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October 2021

Discussion: “Neom City: Saudi Arabia’s Futuristic & Fully Automated Business Zone” with Omar AlSughayer & Sarah Alrefai (virtual)

October 28, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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  Join us for a causal conversation in Arabic about current events, culture, and more. Come and improve your conversational Arabic and cultural skill set. Open to Duke Arabic students and friends.   https://duke.zoom.us/j/96175601678   Organized by the Arabic Program at Duke; co-sponsored by the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.   Duke University

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November 2021

Conversation: Tariq Touré and Chaplain Joshua Salaam

November 1, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  Join Center for Muslim Life, The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Duke Performances and Duke Islamic Studies Center for a conversation between Tariq Touré and Chaplain Joshua Salaam.   Tariq Touré's poetry and prose has been featured in award winning publications such as Muslim Matters, Salon, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Nation Magazine and Sapelo Square. Black Seeds, Touré's debut collection of poetry ranked among the top in African American Poetry and Literature releases in Black History…

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Panel Discussion: “Groundswell II: Acting on Internal Climate Migration” with Kanta Kumari and Viviane Clement (World Bank) (virtual)

November 2, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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  Register here for the webinar.   How does climate change affect human migration and what can governments prepare for it? Water scarcity, sea level rise, heat stress and extreme events are debilitating food production and employment in places where humans have fended for themselves successfully for millennia.  In some cases, people have managed to adapt while staying in place. In others they have moved, primarily from rural to urban areas within their country of origin. What magnitude of internal…

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Lecture: “The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue” with Dr. Marina Rustow (Princeton University) (virtual)

November 3, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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  The Convivencia Lecture Series welcomes Marina Rustow, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East at Princeton University, to discuss her book, "The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue."   Marina Rustow is an American historian and the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East at Princeton University. She is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. Her work focuses on the study of Judeo-Arabic documents found in the Cairo geniza…

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Poetry Reading: “Tariq Touré: The Poet”

November 3, 2021 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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  Join Duke Performances and Duke Islamic Studies Center for a poetry reading by Tariq Touré. Tariq Touré's poetry and prose has been featured in award winning publications such as Muslim Matters, Salon, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Nation Magazine and Sapelo Square.   Black Seeds, Touré's debut collection of poetry ranked among the top in African American Poetry and Literature releases in Black History month on Amazon and was the winner of Best Poetry Book of Baltimore in 2016…

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Lecture (in Arabic): “Radd al-Fiqh fī `Aṣr al-Sharī`a: Revisiting Islamic law in Colonial Africa” with Matthew Steele (PhD Student, Harvard) (virtual)

November 4, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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  Join the lecture here.   Matthew Steels is a Ph.D. student in Islamic Studies at Harvard University.  His research explores the intersections of Islamic law, literature, and religion in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Focusing on Sudan, Mauritania, and Guinea, he considers the ways in which texts live in communities, and likewise, communities in texts.  His work seeks to rethink how books of positive law (furu` al-fiqh) become part of a scholarly canon, the production of meaning through their transmission, and how…

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Performance: Kayhan Kalhor

November 11, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Three-time GRAMMY nominee Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh, (“little bow”), a bowed string instrument with a thousand-year history. Through his many musical collaborations, Kalhor was instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West and is a creative force in today’s music scene. His performances of traditional Persian music and multiple collaborations have attracted audiences around the globe. He has studied the music of Iran’s many regions, in particular those of Khorason and Kordestan, and has toured the…

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