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September 2017

Public Talk: Before Kaepernick: Dissent, Human Rights, and the Black Muslim Athlete – A talk with Zareena Grewal

September 28, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Zareena Grewal is a historical anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker at Yale University whose research focuses on race, gender, religion, nationalism, and transnationalism across a wide spectrum of American Muslim communities. Her first book, Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (NYU 2013), is an ethnography of transnational Muslim networks that link US mosques to Islamic movements in the post-colonial Middle East through debates about the reform of Islam. Her first film, By the Dawn’s Early Light:…

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Film Screening: Ahlaam (Dreams, 2006)

September 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Film Screening: Ahlaam (Dreams, 2006) Country: Iraq 2005 | 110 min. Baghdad 2003, two days before the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Three people are trying to survive amidst the bombed-out ruins and have found temporary refuge in a psychiatric hospital. Through their memories we discover something about their past. The student Ahlaam was just about to get married when she was stunned by the arrest of her fiancé, a soldier. Medhi is an idealist, a natural outcome of his…

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Symposium: The Corpse Exhibition : Iraqi Literature after 2003

September 29, 2017 | 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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The American occupation of Iraq produced a boom in dystopian novels and short stories. Trauma from two preceding wars, sanctions, and draconian censorship by the Ba’athist regime flood these works. This symposium brings together writers and scholars to discuss the role of cultural production in reflecting upon the symposium in Iraq after the 2003 US invasion. Please join us (September 28-9, 2017) for a unique opportunity to take part in The Corpse Exhibition: Iraqi Literature after 2003. A film screening…

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October 2017

Turkey Today | Lecture: Subduing the Saints: State Control over Sufi Lodges in Late Ottoman and Modern Turkey

October 4, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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A lecture by Prof. Brett Wilson (CEU). Increasing state control over religious institutions has played a pivotal role in modernization projects in Turkey dating back to the early nineteenth century. In 1925, the Turkish state abolished Sufi orders (mystical brotherhoods) and shuttered their lodges in what was, for the 1920s, among the most radical interventions by a state in the everyday practice of Islam. This act marked the culmination of a century religious reforms in the late Ottoman Empire and…

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Book Talk by Larry Wolff (NYU): “The Singing Turk – Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon”

October 26, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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  This talk takes place in the Music Library Seminar Room, Biddle Music Building, East Campus. Prof. Wolff discusses his new book "The Singing Turk" (Stanford UP, 2016) about the image of the Turks in 18th century operas. Larry Wolff is Professor of History and Director of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. He is the author of "Paolina's Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova's Venice," "The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political…

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November 2017

Turkey Today | Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Annual Conference: Yasak/Banned: Print Media and Cultural Spaces from Abdülhamit to Erdoğan

November 2, 2017 | 9:00 am - November 3, 2017 | 5:00 pm
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  More information coming soon! This event is part of the Turkey Today Fall 2017 series. Duke University

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