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February 2020

Training: Been Here, Still Here: Muslims and Islamophobia in the U.S.

February 26, 2020 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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  The Center for Muslim Life is offering a training on Muslims and Islamophobia in the United States this Spring. This introductory training includes a presentation and facilitated discussion about the history and presence of Muslims and Islamophobia in the US. Registration required here to attend. All are welcome. Send questions to ma321@duke.edu. Thursday, Jan 30: 9:30-11:30am Wednesday, Feb 26: 9:30-11:30am Thursday, Mar 5: 5-7pm Thursday, April 2: 5-7pm   Sponsored by the Duke Center for Muslim Life.   Multiple trainings The Center for Muslim Life…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Istanbul: The Beloved City” with Professors Selim Kuru (UW Seattle) and Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano (U. Penn)

February 26, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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  Speakers Selim Kuru and Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano will introduce the culture and gendered contexts of early modern Ottoman Istanbul through poetry and literature. Prof. Kuru received his Ph.D. degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization from Harvard University. Selim Kuru′s work focuses on Ottoman 14th-16th centuries Anatolian literary history, genres with respect to the topic of love and its place in the elite Ottoman society. Prof. Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano studies early modern Ottoman intellectual history, and its connections to literature, poetry,…

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A Conversation: “Overview of Academic Freedom in Turkey” with Duke Faculty & Guests

February 27, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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  Join us for this special program where Duke Faculty and guests will discuss the current challenges that face academic institutions across the globe. For more information visit here, or please email: griffin.orlando@duke.edu.   Organized by Duke Middle East Studies Center; co-sponsored by Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Special thanks to the Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund.     Pink Parlor, East Duke Building Duke University, East Campus

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A Conversation: “Overview of Academic Freedom in Turkey” with Duke Faculty & Guests

February 27, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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  Join us for this special program where Duke Faculty and guests will discuss the current challenges that face academic institutions across the globe. For more information visit here, or please email: griffin.orlando@duke.edu.   Organized by Duke Middle East Studies Center; co-sponsored by Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Special thanks to the Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund.   Pink Parlor, East Duke Building Duke University, East Campus

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Film Screening: “For Sama” Screen/Society

February 27, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  Film Screening: "For Sama" (Waad Al-Kateeb/Edward Watts, 2019, 100 min, UK/Syria, Arabic w/ subtitles, Color, DCP) Best Documentary winner at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, "For Sama" is an intimate journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab's life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while…

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Panel & Roundtable: “Turkish Novel in Global Contexts”

February 28, 2020 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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  Panel presentation by Zeynep Uysal (Boğazici U.), Hülya Adak (Sabancı U.), Murat Gülsoy (Boğazici U.) and Efe Khayyat (Rutgers U.) on various academic themes and issues of the modern Turkish novel in global contexts as it pertains to their work and the field. This will be followed by Duke Faculty Roundtable with Nancy Armstrong, Shai Ginsburg, Anne Garreta, and Erdağ Göknar. For more information visit here, or please email: griffin.orlando@duke.edu.   Organized by Duke Middle East Studies Center; co-sponsored by…

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Performance: Welcoming Nowruz

February 29, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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  Join Persian Art Center in Carolina for a Nowruz celebration with original music by Siavash Pourfazli and Shahram Mazhari, as well as classical Persian dance. Goodson Chapel is located next to the main Duke Chapel; park in the garage at Chapel Dr. and walk to the Divinity School. Doors open at 6:00. Free and open to the public. Contact Dr. Rezvani at amirrezvani65@gmail.com with questions.   Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina the Graduate Student Association of Iranians…

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March 2020

Lunch Talk: Professor Kecia Ali (Boston University)

March 2, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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  Join the Center for Muslim Life and the Women's Center for lunch with Professor Kecia Ali, scholar of religion, gender, and ethics. Professor Ali's scholarship focuses on the study of Islamic Jurisprudence and Women in Early and Modern Islam. She is currently a Professor of Religion at Boston University, and her books include Sexual Ethics in Islam (2006), The Lives of Muhammad (2014), and Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam (2010). Duke undergraduate Sarah Chaoui '21 will lead a…

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Lecture: “Muslim Women: Unity & Diversity in A Global Tradition” with Professor Kecia Ali (Boston University)

March 2, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Though 'the Muslim Woman' has often been portrayed one-dimensionally, Muslim women and girls defy easy generalizatiaons. Nearly one of every eight people on the planet is a Muslim woman or girl, and Islam is only one facet of their lives. Drawing from global examples, but emphasizing the United States, this talk explores how ideas about women are central to debates over Muslim identity and religious authority-and to outsiders' negative stereotypes about Islam.   Kecia Ali (Ph.D., Religion, Duke University)…

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