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January 2018

Book Talk and Signing: Escape from Hell: Based on the True Story of a Syrian Political Prisoner

January 25, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join co-authors Zubair Rushk and Daniel Romm as they discuss their new book, Escape from Hell: Based on the True Story of a Syrian Political Prisoner. Escape from Hell is a powerful and enlightening historical political thriller that chronicles Rushk’s motivations for leaving Syria, the horrors he faced, and his journey to the United States. Co-authors Rushk and Romm will discuss the main arguments presented in the book including: the US administration’s travel ban, torture in political prison, war effects on the…

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Persian Lecture Series: Treatise of Three Principles of Mulla Sadra

January 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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 **Due to inclement weather on 1/19, this lecture has been rescheduled for 1/26.** Join us for a Persian Lecture Series focusing on the philosopher Mulla Sadra presented by Dr. Mohsen Kadivar. Dr. Kadivar is an Iranian philosopher and research professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. Free and open to the public. Lectures will be in Persian. Sponsored by UNC Persian Studies and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. Room 1005, FedEx Global…

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Book talk by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi: “Intertwined Histories and Perspectives: Contrapuntal Reading of ʿAṭṭār”

January 29, 2018 | 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
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Can modern concepts such as transgression, inclusion/exclusion, self/the other help us to better understand medieval subjectivity? Can medieval works shed light on our understanding of modern subjectivity? By looking at ʿAṭṭār’s poetry contrapuntally with medieval European literature and modern theory, this talk will map out the ways ʿAṭṭār’s poetry interacts with itself within the Persian cultural and historical framework as well as with medieval European culture and modern Western theoretical perspectives in regard to the concepts of transgression and the…

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Intertwined Histories and Perspectives: Contrapuntal Reading of ʿAṭṭār, A book talk by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi

January 29, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Can modern concepts such as transgression, inclusion/exclusion, self/the other help us to better understand medieval subjectivity? Can medieval works shed light on our understanding of modern subjectivity? By looking at ʿAṭṭār's poetry contrapuntally with medieval European literature and modern theory, this talk will map out the ways ʿAṭṭār's poetry interacts with itself within the Persian cultural and historical framework as well as with medieval European culture and modern Western theoretical perspectives in regard to the concepts of transgression and the…

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February 2018

Persian Lecture Series: Poems of Mulla Sadra

February 9, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a Persian Lecture Series focusing on the philosopher Mulla Sadra presented by Dr. Mohsen Kadivar. Dr. Kadivar is an Iranian philosopher and research professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. Free and open to the public. Lectures will be in Persian. Sponsored by UNC Persian Studies and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center UNC Chapel Hill

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Lecture: “Bridges, Not Walls: The Life and Legacy of Forugh Farrokhzad” with Dr. Farzaneh Milani (University of Virginia)

February 12, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
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“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?” Muriel Rukeyser asked. Her response was short: “The world would split open.” And Adrienne Rich, who believed “Lying is done with words, and also with silences,” argued, "When a woman tells the truth, she is creating the possibility of more truth around her." The Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad (1934-1967) made a rope out of words and pulled herself up from segregated spaces and the burrows in which women’s…

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Talk: “Recasting Gendered Paradigms: Hamka and the Question of Muslim Women in Southeast Asia” by Khairudin Aljunied

February 22, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
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This talk examines the ideas of a prominent Indonesian cleric, Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah (Hamka), about the place of women in Islam in Southeast Asian Muslim thought and societies. I will discuss on Hamka's project of “recasting gendered paradigms,” which involves reinterpreting, reconceptualizing and reconfiguring various dominant understandings about the roles, functions and responsibilities of women in Islam as reflected not only in the Qur’an and the adat (traditional customs), but also in modern discourses about women’s empowerment. The…

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Lecture: “Achaemenids, Royal Power and Persian Ethnicity” with Dr. Jennifer Gates-Foster (UNC-Chapel Hill)

February 26, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
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This lecture explores the way that the Achaemenid concept of cosmic, kingly rule engaged with the ethnic and cultural identity of the diverse peoples subject to their imperial control. These ideas worked at both the metaphorical and practical level, as the imperial administration was faced with the task of governing an almost infinitely varied landscape in its far-reaching satrapies. Using examples from Persepolis and the Achaemenid heartland, as well as from the provinces, this lecture considers the diversity of peoples…

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