recent attacks in Beirut and Paris. Don't miss what will surely be a fascinating discussion. "Capping a distinguished career in public service, Tom Donilon served at the highest levels of the Obama White House and advised the President on some of his most consequential foreign policy and national…

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December 2015

New Turkish Cinema: Beyond the Hill

December 2, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please join the Global Education Office/Duke in Istanbul, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, AMES Presents, Screen Society, and the Program in the Arts of Moving Image for the New Turkish Cinema series. “Beyond the Hill”: Directed by Emin Alper, 2012, in Turkish with English Subtitles, 94 minutes. For more information, please visit here.

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“The Arabic Classroom: Context, Text and Students” Workshop Keynote with Professor Mahmoud Al-Batal

December 4, 2015 | 5:00 pm - December 5, 2015 | 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Professor Mahmoud Al-Batal  will give the keynote for this workshop. Dr. Al-Batal is associate professor of Arabic in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and director of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at The University of Texas at Austin. CASA is a consortium of 29 American universities that provides advanced training in Arabic language and culture at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and at the University of Damascus, Syria. Al-Batal also serves as associate director and chair…

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January 2016

Duke Public Forum: “The Impact of ISIS at Home and Abroad”

January 20, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join this Duke Public Forum with speakers: Professor Omid Safi, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (Duke); Professor David Schanzer, Sanford School of Public Policy (Duke); Professor Suzanne Shanahan, Sociology (Duke) as they discuss the impact of ISIS at home and abroad. Free and open to the public. Please email iyman.ahmed@duke.edu with any questions.

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Rotary Peace Film Series Screening: Salam Neighbor

January 21, 2016 | 5:30 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center for a screening of Salam Neighbor. Two Americans head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 85,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan's Za'atari camp. As the first filmmakers allowed by the UN to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis and uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their…

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Duke Performances Presents Pakistani-American Musician Rez Abbasi with His Quintet, Invocation

January 22, 2016 | 8:00 pm
Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Duke Performances presents Pakistani-American musician Rez Abbasi, one of the foremost guitarists in modern jazz, with his quintet, Invocation. This concert is the culmination of Abbasi’s project exploring the musical traditions of South Asia through the idiom of jazz; this project features new compositions based on Carnatic classical music from South India. The quintet + cello will premiere these new works at Baldwin Auditorium in Durham. For more information about this event, please call 919-660-3348. Tickets are available at http://dukeperformances.duke.edu/calendar/rez-abbasi-invoction.

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DUMESC Films: “The Law in These Parts” (Israel/Palestine)

January 25, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

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“Beyond Hysteria or Apologia, the ISIS Challenge in Perspective” Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez

January 26, 2016 | 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

The ideological/propaganda challenge of the Islamic State is unique in terms of both message and propagation.  Much hyperbole has gone into either exaggerating or minimizing this challenge for reasons sometimes only tangentially connected with the threat.  Fernandez's remarks place the potent ISIS narrative within the broader context of a deep crisis of authority in the Sunni Arab Muslim world, facilitated by regional events and amplified by historic, regional political-military shifts and an ongoing global revolution in the use of social…

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New Turkish Cinema: Annemin Şarkıs| Song of My Mother

January 26, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The film follows the life of young teacher Ali who lives with his aging mother Nigar in Istanbul's Tarlabasi district, home to many Kurdish refugees since the 1990s. (Erol Mintas, 2014, 90 min, Turkey/France/Germany, in Turkish w/ English subtitles, Color, Blu-Ray). The film will be introduced by Prof. Didem Havlioğlu (Slavic & Eurasian Studies) with Q&A to follow. For more information, click here. This event is free and open to the public.   Sponsors: Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), Duke University Middle East Studies…

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“Terrorized – How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream” – A Discussion with Prof. Chris Bail

January 27, 2016 | 12:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  In July 2010, Terry Jones, the pastor of a small fundamentalist church in Florida, announced plans to burn two hundred Qur’ans on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Though he ended up canceling the stunt in the face of widespread public backlash, his threat sparked violent protests across the Muslim world that left at least twenty people dead. In Terrified, Christopher Bail demonstrates how the beliefs of fanatics like Jones are inspired by a rapidly expanding network of anti-Muslim…

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Ziad Majed “La Révolution Syrienne: Le droit, L’art et La Mémoire”

January 27, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Round-table lunch in French with Professor Ziad Majed from the American University in Paris. Prof. Majed is the author of a book on the popular, anti-Assad Syrian revolution published in both French and Arabic and currently, Majed is a major voice in current debates around the many consequences of the conflicts in Syria radiating out from the Middle East. Prof. Majed is visiting Duke to participate in the conference, "Arab Refugee Crisis in the 21st Century" on January 28 and…

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Conference: Arab Refugee Crisis in the 21st Century

January 28, 2016 | 4:30 pm - January 29, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Syrian refugee crisis, in its scale, intensity and duration, has served as a clarion call regarding the urgency of an ever-growing global refugee population. To foster an atmosphere of conversation and broadened perspective, this interactive conference will explore the way the crisis is being interpreted in the international arena through the lens of international law, domestic U.S. policy and media - as well as its direct impact on its victims and survivors as shared through the increasingly vibrant arts…

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February 2016

Ambassador Wendy Sherman, Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and Lead U.S. Negotiator in Iranian Nuclear Deal

February 4, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Fleishman Commons, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Ambassador Sherman will deliver the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture titled "Negotiating Change: The Inside Story Behind the Iran Nuclear Deal." In the talk, Amb. Sherman will reveal details of the process that ultimately earned her the National Security Medal. AGS Director, Peter Feaver, will host the discussion. As Undersecretary for Political Affairs from September 2011 to October 2015, Sherman led the series of U.S. negotiations with Iran that culminated in an agreement last July. This talk is free…

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Film Screening: ‘Iraqi Odyssey’

February 8, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Tracing the emigrations of his family over more than half a century, this riveting 3D documentary epic from acclaimed expatriate Iraqi filmmaker Samir pays moving homage to the frustrated democratic dreams of a people successively plagued by the horrors of colonialism, dictatorship, war, and foreign occupation. Samir was born in Baghdad and has lived in Switzerland since he was child, while the members of his extended family are scattered all over the world with only a handful remaining in Iraq.…

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“Writing Fiction When Your Country is Falling Apart” | Khalid Khalifa

February 10, 2016 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

This event is part of a three-day event at Duke University with award-winning Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa. This particular event will be a public talk by Khaled Khalifa on fiction writing since the outbreak of the Syrian Revolution in 2011. His latest novel is Knives in this City's Kitchen, published in Cairo in 2013. It is about the "price that Syrians have paid under the rule of the Baath party" as headed by President Bashaar Al-Assad. It won the Naguib Mahfouz…

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“In Praise of Hatred” | A Conversation with Khalid Khalifa

February 11, 2016 | 5:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This event is part of a three-day event at Duke University with award-winning Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa. In this event, Khalifa will talk about his third book “In Praise of Hatred” and the issues of writing and translating his work. Khalifa spent thirteen years working on “In Praise of Hatred” (Madih al-karahiya), which is about how the lives of one family are affected by the battle between the Syrian government and the Muslim Brotherhood. It was published in Damascus in…

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“Death Is Hard Work” | Arabic Session with Khalid Khalifa

February 12, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This event is part of a three-day event at Duke University with award-winning Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa. Khalifa will present his fifth and latest novel “Death is Hard Work” which was published January 2016. In this book, a car makes its way from Syria to al-‘Annabiyah. Inside it is a body to be buried in a home village, two men, and a woman while outside there’s a war going on.  This event will be conducted in Arabic and is free and…

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Deconstructing a Hate Crime

February 12, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Duke Law School, Duke Law School
Durham, NC United States
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  Local attorneys and community organizers will discuss updates on the criminal trial for the Chapel Hill shootings and provide information on what individuals should do when they believe they have been victims of religious discrimination or hate crimes. Topics include how to push for change in hate crime laws in North Carolina and non-legal alternatives for victims and allies. Co-sponsored by Duke Muslim Law Students Association and The Light House Project. Please complete this form if you are a UNC student who…

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Muslim Women Trailblazers

February 13, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grey Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This panel discussion will feature three groundbreaking and forward thinking women. Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Malika Bilal, and Edina Lekovic. These three women will be featured on a panel discussion where they will share their experiences and struggles of being Muslim women in the spotlight and what it takes to succeed being Muslim, being woman, being a woman of color, etc. Please join us as we welcome these amazing powerful women. There will be a catered lunch from 12-1pm.  For more…

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Ali Paris: A Valentine’s Day Musical Performance

February 14, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Reynolds Auditorium, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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A Valentine’s Day FREE performance of Arab classical Qanun, infused with the unique, romantic glamour of flamenco, jazz, soul, and pop. Ali Paris is one of the most internationally renowned Palestinian musicians in the world. Paris has debuted professionally since the age of twelve, and has gained overwhelming appreciation from connoisseurs and critics of Arabic Classical Music for over a decade. His career jettisoned with performances for the United Nations and the President of Palestine. Today, he tours with artists like Alicia Keys, performs…

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New Turkish Cinema: ‘Sivas’

February 15, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Kaan Mujdeci, 2014, 97 min, Germany/Turkey, in Turkish w/ English subtitles. Establishing a bleak village in Eastern Turkey as its setting, Sivas features the story of Aslan, an eleven-year-old boy, and Sivas, a weathered fighting dog who develop a strong relationship after Aslan finds Sivas wounded in a ditch, left to die. A school play dominates the background. This film will be introduced by Prof. Erdağ Göknar and will be followed by a Q&A session. It is free and open to…

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Islam as Black History: A Conversation with Edward Curtis and Jamillah Karim

February 16, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join Edward Curtis and Jamillah Karim in conversation around questions about Islam as Black History and why is it important to integrate the study of Black history and Islam. How does the study of gender challenge both Islamic and Black history? What role does Africa play in Islamic history? Why is it important for U.S. Muslims to study Black history? Edward Curtis is Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Jamillah Karim…

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2016 African Film Festival: Bab El-Oued City (1994)

February 16, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:50 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

"Bab el-Oued" is working class district of Algiers, shortly after the bloody riots of October 1988. Boualem is a young worker in the district bakery. He works hard at night and sleeps during the day. One morning, he commits a "foolish" act which puts the entire district in turmoil. A group of young extremists headed by Said, sets out in the search of the culprit of this "provocative" act with the intention of making an example by punishing him. Violence…

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W@TC “Mihri Hatun: A Woman, A Poet, A Beloved”

February 17, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Mihri’s existence as a woman poet in the overwhelmingly male literary world of the early-modern times is a curious instance as she does not only claim a space as a “woman,” but a respected space as a Muslim woman in literary circles. Professor Didem Havioglu will argue that her success can be explained as follows: first, the Islamic literary aesthetics and intellectual history can allow gendered voices; second, as she was very well-versed in literary and religious texts, she knew…

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Rethinking Ottoman Modernity: Culture, Politics and Religion

February 19, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

For this discussion, a panel of distinguished scholars will discuss some of the cultural, political, and religious contexts and legacies of the little known period of late Ottoman modernity from the 1820s to the 1920s. The period is framed by the early nineteenth century reign of Sultan Mahmud II (r. 1808-39) and the early twentieth century abolishment of the Ottoman Caliphate (1924). The panel will initiate an interdisciplinary discussion around various aspects of this period.  This public forum is open to…

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Journalism at the Crossroads: Americas and Beyond

February 22, 2016 | 6:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Despite differences in time period and situation, there are many journalists today in war-torn, conflicted, and critical territories who suffer physically and psychologically. Societies in those territories count on the work of journalists to exercise their right of free speech. This presentation of short documentaries (film & radio) will provide critical insights into the perils and challenges journalists face while reporting from today’s conflict-torn territories in crisis in the Americas and Beyond. The event will include "A Journey to Turkey-Syria…

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A Memorial Tribute: Fatema Mernissi

February 23, 2016 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Please join for an evening of reflection to celebrate the life and work of Fatima Mernissi (1940-2015), the renowned Moroccan feminist scholar who wrote eloquently on how Islam influenced discourses on gender throughout the world. Throughout Mernissi’s life, she carefully considered the impact of European imperialism on Muslim societies as well as the potential of human agency to shape gender expectations.  Speakers include miriam cooke, Ellen McLarney, Negar Mottahedeh, and Amal Boumaaza. A light lunch will be served. For more…

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“Music and Culture in Turkey” with Artist-in-Residence Fazil Say

February 29, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Nasher Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say speaks with Erdağ Göknar, Director of the Duke Middle East Studies Center, about music and culture in Turkey, and the intersection of Western and Ottoman classical music in his own work. Say and Göknar are joined by Eren Gümrükçüoglu, Turkish Ph.D. candidate in composition at Duke. A light reception will follow the conversation in the Nasher Museum's atrium. For more information about this event, please click here.

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SiriusXM Insight’s Electoral College Tour Comedy Show

February 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

On the eve of the Super Tuesday Primary join SiriusXM Insight for a night of stand-up comedy with hosts Pete Dominick, John Fugelsang and Dean Obeidallah. This night will spotlight comedy centered around the Presidential Election and the state of this nation. Obeidallah, a former practicing lawyer turned political comedian/writer, is co-director of the comedy documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” Tickets for the comedy show are now on sale at the Duke University box office in the Bryan Center, by calling…

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March 2016

The Arabian Nights in America

March 2, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Speaker: Abdul Sattar Jawad, Duke University The Thousand and One Nights is the most popular world literature in the West. These Oriental Frame Tales captured the imagination of generations of Western readers and prominent writers in presenting fairy tales, romances, fables, legends, parables, anecdotes, erotica, debates, and exotic adventures. Ali Baba, Sindbad, and Aladdin and his Magic Lamp, hooked the attention of young and adults readers all over the world. The Nights, in their rich and exotic imagination, inspired poets,…

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“Migrating Spaces: Imagining and Containing the Bidonville in the Francophone Mediterranean” | A lecture by Katarzyna Pieprzak

March 2, 2016 | 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Friedl 115, Friedl 115, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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In this talk, Pieprzak will explore the intertwined development of informal housing and representational aesthetics of immobility in the Francophone Mediterranean. Turning to contemporary literature and graphic novels, she asks what possibilities of self-constitution and self-revision can emerge from these migrating spaces and discourses. Pieprzak is Chair and Professor of Francophone Literature, French Language, and Comparative Literature at Williams College. She is the author of Imagined Museums: Art and Modernity in Morocco (Minnesota, 2010), the first the first cultural history of modern Moroccan art and…

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Anat Hoffman – Women of the Wall

March 3, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Sponsors: Center for Jewish Studies and Jewish Life at Duke Location: Freeman Center for Jewish Life Anat Hoffman comes to Duke to discuss the most recent developments on Women and the Kotel. Hofffman is an Israeli activist and serves as Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, also known as IRAC, and is the director and a founding member of Neshot HaKotel, also known as Women of the Wall. She is a former member of the Jerusalem City Council. In 2013Haaretz…

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“The Geopolitics of the New Energy Landscape” | A Conversation with Meghan O’ Sullivan

March 3, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Meghan L. O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Between 2004 and 2007, she was special assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan. There, she helped run the 2006 strategic policy review on Iraq which led to the “surge” strategy. This event is free and open to the public. For more information…

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Graduate Conference of the History Department at Duke University, “Where I Fare Well, There Is My Home: Migration, Past and Present”

March 4, 2016 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Graduate Conference of the History Department at Duke University, "Where I Fare Well, There Is My Home: Migration, Past and Present", Carr Building, Duke East Campus, March 4, 2016. Speakers include: Yehudith Kahn, graduate student in history, Tel-Hai Academic College, Israel, "Comparative Analysis of Migrants: Turkey, Egypt and Morocco: Factors Affecting the Choice of a Destination for Arab Immigrants: Origin Country Economic Conditions versus Host Country Policy." Devin Smart, graduate student in history, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Devouring Development:…

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“The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Comparative Perspective” | A Roundtable Luncheon

March 4, 2016 | 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join this year's Graduate Conference Hosted by the History Department at Duke University conference for a roundtable discussion on the current crisis in Syria. The discussion will be open to the public, and will be held at the Thomas Room in Lilly Library- Duke University. ***Please RSVP if you plan to attend. More information at the RSVP here. For more information, please contact Daanish Faruqi at dfaruqi@gmail.com.

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Individuals and Legal Institutions around the Medieval Mediterranean Conference

March 7, 2016 | 9:00 am - March 8, 2016 | 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

While there is a vast literature on medieval Jewish and Islamic law, the histories of medieval Jewish and Muslim legal institutions received substantially less attention. A relative dearth of documentary sources and a privileged position given to prescriptive texts have led to a top-down approach that views courts predominantly from the perspective of the central political power and/or the legal tradition. This situation contrasts with the study of courts and the legal arena in Christian Europe where there has been…

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Conference: African Refugees and Migrants at Europe’s Doorstep

March 7, 2016 | 3:00 pm - March 8, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Duke Africa Initiative invites you to the following conference: African Refugees and Migrants at Europe’s Doorstep The out-of-nowhere arrival of refugees and migrants at the doorstep of Europe and the US – their sheer mass, the horrors of the journey, their inhospitable reception, the centrality of this to all that is political today – is the issue of our time.  Slicing into this complex reality – now compounded by the mass exodus from Syria (and other regions of the Middle East)…

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Film Screening: ‘The Price of Sex’

March 10, 2016 | 5:30 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal investigative journey, exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and…

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Film Screening: ‘Cairo in One Breath’

March 21, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Monday, March 21 | 7:00 – 8:50PM Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater Duke University  The adhan is a 1,400 year-old oral tradition in the process of unprecedented change in Cairo. After 60 generations, thousands of individual muezzins are being replaced by a single voice broadcast from a radio station to wireless receivers as part of a plan put into effect by the Mubarak regime. Cairo in One Breath  follows muezzins from when they first heard rumors of plans to install…

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Film Screening: ‘Oyun/The Play’

March 22, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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When nine peasant women from Arslankoy, a mountain village in southern Turkey, decide to write and perform a play based on their life stories, unexpected aspects of their personalities emerge that they never knew existed. Esmer's documentary observes the creative stages leading up to the production of their play, The Outcries of Women!, and shows us how nine subtly but significantly different women emerge after its staging. A Q&A will follow shortly after the screening with Dr. Didem Havlioğlu. For…

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Moral Reform and Scientific Virtue: Spiritism in Twentieth Century Iran – A lecture by Prof. Alireza Doostdar

March 23, 2016 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Wednesday March 23 | 5:00PM Pink Parlor, East Duke Campus Scholars have long recognized the myriad ways in which religious traditions have appropriated and modern scientific discoveries, concepts, models, and theories for rhetorical and defensive purposes. But professional scientific activity can also serve as an imaginative resource for shaping moral subjectivity. Prof. Alireza Doostdar explores this topic by examining the reception of French Spiritism in twentieth century Iran among both committed Spiritists and their opponents among the Shi’a ulama. For…

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“Saudi Arabia and Iran: A Middle Eastern Cold War”

March 28, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Social Sciences 228, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Featuring Michael Rubin of American Enterprise Institute and Duke's Tony Rivera, hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society. The Saudi-Iran rivalry in the Middle East continues to shape regional politics in terms of geopolitics and sectarian tensions: the Saudi offensive in Yemen, the Civil War in Syria, and ISIS in Iraq. Tensions in an already fraught relationship escalated this January when the Saudis executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr and protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Iran, leading Saudi Arabia to cut…

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Media Challenges Europe: Covering the Refugee Crisis in Europe and the New Year’s Eve Attacks in Cologne

March 29, 2016 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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One million refugees have reached Germany last year. Most of them come from Syria fleeing their country because of civil war. The refugees enter Germany in Bavaria. Angela Kea – a German TV journalist – was reporting from the German-Austrian Border in October 2015 and in January 2016 and interviewed refugees, police officers, local politicians and voluntary workers. Verena Lammert, a television journalist based in Cologne Germany will join her to discuss the Refugee Crisis and the New Year’s Eve…

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Film Screening: ‘Taqwacore’

March 29, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

When he was 17, Michael Knight left his mother's home in Rochester to study Islam at a Pakistani madrassa. It was his first act of rebellion - against his abusive, schizophrenic, white-supremacist father. Years later, burned out on the demands of religious dogma, Mike rebelled once more - by penning a Muslim Punk manifesto called The Taqwacores. His work of fiction struck a chord with young Muslims around the world and before long, real-life Taqwacore bands were creating a scene.…

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Documenting Italy’s Refugees with Gabriela Arp and Andrea Patiño Contreras

March 30, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Speakers: Gabriela Arp, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Andrea Patino Contreras, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. The small city of Reggio Calabria in Southern Italy has seen the arrival of thousands of refugees over the past couple of years. Refugees and migrants are coming from all over the world to Europe, hoping to find better living conditions. Who are the people coming and who are the people receiving them? Behind the overwhelming numbers, there are…

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“U.S.-Iraqi Relations in the Age of Daesh/ISIL”: A Conversation with Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Lukman Faily

March 31, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Please join AGS, the Department of Political Science and the Duke Islamic Studies Center in welcoming sitting Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, for a talk titled "U.S.-Iraqi Relations in the Age of Daesh/ISIL." This event is free and open to the public, and parking may be found in the Bryan Center lot. Please email Aly Breuer at aly.breuer@duke.edu with any questions or for more information.

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Film Screening: ‘Frame by Frame’

March 31, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged and a photography revolution was born. Now, as foreign troops and media withdraw, Afghanistan is left to stand on its own, and so are its journalists. Set in a modern Afghanistan bursting with color and character, Frame by Frame follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape - reframing Afghanistan for the…

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April 2016

Symposium: The Lives of Religious Books

April 3, 2016 | 7:00 pm - April 4, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This symposium will include presentations by scholars, Carl Ernst (UNC) on ‘The Suspicious Hermeneutics of Authorship in the Reconstructed Diwan of al-Hallaj’, Bruce Lawrence (Duke) ‘The Koran in English: A Biography’, Kathryn Hellerstein (UPenn) ‘Jewish Poets/ Jewish Prayers: Changing the American Siddur’, a session on Islamic materials in Duke’s collections led by Dagmar Riedel (Columbia), and Dagmar Riedel ‘The Lives of an Islamic Book: The Kitāb al-Shifā by Qādī Iyād(1083–1149)’.   Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical…

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New Turkish Cinema:”Köksüz / Nobody’s Home”

April 4, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Film Sreening: Köksüz / Nobody's Home (Deniz Akçay, 2013, 81 min, Turkey, in Turkish w/ English subtitles, Color, Blu-Ray) Nobody's Home is the story of four people who cannot manage to become a family again after a loss and who destroy each other with each passing day. After her husband's death, Nurcan is left alone with her grown-up daughter Feride and two younger children, Ilker and Ozge. Little by little, the eldest child, Feride, is forced by her mother to…

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“Manifold Destiny: Arabs at a South American Border” – A Lecture by Dr. John Tofik Karam

April 5, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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How did Arabs at the triplice fronteira (tri-border) between Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina transform the Americas? In the 1950s, Lebanese and Palestinian migrants began settling on the Brazilian and Paraguayan sides of the tri-border. Since the 1990s, they leveraged this new sphere of influence in relation to Mercosul and U.S. impositions. Arabs served as transformative agents of this hemisphere, joining and rivaling the many-sided struggles waged among Brazilian, Paraguayan, Argentine, U.S., and other powers, taking us one step closer to…

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“Reimagining Pakistan” A Conversation with Ambassador Husain Haqqani

April 5, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Husain Haqqani is a Pakistani leading South Asia expert, journalist, academic, political activist and former ambassador of Pakistan to Sri Lanka and the United States. Hosted by the Duke Pakistani Students Association.

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“Shari’a Law and the Promotion of Nationality Rights and Gender Equity in the Middle East and North Africa Region”

April 7, 2016 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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In the MENA region, nationality serves as a gateway right, acting as the foundation for the enjoyment of the broader body of social, economic, and cultural rights provided for under the law. Although most critical discourse on the nationality and human rights frameworks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) focuses on secular elements of the law, these regimes are actually hybrid legal systems, drawing norms also from religious traditions. This hybridity has become more salient in the context…

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“Educating the Whole Person: the Humanities in the 21st Century” A conversation with Fatemeh Keshavarz

April 11, 2016 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join us as Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz focuses on her vision for a Humanistic content and pedagogy that responds to the needs of the 21st century. Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz, born and raised in the city of Shiraz, completed her studies at Shiraz University and University of London. She taught at Washington University in St. Louis where she chaired the Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures. In 2012, Keshavarz joined the University of Maryland as Roshan Institute Chair in…

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Symposium on Muslim Africa with Professor Ariela Marcus-Sells, Professor Sa’diyya Shaikh, and Professor Charles Stewart

April 13, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Too often in the study of Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa, the use of colonial sources distorts the perspective of academic works. This panel will be an exploration of sources that were produced for and by Muslims in Africa and will hope to build connections between Islamic Studies and African studies. The panel will include: Professor Ariela Marcus-Sells (Elon University) "Sorcery, Science, and Secrets: Muslim Devotional Practice in the Work of the Kunta Scholars" Professor Sa'diyya Shaikh (University of Cape Town)…

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Amy Kallander: Miniskirts and Beatniks: Gender Roles, National Development, and the Debate over Morals in 1960s Tunisia

April 13, 2016 | 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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This presentation looks at the ideological and practical contradictions of Tunisian modernity shortly after independence. Moving beyond Tunisia's reputation for supporting women's rights legislation, I illustrate the economic and ethical components of shifting gender roles through conversations about family planning and fashion in official publications and a stylish women's magazine. Speaker: Amy Aisen Kallander (Syracuse University). For more information, please see here: http://womenstudies.duke.edu/events/archive/2016/04/13/women-gender-and-the-palace-households-in-ottoman-tunisia-tba or contact Duke Women's Studies at 919.684.5683.

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Michael Walzer: “What is the Responsibility to Protect? And What Does it Mean in the Syrian Case?”

April 13, 2016 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friedl Building, East Campus, 1316 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Michael Walzer, one of America’s most influential political theorists, will speak on “What is the Responsibility to Protect? And What Does it Mean in the Syrian Case?” as the 2016 Kenan Distinguished Lecturer. Walzer is a professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey, and has written about a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, including political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice, and the welfare state.…

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Islamic Feminist Imaginaries – A conversation with Sa’diyya Shaikh

April 14, 2016 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Join the Duke Islamic Studies Center in welcoming Professor Sa’diyya Shaikh to Duke University for her talk on Islamic Feminist Imaginaries.  Dr. Sa'diyya Shaikh is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her research is situated at the intersection of Islamic Studies and Gender Studies, with a special interest in Sufism. Her areas of research also include gender-sensitive readings of hadith and Quran; theoretical debates on Islam and feminism; religion and gender-based…

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Hussein Ali Agrama: “Justice between Islamic Shari’a and Western Legal Tradition: Remarks on the Egyptian Context”

April 18, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Graduate Program in Religion, the International Comparative Studies Program, the Kenan Institute for Ethics' Religion in the Public Life Initiative, and the Religious Studies Department are sponsoring a luncheon workshop with: Hussein Ali Agrama, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Chicago, on “Justice between Islamic Shari’a and Western Legal Tradition: Remarks on the Egyptian Context.” His pre-circulated paper by that same title, and an accompanying text, are available to download from: http://graduateprograminreligion.duke.edu/academics/islamic-studies…

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For Faculty and Graduate Students: Roundtable Dinner Discussion with Amit Sen: The Rising Challenge of Statelessness in Syria after the Arab Spring

April 19, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

The Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC) invite faculty and graduate students to join  a roundtable discussion with Amit Sen, the United Nations Refugee Agency’s Regional Protection Officer on Statelessness for the MENA region, to explore the new and unprecedented risks of statelessness, especially among refugee and internally-displaced children. While an array of non-State actors and parties to the conflict in Syria now perform functions which are “state responsibilities,” such as presiding over criminal…

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Film: ‘Tales’ (Ghesse-ha)

April 20, 2016 | 7:30 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Join the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke as they host a Docunight featuring the film - Tales (Persian: قصه‌ها‎‎ Ghesse-ha) which is a 2014 Iranian drama film directed by Rakhshan Bani-E'temad. It contains seven tales about different people. It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Screenplay.  It was also screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. This event is free and…

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Kathryn Medien: Intimate Occupation: Economies of Love in the Israeli Settler-Colony

April 22, 2016 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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This paper – presented by Kathryn Medien, a visiting research scholar – examines the intersections of intimacy and occupation in Palestine/Israel. Moving alongside and beyond the current focus on the queer or ‘homo-nationalist’ politics of occupation, it explores how the regulation of sexual intimacy serves as a technology of segregation, dispossession, and carceral Israeli colonial rule. For more information or questions about this event, please email Julie Maxwell at julie.maxwell@duke.edu. Sponsored by: The Program in Women Studies at Duke University

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AHS Presents: Turkey and the Kurds

April 26, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Social Sciences 228, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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AHS Presents: "Turkey and the Kurds" A Conversation with Vahram Ter-Matevosyan and David Schenker April 26 @ 6:30-7:30pm Social Sciences 136 The Duke Alexander Hamilton Society presents “Turkey and the Kurds,” a debate featuring Vahram Ter-Matevosyan, a Visiting Scholar at Duke University, and David Schenker, the Director of the Program on Arab politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The debate will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 on April 26th in Social Sciences 136. Drink and refreshments will…

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September 2016

For Students: Research Opportunity Information Session

September 7, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gross Hall, Located at the northeast corner of Science and Towerview
Durham, NC 27710 United States
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For Students Only: Join this Research Opportunity Information Session Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and organized by the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation (LUCAS). Location: Gross Hall 230. Duke University Syria is locked in a Civil War that shows no signs of ending. Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen are also once again war zones. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, and the U.S. are deploying resources into this strategic landscape to achieve strategic goals. The Resources and Resiliency project,…

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Combating Threats at Home & Abroad: A Conversation with Department of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson

September 8, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Fleishman Commons, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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For the 15th anniversary of 9/11, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson will discuss threats at home and abroad. As the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security, Johnson will discuss counterterrorism and homeland security policy in the context of the changing nature of the current conflict. Johnson has also served as General Counsel to the Department of Defense and the Department of the Air Force and as an Assistant United States Attorney. For more information, contact Aly Breuer at aly.breuer@duke.edu.…

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Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival: Women Without Men

September 12, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The first film in the semester-long “Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival,” Women Without Men is a 2009 drama from Iran. Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d’etat, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace, and companionship. In Persian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Duke University Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC), the Screen Society, the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), AMES Presents,…

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Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s with Dr. Salim Yaqub, UC-Santa Barbara

September 15, 2016 | 12:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Salim Yaqub argues that the 1970s were a pivotal decade in U.S.-Arab relations—a time when Americans and Arabs became an inescapable presence in each other’s lives and perceptions, and when each society came to feel profoundly vulnerable to the political, economic, cultural, and even physical encroachments of the other. Throughout the seventies, these impressions aroused striking antagonism between the United States and the Arab world. Over the same period, however, elements of the U.S. intelligentsia grew more respectful of Arab…

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Turkey, the EU and the U.S. – Disaster Looming?

September 15, 2016 | 5:15 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Panelists: Ambassador W. Robert Pearson (former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey),  Dr. Erhard Busek (former Vice-Chancellor of Austria), and  Dr. Gönül Tol (founding director of the Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute in D.C.) Dramatic developments in Turkish, European Union and U.S. relations in 2016 have led to serious crises between Turkey and its two traditionally strongest Western supporters.  After the July 15 attempted coup, Turkey is demanding that the U.S. extradite to Turkey the alleged mastermind of the attempt, Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric living…

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Public Lecture: “Strangers in Europa: Migrants, Terrorists, Refugees” with Professor Aamir Mufti, UCLA

September 15, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Aamir R. Mufti is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has recently published Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures (Harvard University Press, 2016). His research interests focus on a range of forms of inequality in the contemporary world and how they impede the possibilities for historically autonomous action by social collectivities. His work also explores the possibilities of critical knowledge of these societies within the dominant practices of the modern humanistic disciplines. Sponsored by the…

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Book Discussion: Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures with Professor Aamir Mufti, UCLA

September 16, 2016 | 12:00 pm
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Aamir Mufti will discuss his latest book, Forget English! (Harvard University Press, 2016), and how he has scrutinized claims made on behalf of world literature by its advocates. Mufti is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Sponsored by the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the Novel Project at Duke, the Program in Literature, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. For more information, click here. To RSVP to this event, please email mideast@duke.edu.

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This Whole Election is About me: An American Muslim Perspective on 2016 with Haroon Moghul

September 21, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Haroon Moghul is a commentator and broadcaster who has appeared on all major media networks and has been published at the Washington Post, TIME, CNN, Guardian, Foreign Policy, Haaretz and Boston Review. He’s the author of a novel, The Order of Light, and an upcoming memoir, How to be a Muslim: An American Story. Haroon has been a Fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law, the New America Foundation and is currently with the Shalom Hartman Institute. As President…

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W@TC – What Duke’s Collections Can Do for You – Sean Swanick, Duke Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian

September 28, 2016 | 12:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

This presentation will provide an overview of Duke’s Middle East and Islamic Studies collections; what has been collected, what will be collected and how collections are developed, particularly in conjunction with UNC. There will also be some discussion about the practical aspects of making collections available and the processes involved. Sean Swanick is the Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian. He previously worked at McGill University as the Islamic Studies Liaison Librarian. He holds a MA in Middle East history…

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Catherine or Body of Passion : An Ethnographic Documentary, Screening and Q & A

September 29, 2016 | 4:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Emma Aubin-Boltanski, the social anthropologist from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, will present her most recent ethnographic documentary , with Q & A to follow. Aubin-Boltanski works on religious practices of the Middle East, and especially interrelations between Muslim and Christian communities. In recent years, she has turned to the tool of film, and made several ethnographic documentaries. This latest, Catherine Body of Passion, filmed in Lebanon, is representative of her work pursued once, in Syria, and…

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October 2016

Iraqi Cultural Night

October 1, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Iraqi Cultural Nights will feature a performance of Iraqi music and dance. Food will be served. More information to come. Please visit the event’s Facebook page for more information here.  

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Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival: Where Do We Go Now?

October 3, 2016 | 8:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The second film in the semester-long “Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival, “Where Do We Go Now?” is a 2011 comedy/drama from Lebanon. It was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The film will be introduced by Professor Didem Havlioğlu (AMES) with a Q&A to follow. Christians and Muslims lived peacefully together for years in this small Lebanese village, but animosities begin to build among the men as a result…

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An Evening of Sufi Music with Oruç Güvenç

October 5, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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Dr. Güvenç is a Turkish Sufi musician, a clinical psychologist and music therapist, whose albums such as Ocean of Remembrance present a palette of musical textures through vocals, saz, ney, oud, and rebab, producing a hypnotic effect. Free and open to the public - parking will be available at no charge adjacent to the Nasher Museum. the concert will take place in the museum auditorium. For more information, please contact Julie Maxwell at julie.maxwell@duke.edu. Co-Sponsors Center for European Studies, Religions…

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Explaining the Rise of Modern Science: A Connective History?

October 13, 2016 | 4:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In his recent study, The Rise of Modern Science Explained: A Comparative History, Floris Cohen argues that three modes of nature-knowledge – realist mathematical, kinetic corpuscular and face-facting experimental – combined to produce modern science. Cohen sees these as transformations of earlier European traditions. This talk traces them to three outside influences on Renaissance Europe – the computational techniques of the Indian number system, the Arabic optics of Ibn al-Haytham, and the flow of mechanical technologies from China. This event is…

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Public Lecture: “Turkey’s Improbable Journey to Modernity: State, Society and Identity” with Professor Reşat Kasaba, University of Washington

October 17, 2016 | 6:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Turkey is living through one of the most difficult periods in its history. Having survived a terrifying coup attempt, the country is trying to deal with multiple internal and external crises with tools and institutions that are weak and becoming weaker by the day. Academia and the press, two pillars that would normally protect and reinforce democratic politics, are under attack by the government while the Kurdish conflict is on the verge of turning into a full-fledged civil war. While…

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Public Lecture: “Gaming in support of the ME peace process” with Professor Rex Brynen of McGill University

October 20, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Rex Brynen is Professor of Political Science at McGill University. In addition to his extensive work on peace, conflict, and Middle East politics, he is a serious game designer and senior editor of the conflict simulation website PAXsims (http://www.paxsims.org). For more information, contact Shai Ginsburg (shai.ginsburg@duke.edu).  Free and open to the public.  A light dinner will be served.   Sponsored by Duke’s Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department.

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Conference: The Middle East in Latin America

October 21, 2016 | 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

A symposium exploring Arab and Middle Eastern communities in Latin America — whether Muslim (Sunni, Shia), Jewish, Christian, or secular — in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. We chart flows of migration and immigration across time and space, driven by commerce and politics, bringing languages, dialects, religions, and ethnicities into contact and new combinations. We bring together anthropologists, historians, political scientists, literary theorists, art critics, poets, converts, and filmmakers. The symposium looks at the convergences and divergences between two seemingly…

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Nests of the Nu Ahong, Graduate Arts Exhibit Reception

October 21, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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2016-2017 Graduate Arts Fellow Salima Al-Ismaili is an Omani documentary artist working primarily in film and photography. Her previous documentaries explored issues of migration and displacement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Jordan. Al-Ismaili’s current focus explores the constructed and blurred assigned gender roles of women within religion, and the role of women’s leadership in Islam over time. She received her BSc in Journalism from Northwestern University in Qatar in 2013 and is pursuing an M.F.A. through the Duke University program in Experimental and…

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Bridge Panel Discussion: Peace in an Age of Terror

October 24, 2016 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke Chapel Quad, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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In a world worried about terror – acts of violence with political ends – how is it possible to live in peace? A Duke Chapel “Bridge Panel” conversation takes up the question of what spiritual, political and communal resources are available to seek peace in an age of fear. The panelists include Professor Valerie Cooper, associate professor of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School; Professor Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law; and Professor Omid…

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“A True-to-Life Muslim? Knowledge of Islam & the Islamic World : The Case of Honorat Bovet in Pre-Modern France”

October 25, 2016 | 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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A joint talk with Emilie Picherot,  Université de Lille, and Helen Solterer of Duke University on the Case of Honorat Bovet in Pre-Modern France. An opportunity to delve into the debate – who knew what when? And to consider early chapters in this long, rich, conflicted encounter between cultures. Sponsored by: Duke Center for French and Francophone Studies, and Duke Romance Studies. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

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An Early Arabic Library : Manuscript 774 from France’s National Library with Emilie Picherot

October 26, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

“It is impossible to understand the particular relationship of France to the Arabo-Muslim world”, Picherot writes, “without returning again to the earliest tradition of studying Islam in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. The evidence of this practice is given concrete form by collections of Arabic manuscripts put together carefully by several scholars of the Arab world – and this long before Antoine Galland, and his contemporary Pétis de la Crois, the French scholars of the Arab world usually identified as…

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At the Crossroads of Work and War: New Mobilities for the Tunisian Precariat

October 27, 2016 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Friedl 225, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This week, ICS will be sponsoring a workshop on an article in progress, entitled "At the Crossroads of Work and War:  New Mobilities for the Tunisian Precariat"--a chapter from Alyssa Miller’s thesis on Youth and Precarity in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia--as part of an event series on Youth, Democracy and Dissent.  Ellen McLarney will be responding to the paper, and lunch will be served for attendees. This will be in workshop format so please RSVP to get a copy of the paper…

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Re-Framing Global Studies: Oceans, Islands, and Impact

October 27, 2016 | 4:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Using Pacific Studies as her entry point, Dr. Kahn will demonstrate the importance of rethinking binaries, particularly the dichotomy of global and area studies, and will explore new ways to envision global studies and its impact. Based on "Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research" (Indiana University Press, 2014), she will share insights into global scholarship and its broader role in the internationalization of curricula and campuses. Dr. Khan is the Assistant Dean for Strategic Collaborations and Director of the…

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November 2016

The Future of NATO as a Force for Global Stability: post-Brexit & post-Turkish Coup: Admiral James Stavridis

November 1, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Nasher Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Admiral James Stavridis, former supreme allied commander of NATO and former commander of the U.S. Southern Command, will speak at Duke University on Tuesday, Nov. 1. His talk, “The Future of NATO as a Force for Global Stability: post-Turkish Coup and post-Brexit,” is free and open to the public. The talk will be the first lecture in a new speaker series at Duke on the challenges of global governance funded by the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship. Stavridis is…

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Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem

November 1, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The third film in the semester-long “Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival,” Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem is a 2014 Israeli-French drama. It was the nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globe Awards and the winner for Best Film in the Israeli Film Academy Awards in 2014. The film will be introduced by Professor Rachel Harris (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) with a Q&A to follow. An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett)…

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Dabke Dance: Levantine Style

November 2, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Trent Hall, Room 124​, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Dabke dance is a Levantine, Iraqi, Northern Saudi Arabian, and Kurdish circle dance for both males and females. The word دبكةis an Arabic word which presents the sounds that happen during the dance, it comes from the root د-ب-ب and the sound ‫دب Click here for more information. Organized by: Duke Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Middle East Studies Center, and Arabic Dining Table.

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Religion and Nationalism in Asia: Perspectives on Japan and the Muslim World

November 3, 2016 | 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Today, appeals to nativism and political mobilization rooted in religious ideals are motivating systemic change and fomenting social upheaval across the world. In this one-day symposium, participants in two panels will present case studies from Japan, India, Pakistan, Turkey, and other Asian nations to discuss contentious and frequently under-examined dynamics that shape the region today. Discussion inspired by the detailed case studies offered by this symposium's presenters will further inquiry into the religious underlay of nationalisms that are taking shape in…

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From al Qaeda to the Islamic State: The Evolution of Violent Extremism in the Middle East, with Seth Cantey

November 3, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Social Sciences 228, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join the Duke Asian and Middle East Studies Center in welcoming Seth Cantey to discuss violent extremism in the Middle East. Seth Cantey is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he focuses on international security, American foreign policy, and Middle East Politics. The author, most recently, of The Middle East and South Asia, 2016-2017 (Rowman & Littlefield 2016), his current book project focuses on the role of strategy in negotiations between states and non-state…

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Cancelled: Civility and Charisma in the Islamic Ecumene: A Socio-Historical Approach

November 7, 2016 | 4:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

**we are sorry to share that this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances Armando Salvatore is Professor of Global Religious Studies and Keenan Chair of Interfaith Studies at McGill University, Montreal. From 2017 he will be a Professor at the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies of the Australian National University, Canberra. His work as a social scientist explores the Islamic ecumene’s socio-political trajectories as well as transcultural interconnections with Western and Eastern traditions and civilizations. He has…

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Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival: Rachida

November 7, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The fourth film in the semester-long “Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival,” Rachida is a 2002 drama from Algeria. The film was also the first 35mm full length feature directed by an Algerian woman that was released wide-spread. The film will be introduced by Professor Didem Havlioğlu (AMES) with a Q&A to follow. The young teacher Rachida is teaching at a school in Algiers, when she is stopped in the street by a group of youths who demand she take a…

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Jara’id 2.0: Indexing the Early Arabic Public Sphere | A Workshop and Events in Arabic Digital Humanities

November 11, 2016 | 12:00 pm - November 14, 2016 | 3:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Digital Humanities Talk: 11 November, Friday, 12:00-13:00, D106 LSRC Workshop: 12 November 2016, Saturday, 9.00 – 14.00, Rubenstein 249 Seminar: 14 November Monday, 10-12, Rubenstein 249 Book talk: 14 November Monday, 1-3, Rubenstein 249 This digital humanities workshop brings together historians, librarians, literary scholars, and IT experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the US in order to discuss the 2.0 update and redesign of Jara’id – Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Arabic Periodicals. Jara’id is a digital platform and website which…

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A Master Class for Graduate Students in Sources for Modern Middle East History

November 14, 2016 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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As part of the Jara’id 2.0 workshop we are offering a seminar discussion about using 19th-century Arabic periodicals in modern historical research for graduate students who intend to use Arabic sources. This occasion shall be a “master class” type discussion with Prof. Hala Auji (American University of Beirut), Omar Cheta (Bard College), Mona Hassan (Duke) and Adam Mestyan (Duke) who will present examples from their own experience.  The students will learn of both methodological and practical challenges and solutions in…

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Book Talk: Printing Arab Modernity (Leiden: Brill, 2016)

November 14, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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As part of the Jara’id workshop, Hala Auji will hold a talk on her book, Printing Arab Modernity. For more information, please visit the Jara’id 2.0 Website. Printing Arab Modernity  investigates and analyses the American Missionary Press in Beirut in the early 20th century. In doing so, she analyzes these publications as important visual and material objects that provide unique insights into an era of changing societal concerns and shifting intellectual attitudes of Syria's Muslim and Christian populations.   This event is sponsored by the…

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Can the Middle East Learn from Southeast Asia? A Comparative Analysis of Political Transitions in Volatile Regions | Book talk with authors Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and James M. Dorsey

November 14, 2016 | 4:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

A book Launch talk with authors Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and James M. Dorsey Embroiled in vicious cross-border sectarian wars, the Middle East dominates daily headline news. Turmoil in the Middle East contrasts starkly with encouraging signs of democratic transition in Southeast Asia even if at times, it seems fragile as in Myanmar. The Philippines and Indonesia have completed their transition and developed relatively open but messy, flawed and highly contested political systems. Thailand’s authoritarian resurgence highlights the threat of democratic reversals. What…

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Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival: Mustang

November 14, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The fifth and last film in the semester-long “Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival,” Mustang is a 2015 drama from Turkey. The film will be introduced by Professor Didem Havlioğlu (AMES) with a Q&A to follow. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into…

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Panel Discussion: Hashtag Journalism and Social Media Movements in Tunisia

November 15, 2016 | 12:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Students, scholars, and community members who are interested in the Middle East, social movements, and journalism will want to engage in this panel discussion about how social media can be used as a watchdog on the government as well as for journalistic purposes. Also, this panel will address the trending topic of the interplay between media, social movements, and human rights, particularly in Tunisia. This lunchtime panel discussion will feature Amna Guellali, the Tunisian and Algerian Researcher for Human Rights…

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Human Rights and Counter Terrorism in Tunisia

November 16, 2016 | 12:30 pm
Duke Law School, Duke Law School
Durham, NC United States
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Join Amna Guellali, a Tunisia and Algeria Researcher of the Middle East and North Africa Division at the Human Rights Watch, for a lecture titled "Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism in Tunisia." In December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, set himself on fire in protest, which served as a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the broader Arab Spring. Nearly six years on and in an increasingly securitized environment, this event will focus on human rights and counter-terrorism and…

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Khalid Albaih and Culturunners, “A US Road Trip & Art and Social Media from the Middle East”

November 28, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for a presentation and conversation on the art and social media interventions of this great artist based in Qatar. Albaih will also share a new video produced for The Guardian, including recent RV adventures across the United Stated with the Culturunners. Khalid Albaih is a Sudanese artist and political cartoonist born in Bucharest, Romania. He currently lives and works in Doha, Qatar, where he has been based since 1990. He publishes his cartoons on social media under “Khartoon!,” a…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “The Koran in English: A Biography” with Bruce Lawrence

November 30, 2016 | 12:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Bruce Lawrence is a Professor Emeritus of Duke University where he taught for four decades and was the inaugural director of the Duke University Islamic Studies Center. Lawrence holds a PhD in History of Religions from Yale University and has been awarded honorary ThDs from both Virginia Theological Seminary and Episcopal Divinity School. He is the author of numerous publications on religion and Islam, including Who Is Allah? (2015), The Qur’an: A Biography (2006), New Faiths, Old Fears (2002), and Sufi Martyrs of Love (2002). This event is…

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December 2016

“After ISIL: Stability and Spillover” Conference

December 2, 2016 | 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The purpose of this one-day conference is to help the Special Operation Forces (SOF) community’s strategic planning and forward posturing by accessing academic expertise. The underlying premise of this event is that defeating ISIS militarily, retaking Mosul, Raqqa, and other territory in Iraq and Syria, will not completely eliminate them as a threat. Therefore, the intellectual motivation for this conference is this question: what are the greatest challenges and opportunities to peace and stability after the military defeat of ISIS?…

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Docunight Film Screening: Residents of One Way Street

December 7, 2016 | 7:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Residents of One Way Street is a documentary about the lives and memories of six residents of one street in Tehran: The current 'Si-ye Tir' or the former 'Qavam-o-Saltaneh' Street, located in District 12 of Tehran. The street was originally named 'Qavam-o-Saltaneh' because the residence of Qavam os-Saltaneh, a prominent politician of the Qajar and Pahlavi eras, was located on it. After the Revolution in 1979, the street was re-named as Si-ye Tir (30th of Tir) to commemorate those who got martyred…

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January 2017

Documenting the Middle East Film Festival: Censored Voices

January 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The first film in the semester-long “Documenting the Middle East Film Festival,” Censored Voices is a 2015 documentary from Israel.  The film will be introduced by Professor Shai Ginsburg (AMES) with a Q&A to follow. In Hebrew and English with English subtitles. This film won Best Documentary at the Awards of the Israeli Film Academy in 2015. On June 5, 1967, the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan amass on Israel's borders, threatening annihilation. Six days later, the war ends with Israel's…

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Rights! Camera! Action! presents A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

January 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In Pakistan, more than 1000 women perceived as having compromised the "honor" of their families are reported to be killed each year. Families are often pressured to forgive and absolve the aggressors, which allows them to return to the community. Told through the lens of a love story, this Oscar-nominated documentary examines the tensions between modernism and tradition in Pakistan. Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Oscar-winning Saving Face), the film follows Saba, a young Pakistani woman, who has survived her attempted honor killing…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Community and Student Filmmaking in Palestine” with Nadia Yaqub

January 25, 2017 | 12:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Join us for a special screening of recent student and community-made films from the West Bank with a discussion led by Professor Nadia Yaqub, Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Films to be presented will be "The Living of the Pigeons," (2015, 15 min.) by Baha Abu Shanab of the Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture: an observational film about day laborers going through a security checkpoint and…

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Muslim Diasporas Working Group Meeting

January 27, 2017 | 11:30 am
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The next meeting of the Muslim Diasporas Working Group of Religions and Public Life at KIE will be on Friday, January 27 at 11:30AM, featuring a seminar by Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor of History: “The Philanthropic Nation – Solidarity and The Middle Classes in the Late Ottoman Empire.” Adam Mestyan is an historian of the modern Middle East. His first monograph, Arab Patriotism – The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017) presents a new story and…

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Counteracting Islamophobia: Rights, Policy, and Next Steps

January 27, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke Law School, Duke Law School
Durham, NC United States
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All are welcome to join the Duke Muslim Law Students Association for a timely conversation about the civil rights, policies, and incident reporting efforts that protect American-Muslims. Panelists will discuss how both the legal community and the American-Muslim community can utilize these methods to safeguard the rights of Muslims in America. Co-sponsored by Baker Botts.   Panelists: Darrell Miller, Professor at Duke Law; Jillian Johnson, Durham City Council Member; Hamza Butler, Creator of ProjectMawla.com. Moderator: Jayne Huckerby, Clinical Professor at Duke Law. For more information, please visit here.

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Film Screening: Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal

January 28, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

As part of the annual NC International South Asian Film Festival, there will be a film screening of Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal. When a video of girls singing and clapping goes viral in a remote village in Northern Pakistan, the local tribal Jirga is accused of ordering their brutal murder. As the story goes from headlines to court rooms, it becomes clear that in a land of ancient traditions, the line between public and private can become fatally blurred…

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Cüneyt Özdemir Events at Duke

January 30, 2017 | 6:00 pm - February 2, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Cüneyt Özdemir is a Turkish broadcast journalist with 28 years of international journalism experience, the author of 13 research books, a television producer, and anchorman. Özdemir hosts Turkey’s leading local and foreign affairs program 5N1K. “Journalism and Politics in Turkey” with Cüneyt Özdemir (CNN Türk) Monday, January 30 | 6:00pm Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library Rm 153 Duke University   Describing his twenty-year experience as a journalist in Turkey, Özdemir will explain the many challenges of reporting objective news under…

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February 2017

Schooling the Black Muslim Body: Knowledge, Transmission and Dhikr among the Mustafawiyya with Youssef Carter

February 1, 2017 | 3:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Scholarly discourse on Islam in West Africa has focused on mobilities created through transnational Sufi networks, but only recently has attention turned toward the dissemination of religious knowledge and the rich legacies established from within West African intellectual traditions. Similarly, Muslims of African descent have, more often than not, been treated by diaspora scholars as impermeable communities with seemingly little interest in inter-diasporic exchanges that have taken place with regard to the configuration of identities, the transmission of religious knowledge,…

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2nd Annual African Film Festival: ‘The Rooftops’ / ‘Es-Stouh’ (Algeria, 2015)

February 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Celebrate African cinema during the 2nd Annual African Film Festival! This first film focuses on Algeria. Light refreshments will be served before each screening. Free and open to the public. "The Rooftops" / "Es-Stouh" (Merzak Allouache, 2015, 92 min, France/Algeria, in Arabic w/ English subtitles):  An overcrowded city, with its endless traffic jams, its chaotic crowd, its rundown buildings, its old apartments piled up with families trying to survive... In this suffocating city, the terraces, progressively transformed into living spaces,…

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Preserving Culture at the Fringes in Authoritarian States

February 15, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Panel 1: Historical Perspectives 2:00-3:15 pm Michael Newcity, Duke University: “Minority Language Rights in the Former Soviet Union” Mustafa Tuna, Duke University: “How Religion Survives: Transmission of Islamic Knowledge in Early Republican Turkey” Discussant: Eren Taşar, UNC-Chapel Hill   Panel 2: Contemporary Perspectives 3:30-4:45 pm Bill Bowring, University of London: “The Kremlin’s Project of Creating a ‘Rossiiskii Narod’: What Does This Mean for the Tatars” Sophie Roche, University of Heidelberg: “Muslim and Migrant in Moscow: Bazaar Workers from Tajikistan” Discussant: Shai…

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Lecture and Seminar with James McDougall

February 21, 2017 | 12:00 pm - February 22, 2017 | 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Public Lecture: "The Sacred Space of France, Race, Religion, Citizenship and Empire" Tuesday, February 21 | 12:00pm-1:30pm  229 Carr, East Camp    Lunchtime Seminar Wednesday, February 22 | 11:30am - 1:00pm Ahmadieh Family Conference Room 101 West Duke Bldg, East Campus RSVP for the lunch here   Dr. James McDougall, Laithwaite Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at the University of Oxford, will be giving a public talk as well as participating in the Muslim Diasporas Seminar of the Religions and Public…

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The Parents Circle: Bereavement and Reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

February 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian and Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. The Parents Circle believes that we can only achieve peace by sharing our personal experiences. The event will bear witness to the personal pain of the conflict from an Israeli and a Palestinian member of the Parents Circle. Location: Westbrook 0012, Divinity School, Duke University Sponsored by J…

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Public Lecture: “Adventures in Field-Building: On the History of Area Studies and Middle East Studies in the United States” by Dr. Zachary Lockman (NYU)

February 23, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Area studies is often simplistically depicted as little more than a Cold War form of knowledge, but its emergence as a component of the postwar American academic scene was in fact propelled and shaped by visions, exigencies and contingencies that were not initially or exclusively about the needs of the national security state. Zachary Lockman’s 2016 book Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United States draws on extensive archival research to offer a different perspective on…

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Film Screening: On the Bride’s Side with Q&A

February 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The third film in the semester-long “Documenting the Middle East Film Festival,” On the Bride's Side is a 2015 documentary from Israel. The film will be introduced by Anna Kipervaser with a Q&A to follow. A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden - and hopefully avoid getting themselves…

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Panel Discussion: Contending Visions of the Middle East

February 24, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This panel will use Zachary Lockman’s influential book, Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism (Cambridge, 2004), as a jumping off point to discuss the ways in which Westerners have examined and depicted Islam and the Middle East. The discussion will also address Lockman’s recent publication Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the US (Stanford, 2016), including the politics, controversies, and critical issues relating to the US and the Middle East. Participants…

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Persian Classical Music and Dance: in celebration of Khayyam

February 25, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Persian Students Association at Duke & Persian Art Center in Carolina delightfully invite you for a cultural night with Persian classical music & dance! This event honors Omar Khayyam (1048–1131), a Persian polymath, scholar, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet. Performers include Siavash Pourfazli (tar, daf), Shahram Mazhari (santour, tombak), Reza Mahini (vocal, daf), Naim Montazeri (bass tar), Farzaneh Rezaei (dance).   Admission is free and open to public. Sponsored by the Duke Persian Students Association.  For more information, click here.

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Public Lecture: “International Law for the Weak State: The Ottoman Empire”

February 27, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Mostafa Minawi (Cornell University) introduces his book "The Ottoman Scramble for Africa” (Stanford UP, 2016). Professor Minawi will explore the role that the philosophy behind 19th-century notions of international law played in maintaining and expanding an exclusively European colonial possession in Africa and Asia. Using the Ottoman Empire's part  icipation in the Conference in Berlin (1884-85) as a case study, he will argue that Istanbul understood how positivist international law gave the upper hand to the Great Powers, but continued…

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March 2017

Wednesdays at the Center: “The War Against Rape as a Weapon of War” with miriam cooke

March 1, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Rape has always been part of war, but in the 20th century as military technology increased the scale of warfare so did the rate of rape. During the 1990s, the Serb rape camps holding Bosnian Muslim women in sexual bondage and then the rape camps of the Rwandan Genocide galvanized international action. The ICC trials led to the declaration that rape in war constitutes a crime against humanity. Activists were elated, yet rape remains an authorized weapon of war. This talk…

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CANCELLED: Panel Discussion: “Palestine and US Relations” with Palestinian Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat and Duke Professors David Schanzer and miriam cooke

March 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Please note that this event has been cancelled, and is no longer occurring. The US-Palestinian relationship has shaped much of Middle East politics for decades. Despite a close working relationship with Israel, the United States has often tried to serve the role of the ‘honest broker’ in handling the Israel-Palestine conflict, which has, in turn, necessitated an effective working relationship with Palestine. The relative strain on, or warmth of, this relationship has always been in flux and responsive to current…

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Public Lecture: “Hebrew, Arabic, and Death: Palestine-Israel and the Global Novel” with Anna Bernard (Kings College London)

March 9, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Anna Bernard (Kings College London) introduces her book Rhetorics of Belonging: Nation, Narration, and Israel/Palestine (Oxford University Press, 2013). The crisis in Israel/Palestine has long been the world's most visible military conflict. Yet the region's cultural and intellectual life remains all but unknown to most foreign observers, which means that literary texts that make it into circulation abroad tend to be received as historical documents rather than aesthetic artefacts. Rhetorics of Belonging examines the diverse ways in which Palestinian and…

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Film Screening: “Remake, Remix, Rip-Off” with Q&A

March 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The fourth film in the semester-long Documenting the Middle East Film Festival. “Remake, Remix, Rip-Off” is a documentary from Turkey. A Q&A with Didem Havlioğlu will follow the screening. The Turkish film industry “Yeşilçam” was both financially and structurally weak. But with the help of basically non-existing copyright law, Yeşilçam filmmakers started producing remakes of European, American, and Indian movies. But they did not simply remake the movies scene by scene, they were using the movies’ soundtracks or even special…

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African Migration in Comparative Perspective Film Screening: ‘Fire At Sea’ (2016)

March 27, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for the kick-off to the 'African Migration in Comparative Perspective' conference with a screening of 'Fire at Sea.' An Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature and the first nonfiction film to ever win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by…

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Public Lecture: “Muslim Women in the Balkans between Nationalism and Transnationalism” with Ina Merdjanova (Trinity College, Dublin)

March 28, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Ina Merdjanova (Trinity College, Dublin) introduces her book Muslims in the Balkans Between Nationalism and Transnationalism (OUP USA, 2013). With the newly-gained religious freedom, and in the context of multiple structural and cultural transitions, Muslim communities underwent remarkable transformations. They sought to renegotiate their place in formally secular legal and normative environments, mostly as minorities in majority-Christian societies. They reclaimed their Islamic faith, practices, and identities in a complex geopolitical situation dominated (particularly after 9/11) by anti-Muslim sentiments. The rising…

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April 2017

Public Talk: ““Against All Odds: Access of Refugee Youth to Higher Education” with Gül İnanç

April 5, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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What is the cost of learning for refugee youth? On April 5, scholar Gül İnanç will give context to the question as part of a talk hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 5, İnanç will present “Against All Odds: Access of Refugee Youth to Higher Education” in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101. The talk will focus on the current situation of refugees and their access to education in the Southeast…

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Dissident Subjects: A Conference in Honor of Professor miriam cooke

April 6, 2017 | 5:00 pm - April 8, 2017 | 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

SAVE THE DATE! Dissident Subjects: A Conference in Honor of Professor miriam cooke April 6–8, 2017 Duke University The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies is honored to announce an international conference to honor Professor miriam cooke’s multifaceted career on the occasion of her retirement. Dr. cooke’s colleagues and friends will gather to address issues of relevance to miriam’s artistic and scholarly interests including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mediterranean cities, Islamic feminism, gender and conflict, and literature. Each of the…

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Poetry Reading from “Nomadologies” by Erdağ Göknar

April 15, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Regulator Bookshop, 720 9th Street
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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Award-winning translator and Turkish scholar Erdağ Göknar comes to The Regulator for a reading and book signing of his new collection of poetry, Nomadologies. The poems in Nomadologies connect moments of separation and union in a life lived between Turkey and America. Taking its organizing principle from the grammar of nomadic life, Nomadologies reveals that mobility is the most efficient strategy for sustaining contradictory existences. Here, we learn that poetry is a landscape of inhabitation, and perpetual exile is one's…

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May 2017

New Book Roundtable with Mona Hassan, Richard Bulliet & Vincent Cornell

May 1, 2017 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Friedl Building, East Campus, 1316 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Please join us for a roundtable discussion of our colleague Mona Hassan’s new book Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History (Princeton University Press, December 2016) with Richard Bulliet (Columbia University) and Vincent Cornell (Emory University). Richard Bulliet and Vincent Cornell will present on the scholarly interventions of Longing for the Lost Caliphate followed by Mona Hassan’s response as the author and an open discussion of the book among those in attendance. In the United States and Europe, the…

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