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February 2017

Persian Classical Music and Dance: in celebration of Khayyam

February 25, 2017 | 7:00 pm
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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

Public Lecture: “Two-State Solution vs. One-State Solution”

March 6, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Perhaps one of the most resounding questions in resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict is the configuration which any potential state would take. The Two-State Solution, proposing an independent Palestinian state adjacent to Israel, perhaps with a change in borders, has its proponents. Others advocate a One-State Solution, in which the Palestinian territories are fully integrated into Israel and Palestinians are extended the full legal rights of Israeli citizens. Though neither solution can be definitively declared superior, the pros and cons of…

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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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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 event, but a new American foreign policy under President Trump will naturally challenge…

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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 Lecture: “Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution” with Behrooz Ghamari (University of Illinois)

April 10, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Behrooz Ghamari (University of Illinois) introduces his book Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution (Or Books, 2016). Set in the tumultuous aftermath of the Iranian revolution in 1979, Remembering Akbar weaves together the stories of a group of characters who share a crowded death row cell in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. A teeming world is evoked vividly through the relationships, memories, and inner lives of these political prisoners, many of whom were eventually executed. Told through a series of linked memories…

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