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Book Talk by Didem Havlioğlu: “Mîhrî Hatun: Performance, Gender-bending and Subversion in Ottoman Intellectual History
The early modern Ottoman poet Mihrî Hatun (1460–1515) succeeded in drawing an admiring audience and considerable renown during a time when few women were accepted into the male-dominated intellectual circles. Her poetry collection is among the earliest bodies of women’s writing in the Middle East and Islamicate literature, providing an exceptional vantage point on intellectual history. Havlioglu’s astute and nuanced portrait will give audience members a fascinating glimpse into the life of a woman poet in a highly gendered…Find out more »
Public Talk: “Muslims in Public Discourse: Competing Narratives, Monsters, and Heroes” by Dr. Sophia Arjana
The Duke Islamic Studies Center, along with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will host its third event Feb. 1st as part of the “American Muslims, Civil and Human Rights” series, which examines the current human rights crisis for Muslims in the U.S. Dr. Sophia Rose Arjana will discuss the ways in which Muslims have been dehumanized in public discourse, resulting in the hostile climate American Muslims must contend with, while also being attentive to the…Find out more »