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July 2020

Virtual Lecture: “Mawlana Rumi and the Path of Love: Getting to the Heart of Sufi Mysticism” with Omid Safi (Duke University)

July 1, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This is the inaugural event in the Emamian Lectureship Series at Duke University. Professor Omid Safi will give a book reading and discuss mystical poetry. Online on Zoom. Join using this link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/91895936353. More information here. Omid Safi is a leading Muslim public intellectual and Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to…

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Virtual Lecture: “The Extraordinary, Enchanted Journey of a Female Scholar-Saint in the Persianate World” with Waleed Ziad (UNC)

July 8, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This talk centers on the female scholar-saint Bibi Sahiba Kalan (d. 1804), who was designated as the spiritual pole of the principle Sufi order of Kabul, with branches from Western China to the Arabian Sea. Waleed Ziad is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and the Dr. Ali Jarrahi Fellow in Persian Studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Online on Zoom. Join using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89611790000 Meeting ID: 896 1179 0000 More information here. Sponsored by…

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Virtual Discussion on Mehdi Hamidi Shirazi with Ms. Haleh Saei Barzegar

July 22, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ms. Haleh Saei will be talking about the prominent Iranian Poet, Mehdi Hamidi Shirazi who wrote the poem: Marg e Ghoo (Swan’s Death). Many songs have been written with the same name based on the same poem and this talk will include pre-recorded music. Free and open to the public. This talk will be in Persian. Online on Zoom. Join using this link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/96458862370 Meeting ID: 964 5886 2370 Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke University…

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Virtual Talk: “Persian Collections On and Offline: Open Access Resources and Recent Acquisitions at the UNC Libraries” with Librarian Rustin Zarkar

July 29, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rustin Zarkar, will provide updates on the library’s re-opening plans, open access resources, and recent acquisitions related to Persian Studies. Join using this link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/96458862370 Meeting ID: 964 5886 2370 Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke University (GSAID), the UNC Persian Studies Program, and the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSCNC).

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Virtual Panel Discussion: Prisons and Pandemic: Ministering in the Time of COVID

July 30, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

This panel discussion will raise questions about ministering to the Muslim community in the time of COVID 19: the disproportionate impact on low income families and wage workers, how communities of color are suffering most, the problem of gross inequalities in the health care system and health outcomes, the particular problem of mass incarceration in the era of COVID, and the role of faith and activism in dismantling systemic inequalities in policing and the prison industrial complex. Panelists include: Waleed…

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August 2020

Virtual Lecture: “Persian Writings of Ruzbihan Baqli” with Professor Carl Ernst (UNC)

August 26, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join us for a presentation by Professor Carl Ernst, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Islamic studies in the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill. Ruzbihan Baqli was a Persian Sufi poet, born in Pasa and buried in Shiraz and best known for his ecstatic and visionary life and his writings on Sufi expression of ecstasy (shath). His works in Arabic and Persian cover Quranic commentary, poetry, theology, jurisprudence, and grammar. Join at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89611790000 Meeting ID: 896 1179…

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Virtual Talk: “Iran, Race, and the Myth of ‘Whiteness’” with Dr. Omid Safi (Duke)

August 27, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Why do so many Iranians self-identify as white? If you are interested in issues of how Iranians are racialized, and the complexities of whiteness, legal categorization, Iranian-American identities, and that whole "Aryan" issue, join Dr. Omid Safi and the Duke Persian Student Association for this talk Thursday.   Omid Safi is a leading Muslim public intellectual and Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently…

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Virtual Juhood Magazine Launch 2.2

August 31, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  Join the Juhood Magazine team to celebrate the launch of Volume 2, Issue 2 of Juhood, a journal publication featuring undergraduate work about the Middle East and North Africa regions.  Come meet the authors and illustrators of the new edition and get to know the Juhood team and community. For information on Juhood, visit here. Zoom meeting ID: 920 2465 2643   Juhood is an academic journal of Middle Eastern Studies that is edited by undergraduates at Duke University.…

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September 2020

Virtual Lecture: “The Ink of a Poet: Writing & The Art of Transforming the Wretched” with Antonio Lopez

September 10, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Join Duke Alumni as they talk to the personal, intellectual, academic, and spiritual trajectory through life, Duke, and graduate school. Register in advance.   Born and raised in the East Palo Alto, CA Antonio López received his B.A. in Global Cultural Studies and African & African-American studies from Duke University. He's received scholarships to attend the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Home School, Tin House Summer Workshop, the Key West Literary Seminar, and the Vermont Studio Center.…

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Virtual Lecture: Juhood Talks: “Anti-Black Racism in the Arab World” with Amuna Mohamed

September 17, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Join Juhood Magazine for their inaugural Juhood talk which features Amuna Mohamed, founder of Black Arabs Collective. Amuna will lead a conversation that explores the Black Arab/Afro-Arab identity, intersectionality, and racial contexts across different regions.  She will also discuss her work with the Black Arabs Collective. Zoom ID: 987 3201 4222   This event is sponsored by Juhood Magazine, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.   Duke University

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“Souvenirs of leisure & entertainment in the late Ottoman Empire: Photographs and postcards from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library” with Berin Golonu, Ph.D. (SUNY-Buffalo)

September 18, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Registration Required. Art historian Berin Golonu will discuss the production of leisure space by looking at selections of Ottoman and Turkish Republican postcard imagery held in the Duke Libraries. Golonu is currently working on a book project on Ottoman sites of leisure referred to as public gardens or “people’s gardens,” which were modeled after European-style urban parks. Golonu will look at how these gardens replaced older sites of leisure in Thessaloniki and Istanbul, and contextualize their imagery with Ottoman novels,…

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Virtual Lecture: “Language Learning and Social Mobility: Evidence from al-Hariri’s Maqamat” with Dr. Michael Cooperson (UCLA)

September 22, 2020 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

  Join us to hear distinguished Arabist, Dr. Michael Cooperson (UCLA) present on his recent NYU Press translation of Al-Hariri's Maqamat. He will also discuss the use of literature as a historical source. Register in advance. ​Sponsored and presented by Georgia State University's Middle East Studies. Co-sponsored by the Atlanta Global Studies Center, Emory University's Department of Middle East and South Asian Studies, Alif Institute, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.    

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Virtual Lecture: “Navigating Afro-Arab Studies in Graduate School” with Razan Idris, University of Pennsylvania

September 24, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Join Duke Alumni as they talk to the personal, intellectual, academic, and spiritual trajectory through life, Duke, and graduate school. Register in advance.   Razan Idris is a Sudanese-American third-year PhD student in History at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies histories of blackness in Afro-Arab communities on the African continent and in diaspora. For her current project, Razan has been exploring black identity at the religious institute of al-Azhar in Egypt since 1800. Razan is also the curator of…

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Lecture: Juhood Spotlight: Roisin Tapponi

September 28, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Join Juhood Magazine for our Juhood Spotlight event featuring Roisin Tapponi. Tapponi is a curator, writer, editor, and researcher based in London. In 2018, she founded Habibi Collective, a digital archive and curatorial platform for women’s filmmaking from the Middle East and North Africa. She is currently developing the first independent streaming service for MENA cinema, SHASHA Movies Ltd. Tapponi will talk about contemporary MENA cinema with a focus on on women’s cinema, oral histories and the archive as…

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Virtual Book Talk: “Who is Allah Revisited” with Prof. Bruce Lawrence

September 29, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Over the course of his career, Bruce B. Lawrence has explored the central elements of Islamicate civilization and Muslim networks. The Bruce B. Lawrence Reader: Islam beyond Borders assembles over two dozen selections of Lawrence's key writings, which range from analyses of premodern and modern Islamic discourses, practices, and institutions to methodological reflections on the contextual study of religion. Modeling what it means to study Islam beyond political and disciplinary borders, as well as a commitment to linking empathetic imagination…

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October 2020

A Virtual Conversation with Ambassador Michael Oren

October 1, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Michael Bornstein Oren is an American-born Israeli historian, author, politician, former ambassador to the United States, and former member of the Knesset for the Kulanu party and a former Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. This event is part of the AGS Focus on Israel Speaker Series. More information and register in advance here, space is limited. Sponsored by the Program in American Grand Strategy at Duke University.   Duke University

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Virtual Lecture: “Rednecks, White Muslims: Whiteness and Religious Normativity in the American South” with Zachary Faircloth, UNC-Chapel Hill

October 8, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Join Duke Alumni as they talk to the personal, intellectual, academic, and spiritual trajectory through life, Duke, and graduate school. Register in advance.   Zachary Faircloth is a PhD student at UNC Chapel Hill in the Department of American Studies. Previously, he studied Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University and holds a Master's degree from the University of Florida from the Department of Religion. His work focuses on the entanglement of race and religion, rurality in the US…

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Lecture: “The Uyghur Human Rights Crisis” with Nury Turkel

October 16, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  The Duke chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society welcomes Nury Turkel, chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, to discuss the ongoing human rights crisis in Xinjiang. Turkel is on the TIME 100 most influential people for 2020 as he is one of the most well-known Uyghur-American activists. This event will cover both the details of the CCP's policies toward the Uyghurs as well as possible responses from the US government and her allies.   ZOOM ID: 973 5839…

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Discussion: “Ethical Consumption under Capitalism” with Aydin Anwar

October 18, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Join us on October 18th for an in-depth discussion on how we as consumers can ethically engage under capitalism. With a flawed system that prioritizes low cost while leaving ethical labor and treatment in the dust, this will help us navigate actionable ways we can move forward! We will be taking a specific lens on Uyghur forced labor. Facilitator: Aydin Anwar   Zoom ID: 993 4670 5543   This event is sponsored by the Duke Muslim Student Association.  …

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Lecture: “Problems of Islamic Reform: Nigeria, Egypt and the United States” with Dr. Sarah Eltantawi (Fordham University)

October 20, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

  Sarah Eltantawi is Associate Professor of Modern Islam in the Department of Theology at Fordham University in New York. She is a specialist in contemporary Islam and Islamic law, with a focus in authoritarian and post-colonial contexts. Professor Eltantawi holds a PhD from Harvard University in the Study of Religion (Islamic studies), where she was the Jennifer W. Oppenheimer Fellow, an MA from Harvard University in International Studies (Middle East), and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley…

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Virtual Lecture: “Chronopolitical Assemblages: How gender reassignment makes racial genus in modern Iran”” with Dr. M. Shadee Malaklou, Berea College

October 22, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Join Duke Alumni as they talk to the personal, intellectual, academic, and spiritual trajectory through life, Duke, and graduate school. Register in advance. This talk examines the co-constitutive relationship between race/ism, sexuality, and time in modern Iran to argue that contemporary Iranians use a racial calculus to measure sexed and gendered modernity. It intervenes in how Iranians today narrate their experiences of gender non-conformity in popular media produced for the West to suggest that gender in Iran is a code…

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Roundtable: “Revolution and Disenchantment: Arab Marxism and the Binds of Emancipation” with Fadi Bardawil (Duke)

October 23, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Registration Required. This conversation will cover the recently published book, "Revolution and Disenchantment: Arab Marxism and the Binds of Emancipation (Duke U. Press 2020)," by Fadi Bardawil (AMES, Duke). Discussants that will participate include: Joan Scott (School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study), Yasmeen Diafallah (Politics, UC Santa Cruz), Gary Wilder (Anthropology, CUNY) and will be chaired by Cemil Aydın (History, UNC). The Arab Revolutions that began in 2011 reignited interest in the question of theory and practice,…

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A Conversation: “Mohammad Darawshe: Shared Society: Perspective of Israeli-Arabs”

October 26, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

  Registration Required. Join Professors Abdullah Antepli and David Schanzer as they speak with Mohammad Darawshe, leading political analyst and expert on Jewish-Arab relations inside Israel.   Mr. Darawshe is considered to be a leading political analyst in Arabic Press, He is an expert on Jewish-Arab relations; presented lectures and papers at the European parliament, NATO Defense College, The World Economic Forum, Club de Madrid, US Congress, Herzlia Conference, Globes Conference, The Marker Conference, Haaretz Conference, and Israel's Presidential Conference.…

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Lecture: “On Homosexuality in Islam” with Dr. Scott Kugle (Emory University)

October 29, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Scott Kugle is a Professor of South Asians and Islamic Studies at Emory University and received his doctorate from Duke University.  He is the author of multiple works exploring the intricacies of homosexuality and queer identity according to Islamic scripture.  HE will be discussing his research from his most recent book “Homosexuality in Islam: Critical Reflection on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims”.   Zoom ID: 948 9527 3376   This event is sponsored by Juhood Magazine.   Duke University

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Lecture: “Overcoming Theory’s Resistances: Translating Arab Revolutions Past and Present” with Dr. Fadi A. Bardawil

October 30, 2020 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

  Please join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI is a weekly series that gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretive social sciences and arts the opportunity to present their current research to departmental and interdepartmental colleagues, students, and other interlocutors in their fields. Register here. For more information, visit here.   Looked at from the perspective of the Arab revolutions (2011), we seem to be entering a post-postcolonial time that is ushering in a…

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November 2020

Lecture: “Overcoming Theory’s Resistances: Translating Arab Revolutions Past and Present” with Dr. Fadi A. Bardawil

November 6, 2020 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

  Please join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI is a weekly series that gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretive social sciences and arts the opportunity to present their current research to departmental and interdepartmental colleagues, students, and other interlocutors in their fields. Register here. For more information, visit here.   Looked at from the perspective of the Arab revolutions (2011), we seem to be entering a post-postcolonial time that is ushering in a…

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Lecture: “James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade Revisited” with Magdalena Zaborowska (U. of Michigan)

November 6, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Lecture Registration Link. Magdalena J. Zaborowska, Professor in the Departments of American Culture and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, researches, writes on, and teaches literary and cultural studies approaches to intersections of social space and transatlantic discourses on race, nationality, (queer) sexuality, and gender; African American literature, life writing, material culture, immigrant ethnicities, feminist, and critical race theory; American Studies, post-totalitarian East-Central Europe. Author of James Baldwin's Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile (Duke University Press, 2009). Discussant:…

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Lecture: “A North African Slave Advocating for Abolition in the US” with M’hamed Oualdi (Sciences Po-Paris)

November 9, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Registration Link.   In 1864 as the Civil War raged in the United States, a Circassian manumitted slave and Tunisian official named Husayn advocated for the abolition of slavery in the US. In response to a query from the American consul in Tunis wondering about the effect of slavery in Tunisia, Husayn replied that he truly believed that "universal liberty and the non-existence of slavery have a deep effect on refining a man’s manners as well as on the…

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Lecture: “Research after a Revolution: Notes from Tunis” with Myriam Amri (Harvard University)

November 11, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Juhood will be hosting Myriam Amri, a Ph.D candidate in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, at 3pm EST via Zoom. She is currently working on her first documentary on spatial transformations and memory in a neighborhood of Tunis. She will discuss conducting research in a post-revolution Tunisia, what engaged political work might look like, and what creative methods are possible for fieldwork today.   Zoom Meeting ID: 997 7438 1310   Sponsored by Juhood Magazine.  …

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Lecture: “In Conversation with Jane Lewisohn: Digitizing Songs from Golha Radio Program and the Golestan Project”

November 11, 2020 | 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

  Join GSAID and ICSNC in welcoming Jane Lewisohn on Wednseday, November 11th for conversation, Q&A, and poetry as she discusses her project digitizing songs from the Golha Radio Program and The Golestan Project, which can be found at https://golistan.org/. This lecture will be conducted in Persian and English and is free and open to the public.   Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95827839719 Meeting ID: 95827839719   Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke and the Iranian Cultural Society…

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Cultural Event: Mauritanian Music Comes to Duke – Arabic Halaqa

November 13, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Please join us for a talk by Lubaba Mint El Meidah and Imad Debesh on the story of Mauritanian music.   Loubaba & Imad, mostly known as the queen & the king of Mauritanian music, will be showcasing their craft at Duke. They will talk to Duke students & faculty about their music, its history, and how they incorporate Syrian music into this West African tradition.   Please REGISTER HERE.   Sponsored by the Duke Arabic Program. Duke University

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Conversation: “The COVID-19 Response in the Middle East”

November 16, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  This Juhood Spotlight event is with the Bass Connections Research Team and will feature a discussion on The COVID-19 Response in the Middle East. They will be discussing various coronavirus responses in Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Yemen, and Palestine.   Zoom Meeting ID: 955 9305 1417   Sponsored by Bass Connections Research Team and Juhood Magazine.   Duke University

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Conversation: “In Conversation with Hamid Rahmanian: Production Methodology of the Film Feathers on Fire”

November 18, 2020 | 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

  Join GSAID and ICSNC in welcoming Hamid Rahmanian for a conversation on the production methodology of the film Feathers of Fire.   Rahmanian is 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of the 2020 US Artists Fellowship.  His work centers on theater, cinema, and graphic arts.  His work has been exhibited in international competitions, publications, and prestigious film festivals.   This lecture will be conducted primarily in Persian and it will include some English and is free and open to the…

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Workshop: Cultural Heritage Restitution: Ethical and Legal Issues

November 20, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  The Manuscript Migration Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute presents an online workshop to discuss the implications of the collection and dispossession of culturally significant objects. The event will take place over Zoom. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by November 18th for a link to attend. Register here: http://duke.is/iAA3qx. Email manuscriptmigration@duke.edu with questions. We hope you will join us!   Workshop Schedule: 2:00-2:10 Introductions and Getting Settled 2:10-2:40 Patty Gerstenblith, Distinguished Research Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center for Art, Museum…

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December 2020

Book Talk: “The Rumi Prescription: The Healing Power of Rumi’s Poetry” with Melody Moezzi

December 2, 2020 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

  Melody Moezzi is a writer, speaker, activist, attorney, award-winning author, and visiting Associate Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.  Her books include The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life, Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, and War on Error: Real stories of American Muslims.  Moezzi’s writings have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, NPR, and many other media outlets.   Free and open to the…

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Panel Discussion & Screening: “Politics from within Borders” with Ozgun Eylul Isscen, Nick Dyer-Witherford, Martina Tazziolo

December 9, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  The Critical Computation Bureau is pleased to invite you to the online symposium Recursive Colonialism, Artificial Intelligence, and Speculative Computation, which will take place between the 1st and the 12th of December, 2020.   Ozgun Eylul Iscen (Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry) will present "The Racial Politics of Smartness Mandate: Counterfuturisms Arising from the Middle East”. The collision of extractive, logistical, and financial operations, enabled by digital infrastructures, has escalated capital’s dependence on a racialized and gendered division of…

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Panel: Continuous Clientelism, Persuasion and Preference Change in Turkey with Kerem Yildirim (Duke) and Discussant: Allen Hicken (U. of Michigan)

December 9, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Research on electoral clientelism in multi-party political systems has exploded over the past twenty years, but it has made progress in a rather lop-sided fashion. Most progress has been made in pinning down exactly how clientelism works-as a process of transactions-with different players and moves that are involved in constructing and sustaining the relationship between politicians (patrons) and clients (citizens, as voters). This conference explores clientelism and electoral linkage mechanisms, the political economy of informality, brokerage strategies and brokerage…

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January 2021

Lecture: “Turkey’s Ambitions and American Interests”

January 14, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey is a growing power with ambitions that are challenging international order regionally and globally. What are those aspirations, what are the difficulties for Turkey, and what are the options for the United States? Ambassador W. Robert Pearson, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, will present analysis and thoughts on this critical relationship at this first DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Program webinar of 2021. Register here for the webinar.   Ambassador (ret) W. Robert Pearson is a…

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Lecture: “How Art Survives: David Ohannessian and the Armenian Ceramics of Jerusalem” with Sato Moughalian

January 22, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

  In this illustrated talk, Sato Moughalian, author of Feast of Ashes: The Life and Art of David Ohannessian (Redwood/Stanford University Press, 2019), documents the art of her grandfather David Ohannessian and his exile to post-World War I Palestine from Ottoman Anatolia. Moughalian will speak about coming to terms with her family's past, excavating and reconstructing her grandfather's history through archival research, and preserving the stories of families and individuals displaced through conflict and migration. Through this exploration, she highlights…

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Lecture: “From Miracles to Sorcery: Knowledge and Practice in the Work of the Kunta Scholars” with Dr. Ariela Marcus-Sells

January 28, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  Dr. Ariela Marcus-Sells is an Assistant Professor and Distinguished Emerging Scholar in the Department of Religious Studies at Elon University. She received a PhD in Religious Studies/Islamic Studies from Stanford University in 2015. Her research focuses on Sufi intellectual history, the history of Muslim societies in West Africa, and the relationship between the categories of Religion, Magic, and Science. Her current book project, Sorcery or Science: Contesting Knowledge and Practice in West African Sufi Texts examines the role of…

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Lecture: “Bodies of Knowledge: Recovering the Lost Drama of the Early Synagogue” with Laura Lieber (Duke)

January 29, 2021 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am

  Please join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretative social sciences and arts the opportunity to present their current research to their departmental (and interdepartmental) colleagues, students, and other interlocutors in their fields.   In the 4th c. CE, the landscape of religious literature in the Levant and Eastern Mediterranean underwent a tectonic shift. From Constantinople to the Galilee to the borders with Persia, in Christian, Jewish, and…

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February 2021

Film Screening & Discussion: “The Romey Lynchings,” with Akram Khater (NC State) and Sandy Ryland (family member)

February 11, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  In the early morning hours of Friday, May 17th, 1929, a Lebanese immigrant was lynched in Lake City, Florida. He was shot multiple times and left to die along a lonely stretch of the road heading south out of Lake City to Fort White.   N'oula Romey was the fourth victim of racial terror that year in Florida, and one of ten people who were lynched by white mobs across the US in 1929 alone. Just hours before, his…

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Lecture: “Supporting the Faith, Building the Empire: Imperial Japan’s Islamic Policies in WWII” with Kelly Hammond (University of Arkansas)

February 11, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  This talk will examine some of the ways that the Japanese Empire curried favors to Muslims in China, and later throughout East Asia, in the lead up to and throughout World War II. Drawing on examples from my recent book, China's Muslims and Japan's Empire: Centering Islam in World War II, the talk will present viewers with concrete policies and explore some of the ways that the Japanese Government envisioned themselves as the benevolent protectors of Islam while at…

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Conversation: “Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East,” with Kim Ghattas

February 17, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Join Professor Bruce Jentleson in conversation with Kim Ghattas, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former BBC Journalist, as they discuss her new book that details the decades long rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.   Register in advance.   Organized by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.   Duke University

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Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Anti-Blackness in the Arab World

February 17, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Anti-Black racism exists all over the globe but varies according to the context and society. In Arab societies, anti-black racism is pronounced, widespread, and largely denied by the intelligentsia, the ruling elites, and clergy despite its roots in either the trans-Saharan slave trade or the Indian Ocean slave trade. This roundtable discussion by prominent scholars in the fields of religion, history, and race seeks to generate new research insights to facilitate the development of original narratives and academic voices…

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Lecture: “Reading for Gender in Islamic Law” with Saadia Yacoob (Williams College)

February 18, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  This talk focuses on discussions about consent to marriage in Islamic law, and asks whether gender is a predictable determiner of an individual's legal status. From the marriage of free individuals to enslaved people and children, Muslim jurists considered a number of social factors in determining whether an individual had the right of consent to marriage. Thinking at the intersection of these different social identities allows us to see that gender was not the primary identity through which social…

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Lecture: “Port Cities of the Eastern Mediterranean,” with Malte Fuhrmann

February 19, 2021 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  This webinar lecture will look at the recently published book by Malte Fuhrmann - Port Cities of the Eastern Mediterranean: Urban Culture in the Late Ottoman Empire (Cambridge U. Press) Eastern Mediterranean port cities, such as Constantinople, Smyrna, and Salonica, have long been sites of fascination. Known for their vibrant and diverse populations, the dynamism of their economic and cultural exchanges, and their form of relatively peaceful co-existence in a turbulent age, many would label them as models of…

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Lecture: Delving into Persian Words with Dr. Nasser Engheta

February 20, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  Join the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSNC) and the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) as they present “Delving into Persian Words” with Dr. Nasser Engheta.  The event will begin at 7:45pm with a short social time followed by introductions at 8:00pm and the main speaker, Dr. Engheta, starting at 8:10.  The evening will close with a Q&A, poetry and open discussion.  This lecture is part of the Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series on Persian…

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Film Screening and Discussion: Our War

February 24, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Join Professor Tim Nichols and three of Duke's Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellows to watch and discuss the documentary Our War which follows three westerners who joined the Kurds in Northern Syria, to battle the self-declared Islamic State. The film chronicles their choices, nightmares, hopes, comrades, friends lost, and continued struggle for what they believe in. The AGS audience will be invited to simultaneously stream the film from Duke Libraries or Amazon and then, following the film at approximately 7:15pm, participate…

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Lecture: “Ummah : The Effects of Community Responsibility on Muslim Political Behavior in the United States” with Nura Sediqe (Princeton University)

February 25, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  Drawing on an originally fielded survey of 1,000 Muslims in the United States, Dr. Nura Sediqe assess what influence the racial climate has on Muslims commitment to community (ummah). Sediqe develop a theory for 'ummah consciousness' to understand how commitment to the ummah may influence political behavior. Sediqe finds that Muslims who hold a higher sense of ummah consciousness are more likely to participate in communal-specific types of political participation. The findings highlight how Muslims hold on to a…

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March 2021

Discussion: “Carceral Imaginaries: A Conversation about Poetry, Literature and Media Behind Bars,” with Behrooz Boochani, Omid Tofighian, and Fatemah Shams

March 3, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Focusing broadly on the real and imaginary landscapes of the carceral, this conversation between poets, writers, translators and film scholars will address the tropes of everyday life, the body, and the natural environment in the context of contemporary imprisonment and detention. Mediated through analog and digital technologies, prisons and detention centers, these "netherworld" and diaspora of the disconnected and dislocated emerge in word, sound and image as spaces of imaginative dreaming and connection. In the face of practices of…

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Lecture: “A Conversation about the Uyghur Genocide” with Aydin Anwar (Duke ‘19)

March 4, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Aydin Anwar is an Uyghur American with over 90 relatives missing in China’s mass surveillance and incarceration system. Last year, Aydin served as the team lead of the Save Uyghur campaign under Justice For All, a human rights non-profit advocating against systematic Muslim oppression worldwide. During her youth and college years, she worked on East Turkistan advocacy by raising awareness through media, public speaking, and working on relief efforts for Uyghur refugees in Turkey. She has spoken on multiple media…

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Book Talk: “Landed Internationals: Planning Cultures, the Academy, and the Making of the Modern Middle East,” with Burak Erdim (NC State)

March 4, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Burak Erdim is an associate professor of architectural history and design at North Carolina State University. He teaches studios and courses on the global history of architecture and urbanism from the mid-19th Century to the present. Landed Internationals provides a refreshing perspective on the aims of mid-century architectural education and examines the operations of housing and planning networks through the case study of the establishment of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Erdim examines a series of legitimacy battles among bureaucrats,…

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Lecture: “China’s Internal Campaign Against a Muslim Minorities” with Sean Roberts (George Washington University)

March 4, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

  More than one million members of China’s Uyghur ethnic minority, who are largely Muslim, are now being held in so-called reeducation camps, victims of what has become the largest program of mass detention and surveillance in the world. In his explosive, gripping, and deeply moving new book, Professor Sean Roberts, Director of International Development Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs of The George Washington University, describes how the Chinese government successfully implicated the Uyghurs in the US-led…

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Conversation: In Conversation: Amir Sulaiman

March 5, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Acclaimed poet, activist, recording artist, and filmmaker Amir Sulaiman will join Youssef Carter (UNC Religious Studies) for a screening of his new short film Laying Flowers Setting Fires. Sulaiman will also read from and discuss his work, which viscerally and spiritually confronts themes of race, identity, suffering, healing, and love. Sulaiman’s reading caps a week of virtual engagements with the Duke and Durham community, including local K-12 students, as part of Duke Performances’ ongoing ‘Building Bridges: Muslims in America’…

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Book Talk: “Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics Under Neoliberal Islam talk by Evren Savcı (Yale)

March 5, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  Queer in Translation intervenes in queer studies’ separate, and in fact diagonally opposing approaches to neoliberalism and Islam by using the case of Turkey’s AKP governments for the past 16 years. I theorize “neoliberal Islam” as a unique regime that brings together economic and religious moralities that work to deploy marginality onto ever expanding populations instead of concentrating it in the lower echelons of society (as has been proposed for US neoliberalism, for instance). I suggest that sexual liberation…

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Lecture: “In Preparation for Nowruz Celebration: Five Main Rituals of Nowruz Tradition” with Dr. Nasser Engheta

March 10, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  Join the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSNC) and the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) as they present “In Preparation for Nowruz Celebration: Five Main Rituals of Nowruz Tradition” with Dr. Nasser Engheta. The evening will begin at 8:00pm with Remembering Dr. A. Hossein Navab and Nozar Azadi.  After the remembrance, the lecture starts at 8:30pm, followed by Q&A at 9:45pm. This lecture will be conducted in Persian and is free and open to the…

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Lecture: Juhood Spotlight: Cynthia Jreige

March 11, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  Join Juhood Magazine as we hear from Cynthia Jreige, founder and editor-in-chief of JDEED Magazine. JDEED magazine is a new publication dedicated to emerging Middle-Eastern/Arab artists and designers. The printed version of JDEED is sold in 347 stores across Lebanon, Bahrain, Amman-Jordan, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, New-York, Los Angeles, Jeddah, San Francisco, Dubai, Milan and Tokyo. Cynthia will discuss her journey creating and running JDEED Magazine, the evolution of fashion journalism in the MENA region, and her experience in…

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Workshop: Yasmeen Daifallah (UCSC)

March 11, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  Title: "Preparing Revolutionaries and Reforming Reformers: "Abdullah Laroui's Critique of Colonized Subjectivity" What does it take to cultivate revolutionary subjects in postcolonial time? When decolonial struggles are all said and done, and the dust settles on a profoundly reshaped social, economic, political, and epistemic landscape in their wake, what kinds of intellectual and political labor are required to undo colonized subjectivities and to gradually and systematically produce decolonized ones in their stead? Event Link. Email: griffin.orlando@duke.edu for paper.  …

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Global Read Webinar Series: Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan

March 11, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Join the Middle East Outreach Council on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern Time for a webinar with award-winning author, Danny Ramadan.   This program will feature 2020 Picture Book Award Winner: SALMA THE SYRIAN CHEF by Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron (Annick Press, 2020). Salma and her mother have recently arrived in Vancouver and all Salma wants to do is make her mama smile again.  Between English classes, job interviews, and missing Papa back in Syria,…

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Discussion: “The Abraham Accords: Contribution or Obstacle to Middle East Peace?”

March 17, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

  In 2020, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Sudan normalized their relations with Israel, the first Arab countries to do so since Jordan in 1994. What does this mean for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian relations? Will the Abraham Accords improve or worsen the prospects for Middle East Peace? And what should the Biden administration do in the aftermath of the agreements? Israeli scholar Nir Boms and Saudi-American researcher Najat Al-Saied will discuss.   More information and register.…

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Lecture: “Women and Gender Ethics in Qur’anic Narratives” with Hina Azam (University of Texas)

March 18, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  Engaged scholarship on women and gender in Islam, and particularly in the Qur’an, has typically concentrated on prescriptive passages – first and foremost those that are legal in nature, and secondarily those that are ethical in nature.  Such studies have yielded important insights as well as new interpretations of what the Qur’an may be prescribing for its audiences.  While the prescription-oriented approach has continued apace and remains productive, some scholars have found discussion of Qur’anic prescriptions to be of…

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Lecture: “What can the Digital Humanities Learn from Arabic literature in Translation?” with Dima Ayoub (Middlebury College)

March 19, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  Dima Ayoub is an Assistant Professor of Arabic and C.V. Starr Junior Faculty Fellow in International Studies at Middlebury College where she was also the former director of the Middle East studies program. Her book manuscript Paratext and Power: Modern Arabic Literature in Translation rewrites the social and cultural history of modern Arabic literature in translation by centering the role of publishers, translators and paratexts, in addition to writers. She specializes in translation studies, gender and postcolonial studies. Parallel…

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Cultural Event: Nowruz 2021 Celebration

March 21, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

  Join the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSNC) and the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) as they celebrate Nowruz 2021. Nowruz is the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by various ethno-linguistic groups.  Nowruz is a rite dating back to at least the 6th century BCE, marking the new year and ushering in spring. Variously known as Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz or Nevruz, this historic rite…

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Lecture: “Life and Legacy of Rahi Moayeri” with Dr. Haleh Saei

March 24, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

  Join the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSNC) and the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) as they present “Life and Legacy of Rahi Moayeri” with Dr. Haleh Saei.  The evening will begin at 6:45pm with time to socialize, followed by an introduction at 7:00pm.  Dr. Saei’s lecture is at 7:10 followed by poetry, live music and discussion. This lecture will be conducted in Farsi and is free and open to the public.   Zoom Meeting…

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Lecture: “The Power of Deserts: Climate Change, the Middle East, and the Promise of a Post-Oil Era” with Dan Rabinowitz (Tel Aviv University)

March 25, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  What if oil-rich Middle Eastern countries decide to turn their focus toward harnessing their immense solar energy potential? Dan Rabinowitz (Tel Aviv University) explores this counterintuitive proposition in his latest book, published by Stanford University Press. He’ll give a brief talk and engage in dialogue with Duke’s Erika Weinthal at this virtual event.   RSVP: http://bit.ly/mar25event   Sponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative, the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, and the Duke University Middle East Studies…

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Lecture: “Surviving Genres: Rethinking the Islamic Discursive Tradition in Colonial India” with Ali Altaf Mian (University of Florida)

March 25, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  This talk explores the analytical opportunities afforded by a methodological focus on genre and what Talal Asad calls "the sensible body" for critically examining the Islamic discursive tradition in colonial India. To deploy a trans-genre approach to "Muslim traditionalism" and its rich textual sources allows us to deepen our understanding of well-studied themes, such as reform, religious authority, and community. It also gives us a means by which to draw attention to the relevance of less-studied themes, especially everyday…

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Discussion: “Challenges in the Blue Nile Arena: Geopolitics, Displacements, and Instability” with Susan Stigant (USIP) and Alberto Fernandez (MEMRI)

March 26, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Blue Nile Arena, comprised of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt, has long been considered an anchor for stability in the Eastern and Northern Africa, including the Horn of Africa. The stability in this sub-region now appears at risk as the countries face the arduous challenges of inter- and intra- state conflicts over diminishing natural resources, including water and land. Those conflicts are being adversely affected by climate change and aggravate food insecurity, poverty, and joblessness in each of the three…

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Discussion: “Environmentalism in MENA” with Nisreen Elsaim, Nada Majdalan, and Dalit Wolf

March 26, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  Join the Undergraduate Environmental Union and Juhood Magazine for a discussion about environmentalism in the Middle East and North Africa. We are honored to have Nisreen Elsaim, Nada Majdalan, and Dalit Wolf on a panel to discuss environmental activism, the promotion of environmental sustainability, and the advancement of peace efforts in the MENA region.   Nisreen Elsaim is a Sudanese climate activist and chair of the UN’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. Nada Majdalan is the Palestinian Director of EcoPeace Middle…

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Tribute: “In Honor of Nawal El Saadawi, ‘Daughter of Isis,’ 1931-2021”

March 29, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Arab world’s leading feminist activist and writer, Nawal El Saadawi died on Sunday March 21, 2021. She was 89. Between 1993-1997, Dr. El Saadawi spent four years at Duke University. She sheltered with us after Islamists in Egypt published “Nawal El Saadawi in the Witness Box,” a widely available, cheap book that made the case that this “heretic” should be condemned to death. It was at Duke University that she first taught undergraduates. She was an immediate success in…

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Lecture: “God’s Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State” with Nada Moumtaz (University of Toronto)

March 31, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

  Up to the twentieth century, Islamic charitable endowments provided the material foundation of the Muslim world. In Lebanon, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the imposition of French colonial rule, many of these endowments reverted to private property circulating in the marketplace. In contemporary Beirut, however, charitable endowments have resurfaced as mosques, Islamic centers, and nonprofit organizations. A historical anthropology in dialogue with Islamic law, God's Property demonstrates how these endowments have been drawn into secular logics-no…

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April 2021

Book Talk: “Muslim Community Efforts against Domestic Violence: Sajida Jalalzai in conversation with Juliane Hammer, author of Peaceful Families (Princeton 2019)”

April 1, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In Peaceful Families, Juliane Hammer chronicles and examines the efforts, stories, arguments, and strategies of individuals and organizations doing Muslim anti–domestic violence work in the United States. Looking at connections among ethical practices, gender norms, and religious interpretation, Hammer demonstrates how Muslim advocates mobilize a rich religious tradition in community efforts against domestic violence, and identify religion and culture as resources or roadblocks to prevent harm and to restore family peace. Zoom registration link Sponsored by DISC, DUMSEC, and the…

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Lecture: “Wednesdays at the Center – Black Muslims and the World: The Ideological Eclecticism of Black American Sunni Islam” with Rasul Miller (University of California-Irvine)

April 7, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Throughout the twentieth century, Black American Sunni Muslim communities engaged various intellectual, ideological, and political currents from the Muslim world. From Pan-Africanism to Pan-Islamism to Nasserism to African Sufism, Black American Sunni Muslims appropriated these eclectic discourses to address their unique religious, spiritual, and political needs. They cultivated vibrant religious cultures marked by ideological diversity as they drew upon and reconciled intellectual discourses that were often in fierce opposition with one another in majority-Muslim societies. This talk will consider the…

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Presentation: History of Persian Constitutional Revolution (1905-1911)  with Maryam Tabibzadeh Wednesday, April 7 | 6:45 p.m.

April 7, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

  Ms. Maryam Tabibzadeh will give a presentation in a lecture series about the Constitutional Revolution in Iran. This event is part of the Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series. Free and open to the public. This event will be conducted in Persian. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95827839719 Meeting ID: 95827839719 Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke and the Iranian Cultural Society of NC. Co-sponsored by Ali and Parvin Jarrahi, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, Persian Studies Program at…

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Lecture: “A Tale of Two Nations: Elijah Muhammad, Abdul Basit Naeem, and Muslim Solidarities in the Black Atlantic World” with Alaina Morgan (USC)

April 8, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  In 1957, a young, scrappy Pakistani journalist named Abdul Basit Naeem showed up at the doors of the Nation of Islam’s headquarters in Chicago with a mission to meet the Supreme Leader, Elijah Muhammad, himself. Naeem was the publisher of a small publication called the Moslem World & the U.S.A. where he sought to build diasporic connections between Muslims throughout the ummah and the United States. Muhammad had something Naeem wanted – connections to Black Muslims throughout the nation…

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Conversation: Preservation, Restitution, & the Idea of “Cultural Heritage”

April 14, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  Please join the Manuscript Migration Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute for a conversation about cultural heritage and restitution featuring: + Felwine Sarr | Ann-Marie Bryan Chair in French and Francophone Studies, Duke University (Author of Afrotopia and, with Benedicte Savoy, of “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage. Toward a New Relational Ethics”) + Astrid Swenson | Professor of History, Bath Spa University (Author of The Rise of Heritage in France, Germany and England, 1789-1914 and editor, with Peter…

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Conversation: Sadiyah Bashir In Conversation with Rashida James-Saadiya

April 15, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Join Duke Performances and Duke Islamic Studies Center for a conversation between poet Sadiyah Bashir and Rashida James-Saadiya. Sadiyah Bashir is a freelance writer and award winning poet. Her work has been commissioned by Penny Appeal USA and Apple, she has also performed for international media outlets such as Al-Jazeera. Her first self-published book entitled “Seven” explores trauma and triumph through the lens of Black Muslim womanhood. And is currently working on a second manuscript documenting the history and…

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Poetry Reading: Sadiyah Bashir: The Poet

April 15, 2021 | 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

  Join Black Muslim Talkspace, Duke Performances, and DISC as they host a poetry reading and Q&A by Sadiyah Bashir. Sadiyah Bashir is a freelance writer and award winning poet. Her work has been commissioned by Penny Appeal USA and Apple, she has also performed for international media outlets such as Al-Jazeera. Her first self-published book entitled “Seven” explores trauma and triumph through the lens of Black Muslim womanhood. And is currently working on a second manuscript documenting the history…

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Book Talk: “Street Sounds – Listening to Everyday Life of Modern Egypt” with Ziad Fahmy (Cornell U.)

April 29, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  As the twentieth century roared on, transformative technologies—from trains, trams, and automobiles to radios and loudspeakers—fundamentally changed the sounds of the Egyptian streets. The cacophony of everyday life grew louder, and the Egyptian press featured editorials calling for the regulation of not only mechanized and amplified sounds, but also the voices of street vendors, the music of wedding processions, and even the traditional funerary wails. Ziad Fahmy offers the first historical examination of the changing soundscapes of urban Egypt,…

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May 2021

Lecture: “Muslims Role in the Future of Our World” with Imam Yahya Abdullah

May 5, 2021 | 8:30 am - 9:30 pm

Please join the Center for Muslim life as the sponsor Imam Yahya Abdullah give a lecture titled “Muslims Role in the Future of Our World.” Imam Yahya Abdullah is the Imam of Masjid Muhammad of Jacksonville Florida, which was founded in 2016. Imam Abdullah was a student of Imam W.D. Mohammed and was the class valedictorian of the Arabic Language Program at the Saudi Academy in Washington D.C. in 1987.  In 1988, he co-produced a nationally aired documentary titled “The…

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Lecture: “The Life and Legacy of Hafez Shirazi” with Dr. Nasser Engheta

May 5, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

The Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSNC) and the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) present the Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series with a lecture titled “The Life and Legacy of Hafez Shirazi” by Dr. Nasser Engheta. This lecture series is about Persian literature and will be conducted in Persian. Free and open to the public. Zoom link. Meeting ID: 95827839719 Sponsored by the Iranian Cultural Society of NC and Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke. …

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Conference: Religions and Public Life Graduate Student Working Group

May 6, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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This event represents the culmination of the efforts of a year-long graduate student working group composed of Duke and UNC students working at the intersection of immigration and religion. Students have met monthly throughout the school year to develop their projects and receive feedback from the collegial environment of the working group. The first panel, “The Nation-State and its Others,” explores the ways in which the modern state interprets the relationship of religious groups within its borders to political exigency.…

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Conference: The Palgrave Handbook of Islam in Africa Book Conference

May 15, 2021 | 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
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This handbook generates new insights that enrich our understanding of the history of Islam in Africa and the diverse experiences and expressions of the faith on the continent. The chapters in the volume cover key themes that reflect the preoccupations and realities of many African Muslims. They provide readers access to a comprehensive treatment of the past and current traditions of Muslims in Africa, offering insights on different forms of Islamization that have taken place in several regions, local responses…

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August 2021

Lecture: “Biden’s Afghan Endgame” with Ambassador Doug Lute

August 25, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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  Join Professor Peter Feaver as he welcomes former Ambassador to the U.N. Douglas Lute to discuss the Biden Administration's Afghanistan plan.   Sponsored by American Grand Strategy (AGS), Political Science, and Sanford School of Public Policy.   For more information, contact Paige Rotunda.   Washington Duke Inn, Presidents Ballroom Duke University

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September 2021

Lecture: “U.S. and the Broader Middle East in the Post ‘Helos Out of Kabul’ Environment” with Michael Singh (The Washington Institute)

September 1, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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  Please join us for a conversation with Michael Singh on Middle East strategy in the context of great power competition. Professor Feaver and Michael Singh will discuss broader Middle East security policy following the recent developments of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.   Michael Singh is the Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and managing director at The Washington Institute and a former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council. As the Institute's managing director, Mr. Singh conducts policy…

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Lecture: “The Graveyard of Empires? A Comparative View of the Soviet and American Wars in Afghanistan” with Dr. Jeff Jones (UNC-Greensboro) (virtual)

September 1, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

  The Iranian Cultural Society of NC (ICSNC) & Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) present the Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series featuring a lecture by Dr. Jeff Jones (UNCG) on The Graveyard of Empire? A comparative view of the Soviet & American Wars in Afghanistan.   Jeff Jones completed his Ph.D. in 2000 at UNC-Chapel Hill and is currently an Associate Professor of Russian-Soviet and contemporary world history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His…

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Lecture: “Immersive Journalism on Xinjiang: Covering Human Rights in China” with Ben Mauk and Sam Wolson (virtual)

September 2, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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  Reporters Ben Mauk and Sam Wolson speak about Xinjiang and "Reeducated,” an award-winning immersive virtual reality documentary chronicling human rights abuses against Uyghurs in China.   Advance registration required.   Ben Mauk (he/him): Mauk writes for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper's, and the London Review of Books. He co-founded and directs the Berlin Writers' Workshop. In 2021, he co-developed and wrote an immersive V.R. documentary for The New Yorker on life inside a Chinese reeducation…

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Conversation: “American Defense Policy at a Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities” with Michèle Flournoy (virtual)

September 7, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  Registration Link.   The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy will host a conversation with Professor Peter Feaver and Michèle Flournoy on American strategic defense policy. In the wake of U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan and the subsequent Taliban takeover, competition with China and tense relations with Russia, what challenges and opportunities lie ahead in American security?   Michèle Flournoy has spent her career formulating national security policy and advising presidents on military operations. In 2009, she became the…

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Conversation: “What Did Bin Laden Do to America? A Conversation on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Wajahat Ali (hybrid)

September 9, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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  To commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Professor David Schanzer will welcome Wajahat Ali, an influential writer and one of the leading Muslim American public intellectuals, to discuss the impacts of 9/11 on the United States and the world. The discussion will cover social and cultural impacts of 9/11 on America and political discourse, as well as how 9/11 has been experienced by Muslims and other people of color. Ali is a keen observer of American politics and will…

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Lecture and Discussion: “9/11 Twenty Years Later: What Has Changed?” with Samia Serageldin (hybrid)

September 12, 2021 | 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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Samia Serageldin is a writer, novelist, editor and public speaker. She was born in Egypt and studied at London University where she earned her M.Sc. in Political Science before emigrating to the United States in 1980. She is the author of three novels, The Cairo House, The Naqib’s Daughter, and Love is Like Water, as well as numerous contributions to anthologies and works on Islam, in addition to editing and contributing to the Duke Press edition of In the Name of Osama bin Laden.…

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Lecture: “99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project” with Alison Kysia (virtual)

September 15, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  In a Wednesdays at the Center virtual event, multimedia artist and grassroots educator Alison Kysia shares a socially engaged art project she created called 99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project. After a prolonged experience of anti-Muslim bigotry, she created a series of 99 pinch pots that represent the 99 names of God in Islam, symbolizing the diversity of all encapsulated in the One. This multimedia art and storytelling project centers stories of Muslim women healing from experiences…

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Lecture: “Life and Legacy of Aref Ghazvini” with Maryam Tabibzadeh (virtual)

September 15, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
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  The Iranian Cultural Society of NC and Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke present Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series featuring Maryam Tabibzadeh who will give a lecture on Life and Legacy of Aref Ghazvini.  This lecture is about constitutional revolution in Iran and will be conducted in Farsi.   Maryam Tabibzadeh was born In Darab, Pars in Persia (Iran). She earned her masters degree from Shiraz University and moved to the U.S., where she attended graduate school at…

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Discussion: “Is Nation-Building Ever successful: Lessons from Afghanistan, Colombia, the Balkans and Elsewhere” with Keith Mines (United States Institute of Peace) (virtual)

September 16, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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  Join Ambassador Patrick Duddy in a zoom conversation with Keith Mines, Director, Latin America Program, as they discuss Mines’ new book, ‘Why Nation-Building Matters’. Register in advance. No one likes nation-building. The public dismisses it. Politicians criticize it. The traditional military disdains it, and civilian agencies lack the blueprint necessary to make it work. Yet functioning states play a foundational role in international security and stability. Left unattended, ungoverned spaces can produce crises from migration to economic collapse to…

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Workshop: “99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project” with Alison Kysia

September 17, 2021 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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  To register, visit here.  Open to Duke Students only – this event is full but register to be added to the wait list. In this DukeCreate hands-on workshop, multimedia artist and grassroots educator Alison Kysia shares a socially engaged art project she created called 99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project. After a prolonged experience of anti-Muslim bigotry, she created a series of 99 pinch pots that represent the 99 names of God in Islam, symbolizing the diversity…

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Book Talk: “Iranian Women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War” with Professor M. Mateo Farzaneh (Northeastern Illinois University) (virtual)

September 22, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
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  Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/95925679038   The Iranian Cultural Society of NC (ICSNC) & Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) present the Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series featuring a book talk by Professor M. Mateo Farzaneh. Dr. Farzaneh is a Professor of History at Northeastern Illinois University and is the author of “Iranian women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War” and The Iranian Constitutional Revolution. He is also the principal of the NEIU Foundation’s Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh Initiative. This…

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“Get the Terp Up Here!”: War as an Interpreter to U.S. Forces in Afghanistan with Nasirullah “John” Safi (virtual)

September 23, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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  Please join Professor Kyle Beardsley in a conversation with Afghan interpreter, Nasirullah "John" Safi. When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, many Afghans who previously worked with U.S. forces were left stranded and in danger. This discussion will explore Safi’s personal stories of working with the U.S. military to fight the Taliban and the dynamic culture and dangers facing Afghan interpreters. Nasirullah "John" Safi was born and raised in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Safi joined the U.S. mission in…

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Book Talk: “A Recipe for Daphne” with Nektaria Anastasiadou (virtual)

September 28, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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  Nektaria Anastasiadou's debut novel, A Recipe for Daphne, was published by Hoopoe, the fiction imprint of the American University in Cairo Press, in February 2021. Nektaria is the 2019 winner of the Zografeios Agon, a prestigious Greek literary award founded in nineteenth-century Constantinople. She is currently developing the winning short story into a novel written in the Istanbul Greek dialect. Nektaria speaks Greek, Turkish, English, French, Spanish, and Italian. She lives in Istanbul.   Register in advance.   Sponsored…

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Panel discussion: “The Afghan Humanitarian Crisis” (virtual)

September 30, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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  Media coverage of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan has largely ignored the massive displacement of communities fleeing Taliban rule. Tens of thousands of refugees are expected to reach the US in the next few weeks, and half a million more are predicted to flee the country by the end of the year. After decades of investment, the international community remains unequipped to address the current crisis. How can the United States mobilize its diplomatic and economic resources to provide both…

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October 2021

Discussion: In Conversation with Dua Saleh (virtual)

October 12, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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  Register in advance.   Join Duke Performances, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Center for Muslim Life for a conversation between musician, actor and performer Dua Saleh, Treniyyah Anderson '20, and the Center for Muslim Life's Maryam Arain.   Minneapolis-based vocalist, spoken-word poet, and actor Dua Saleh began recording music only two years ago, garnering immediate acclaim with the release of 2019's Nūr - meaning "the light" in Arabic. Saleh (who identifies as gender non-binary and uses they/them pronouns)…

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Lecture: “In the Palace of Images” with Dr. Ellen Haskell (UNC-Greensboro) (virtual)

October 13, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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  The Convivencia Lecture Series welcomes Ellen Haskell, the Herman and Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-Greensboro to discuss architecture "In the Palace of Images."   Ellen Haskell is Director of Jewish Studies and the Herman & Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at UNCG. Educated at the University of Chicago Divinity School and the University of Michigan, her field of expertise is the study of Jewish mysticism, with special…

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Performance: Dua Saleh

October 13, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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  Purchase tickets and more information here.   Minneapolis-based vocalist, spoken-word poet, and actor Dua Saleh began recording music only two years ago, garnering immediate acclaim with the release of 2019’s Nūr — meaning “the light” in Arabic. Saleh (who identifies as gender non-binary and goes by they/them pronouns) followed the next year with Rosetta: a genre-bending EP blending warm vocals with raw hip-hop passages and haunting, otherworldly electronics. For Saleh — a Sudanese native, who fled the country with…

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Lecture: “Antigone in the War on Terror: Kamila Shamsie in Conversation with Ankhi Mukherjee” (virtual)

October 14, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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  “Antigone’s Worldings” opens with a conversation between award winning writer, Kamila Shamsie, and postcolonial theorist, Ankhi Mukherjee, on Shamsie’s most recent novel, Home Fire. Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Hellenic Prize, and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Home Fire re-contextualizes Sophocles’ Antigone in the global present of the on-going “War on Terror,” while complicating our understandings of agency, identity, and power as we see Aneeka struggle with the impossibility of burying her twin brother…

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Lecture: “The Afterlife of the Great Mosque of Cordoba” with Michele Lamprakos (University of Maryland) (virtual)

October 18, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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  The Convivencia Lecture series welcomes Michele Lamprakos, Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation from the University of Maryland to discuss architecture and "The Afterlife of the Great Mosque of Cordoba."   Trained as an architect and architectural historian, Michele Lamprakos specializes in the early modern/modern Arab-Islamic world and critical heritage studies. Her research focuses on two main themes: the lives and layers of buildings and sites; and contacts between faith-cultures in the Mediterranean. She is author of Building a…

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Lecture: “Hasan-i Sabbâh and the Conceptualization of the End Time in Alamut” with Ehsan Sheikholharam (UNC) (virtual)

October 20, 2021 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  The Iranian Cultural Society of NC and Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke present Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series featuring Ehsan Sheikholharam who will give a lecture Hasan-i Sabbâh and the Conceptualization of the End Time in Alamut. This lecture will primarily be in English with some Persian explanations. Free and Open to the Public.   Ehsan Sheikholharam is a Teaching Fellow and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. He is…

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

October 20, 2021 | 8:00 am - 5:00 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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Symposium: “Arabic Literature in Translation” with Dima Ayoub (Middlebury), Alexandra Shraytekh (Tufts), and Michelle Hartman (McGill) (virtual)

October 22, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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  This mini symposium proposes to investigate modern Arabic literature in translation. The translation of Arabic texts has a complicated history, incorporating publishers’ reticence to publish translations, politics, gender, as well as difficulties of situating Arabic literature within the all-encompassing world literature.   What gets translated and why? How are we the audience to read what is translated? Do these translations give us insight to Arab society and culture? What is the reception of these works? Why is the novel…

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Panel Discussion: “STEM from Faith: A Dialogue between Faith and Science” (virtual)

October 26, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  This online discussion among scientists and scholars from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith traditions explores the different ways that faith and science have worked together and in tension.   Register in advance.   The panelists are: * Sonia Laurie, an immunologist and post-doctoral fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill * Steffen Bass, an Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Physics at Duke * Ehsan Samei, a medical physicist and professor of radiology at Duke * Robert Rutledge, a geneticist and Catholic…

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Lecture: “Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century” with Dr. Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA)

October 27, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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  The Convivencia Lecture Series welcomes Sarah Abrevaya Stein, the Viterbi Family Endowed Chain in Mediterranean Jewish Studies and Ludwig Kahn Director of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA, to discuss her book "Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century."   Sarah Abrevaya Stein is author or editor of nine books. Her most recent book, Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux: Macmillman, 2019), explores the intertwined histories…

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Conversation: “Combatting Crimes Against Humanity in China: Fighting to Protect the Human Rights of Uyghurs” with Sophie Richardson (hybrid)

October 27, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  Please join us for a conversation between Professor David Schanzer and Sophie Richardson, China Director of Human Rights Watch. A Webinar livestream will be available for those unable to attend the event in person: Register for the livestream here.   Sophie Richardson serves as the China Director at Human Rights Watch. She has overseen the organization’s research and advocacy on China since 2006, and has published extensively on human rights and political reform in the country and across Southeast…

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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

Lecture: “Transboundary Water Issues – A Palestinian Perspective” by Dr. Shaddad Attili (Former Minister of Water & Head of the Palestinian Water Authority) (virtual)

November 1, 2021 | 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
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  Dr. Attili is currently an advisor ranking Minister at the Negotiations Affairs Department-PLO and is senior Palestinian negotiator for water and an international activist and expert in transboundary waters, hydro-diplomacy and conflict resolution. He served as the Palestinian Minister of Water and Head of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) from 2008 to 2014. Before that, served eight years as principal policy adviser on water issues for the PLO’s Negotiation Support Unit (NSU).   In honor of his many contributions…

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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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Book Talk: “America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present” with Dr. John Ghazvinian (University of Pennsylvania) (virtual)

November 3, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
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  How did the United States and Iran, two countries that once revered one other, end up in such a tumultuous relationship today? What can we learn IN 2021 from their centuries-long, linked histories? Join John Ghazvinian, Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Middle East Center and author of the book.   Join here: https://duke.zoom.us/j/95925679038 Meeting ID: 959 2567 9038   This lecture will be Conducted primarily in English. Free and Open to the Public.   Sponsored by the…

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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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Cultural Event: “2021 Arabic Hebrew Night” (hybrid)

November 11, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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  Register in advance.   Arabic Hebrew Night is an opportunity to think positively about culture, language, and history. The event has run continuously for ten years, growing rapidly as students eagerly participated. Arabic Hebrew Night is a public display of language that helps increase students' self-confidence and ownership of their Arabic or Hebrew. Leading up to Arabic Hebrew Night, Duke students rehearse poem recitations, songs, skits and presentations in the language they study in class. Students of all language…

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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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Film Screening: “Chess of the Wind”

November 12, 2021 | 8:35 pm - 10:30 pm
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  (Mohammad Reza Aslani, 1976, 93 min, Iran, in Farsi w/ English subtitles, Color, DCP) Screened publicly just once before it was banned and then lost for decades, this rediscovered jewel of Iranian cinema reemerges to take its place as one of the most singular and astonishing works of the country’s pre-revolution New Wave. A hypnotically stylized murder mystery awash in shivery period atmosphere, Chess of the Wind unfolds in an ornate, candlelit mansion where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal…

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Conversation: “A Conversation with Megha Majumdar: On Storytelling and the Ethics of Interconnectedness” (virtual)

November 15, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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  Join the Kenan Institute for Ethics on November 15, 2021 at 6:00pm for a conversation on storytelling and the ethics of interconnectedness with Megha Majumdar. Majumdar’s debut novel A Burning is a NYT bestseller and appeared on multiple lists for major book awards, including the National Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. Raised in India, now living in New York, Majumdar offers a poignant perspective on issues of belonging and identity. A Burning deftly examines the relationships between marginalized…

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Conversation: “Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics: A Conversation with Dr. Nazia H. Kazi” (Stockton University) (virtual)

November 15, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  The ASA and the Center for Muslim Life are excited to invite Dr. Nazia H. Kazi, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University and author of Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics. Dr. Kazi will be speaking about matters related to anti-Muslim sentiment, xenophobia, racial inequality, and U.S. imperialism.   Register at: https://tinyurl.com/asaspeakerseries   Sponsored by the Asian Students Association and Center for Muslim Life at Duke.   Duke University

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Lecture: “What’s Next for Water, Conflict and Environmental Peacebuilding?” with Professor Erika Weinthal (Duke) (virtual)

November 17, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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  Water has played a prominent role in the study of environmental conflict and peacebuilding. Drawing upon two decades of research on water cooperation and conflict, this talk will survey the ways in which water and associated infrastructure have played a critical role in the different phases of the conflict cycle, including the weaponization of water during conflict as well as the need for addressing access to clean water for creating sustainable livelihoods. While the emphasis is on water and…

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Lecture: “The Art of the Martyr and the Mujahid: Aesthetics and Narratives in Contemporary Jihadi Visual Culture” with Dr. Christopher Anzalone (Marine Corps University) (virtual)

November 17, 2021 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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  Register here.   Contemporary militant Islamist (“jihadi”) groups, from the Afghan Taliban to Islamic State (“ISIS”) and Al-Qaeda and its regional affiliates, produce a steady stream of films and other video productions, print and digital artwork, street and other public signage and billboards, paintings, and graffiti and street art. This visual culture plays a central role in jihadi groups’ and their supporters’ development of collective identity and their deployment of narratives aimed at expanding their support bases as well…

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Lecture: “Comparing Empires in Afghanistan” with Professor Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison University) (virtual)

November 17, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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  https://duke.zoom.us/j/95925679038 Meeting ID: 959 2567 9038   This lecture will be conducted in English. Free and open to the public.   Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi is a Professor of History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. He is author of the books: Connecting Histories in Afghanistan and Mountstuart Elphinstone in South Asia. He is also author of many book chapters, journal articles and short essays.   Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID)  & Iranian…

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Lecture: “Haqq & Hollywood: 100 Years of Muslim Tropes and How to Transform Them” with Maya Alhassen (virtual)

November 18, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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  From Rudolph Valentino's "big break" in the 1921 silent film hit The Sheik to the long-awaited Dune remake released in 2021, Arab, Islamicate, and Muslim characters and narratives have been woven into Hollywood storytelling for over a century. In this talk, Dr. Maytha Alhassen, writer, journalist, professor, and pop culture senior fellow, offers a qualitative timeline of the triangulation between this pop culture image-making with politics and public opinion. Beginning with early anti-Black and Orientalized depictions of Muslims by…

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Cultural Event: Sufi Qawwali Night

November 21, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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  Come out to listen to Sufi Qawwali music and an informative presentation by Dr. John Caldwell from UNC-Chapel Hill on Sufism. Dinner will be provided.   John Caldwell (Lecturer in Gamelan; Teaching Associate Professor – South Asia Section, Department of Asian Studies) completed his Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include the music, film and media cultures of South and Southeast Asia, comparative music analysis, second language learning, and poetry…

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Lecture: “¡Cierra, España, Cierra!: Religious Difference and Racialization in the Expulsion of Moriscos” with Dr. Elsa Costa (virtual)

November 22, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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  The 1609 Spanish expulsion of the “moriscos,” communities of Arab-speaking Christians who had chosen to convert and stay in Spain in 1492, was a turning point in European statecraft. The expulsion of populations, typically Jews, on the grounds of religious difference had occasionally occurred in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. While these expulsions were politically motivated and sometimes condemned by the established Church, they categorically excluded Christians with non-Christian ancestors. The expulsion of moriscos, by contrast, relied on…

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