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July 2022

The Transformational History of Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center in Durham (through December 10th)

July 29, 2022 - December 10, 2022
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Duke Libraries and Center for Muslim Life invite you to experience an exhibit on the "Transformational History of Ar-Razzaq" at the Islamic Center in Durham which will be on display until December 10th at Perkins Library.   For more information on the exhibit, visit here: https://library.duke.edu/exhibits/2022/ArRazzaq July 29 - December 10

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October 2022

Panel Discussion: “The Present is Female: #MahsaAmini, Women’s Leadership, and Iran’s Feminist Revolution”

October 3, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us virtually for a panel discussion with Dr. Fatemeh Shams (UPenn) and Dr. Esha Momeni (UCLA), moderated by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi (UNC) about the current protests in Iran and the political and social history leading to this moment.Sponsored by the NC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies, UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, UNC Persian Studies, and Duke University Middle East Studies Center   Online at: https://go.unc.edu/Iran22

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Weekly Lecture Series: “What is the Arab Identity”

October 4, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on October 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join the Arab Student Association for the third of a series of weekly lectures delving into a new and exciting element of the MENA region   Tuesday October 4| 7:00-8:00pm – “Origins of Arab Identity” Wednesday, October 12 | 7:00-8:00pm – “Political Arab Identity” Tuesday, October 18 | 7:00-8:00pm – “LGBTQ+ Arab Life” Wednesday, October 26 | 7:00-8:00pm – “9/11 and State Sanctioned Violence Against Arabs”Sponsored by the UNC Arab Student Association, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, History Department and Campus Y.  …

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Conference: “New Faces XXII”

October 7, 2022 | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The Triangle Institute for Security Studies 23rd annual New Faces conference will showcase the work of six exceptional rising scholars in the field of security studies, giving them an opportunity to present their ongoing research. Presentations run from 8:40am - 5:20pm and lunch is provided for in person attendees. Presentation #5 will be "The Gulf Between Their Wars: Illusory American and Arab Visions of Post–Cold War Middle Eastern Order, 1989-1991," Daniel Chardell (2:50pm-4:00pm).   Register to attend in-person here or online streaming…

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Concert: “Music of Persia in Celebration of Mehregan”

October 7, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  A concert featuring Saeed Farajpoori as composer & kamancheh, Amir Koushkani on tar, Hamin Honari on percussion and Raha Yousefi singing. General admission is $25 but free for Duke and UNC students. To reserve tickets, email Musicofpersia2022@gmail.comSponsored by the Graduate Student Assocaition of Iranians at Duke, the Persian Cultural Society at UNC, Chapel Hill & Persian Student Association at Duke, and the Iranian Cultural Society of NC.   Sonja Hayes Stone CenterUNC - Chapel Hill

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Discussion: MSA Live with Hamza Abdullah

October 8, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  MSA Live is an evening of discussion with Hamza Abdullah. Formerly an NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mr. Abdullah has had a unique relationship with his faith as he navigated the world of professional athleticism. Today he continues to advocate for the mental health and safety of players in the NFL. Doors open at 5:30pm and program starts at 6:30pm. This event is open to the public - Buy tickets $15   Sponsored by the UNC Muslim Students Association  …

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Gathering: “CMEIS Social Cafe”

October 19, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Come meet and socialize with the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies (CMEIS) current students, faculty, staff and community members over delicious Middle Eastern sweets, tea and coffee.RSVP on HeelLifeSponsored by the UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies   4003 (4rth floor) FedEx Global CenterUNC-Chapel Hill

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Lecture: Sephardic Studies Lecture with poet Ronny Smock

October 24, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Ronny Some was born in Baghdad in 1951 and came to Israel as a young child. He has published 13 volumes of poetry (The last called “so much god “) and two books for children with Shirly Smock. He has been translated into 44 languages. Selections of his poems have appeared in Arabic translation, French, Catalan, Albanian, Italian, Macedonian, Yiddish, Croatian, Nepali, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Turkish, Russian and English. More info here   Visitor parking options include the Morehead…

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Five Elections in Three Years: Inside the battle over Israeli Democracy

October 26, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  On November 1, 2022, Israelis will go to the polls for the fifth time since 2019. What are the reasons for this upcoming election? Who are the parties and personalities running for a seat in the Knesset? What makes this election different (if at all) from the previous four elections? And what could be its consequences for Israel, the Palestinians and neighboring countries? Join us for a virtual discussion with Israeli journalist Amir Tibon, the US Editor for Ha’aretz. From…

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November 2022

Syrian Seminar Series: “Aesthetics and Politics in Ba’athist Syria.”

November 1, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Miriam Cooke is Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul. She serves on several international advisory boards, including academic journals and institutions. Since coming to Duke University she has taught Arabic language and a wide variety of courses on Arabic literature, war and gender, the Palestine-Israel conflict, postcolonial theory. She has directed several study abroad courses in Morocco, Tunisia, Cairo…

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Syrian Seminar Series: “Business Networks in Syria: the Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience.”

November 8, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Bassam Haddad is director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and an associate professor in the Scharf School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011) and coeditor of A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2021). Haddad is cofounder/editor of Jabaliya ezine and executive director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves as founding…

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The Other Side of Silence: a Memoir of Exile, Iran and the Global Women’s Movement

November 17, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  As part of the Paydarfar Family Lecture Series, join Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, director of the UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies, for a conversation with Dr. Afkhami about the book, her life experiences, and more than 4 decades as an advocate for women’s rights. Dr. Mahnaz Afkhami is an Iranian women's rights activist who served in the Cabinet of Iran from 1976-1978. She is founder and president of Women's Learning Partnership, executive director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and former Minister of Women's…

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Syrian Seminar Series: “Sectionalization of the Syrian Uprising: Why, Who, and How?”

November 22, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Basileus Zeno is an archaeologist and a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. He holds a BA (2006) in Archaeology and Museum Studies and an M.A. (2011) in Classical and Islamic Archaeology from Damascus University (Syria). Until summer 2012, Basileus was doing his Ph.D. in classical archaeology at Damascus University, but he could not complete his research because of the outbreak of the war. In 2013, he started his M.A. in Political Science at Ohio University,…

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December 2022

Final Exhibit Day of The Transformational History of Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center in Durham (closing December 10th)

December 10, 2022 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Duke Libraries and Center for Muslim Life invite you to experience an exhibit on the "Transformational History of Ar-Razzaq" at the Islamic Center in Durham which will be on display until December 10th at Perkins Library.   For more information on the exhibit, visit here: https://library.duke.edu/exhibits/2022/ArRazzaq July 29 - December 10  

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