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August 2018

K-12 Outreach: Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows

August 10, 2018 | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

  This event will be the fourth site visit in the Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program. This intensive year-long professional development opportunity will explore Middle Eastern and African heritage through structured site-visits across the state, aiming to enhance expertise in Middle Eastern and African cultures and communities, explore the growing diversity of North Carolina, and develop culturally competent pedagogy.   The North Carolina African Services Coalition (NCASC) is a nonprofit organization that provides services to refugees, asylees,…

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K-12 Outreach: World View Global Education Summit

August 14, 2018 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

  World View partners are invited to kick off the school year with a global mindset. Join Buncombe County Schools and World View for a free global education professional development event. The Global Education Summit will feature a range of speakers and dynamic sessions focused on global issues, teaching strategies and resources for integrating global content into curriculum. This program serves educators in all grade levels and disciplines, including the cultural arts, STEM, the humanities and more from kindergarten through…

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Lecture: “Shaping Antiquity in the Long Eighteenth Century” with Dr. Daniel Orrells and Dr. Lindsay Allen (King’s College London)

August 31, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Lindsay Allen is a lecturer in Greek and Near Eastern History in the Department of Classics, King’s College London. Allen is a specialist on ancient Iran, particularly the Achaemenid Persian empire (c. 550-330 BC) and pre-Islamic Iran. Her research has expanded from Achaemenid Kingships in texts and material culture to include the history of scholarship and reception studies, particularly in relation to Persian history, the Ancient Near East and Alexander of Macedon. She previously held research fellowships at Wolfson…

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September 2018

Lecture: “After the Rebellion: Religion, Rebels & Jihad” by Professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst

September 6, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Religion, rebels, and jihad were redefined in the aftermath of the 1857 Rebellion in South Asia. What it meant to belong to a particular religion—specifically Islam—came to signify one’s political leanings. In turn, religious concepts with long, multifaceted histories—specifically jihad—came to be synonymous with a religion and its religious community. This talk addresses how the events of 1857-1858 minoritized and racialized Indian Muslims, with particular attention to the use of jihad as a rhetorical concept in the colonial period.…

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Research Presentation: Lebanese Fulbright Scholars

September 11, 2018 | 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  The Khayrallah Center invites you to join us for the 3rd annual research presentation by Lebanese Fulbright scholars in residence at NC State University. These scholars specialize in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and come from across the spectrum of Lebanese universities. They have spent the summer at NC State working on developing advanced teaching and research skills with faculty mentors, and this presentation will be the culmination of their work. So, please join us for a reception…

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Postponed – Lecture: “17 Years at War” with General Stanley McChrystal

September 14, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  General Stanley McChrystal, retired Commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan who revolutionized the way military agencies coordinate counter-terrorism efforts, will reflect on the U.S. since 9/11 during a free public talk on Friday, Sept. 14, at Duke University.   A four-star general, McChrystal led the Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the military's most sensitive forces. His leadership of the JSOC is credited with the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003, and the death of…

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Lecture: “Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States” with Su’ad Abdul Khabeer (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

September 20, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Drawing on over two years of ethnographic research, Su'ad Abdul Khabeer illuminates the ways in which young and multiethnic U.S. Muslims draw on Blackness to construct their identities as Muslims. This is a form of critical Muslim self-making that builds on interconnections and intersections, rather than divisions between "Black" and "Muslim." Thus, by countering the notion that Blackness and the Muslim experience are fundamentally different, Muslim Cool poses a critical challenge to dominant ideas that Muslims are "foreign" to the United…

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Lecture: “Combined Arms Warfare in the Mongol Empire” with Dr. Timothy May (University of North Georgia)

September 21, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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The typical image of the Mongol conquests is one of fur-clad warriors on horseback pillaging and plundering with swords and shooting their enemies with bows and arrows. While not 100% inaccurate, it misses not only the complexity of the Mongol military system as well as the Mongol Art of War. In addition to highly mobile armies of light horse-archers, the Mongols also field armies of what might be termed as combined arms. This went beyond the oft-cited “60-40” mix of…

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MSA Live: “Defining Patriotism” with Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

September 28, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The UNC Muslim Students Association presents to you the 3rd annual MSA Live! With a social justice theme, MSA Live strives to represent various activists from diverse backgrounds and experiences. This year’s keynote speaker will be former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Come out to this year’s MSA Live to hear Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf speak about his experience being raised in the South during the Jim Crow era, personal conflict with identity, struggle with his health, which all happened to be a minor…

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October 2018

Lecture: “An architectural lingua franca: Italian imprints in the urban landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean” with Paolo Giarardelli

October 2, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As a region of encounter and exchange, the Eastern Mediterranean was for millennia an environment of linguistic creolization. The so-called lingua franca is only one of the many instances of this process: a vehicular idiom used for mercantile transactions, originating from Latin presence in the Middle East since the time of the Crusades, and combining a basic Italic or romance template with words from Greek, Arabic, Turkish and beyond. This lecture will show how and why a similar expressive hybridity…

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Lecture: “The “Sephardim”: An Imagined Diaspora?” with Miriam Bodian (University of Texas)

October 7, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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There is a widespread belief that from the medieval period onward, the great majority of Jews belonged to one of two ethnic sub-groups – the Sephardim and the Ashkenazim – that developed in parallel fashion and are thus somehow comparable. But the structures of these two diasporas are profoundly different. While it is possible to describe an “Ashkenazi culture” (at least up to the nineteenth century) with continuities of language, style, geography, ancestry, and religious environment, the profound disjunctions of…

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Lecture: “Scribes and Scrolls” with Sidnie White Crawford (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

October 8, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The lecture will explore both the textual and the archaeological evidence from Qumran to argue that during the first century BCE- first century CE Qumran was inhabited by a Jewish community affiliated with the Essene movement in Judea.  The Essenes founded Qumran as a library site, where the collecting, copying, and preserving of sacred manuscripts was the primary activity.  I will argue that the building compound contained rooms compatible with a library and scroll workshop, and that the nearby Caves…

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Lecture: “No Exit: Arab Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, & Decolonization” with Yoav Di-Capua (University of Texas, Austin)

October 12, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

It is a curious and relatively little-known fact that for two decades—from the end of World War II until the late 1960s—existentialism’s most fertile ground outside of Europe was in the Middle East, and Jean-Paul Sartre was the Arab intelligentsia’s uncontested champion. In the Arab world, neither before nor since has another Western intellectual been so widely translated, debated, and celebrated. By closely following the remarkable career of Arab existentialism, this talk reconstructs the cosmopolitan milieu of the generation that…

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Lunch and Learn Talk: “The Impact of War: An Update on the Mental Health of UK Armed Forces Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan” with Dr. Sharon Stevelink (King’s College London)

October 15, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Stevelink is a lecturer in epidemiology at King’s Centre for Military Health Research and the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London. She is currently involved with a number of projects investigating the health and well-being of military personnel and veterans funded by the UK Ministry of Defense, the Forces in Mind Trust and the Royal British Legion. King’s College London has been a strategic partner of UNC-Chapel Hill since 2005. The partnership has allowed collaborations in diverse…

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Presentation on Architecture with Rodolphe el Khoury (University of Miami)

October 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center (in collaboration with the College of Design at NC State) invites you to join us for a presentation by the world-renowned Lebanese architect, Dr. Rodolphe el Khoury, Dean of the School of Architecture at University of Miami. Dr. el Khoury will be speaking about his vision of the architecture of tomorrow. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and the College of Design.   Monday, October 15 | 6:00 p.m. Burns Auditorium NC…

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New date: Undergraduate Presentation: “Millennial Jihad” by Jovan Baclious and Austin Blair

October 16, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Do you like video games? Have you ever played Call of Duty? Then you have something in common with tens of thousands of young men terrorist groups have tried to recruit. Two PWAD Seniors, Jovan Baclious and Austin Blair, have spent the last several months (working with Communication Professors Cori Dauber and Mark Robinson) carefully studying the way Islamic State copies CoD in their propaganda videos – and the way other groups then copy IS in theirs. Join us for…

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Lecture: “Understanding the Arab Revolutions,” with Professor Asef Bayat (University of Illinois)

October 18, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The outbreak of the Arab uprisings created an unprecedented optimism about the future of democracy in the Arab world. But today, a strong sense of pessimism and despair surround the trajectory of these uprisings. Why did the Arab revolutions experience such trajectories? How do we understand the nature of the Arab Spring? Dr. Bayat’s presentation attempts to historicize the Arab revolutions comparing them with those of the 1970s notably the Iranian revolution of 1979. He suggests that what transpired…

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Seminar: “Urbanity and Insurrection: Cities of the Arab Spring,” with Professor Asef Bayat (University of Illinois)

October 19, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Arab uprisings took place primarily in the urban centers. What does the urban locus of the revolts tell us about their origins and dynamics? What aspects of urbanity render cities the spaces of contention? And why certain urban sites, streets or squares become, more than others, insurgent space? Focusing on some key cities in the region, Prof. Bayat will discuss the logic of contention in the urban Middle East and examine the dynamics of revolutionary mobilization in the…

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Seminar: Syria in Transition – A Dialogues Seminar

October 20, 2018 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The Civil War in Syria is one of the most complex conflicts in the Middle East, and few outsiders understand its origins or its wide-ranging effects on the people who live there. This special Dialogues seminar will examine the historical causes of the devastating Syrian violence and give particular attention to the plight of refugees who have fled the country or struggled with the massive internal displacements that have shattered Syrian communities and families. A distinguished historian of the…

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Lecture: “Women of Daesh: Quests for Paradise, Empowerment and Adventure” with Professor Katherine Brown (University of Birmingham, UK)

October 24, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Discussions about western women’s involvement with the violent terrorist group Daesh (also known as ‘Islamic State’) tend to focus on their exceptionality. We are reminded of how unusual it is to have such high numbers of women joining a group such as this; to have women publicly advocate for positions of authority and violence; and to have women ‘give up’ the trappings of a liberal western feminist lifestyle. The women are consequently doubly deviant and exceptional for their actions.…

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Lecture: “Women and Islamic Performance in Indonesia” with Anne Rasmussen (College of William and Mary)

October 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erdahl Cloyd Theater – D.H. Hill Library, 2 W Broughton Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695 United States
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Dr. Anne Rasmussen, Professor of Ethnomusicology and Bickers Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, College of William and Mary will lecture on Women and Islamic Performance in Indonesia: From Ritual to Recreation. Professor Rasmussen is a leading authority on the music and sound practices of Islam. She is past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and author of three books including Women’s Voices, the Recited Qur’an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia. Sponsored by the NCSU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. For more information, please visit here. Erdahl-Cloyd Theater NC…

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Lecture: “Islam and the Musical Expression of Faith in Contemporary Senegal” with Prof. Samba Camara (UNC)

October 25, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Samba Camara is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies and serves as the Coordinator of the African Language Program at UNC’s African Studies Center. He holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts, with concentration in African literature and performance. Professor Camara’s teaching and research interests follow an interdisciplinary path, cutting across literature, film, and performance studies. He is currently working on two book projects. One is a monograph entitled, Beyond the Praise…

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Lecture: “Great Power Competition in Eurasia: the View from Azerbaijan” with Counselor Vugar Gurbanov (Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Azerbaijan, Washington, DC)

October 25, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Vugar Gurbanov of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington, DC, will talk about "Great Power Competition in Eurasia: the View from Azerbaijan." Mr. Gurbanov is a Political Counselor and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the United States. He is a career diplomat who joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2005. Prior to his current position, V.Gurbanov worked at the Political-Military, Security Affairs and International Security departments of the Foreign…

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Lecture: “Truth is My Weapon: A Campaign Against Sexual Violence and Genocide” with Nobel Peace Prize 2018 Laureate Nadia Murad

October 29, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad will give a free public talk at Duke University on Monday, Oct. 29. She will give the 2018 Crown Lecture in Ethics, “Truth is My Weapon: A Campaign Against Sexual Violence and Genocide,” at Penn Pavilion from 5:30-7 p.m. A reception and book-signing will follow her talk. Tickets are required and will be available at tickets.duke.edu starting Tuesday, Oct. 23. Paid parking will be available in the Bryan Center garage. Murad, 24, is a member of the…

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Lecture: “The Beginnings of Islamic Law” with Professor Lena Salaymeh (Tel Aviv University and Princeton University)

October 30, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Duke Law School, Duke Law School
Durham, NC United States
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Professor Lena Salaymeh, Tel Aviv University and Princeton University, will discuss her award-winning book, "The Beginnings of Islamic Law: Late Antique Islamicate Legal Traditions" (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2016). Showing how Muslim jurists crafted their legal opinions by combining ancient norms, scripture, religious and scholarly precedents, local traditions, and social needs in unexpected ways, Prof. Salaymeh challenges modern preconceptions of Islamic law and illustrates the dynamic nature of Islamic jurisprudence in a contemporary setting. Lunch will be provided. For more information,…

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Presentation: “Pay No Heed to the Rockets” by Marcello Di Cinto

October 31, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please join us Wednesday, October 31 for a talk by award-winning author Marcello Di Cinto. Di Cinto will speak about his exploration of the Palestinian experience through first-hand reporting about what art and literature mean to modern Palestinians. Di Cinto’s books will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments to follow.   This event is presented by Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the FOCUS program, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the…

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November 2018

Lecture: “Climb your Everest” with Sara Safari

November 1, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Sara Safari is an author, speaker, mountain climber, college professor and advocate for women empowerment. She was born in Iran. She moved to the United Stated in 2002 and continued her education in electrical engineering at UCLA. After working in industry, she realized her passion lies in teaching. She decided to climb and summit Mt. Everest (29000ft) to raise funds and awareness for the girls who become victims of human trafficking or are forced into early marriage. She received…

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Lecture and Book Signing: “The Path of Love in Persian Sufism” with Omid Safi (Duke University)

November 3, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  An Enchanting Evening of lecture, Book Reading, Poetry, Mystical and Sacred Dance. Professor Omid Safi will give a lecture on "the Path of Love to Persian Sufism." After Professor Safi’s book talk, we will welcome Latif Bolat and Serap Yilmaz who will perform poetry, music and dance. A book signing at the event will follow. For more information, visit here. Presented by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians (GSAID) and the Iranian Cultural Society of NC. Sponsored by: the Von…

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Lecture: “Toward a Critical Zionist Vision: German-Jewish Photographers and Filmmakers in 1930s Palestine” with Ofer Ashkenazi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

November 4, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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  Following the emergence of National Socialism, several German-Jewish photographers and filmmakers went into exile. A small number of them arrived in Mandate Palestine and greatly influenced the Zionist visual culture of the following decades. This talk focuses on two veterans of Germany’s film industry, who participated in Zionist propaganda campaigns in the mid-1930s and created imagery that was repeatedly copied and referenced by other Zionist artists. In their work they integrated Labor Zionism with a critical, anti-nationalist discourse of…

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Presentation: “Palestinian Art as Political Commentary” with Mohammad Sabaaneh

November 6, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian cartoonist and graphic artist who lives in Ramallah, West Bank, where he is the lead political cartoonist for the daily paper, Al-Hayat al-Jadida. In 2013, he was detained by the Israelis for five months, spending much of it in solitary confinement, a situation that inspired the creation of his first book of cartoons, White And Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine, published by Just World Books in 2017. The book garnered rave reviews from leading political cartoonists around the…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Lost Stages and Words: A Historical Perspective of Ottoman and Turkish Theater”

November 7, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Speakers Ebru Nihan Celkan, Özge Ertem, Özlem Karadag will provide a historical overview of the development and changes that have occurred within Ottoman and Turkish theater from the late 19th century to the present. The changes that have occurred since the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923 are profound. While much literature delves into the politics, demographic shifts and transfers, the power of theatre is often neglected. Thus, how do theatre and history help each other to remember and…

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Lecture: Shabana Basij-Rahsikh

November 8, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Please join the Shuford Program for the first Shuford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lecture. This year’s key note speaker is Shabana Basij-Rasikh, co-founder and president of SOLA. SOLA is an Afghan-led private boarding school for girls, the first of its kind in Afghanistan. SOLA's mission is to provide Afghan girls a rigorous education that promotes critical thinking, a sense of purpose, and respect for self and others. In 2018, Shabana was awarded the Malalai Medal, one of Afghanistan's highest national honors, for her work in…

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Lecture: “Heritage Conservation and the Fractured Arab Modernity” with Nasser Rabbat (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

November 8, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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  Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, will deliver a free lecture, “Heritage Conservation and the Fractured Arab Modernity.” An architect and a historian, his scholarly interests include the history and historiography of Islamic architecture, art and cultures, urban history and post-colonial criticism. He teachers courses on various facets of Islamic urbanism and contemporary cities, orientalism, historiography and the issue of meaning in architecture. Professor Rabbat has published…

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A Conversation with Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton

November 8, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

A 24-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, Ambassador Crumpton served as an undercover operations officer in the foreign field including two tours as Chief of Station.  In Washington, Ambassador Crumpton held senior management positions, including a one-year assignment at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as Deputy Chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section, 1998-1999. He led the CIA’s Afghanistan campaign in 2001-2002.  He was the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State from 2005-2007.  He is the…

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Lecture: “The Art of Resistance” with Mohammad Sabaaneh

November 8, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian cartoonist and graphic artist who lives in Ramallah, Palestine, where he is the lead political cartoonist for the daily paper, Al-Hayat al-Jadida. In 2013, he was detained by the Israelis for five months, spending much of it in solitary confinement, a situation that inspired the creation of his first book of cartoons, White And Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine, published by Just World Books in 2017. The book won rave reviews from leading political cartoonists around the world including KAL of The Economist, Matt Wuerker of Politico, and Joe Sacco. Mohammad is the Middle East representative of the Cartoonists Rights Network International. He was…

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Lecture: “Islamization in the Golden Horde and Communal Identity among the Turkmens: The Subtle Social Legacies of a Fourteenth-Century Saint” with Devin DeWeese (Indiana University)

November 9, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dr. DeWeese’s focus on religious studies have led him to make important interventions in Central Asian history. Come to learn how the Golden-Horde era Islamization legends have shaped the communal identities of Central Asian peoples.   Organized by the UNC Islamicate Graduate Student Association. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC Central Asia Working Group, UNC Asia Center, UNC History, UNC Transnational and Global Modern History, UNC Religious Studies, Carolina Center for the Study…

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Lecture: “Paradoxes of Emancipation: Revolution and Power in Light of Mao (Beirut, 1973-5)” with Fadi Bardawill (University of North Carolina) Sunday, November 11 | 5:00 – 7:00pm National Humanities Center

November 11, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
National Humanities Center, 7 TW Alexander Dr.
Durham, NC 27709 United States
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A couple of years after the foundation of the Organization of Communist Action in Lebanon (1970-1) at the height of the social, political and military polarization that preceded the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), Waddah Charara, a major theorist of the Lebanese New Left subjected the three main components – Party, Theory, and Political Practice – of the revolutionary machine to critique. This paper examines how this critique, which was formulated in a translated Maoist idiom in the…

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Lecture: “The Islamic State’s Utopia: A Visual Tour of the Caliphate” with Charlie Winter (King’s College London)

November 28, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Charlie Winter is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London. Alongside is work at ICSR, he is also a doctoral candidate in War Studies, Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague and Associate of the Imperial War Museum Institute in London. Mr. Winter will talk about his research into how and why the Islamic State uses social media-based information and disinformation campaigns in its global…

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Lecture: “Idols and Figural Images in Islam: A Brief Dive into a Perennial Debate” with Dr. Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan)

November 29, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This talk aims to explore some of the questions and debates concerning idolatry and figural representation from the beginning of Islam until today. It will focus in particular on the specific terminology used in the Qur'an and Hadith-in particular the terms tamathil (figural likenesses), asnam (idols), and ansab (sacred stones or betyls)-in order to distinguish the semantic and conceptual categories that were used by Muslim writers to classify various forms of art-making along with their associated practices. The talk will…

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One Voice UNC’s Lunch-N-Learn: Mapping the Region

November 30, 2018 | 12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join One Voice at UNC for another lunch-n-learn event!  This time, we'll be looking at maps of Israel and Palestine, and discussing the worldviews they imply and the stories they tell. FREE lunch will be provided from Panera Bread. This will be an informational presentation followed by an open discussion -- community members at all levels of knowledge of Israel and Palestine are invited to come learn more about the politics of maps and exchange thoughts about the issues they raise.…

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December 2018

Lecture: “Palestinian Refugees” with Mohammed Eid (UNC)

December 1, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Frank Porter Graham Student Union Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Carolina International Relations Association (CIRA) for a talk with Rotary Peace Fellow Mohammed Eid on his experience as a Palestinian refugee. Eid is from Gaza Strip, Palestine, where he has spent his life working. He studied applied linguistics at the University of Southampton in England. He then began working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in 2011, as a youth education specialist. He has worked on many programs and initiatives related to education development and…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “A New Look at the Book of Kings, Shahnameh” with Loghman Zaiim

December 2, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Loghman Zaiim on Shahnameh ("Book of Kings") by Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940–1020), the world's longest epic poem created by a single poet. Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature and one of the greatest in the history of literature.   The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From…

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Lecture: “Tar Heels & Diplomacy” with Yaniv Barzilai

December 3, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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  Are you considering a career in the Foreign Service or the U.S. Department of State? The Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense is hosting UNC alumnus and Foreign Service Officer, Yaniv Barzilai for a discussion on career opportunities in the State Department and the more general realm of national security and foreign policy. Yaniv Barzilai is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He is currently the Counterterrorism Policy Advisor for North Africa in to the State…

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January 2019

Lecture: “The Discourse of Deep States and Coups” with Erdağ Göknar (Duke University)

January 8, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

   Join the Turkish Circle for a talk by Erdağ Göknar, Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University on “The Discourse of Deep States and Coups.”   Sponsored by the Turkish Circle at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State University.   Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall – Room 240 John Hope Franklin Center Duke University

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Lecture: “Being Muslim: Women of Color in/and American Islam” with Dr. Sylvia Chan Malik (Rutgers)

January 15, 2019 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Sylvia Chan-Malik will give a lecture based on her recently published book, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam. In her lecture, Professor Chan-Malik will discuss the ways U.S. Muslim women's identities are expressions of Islam as both Black protest religion and universal faith tradition. Drawing on archival images, cultural texts, popular media, and interviews, she will show how communities of American Islam became sites of safety, support, spirituality, and social activism, and how women…

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Lecture: “Our Mamas Been Rockin’ Hijab Since Before We Were Babies: The History of Fashionable Modesty in Black Muslim Communities” with Dr. Jamillah Karim

January 17, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  In the Trump Era, the hijab has become a symbol of resistance to Islamophobia and celebration of Muslim women. But this didn’t happen overnight. It took years of struggle, creativity, and perseverance by Muslim women who don’t get the media’s attention. We owe much to women like Ibtihaj Muhammad and Linda Sarsour, but they stand on the shoulders of African American Muslim mothers who worked hard to make their daughters love being Muslim and feel beautiful at the same…

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Lecture: “17 Years at War” – A Conversation with General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army (ret.)

January 24, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Sanford Fleishman Commons Durham, United States + Google Map

Professor David Schanzer will lead a conversation with General McChrystal at this rescheduled lecture in honor of 9/11. The event is a Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture and is co-sponsored by the Triangle Center for Homeland Security. A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley A. McChrystal was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. A retired four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan…

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Cultural Event: Arabic Halaqa with Doria El Kerdany (UNC)

January 25, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Ms. Doria El Kerdany will lead the first presentation of the Arabic Halaqa for this semester on Jan. 25 at 5:00 p.m. Doria Elkerdany is a Teaching Associate Professor and she is the Coordinator for the Arabic language program at UNC-Chapel Hill. She received her M.A. in Teaching Arabic for Non-Arabic Speakers from the American University in Cairo. She has published two Novels " رمال ناعمة  " Cairo Agu, 2011 and "حكايات القطط" 2015" Ostadha Doria will give a talk about her first novel رمال ناعمة  .…

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“Where the Body Lands” featuring poet Tariq Luthun

January 26, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This January, Duke Spoken Verb, Duke Muslim Students Association, & Duke Students for Justice in Palestine are joining hands to host the Emmy Award winning poet Tariq Luthun! Along with that astounding accomplishment as a poet, Tariq Luthun is a Palestinian-American analyst, strategist, community organizer, and is the founder of UNC Chapel Hill’s CUPSI team. Also, get the chance to participate in a workshop that Tariq is hosting from 5-6pm. And, of course, what would we be if we didn’t allow…

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Discussion: China’s Concentration Camps: What’s at Stake?

January 28, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Credible reports have revealed that China has detained 1-3 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in internment camps, where they are forced to denounce their religion and ethnic identity. An Uyghur survivor of the camp system, Mihrigul Tursun, will provide testimony of her experiences. This event will shed light on the situation in East Turkestan/Xinjiang - specifically on China’s ethnic cleansing of Uyghurs, mass surveillance state, crackdown on religion, internment camps, a brief history of the region, as well as…

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February 2019

Roundtable Presentation and Discussion with Joseph Sany, Technical Advisor for the Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department at FHI 360

February 7, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Joseph Sany is the Technical Advisor for the Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department at FHI 360. In this capacity, he supports and advises on innovative approaches related to training, programming, human and institutional capacity strengthening, as well as programming in the areas of youth development and livelihoods, countering violent extremism, civil society development and peacebuilding in fragile and post-conflict environments. Sany is an international development, peacebuilding and peacekeeping specialist with 20 years of proven experience supporting and advising local and…

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Humanities in Action Talk: “Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures: Threats to Bio and Ethnic Diversity” with Robin Visser (UNC-Chapel Hill)

February 12, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Dr. Visser’s current book project, Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures (1980-2020), analyzes the growing prominence within Chinese-language literature of ecological perspectives from China’s border cultures. It includes works by Mongolian, Tibetan, Taiwanese Indigenous, Kazakh, Uyghur, and Han Chinese writers. Set in Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Southwest China, and Taiwan, they feature diverse ecologies rapidly transforming due to unprecedented rates of development and domestic migration. The talk analyzes literary depictions of rapidly changing regional ecosystems and compares distinct ways of imagining relational dynamics between…

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Lecture: “The Geopolitics of Feminisms in Afghanistan” with Jennifer Fluri (U. Colorado, Boulder)

February 13, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

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

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Lecture: “Imperial Iconography in Afghanistan: A Comparative Historical Survey of American, British, and Soviet Images” with Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison U.) & Jeff Jones (UNCG, Respondent)

February 15, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

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

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Lecture: “Improving Early Childhood Development Among Syrian Refugees in the Middle East Refugee Response Region” with Dr. Hiro Yoshikawa (New York University)

February 20, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Yoshikawa is a community and developmental psychologist studying the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children's development. He conducts research in both the United States and in low-and middle-income countries. His current projects include providing programming for Syrian refugee families in the Middle East and Rohingya refugee families in Bangladesh. Dr. Yoshikawa co-directs the Global TIES for Children Center, an international research center dedicated to designing, evaluating and advising on…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March 2019

Lecture: “The Agony of Mosul Under and After ISIS: A Researcher’s Diary” with Noor Ghazi (UNC Greensboro)

March 1, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Noor Ghazi is a graduate student in the Peace and Conflict Study Program at UNC-Greensboro. Her research interest is focused on refugee, war displacement, and immigrants. She had recently co-authored an article that was published on the Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis titled “Stuck Between War and Europe: Syrian refugees in Turkey”. She visited Mosul, the city in northern Iraq which was occupied by ISIS to film a documentary and shed light on life during and after ISIS. She was chosen to…

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

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

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Lecture: “The Challenge of Being an Afro-Italian Writer” with Igiaba Scego

March 18, 2019 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Award-winning Italian author, academic, activist, and journalist, Igiaba Scego has produced wide-ranging work that plays a vital role in current debates on Italy's colonial past, its sexist and racist legacy, and the identity of Italians of African origins. It also raises the question of fiction's place in these discussions. Her parents came to Italy from Somalia and many of her works concentrate on the identities of a Muslim black woman in Italy. Her recent novel Adua reveals the connections between…

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

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

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

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Lecture: “The Tragedy of Syria in Four Movements” with Dr. Charles Kurzman (UNC-Chapel Hill)

March 19, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sitterson Hall (Computer Science Bldg), UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As part of Syria Solidarity Month, Students Organize for Syria at UNC presents “The Tragedy of Syria in Four Movements,” by Dr. Charles Kurzman. Dr. Kurzman is a professor of sociology and co-director of the UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies. He has written extensively about the Arab Spring, the Middle East, and the Syrian Revolution. We hope you will join us on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30pm in Sitterson Hall to learn more about how the history…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Visualizing the Muslim Gandhi” with Professor Tim Dobe (Grinnell College) and Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University)

March 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Timothy Dobe and Sumathi Ramaswamy will present, compare and discuss several visual images of M.K. Gandhi, each of which embodies important dimensions of Islamic traditions.  They will consider, for example, images of Gandhi by the Indian Sufi writer, Khwaja Hasan Nizami from the 1920s, drawn during Gandhi's rise to fame, and by three iconic Muslim artists of modern India, who to are drawn to painting the Mahatma.  This interdisciplinary conversation will draw on material religious studies and the historiography of…

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Lecture: “Historical and Contemporary Role of Women in Islam: Myths and Facts” with Dr. Nuray Yurt (Peace Islands Institute)

March 24, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies and Divan Cultural Center invite you to a short lecture on Historical and Contemporary Role of Women in Islam: Myths and Facts. The talk will address misconceptions about Muslim women by answering the three main questions: Do Muslim women feel oppressed because of religion? Is there inequality between men and women in Islam? How can we explain different verses from Qur’an that appears to place women in an inferior position? Please join us as we…

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Lecture: “Sufism in the Delhi Sultanate as a “Social Field”: An Experimental Approach for Analyzing the Sociocultural History of Sufism” with Prof. Ayako Ninomiya (Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo)

March 27, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This presentation is a brief introduction of a larger project to analyze the development of Sufism as a composite of social and cultural institutions during the Delhi Sultanate period (1206-1526 CE), through applying a set of “thinking tools” of Bourdieu’s theory of practice. The presentation defines Sufism during the Delhi Sultanate period as a field, i.e., a ‘social space’ – like, for example, politics, education, arts, science – which is relatively autonomous from other fields and has its own unique…

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Lecture: “The Arab World between Revolution and Counterrevolution” with Hicham Alaoui

March 28, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Pendulum in Motion: Seven years since the Arab Spring, the prospects for Middle East democracy have diminished markedly. Popular forces mounted uprisings but most didn't follow through. Authoritarians regrouped and reorganized themselves under the mantle of “enlightened despotism”, whose projects to deliver order and modernity masked a deeper effort to destroy opposition and atomize societies. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi exposes how this counterrevolutionary campaign has lost its footing. But the prospects for democracy remain precarious, particularly as democracy…

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Lecture: “At a Crossroads, A New Perspective on US Involvement in the Middle East” with Robert Satloff (Washington Institute)

March 28, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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AGS welcomes Robert Satloff, Executive Director of the Washington Institute for a conversation surrounding U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East, U.S. policy toward democratization and reform in the Middle East and U.S. policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict. Sponsored by the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy. For more information, please visit here.   Thursday, March 28 | 5:30 p.m. Sanford 05 Duke University

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April 2019

Christian Zionism: Exploration of History, Theological Basis and Political Agenda

April 2, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Internationally recognized scholar, Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer, author, Director of the UK's Peacemaker Trust, explores the historical roots, theological basis and political impact of Christian Zionism on Israel's settlements in the West Bank. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice, Salaam Shalom Support Group and Abrahamic Initiative for the Middle East. Church of Reconciliation 110 N Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC

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Lecture: “Whither Sephardic Music” with Edwin Seroussi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

April 4, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As Sephardic studies develop with great impetus as a new field within American Jewish Studies the question of how musicology participates in them remains open. Surveying the present state of Sephardic music research, this lecture will explore some future prospects in this area of musical inquiry not only in its Jewish contexts but beyond them, in Hispanic and world music perspectives. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations required. For more information, please visit here.…

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Lecture: “Alexander in Jerusalem: A Brief Survey” with Ory Amitay (University of Haifa)

April 8, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The extensive body of research on the story of Alexander's visit to Jerusalem, made up in antiquity and persistently popular ever since, has been focused so far mainly on the version of Josephus. The Alexander in Jerusalem project takes a different approach, giving an equal share of attention also to the epsilon recension of the Alexander Romance and to two distinctly different rabbinic versions. The talk will offer a brief survey of conclusions concerning the chronology and tendencies of the…

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Lecture: “A Fair Start for Children, ACEV’s Experiences in Program Replication in Turkey and Internationally” with Suna Hanöz-Penney

April 11, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

FPG is pleased to welcome Suna Hanöz-Penney with the Mother Child Education Foundation (ACEV) in Istanbul, Turkey. Her work involves building and maintaining collaborative partnerships, while she manages the transfer and implementation of ACEV’s educational programs through partnerships with local organizations in numerous countries including Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Lao PDR, and Brazil. Her work focuses on both designing and supervising the early intervention programs for children and families implemented at both the national and international fields. Suna, has co-authored ACEV’s Preschool…

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A Conversation with Gen. H.R. McMaster

April 11, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Genome Science Building, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join Gen. H.R. McMaster in a conversation with Wayne Lee, chair of the UNC curriculum in peace, war and defense. They will discuss "Strategic Narcissism and the Need for Historical Perspective in Foreign Policy and National Security" as the opening talk for the TISS conference. McMaster (Ph.D. history '96) is a retired U.S. Army general. In 2017, he became the 26th national security advisor, serving under President Donald Trump. One of our nation's most famous warrior scholars, McMaster served as…

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Public Talk: “Black Muslim Talk Space: Sacred Activism and Black Poetics” with Rashida James-Saadiya

April 11, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This workshop is an introduction to spiritual activism within the works of contemporary Black poets with a focus on Muslim women. It highlights writers who use language as a form of not only activism, but also of spiritual realignment. This poetry draws on both written and oral traditions to reflect on issues confronting this generation. James-Saadiya explores this writing as an act of resistance within the U.S. and beyond. Dinner will be served.  For more information, visit here. Sponsored by the…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Shakespeare in the Arab World” with Abdul Sattar Jawad (Duke)

April 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Shakespeare is regarded in the Arab world as the greatest world poet and playwright. His plays and poems were used and taught on all levels of education. The speaker will through a new light on the reception, teaching, translating, and performing Old Will even in the Arab vernaculars to popularize him and his works. Some of Jawad’s essays and works are included in Shakespeare Library Collection in Stratford-upon- Avon. Abdul Sattar Jawad, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and…

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Lecture: “Youssou Ndour: A Griot Sufi Poet” with Prof. Mamarame Seck (IFAN, Dakar, Senegal)

April 18, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Graham Memorial 39, 2204 Erwin Rd
Durham, 27705
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Dr. Seck is a researcher in the Department of Languages and Civilizations at IFAN (Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire) at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. Among his research interests are the Wolof language, culture, French linguistics, Islamic discourses in West Africa and the functions of Sufi oral discourse in the practice of Islam in Senegal, in particular in the socialization of Sufi disciples and their relationship with the Shaykh. Free.   Please contact Ayana Brown ayanab@email.unc.edu for more information. Sponsored by the…

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Lecture: “History of Persian Civilization from Avicenna to Hatef Esfahan and it’s Impact on the Western World” with Professor Masood Khatamee

April 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

GSAID and co-sponsors have invited Dr. Masood Khatamee, M.D., FACOG, for a lecture at Duke University. Dr. Khatamee is a Clinical Professor at New York University Medical Center (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and Executive Director of Fertility Research Foundation in NY, NY. He will be talking about History of Medicine in Ancient Persia. Dr. Khatamee was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for his extensive work in educating under developed nations against the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Joining Dr.…

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Lecture: “The Media Matters : Muslim American Portrayals and the Effects on Mass Attitudes” with Professor Nazita Lajevardi, J.D./ Ph.D. (Michigan State University)

April 23, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Muslim Americans are increasingly racialized and may be experiencing a backlash in the American news media and by the public. No study to date, however, empirically assesses the sentiment of the news coverage of Muslim Americans over anextended period of time and evaluates its effects on mass attitudes. I address the following questions: How does the U.S. news media portray Muslim Americans in its coverage? And to what extent, do media portrayals impact American public opinion? I demonstrate that the media…

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Lecture: “Words and Other Materials: Fascist-Era Italian Architecture and Its Historiography,” with Mia Fuller (UC Berkeley and National Humanities Center) 

April 23, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Mia Fuller is the author of Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism (International Planning History Society Book Prize Winner), which marked a turning point in discussions of architecture and city planning in the Italian colonies, as well as of Italian colonialism. As suggested by her article titles, including "Preservation and Self-Absorption: Italian Colonisation and the Walled City of Tripoli, Libya," "The Medina and the Islamic City: Colonial Terms and Postcolonial Legacies," and "Mediterraneanism: French and Italian Architects' Designs in…

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Lecture: “Going West to Find the “East”: Japanese Architect Itō Chūta’s Travels Throughout the Ottoman Empire and His Thought on “Oriental / Tōyō” Architecture” with Miyuki Aoki Girardelli (University of Toronto)

April 23, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Itō Chūta (1867-1954), the architect who created the Japanese word “Kenchiku” as a translation of the English word “Architecture” in Meiji Japan, is also the first historian of Japanese architecture. On 29 March 1904 he embarked on a world trip lasting 3 years and 3 months to prove his own theory. During his trip passing through China, Burma, Malay, India, the Ottoman Empire, Europe, and the United States, Itō Chūta gradually changed his thoughts and started to think about what…

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Lecture: “When power symmetry doesn’t advance negotiations: Discussing the failure of the peace process between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), 2009-2015” with Arin Y. Savran (University of Notre Dame)

April 24, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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= In 2006 secret talks began between Turkey and the Kurdish PKK rebels with the aim of negotiating a political solution to the armed struggle. The negotiations lead to significant progress that concluded in a ceasefire and PKK withdrawal from Turkey. In 2014 the process arrived at a turning point as the consequences of the war in Syria reconfigured the power dynamics between the two sides, ultimately leading to the collapse of the ceasefire in the summer of 2015. The Turkey-PKK case challenges conventional wisdom on…

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Lecture: “¿Cómo encontrar la palabra? Las nuevas escrituras. Mis nuevas escrituras.” (How Do You Find the Words? New Writings. My New Writing) with Mario Bellatin 

April 25, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Please join us in the activities related to the visit of renowned author Mario Bellatin. Born in Peru, student in Cuba, artist in Mexico, a Sufi, a prankster, a controversial creator, Bellatin has been recognized as a true innovator of the narrative in Spanish language. Please join us Thursday, April 25th at 5:30 pm in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium (Fedex Global Education Center) as Bellatin gives a talk titled "¿Cómo encontrar la palabra? Las nuevas escrituras. Mis nuevas escrituras." Please note that…

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August 2019

Kaplan-Bruer Lecture: “How Biblical Poetry Works” with Jacqueline Vayntrub, Yale University 

August 26, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  What makes the poetry of the Bible different from other ancient poetic traditions? Placed in its ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean context, Professor Vayntrub highlights the unique characteristics of biblical poetry and shows how novices and experts alike can appreciate the beauty and insights of these texts. Dr. Jacqueline Vayntrub is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School and affiliated faculty in Judaic Studies at Yale University. She is the author of Beyond Orality: Biblical Poetry on its…

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September 2019

POSTPONED Lecture: “The Instrumental Traditions of North India” with George Ruckert

September 5, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

*The George Ruckert musicology lecture scheduled for Thursday has been postponed due to Dorian. New time/date TBD. Senior Musicologist George Ruckert will give a lecture Thursday, Sept. 5th, 7:00-8:30pm. It is the first Price Music Center Lecture of the 2019-20 academic year, and will be held in Price Music Center, Room 110, 2620 Cates Ave., Raleigh, NC 27695. The title of the lecture is, "The Instrumental Traditions of North India: An Ancient World Transforms itself into a Modern Concert Experience."…

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Lecture: “Method and/or Madness: How to ‘do’ ‘Jewish Art History’” with Marc Epstein

September 8, 2019 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar welcomes Marc Michael Epstein, Professor on the Mattie M. Paschall (1899) & Norman Davis Chair in Religion and Visual Culture at Vassar College and Vassar's first Director of Jewish Studies. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, received the PhD at Yale University, and did much of his graduate research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews. His…

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Lecture: “How We Win, Defeating Extremism” with Farah Pandith

September 11, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Professor David Schanzer will lead a conversation with Farah Pandith, an expert on countering violent extremism. They will discuss Pandith's book How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat. Sponsored by the American Grand Strategy (AGS), Duke American Grand Strategy Program, and Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.  For more information, please visit here. Sanford 04 Duke University

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