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July 2017

Persian Art Center in Carolina presents: A Night of Persian Poetry and Live Music Performance

July 9, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an analysis of poetry of two great contemporary Persian poets, Fereydoon Moshiri and Ahmad Shamloo. Speakers will include Dr. Amir Rezvani and Mr. Yousef  Amiri. The program will begin with a social from 4-4:30, followed by a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani. From 4:45-6:00, there will be presentations by Rezvani and Amiri, followed by an open forum and discussion. From 6:45-7:45 there will be live Persian music and poetry…

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August 2017

History of Durham’s Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center

August 19, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Join the Museum of Durham History for a look back at the rich history of this local institution. Started in the 1950s, the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center, formally Muhammad’s Mosque #34, is one of the oldest Muslim communities in North Carolina. Naomi Feste, Community Curator, and Katie Spencer, Curator, Museum of Durham History, will introduce this ongoing research project, and welcome stories about its development from the local community. Sponsored by the Durham County Library. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Durham…

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Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day Celebration

August 19, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC United States
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  The North Carolina Pakistani American Anjuman invites you to Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day Celebration featuring the amazing band, Kaarma Nation at the Cary Arts Center. For more information and tickets, contact 919-274-9373.   Media partner: Geet Bazaar Radio. Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Ave, Cary, NC 27511

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Week of Welcome: A Taste of Asia and the Middle East

August 20, 2017 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
New West Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Come to New West, home to UNC's Department of Asian Studies, to try some Asian and Middle Eastern delicacies, engage in cultural activities, and learn about courses and programs of study focused on the largest and most populous continent in the world. For more information, please contact Hanna Sprintzik at hannasp@email.unc.edu. Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies. New West UNC Chapel Hill

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Cries from Syria Documentary Screening and Discussion

August 23, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Please join us for a screening of the documentary "Cries From Syria" by award winning filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky. The film will be introduced by Duke professor of Political Science Dr. Abdeslam Maghraoui. After the film, Mr. Afineevsky will skype in live from L.A. for a questions. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited: please register at 919.969.1414. The film contains some mature content. It should not be viewed by children under the age of 14…

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The International Block Party

August 27, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

Held at City Plaza, the heart of downtown Raleigh, this free event offers a comprehensive experience that allows participants to interact with multicultural arts in a fun and safe atmosphere through visual arts, dance, music, cuisine, and traditional expression from around the world. Food, Desserts, Bazaars, Dances and Live Bands from around the world in downtown Raleigh! Come see a vibrant and affluent downtown! Travel the world without flying or driving ... Just walking! Click here or email bearta@internationalfocusnc.org for more information. Raleigh City…

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Memorial Service for Rula Quawas, 1960-2017

August 28, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us for a memorial service for Dr. Rula Quawas, professor of American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Jordan. Dr. Quawas, an accomplished scholar and champion for women’s rights in the Arab World, maintained close ties with UNC Chapel Hill where she mentored students and collaborated with faculty on a number of projects. Friends, colleagues, and former students of Dr. Quawas are encouraged to join us in remembering this exceptional scholar and human being.…

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September 2017

Turkey Today | Lecture: “Affective geopolitics: Entanglements of geopolitical lives of Syrian refugees in Turkey”

September 1, 2017 | 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The war in Syria is transforming bodies and territories well beyond the sites of the fighting. Today, there are over 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey and very few of these refugees live in camps while most live in cities. For Turkey, the war has reconfigured (geo)political and spatial imaginaries in ways that both express and exceed the real conditions of the crisis. In this talk, Dr. Banu Gökarıksel  will address the embodied, affective geopolitics of the Syrian war from…

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“The Ethics of Stories in Contested Terrain” with Ben Ehrenreich

September 4, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

On Sept. 4, journalist and novelist Ben Ehrenreich will discuss his most recent book, The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine, which the New York Times calls, “Both heartbreaking and eye-opening.” As a writer who works across genres, he will also discuss he broader challenges of expressing truth when few agree on the basic terms of a debate. In his reporting for the book, Ehrenreich traveled to and lived in the West Bank, staying with Palestinian families in…

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Discussion: How Do We Approach the Problem? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Complexities of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion Today

September 5, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  How do experts from different fields approach important problems facing us today? Author Moustafa Bayoumi and UNC professors from across campus will discuss the complex issues raised by Bayoumi’s book, How Does it Feel to be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America. Faculty from the sciences and the humanities will join Bayoumi for a dynamic conversation of these issues and questions raised by the audience.   Sponsored by UNC’s new Integrated Curricula Program, in conjunction with the 2017…

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New Gaza Short Films: The Student Eye (Discussant: Ahmed Mansour)

September 6, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

A program introduced by Center for Documentary Studies instructor Nancy Kalow of six recent short films by university students residing in Gaza, using a variety of forms from documentary to experimental. The films are a uniquely vital commentary on today’s closed Gaza; kinetic performance footage of parkour, for example, is contrasted with expressive reflections on daily challenges. Films were made by students at Al Aqsa University, Al Azhar University, and Birzeit University. A NYU documentary graduate student from Gaza, Ahmed…

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Presentation: Moustafa Bayoumi, author of How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America & Book Signing

September 6, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Join Moustafa Bayoumi, author of the 2017 Carolina Summer Reading selection, How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America, for insight into the book and where the characters are today. Hear his stories of what living in America post-September 11th was like and often still is for many Arab-Americans today. Information about tickets for this event will be posted in mid-August. Get your copy of How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in…

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Film: Docunight #41: Out of Focus/ Promised Land

September 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Out of Focus, Directed by Shahriar Siami Shal 2014 / 52 min, Persian with English Subtitles Out of Focus profiles the artist Afshin Naghouni. Born and raised in Iran, he suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury during a birthday party in Tehran when he fell from the seventh floor of a building while trying to escape from Iranian police. He was able to move to Great Britain seventeen years ago for treatment and has rebuilt his life, getting married and…

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UNC Study Abroad Fair

September 7, 2017 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Study Abroad Fair has representatives from all over the world, study abroad staff, and past study abroad students are available to answer your questions about studying almost anywhere in the world! Come and see how you can join the #Heelsabroad network! Please come prepared with questions. For more information, please visit here. Great Hall, Student Union UNC Chapel Hill

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Turkey Today | Public Talk: Authoritarian Backlash: An Interregional Comparison of Turkey and Venezuela

September 8, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In this public talk, former US Ambassador to Turkey Robert Pearson and Former US Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy will provide a comparative analysis of authoritarian government, civil society, and political crisis. Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact mideast@duke.edu.   Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and the Department of Political Science. Turkey Today is cosponsored by the Duke Middle East…

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Film Screening: Changing the World, One Wall at a Time

September 8, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As the largest religious minority in Iran, The Baha'is have been persecuted by the government since the Revolution in 1979; Baha'i students are systematically barred from attaining higher education. Join us for a film screening about one of the largest street art campaigns that emerged as part of a larger movement to call attention to these human rights violations and call for a change in the conditions of the Baha'is in Iran. The film is an hour long and you can…

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Free Documentary Screening: The Eye of Istanbul

September 9, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

 THE EYE OF ISTANBUL tells the story of Ara Güler, the legendary Armenian-Turkish photographer, through the culmination of his retrospective exhibition in Istanbul. At 87 years old, Ara is a complex and unforgettable character; he is still sharp, irreverent, funny and philosophical. Although he is mostly recognized for his black and white photographs of Istanbul, he has enjoyed an international career, which has spanned over sixty years and has generated more than 1 million photographs. Presented by the American-Turkish Association of…

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A Night for Palestine

September 9, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Come hear from diverse speakers who have recently visited the West Bank and/or Gaza Strip. A buffet dinner will be served at 6pm. Honored speakers include Matthew Hoh, Atrayus Goode, and Serene Alsous, followed by a performance by Palestinian-American artist Sijal Nasralla and the Baladna Dabkeh group. We will be paying tribute to Palestinian culture with music and dance performances. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit here or visit www.cpwj.org. Baba Ghannouj Mediterranean 5400 S Miami Bvd Ste 138. Durham,…

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Eid Banquet

September 9, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Duke Muslim Students' Association in celebrating Eid-al-Adha with the annual Eid Baquet!  Come for free food catered from Flame Kabob and local Durham bakers, stay for individual and group performances, dancing and fun!  Parking will be available in the BC parking garage ($2 per hour) and the Allen Lot (free). Dress code is semiformal/formal or cultural dress. Doors will open at 6:00 pm, and dinner will be provided at 7:00 (first come, first served).   For more information…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: Iranian Poetry and Music

September 10, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an evening of poetry and music featuring Hayla Siddiqui. The program will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Mr. Shahram Mazhari. From 6:45-7:45pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings.   The Persian Poetry Group in Chapel Hill honors, respects and promotes freedom of speech and expression. Organized by: Persian Art Center in Carolina. For more information, please…

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Lecture: Muslims in South Asia with Ali Mian, Ph.D.

September 13, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Professor Mian will speak on the emergence, expansion and contemporary condition of Muslims in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Ali Altaf Mian is assistant professor of Islamic studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University. He completed his Ph.D. in religious studies in 2015 from Duke University. His research interests include: Islam in South Asia; Islamic law and ethics; gender and sexuality; feminist theory and practice; Sufism and comparative mysticism; continental philosophy; comparative religion; theory and…

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Visiting Lebanese Scholars: Reception and Presentation

September 14, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies invites you to join us September 14th for a reception and presentation of the research of 7 visiting Lebanese scholars. For more information, please contact kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. 1911 Building (NCSU), Seminar Room 125 North Carolina State University

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Turkey Today | Film: Middle East Film Festival: Kedi

September 14, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Kedi, directed by Ceyda Torun (2017), 79 mins English | Rating TV-PG Witness the ancient city of Instanbul through, not the eyes of humans, but through the eyes of cats and kittens. This film highlights the daily lives of seven stray cats that have roamed the streets freely, enriching the lives of people that they come into contact with. Sponsored by Duke University Middle East Studies Center. For more information, visit here. Turkey Today is cosponsored by the Duke Middle East…

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Performance: Closer Than They Appear and Panel Discussions

September 14, 2017 | 8:00 pm - October 1, 2017 | 4:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

*September 14–17, Thursday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm *September 20–24, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm *September 27–October 1, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm Closer Than They Appear tells the colliding stories of Michael, an African American veteran undergoing virtual reality therapy for PTSD, and Zaynab, a teenager from Fallujah blogging during the Iraq war. It explores the haunted human lives—both American and Iraqi—that shadow the digital surfaces through which we wage, view, and recover from war. The play blends…

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Hajj: Legacy of Abraham- An Epic Journey through History

September 18, 2017 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The Islamic Association of Raleigh would like to open its doors and invite you as guests as we explore the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, known as Hajj, and the Legacy of Prophet Abraham through an Islamic perspective in an effort to better inform ourselves about the shared roots of the Semitic religions. We hope you will our enjoy our presentation about the pilgrimage and how it honors the legacy of Prophet Abraham and his family, booths that showcase Muslim…

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Panel Discussion: DACA in Crisis

September 18, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  On Monday, September 18, there will be a panel discussion and information session titled “DACA in Crisis,” which brings together five panelists working on various aspects of DACA and undocumented issues on campus and in the community. The purpose of this panel is to provide information about the current status of DACA, its impending repeal, and related undocumented student concerns on campus. Being undocumented comes with its own obstacles and this requires special attention from university faculty, staff, and…

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Reception and Talk: Meet Minister Gebran Bassil

September 20, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  You are cordially invited to a reception for Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Mr. Gebran Bassil. (Part of his address will be in Arabic.). This event is sponsored by the Triangle Lebanese Center, Embassy of Lebanon, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. RSVP Required. For more information, please contact 919.515.5058 or at kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. Triangle Lebanese Center, 241 Horizon Dr, Raleigh, NC 27615

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Meet the Author: Zeynep Tufekci

September 22, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library welcome in authors and literary figures on a regular basis to read from their works, speak with members of the audience, and share refreshments. Join us for a book talk by author Zeynep Tufecki on Friday, September 22. Her new book, Twitter and Tear Gas; The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, examines political movements and how governments have responded to the rise of digital tools with their own methods. For more information, please…

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Urdu Majlis: The life and works of Akhtar Sheerani (1905-1948)

September 22, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join the Triangle's Urdu Literary Forum for a conversation on the life and works of Akhtar Sheerani (1905-1948).  Akhtar Sheerani is considered to be one of the leading romantic poets of Urdu language. 7:00 Akhtar Sheerani 8:00 Original poetry etc. by participants 9:00 Refreshments 9:30 Building closes Free parking is available under the building. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact taj@email.unc.edu. This event is co-sponsored by the…

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Art Exhibit: Annenberg Space for Photography’s REFUGEE

September 25, 2017 - November 3, 2017

According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the number of displaced people has reached over 65 million globally. Through images created by five internationally acclaimed artists, REFUGEE is a multimedia art exhibit exploring the lives of refugees from a host of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world. The exhibit features photographs taken in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia, and the United States. This timely exhibition of 125 portrait photographs, stories, and accompanying film allows audiences…

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Turkey Today | Lecture: The Formation of Turkish Republicanism with Professor Banu Turnaoğlu, University of Cambridge

September 25, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This event is part of the Turkey Today Fall 2017 series. For more information, please contact europe@unc.edu. Turkey Today is cosponsored by the Duke Middle East Studies Center, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Duke History Department; and is supported by funding from the European Union. DeBerry Boardroom 3009, FedEx Global Education Center UNC-Chapel Hill

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The Middle East and Islam in Global History: Three New Books

September 27, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Join us for a major book launch event with three authors: -Cemil Aydin (UNC), The Idea of the Muslim World (Harvard UP, 2017) -Will Hanley (FSU), Identifying with Nationality (Columbia UP, 2017) -Adam Mestyan (Duke), Arab Patriotism (Princeton UP, 2017)   For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by the Department of History, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Duke University Middle East Studies Center.   Rubenstein Library Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153 Duke University

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Reclaiming and Retelling our Stories Featuring Mark Gonzales

September 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Center for Muslim life for Reclaiming and Retelling our Stories. In today's world, it is more important than ever that we are able to vocalize our own narratives. But what does it mean when the narratives/stories that were given to you either no longer fit your reality. Or they are not the ones you choose to accept or pass on. Join us as we explore what it means to recreate your narrative. After the conversation, we will be physically…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | The Anthropologist and the Settler: Updates From the Field in Israel/Palestine, Joyce Dalsheim

September 28, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad Who are Israeli settlers? What is the Israeli settlement project? Is settlement synonomous with occupation? Having recently returned from fieldwork in Israel/Palestine, anthropologist Joyce Dalsheim will share insights from the field. She will discuss the case of religiously motivated Jewish settlers, the question of what constitutes Israeli Occupation, and Israeli opposition to ongoing settlement in post-1967 Israeli occupied territories. Her talk will raise questions about how perceived social, religious, and political divisions among…

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Public Talk: Before Kaepernick: Dissent, Human Rights, and the Black Muslim Athlete – A talk with Zareena Grewal

September 28, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Zareena Grewal is a historical anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker at Yale University whose research focuses on race, gender, religion, nationalism, and transnationalism across a wide spectrum of American Muslim communities. Her first book, Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (NYU 2013), is an ethnography of transnational Muslim networks that link US mosques to Islamic movements in the post-colonial Middle East through debates about the reform of Islam. Her first film, By the Dawn’s Early Light:…

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Reception and Talk: Lebanese Artist Joumana Medlej

September 28, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

As part of its Artist-in- Residence program, the Khayrallah Center is hosting Ms. Joumana Medlej. Please join us for the opening of an exhibition of her work and a talk titled Art in Times of Crisis. Parking available in parking deck opposite the Crafts Center. RSVP Required. For more information, please contact 919.515.5058 or at kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. Sponsored by: Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies & Arts NC State. Crafts Center, 210 Jensen Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606 NC State University

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How Did Humans Come to be on Planet Earth and Where to Next – Dr. Firouz Naderi

September 28, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke proudly presents a public speech by Dr. Firouz Naderi that "traces humans' cosmic roots to present and discusses where we, or our robotic emissaries, will be headed next and the exponential technology that will disrupt our future, for better and worse". Dr. Naderi was a member of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1979 until 2016 and served as NASA's Program Manager for Mars exploration between 2000-2012. For more information, visit here. Sponsored by…

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Film Screening: Ahlaam (Dreams, 2006)

September 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States

Film Screening: Ahlaam (Dreams, 2006) Country: Iraq 2005 | 110 min. Baghdad 2003, two days before the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Three people are trying to survive amidst the bombed-out ruins and have found temporary refuge in a psychiatric hospital. Through their memories we discover something about their past. The student Ahlaam was just about to get married when she was stunned by the arrest of her fiancé, a soldier. Medhi is an idealist, a natural outcome of his…

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Symposium: The Corpse Exhibition : Iraqi Literature after 2003

September 29, 2017 | 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The American occupation of Iraq produced a boom in dystopian novels and short stories. Trauma from two preceding wars, sanctions, and draconian censorship by the Ba’athist regime flood these works. This symposium brings together writers and scholars to discuss the role of cultural production in reflecting upon the symposium in Iraq after the 2003 US invasion. Please join us (September 28-9, 2017) for a unique opportunity to take part in The Corpse Exhibition: Iraqi Literature after 2003. A film screening…

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In Memoriam: Remembering the Life of Dr. Ali Paydarfar

September 30, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This event is a memorial for Dr. Ali Paydarfar, a sociologist who was for many years associated with social science research at UNC, and who is also well known for his pioneering demographic research in Iran. It will be an opportunity for family and friends to share memories of a much admired personality. Parking is available in underground lot accessible by Pharmacy Lane (the alley branching off from McCauley Street). For a map, see https://maps.unc.edu/ and search for "global.”   This event…

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October 2017

Paper Presentation: “Performing Hostility: the Wagah Border Soundscape”

October 1, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Paper Presentation: “Performing Hostility: the Wagah Border Soundscape" Friday, September 29 | 4:30-6:00 pm Person Hall UNC Chapel Hill John Caldwell will be presenting a paper on "Performing Hostility: the Wagah Border Soundscape" Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:00 pm on the UNC Campus as part of the Annual Conference of the South Central Graduate Music Consortium (UNC, Duke, and UVA). For more information, please visit here. Friday, September 29, Panel 1: 4:30-6:00 PM: A Century of Ethnography Victoria Clark, University of Virginia “So…

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Networked Revolutions: Understanding Protest Mobilization in Middle East and North African Regimes

October 2, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Lecture: Ashley Anderson, Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC-Chapel Hill, "Networked Revolutions: Understanding Protest Mobilization in Middle East and North African Regimes." Ashley Anderson, Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC-Chapel Hill presented a session on "Networked Revolutions: Understanding Protest Mobilization in Middle East and North African Regimes." Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill. 271 Hamilton Hall UNC-Chapel Hill

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Still Life: Experiences of a Palestinian Exile, Diana Allan

October 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The importance of place and memory in preserving a people’s history are crucial to Diana Allan’s illuminating documentary. Still Life examines the role that a series of personal photos that survived the 1948 displacement play in the life of Said Ismael Otruk, an elderly Palestinian from Acre now living in exile in Lebanon.  These images play a central role as Said recalls his childhood and the halcyon days of his youth. His memories are not always accurate, so he relies…

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Cyber Sufism: Lessons from the Landscape of American Digital Islam with Dr. Rob Rozehal

October 4, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Within the hybrid, multicultural landscape of American religious life, Cyberspace offers tech-savvy Muslims an alternative platform for narratives and networking, piety and performance. Since the adoption of the printing press, Sufis have demonstrated a remarkable ability to adopt and adapt to emerging media technologies. Even so, the expanding use of the Internet by global Sufi communities remains largely unexplored by academic scholarship. What is 'new' about new media, and what is the future of digital religion? Drawing on new research,…

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Photography Exhibition Opening Reception: Garmsir Marines

October 4, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Arts Everywhere and Click! Photography Festival for lunch and Q&A with photographer Louie Palu. The Garmsir Marines Photography Exhibition is an outdoor exhibition of large format portraits of U.S. Marines taken on the front line in Afghanistan. The exhibition will be on display in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Battle Park October 1-15. For more information, please visit here. Presented by Arts Everywhere and Click! Photography Festival. UNC Partners: Department of Military Science, North Carolina Botanical Garden, School of Media & Journalism, Student Affairs, UNC…

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Lecture: Hanuman’s Tunnel: Space, Geography and the Unseen in the Indian Ocean before European Colonialism, Prof. Scott Reese (Northern Arizona University)

October 4, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Scott Reese (PhD in African and Islamic History, University of Pennsylvania, 1996; MA in African Studies, Ohio University, 1990) is a historian of Islam in Africa and the western Indian Ocean. Reese focuses specifically on comparative history aimed at breaking down many of the regional and geographic categories currently in use across the academy. His main research interests are comparative Sufism, modern Muslim discourses of reform, and the construction of world systems both in fact and imagination since 1500. He currently…

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Turkey Today | Lecture: Subduing the Saints: State Control over Sufi Lodges in Late Ottoman and Modern Turkey

October 4, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

A lecture by Prof. Brett Wilson (CEU). Increasing state control over religious institutions has played a pivotal role in modernization projects in Turkey dating back to the early nineteenth century. In 1925, the Turkish state abolished Sufi orders (mystical brotherhoods) and shuttered their lodges in what was, for the 1920s, among the most radical interventions by a state in the everyday practice of Islam. This act marked the culmination of a century religious reforms in the late Ottoman Empire and…

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Film Screening and Discussion: The Syrian Conflict and its Everyday Heroes

October 4, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

You read Rasha’s story of emigrating from Syria in How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? and often hear about Syria in the news today. Join the Carolina Summer Reading Program and Student Life & Leadership to learn more about the current Syrian war and the civilians who risk their lives to help others. Professor Navid Bapat from Political Science will provide groundwork for a viewing of the Netflix Original Documentary The White Helmets. For more information, please visit here. Carolina Union Auditorium…

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Annual Meeting of the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network

October 5, 2017 - October 7, 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network is an interdisciplinary conference involving an international group of scholars dedicated to the study of the Nag Hammadi Codices as well as significant related Coptic and early Christian and late ancient literature. Each year the NHGN meets on a different university campus (Yale 2011; Princeton 2012; Laval 2014; Harvard, 2015; Austin, 2016) to connect doctoral students with junior and senior scholars working on this material. The conference is organized around the presentation…

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Film Screening: My name is Khan

October 5, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bingham Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join us for the next film in the Fall South Asia Film Series. “My Name is Khan” tells the story of Rizwan Khan (played by Shah Rukh Khan) whose family struggles with Islamophobia and racism in America. In Hindi-Urdu with English subtitles - free admission. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, the Carolina Union, and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. For more information, please contact Afroz Taj, taj@unc.edu. 103 Bingham Hall UNC Chapel…

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Translating Islam: A Conference in Honor of Carl Ernst

October 6, 2017 - October 7, 2017
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

See the schedule here Carl Ernst has devoted his academic life to translating Islam, linguistically and culturally. From his first book, Words of Ecstasy in Sufism (1985), to his most recent book, co-edited with Fabrizio Speziale, Perso-Indica: An Analytical Survey of Persian Works on Indian Learned Traditions (2017), he has focused on how Islamic concepts have traveled across time and space. This conference, organized around themes in Islamic studies that Ernst’s work has addressed, evokes and expands on the major contributions of this fertile, creative…

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Concert: An Evening of Persian Music, Rohab Ensemble with vocalist Sepideh Raissadat

October 6, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

As part of the event, “Translating Islam: A Conference in Honor of Carl Ernst,” join us for an evening of Persian Classical Music. The Rohab Ensemble brings three acclaimed maestros from the celebrated Dastan Ensemble – Hossein Behroozinia (barbat – lute), Saeed Farajpoori (kamancheh – spike fiddle), and Behnam Samani (tombak – goblet drum), together with Hamid Behrouzinia (tar – lute). The Rohab Ensemble is accompanied by the entrancing, lilting voice of Sepideh Raissadat. Together, they offer a repertoire of…

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Tribute to Forough Farrokhzad with Dr. Farzaneh Milani

October 8, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The celebration will include a speech by Professor Farzaneh Milani of the University of Virginia followed by a Persian classical music by Syavoosh Pourfazli (tar) and Shahram Mazhari (santoor, tonbak and vocal). Farzaneh Milani completed her graduate studies in Comparative Literature in 1979 at the University of California in Los Angeles. Her dissertation, “Forugh Farrokhzad: A Feminist Perspective” was a critical study of the poetry of a pioneering Iranian poet. A past president of the Association of Middle Eastern Women…

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Film Screening: Dalya’s Other Country

October 9, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center invites you to attend the premiere screening in North Carolina of Dalya's Other Country, and to a conversation with the co-producer Moustafa Zeno. In 2012 Dalya and her mother Rudayna fled Aleppo for Los Angeles as war took over. Months before, Rudayna learns a secret that destroys her marriage, leaving her single at midlife. Arriving in LA, Dalya enrolls as the only Muslim at Holy Family Catholic High School. Can mother and daughter remake themselves while holding on to their…

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Policing Muslim Identity During the Time of Trump – A talk with Khaled Beydoun

October 11, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, along with the Duke Islamic Studies Center, host its second event Oct. 11 as part of the “American Muslims, Civil and Human Rights” series, which examines the current human rights crisis for Muslims in the U.S. Khaled Beydoun, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, will present the talk, “Policing Muslim Identity During the Time of Trump” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in…

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Presentation: Raising Moderate Voices: A Conversation with Obada Shtaya

October 11, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join OneVoice at UNC as we hear from Obada Shtaya, a Palestinian working for the OneVoice Movement in Washington, D.C. He will provide a brief introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, share his personal experiences as an activist, and discuss what OneVoice is doing to promote grassroots efforts in the region. Sponsored by OneVoice at UNC. For more information, please visit here. Student Union Room 3411 UNC Chapel Hill

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Lunch Discussion with Ambassador Cofer Black

October 12, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Ambassador Cofer Black is an internationally recognized authority on counterterrorism, cyber security, national security, and foreign affairs, with private sector experience and expertise in international business development and strategy, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. In a government career spanning thirty years and serving at the highest levels of the CIA and the State Department, Ambassador Black conceived and executed highly effective programs of international significance. Ambassador Black received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA’s highest award for achievement. This…

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Webinar: The Art of Revolution: Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria

October 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Mark your calendars; we are thrilled to partner with the National Humanities Center to offer this webinar for educators on Thursday, October 12, 2017,  7:00–8:30 pm EDT, featuring Professor Ellen McLarney, Duke University. This seminar explores the historical contexts leading to the eruption of the uprisings known as the Arab Spring in early 2011. After a brief introduction to politics in Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria, we turn to the flowering of music, art, graffiti, poetry, film, and digital media that…

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: Refugee Protection Today: Conflict and Potential COURSE #3504

October 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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The protection of refugees today stands at a precarious place. The number of refugees worldwide is at a high point while the commitment to protect them continues to drop. Liberal democracies face challenges between their stated commitment to helping refugees as part of a larger human rights agenda and their increasingly restrictive rhetoric and action. This tension raises many difficult political and ethical questions but also offers the opportunity to rethink what refugee protection can and should look like. Niklaus…

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Cultural Event: “Celebrating Resistance Bonfire”

October 14, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The "Celebrating Resistance Bonfire” by Muslim Women For will feature various performances embracing culture and history, such as hip hop performances, step teams, Palestinian Dapka, spoken word, etc. There will also be prominent members from our community who will speak and ground our space, which will be shared with various community organizations and nonprofits. This will also be a kid-friendly event with social justice story time for children of all ages. Ticket Information: Tickets are $5 and can be either purchased…

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Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. Trita Parsi: “Why Diplomacy Succeeded with Iran”

October 17, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Iran Nuclear deal prevented both a war with Iran and an Iranian nuclear weapons option. The road to this historic achievement was long and arduous. Today, the current administration has threatened to kill the deal, bringing the US and Iran once again to the brink of war. Trita Parsi, who advised the Obama administration on the talks, tells the story of how diplomacy succeeded in his new book - as well as what is at stake if the administration…

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Lecture: Frederick Fleitz, “The Growing National Threat from Iran”

October 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Fred Fleitz is Senior Vice President of the Center for Security Policy, a non-profit Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan national security think tank, where he focuses on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, nonproliferation, the Middle East, terrorism, and intelligence reform. Fleitz served in U.S. national security positions for 25 years with CIA, DIA, the Department of State and the House Intelligence Committee staff.  During the administration of President George W. Bush, Fleitz was chief of staff to John Bolton, then…

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Panel Discussion: The US, Iran & the Nuclear Issue: Sanctions versus Diplomacy

October 18, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join Trita Parsi, Omid Safi, and Bruce Jentleson as they discuss the US, Iran & the nuclear issue: sanctions versus diplomacy. Free and open to the public. Trita Parsi's newest book "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy" will be available for purchase and signing. Trita Parsi - https://www.tritaparsi.com/about Omid Safi - https://islamicstudies.duke.edu/message-director Bruce Jentleson - https://sanford.duke.edu/people/faculty/jentleson-bruce-w Sponsored by: UNC Persian Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Duke-UNC…

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Lecture: An Italian Jesuit in Canton and the War on the Chinese: ‘Orientalism,’ Conquest, and the Eastern Indian Ocean in the 16th Century

October 18, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Why Did Matteo Ricci of the Society of Jesus lie about the Muslims of China? This talk presents and discusses a passage in one of Matteo Ricci's earliest reports on China in which he describes the Muslims of the city of Canton. I will analyze the passage against the broader context of the Portuguese and Ming China in the late 16th century explaining how Ricci addresses keys issues such the "problem" of Islam and Muslims in the Indian Ocean and…

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Lecture: An Arab Jew in Rome: “Zionism” and “Islamophobia” in the 16th century and Now – Zvi Ben-Dor Benite (NYU)

October 19, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This talk revisits the story of David Ha-Reuveni, an impostor that showed in early 16th century Rome with grandiose plans to defeat Islam, and the Ottoman Empire for the small fee of a large navy and Palestine for the Jews. Against a line of interpretation that situated David within the contours of Jewish history and Jewish mysticism, this talk situates the story within the broader context of a global 16th Century "Theater of Operation" that brings together Europe, the…

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: Refugees: Pathways, Experiences, and Resettlement COURSE #3505

October 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Co-presenters Scott Phillips and Josh Hinson Scott’s presentation: Refugees welcomed to the United States come from all over the world, represent a variety of religions, and are invariably hard-working individuals. This session will explore and examine the realities facing refugees resettling in the US, in particular North Carolina; as well as provide updates on current political contexts, such as the travel ban. The session will provide an overview of the refugee issue at the local level with an exploration…

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Film Screening: “Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory”

October 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Mohanad Yaqubi's "Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory" will be shown at 7 pm at the Richard White Auditorium (Duke East Campus). The Q&A will be led by Professor Nadia Yaqub of UNC-CH. The trailer is here: http://idiomsfilm.com/movies/off-frame/. This documentary film beautifully edits together rare footage from the Palestine Film Unit's films made from 1968 to 1982. For more information, please contact Nancy Kalow, nancy.kalow@duke.edu. Richard White Auditorium (Duke East Campus) Duke University

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The 32nd Annual International Festival of Raleigh

October 20, 2017 - October 27, 2017
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The International Festival of Raleigh provides a comprehensive platform for local ethnic communities and multicultural artists to present international art in downtown Raleigh. Our yearly, three-day event serves over 25,000 attendees annually and is a key component of the City’s arts tradition. The Festival’s artists are both professional and amateur, and represent Raleigh’s diverse population. More than 71 ethnic groups participate to present a variety of high-quality arts through dance and musical performances, ethnic cuisines, dance, and global cooking workshops,…

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Conference: Against the Use of Drones in Warfare

October 20, 2017 - October 21, 2017
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Pre-Conference Event – October 15, 12:30pm at Trinity United Methodist Church The Wounds of Waziristan, film and discussion with film maker Madiha Tahir Viewing of documentary Wounds of Waziristan, and discussion with documentarian Madiha Tahir. The film highlights the stories of those directly impacted by drone attacks in Pakistan since drone attacks began there in 2004 and in their own words. Sponsored by the Board of Church and Society, the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Duke Human Rights Center…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | International Law and Fifty Years of Occupation, Lisa Hajjar

October 20, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad The Israeli government’s approach to controlling the West Bank and Gaza and changes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the past fifty years involve evolving official reinterpretations of international humanitarian law (IHL) as well as human rights laws. These einterpretations, while intellectually sophisticated, deviate significantly from international consensus about the status of the occupied territories and the rights and duties of an occupying state. The reinterpretive project has been undertaken in order…

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Talk: Pilgrimage to Peace program

October 22, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

Join Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (www.cmep.org)  and Daoud Nassar from Tent of Nations Farm near Bethlehem as they discuss peace and reconciliation efforts in Israel-Palestine. Free open to the public. Sponsored by: Coalition for Peace with Justice. For more information, please contact information@cpwj.org. St. Francis UMC 2965 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary NC  27518

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Public Talk | Amir Soltani: “Religious Freedom and Hypocrisy in Iran: An Activist’s Guide to Changing the World”

October 24, 2017 | 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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What is religious persecution? What forms does a modern inquisition take? Who enforces it and how? What is the role of language? What does it mean to be changed as a heretic, to spread corruption on earth, or to wage war against God? How do you resist? These are some of the questions Amir Soltani will consider through prism of the struggle for religious freedom in Iran. Amir Soltani is an Iranian-American writer, journalist and human rights activist who has…

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A TISS Dinner-Seminar: “Google, ISIS, and anti-Muslim Sentiment” featuring Christopher Bail, Duke University

October 25, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Chris Bail is the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Duke. His research examines how non-profit organizations and other political actors shape public discourse by analyzing large groups of texts from newspapers, television, public opinion surveys, and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. His research has been published by Princeton University Press, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Sociological Review, and other leading publications. In 2017, he was one…

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K-12 World View Symposium: Human Rights and Social Justice

October 26, 2017 | 8:00 am - October 27, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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This global education symposium for K-12 educators will feature short plenary talks and sessions on human rights issues to increase awareness of human rights and social justice issues, and to provide pedagogical strategies and resources for integrating human rights and social justice issues into teaching. Click here for more information and to register. Omid Safi will give a keynote presentation, “Need for Social Justice and Finding Peace.” Omid Safi is a professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies at Duke University,…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Posting While Palestinian: Shifting Bounds for Expression in the West Bank and Israel, Amahl Bishara

October 26, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad The Internet and social media once seemed to hold the promise of liberation and free expression for all those who accessed it. For Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank, the Internet is a critical field of expression and organizing, especially because Palestinians are geographically fragmented, largely due to Israeli policies. However, the Internet is by no means free of dangers. This talk looks at what recent campaigns against Palestinian expression…

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Book Talk by Larry Wolff (NYU): “The Singing Turk – Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon”

October 26, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This talk takes place in the Music Library Seminar Room, Biddle Music Building, East Campus. Prof. Wolff discusses his new book "The Singing Turk" (Stanford UP, 2016) about the image of the Turks in 18th century operas. Larry Wolff is Professor of History and Director of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. He is the author of "Paolina's Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova's Venice," "The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political…

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: Film Screening, Salam Neighbor COURSE #3506

October 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Join us for a film screening of Salam Neighbor, a 2016 award-winning feature documentary that shares stories of the heartbreak and hope of refugee life, as told through the experiences of two American filmmakers. Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple were the first allowed by the United Nations to set up a tent and live among 85,000 Syrians in Jordan’s refugee camp. The session will include a discussion led by Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr.…

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Film Screening: “Broken: A Work in Progress”

October 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Mohammed Alatar's documentary about the Wall, "Broken: A Work in Progress," will be at the Richard White Auditorium, also at 7 pm. The Q&A will be led by Professor Amahl Bishara of Tufts University. When the International Court of Justice elevated the Israeli-Palestine conflict to a new level of visibility in 2004, many saw it as turning point in the history both of Palestine and of International Law. But will history turn? BROKEN is a filmmaker's journey across three continents,…

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Banquet Presentation | MSA Live: Ibithaj Muhammad

October 27, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join the UNC Muslim Students Association for the second annual MSA Live Banquet. With us for the night is the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics and the first female Muslim American athlete to win a medal, Ibtihaj Muhammad. Also joining us for the event is award-winning journalist Sean Maroney, who served as the Voice of America's correspondent in Pakistan and Afghanistan before returning to Raleigh to serve as a…

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Festival of New Student Films from Palestine

October 28, 2017 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for a Festival of New Student Films from Palestine, presented by AMES 204FS. This screening of 18 films will be in two blocks, at 11 am and 1 pm. Lunch will be served in between the screening blocks. The event is at the Center for Documentary Studies auditorium, 1317 W. Pettigrew St, Durham. For more information, please contact Nancy Kalow, nancy.kalow@duke.edu. Center for Documentary Studies Auditorium Duke University

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

October 28, 2017 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Saturday, October 28 | 2:30pm Please join us Saturday, October 28, 2017 for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Iftikhar Arif (b. 1943), an Urdu poet, scholar and littérateur from Pakistan. Please plan to arrive promptly at 2:30 PM as a courtesy to the other participants who arrive on time. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the…

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November 2017

Exhibit: Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from Late Ottoman and Republican Turkey

November 1, 2017 | 8:00 am - March 12, 2018 | 5:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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“Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from Late Ottoman and Republican Turkey” details the extensive collections held by Duke University Library. The Library’s Turkish satirical journals and cartoons span from the late 19th century to the present. The exhibition highlights three themes: Historical change, Political Satire, and Gender. Each of these themes is detailed by the different cartoonists and satirists interpretations of events current to their time. Each epoch or simply decade provides an array of differing opinions, voices, dissent and contestation. Exploring…

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Film Screening: HUMAN FLOW: WHEN THERE IS NOWHERE TO GO, NOWHERE IS HOME.

November 1, 2017 | 4:00 pm - November 2, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Carolina Theater of Durham, 309 West Morgan St
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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  Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II.  Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.    Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23…

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Film Screening: Docunight #43 [Durham]: Boys With Broken Ears

November 1, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Directed by: Nima Shayeghi 2013 / 78 mins Persian with English Subtitles BOYS WITH BROKEN EARS is an intimate look at the hopes and struggles of a handful of young Iranian wrestlers as they prepare for the biggest event of their lives; the world championship in Europe. It’s a social tale set against the qualms of committing one’s life to a dream at a young age. With unprecedented access to the national youth team, the film follows five characters…

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Turkey Today | Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Annual Conference: Yasak/Banned: Print Media and Cultural Spaces from Abdülhamit to Erdoğan

November 2, 2017 | 9:00 am - November 3, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States

  The Yasak/Banned Duke-UNC Middle East Studies Consortium Conference examines socio-political transformation and cultural representation in late Ottoman and Republican Turkey with an interdisciplinary focus on print media and cultural spaces. The conference begins Thursday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 PM with a Vernissage of the related Duke libraries exhibit: Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from late Ottoman and Republican Turkey (The Mary Duke Biddle Room). At 6:30 PM, Professor Edhem Eldem (Boğaziçi University, History) will present a Keynote entitled, Sultan Abdülhamid II: Founding Father of the Turkish State? in the Bostock Library…

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Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Conference Keynote Speaker: Edhem Eldem

November 2, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Sultan Abdülhamid II: Founding Father of the Turkish State? Edhem Eldem teaches at the Department of History of Boğaziçi University and holds the international chair of Turkish and Ottoman History at the Collège de France. He has taught as visiting professor at Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, at the EHESS, EPHE, ENS, and has been a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Among his fields of interest are the Levant trade, Ottoman funerary epigraphy, the development of Istanbul, the Imperial Ottoman Bank,…

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: In Our Backyard: The Realities of Post-Resettlement Life and Community-Based Approaches to Rebuilding Home COURSE #3507

November 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Real-life stories – beyond the facts/figures, de-bugging some of the myths. What are the realities of daily life as a refugee? What are the barriers to refugee support efforts, how do we make them sustainable, what are the benefits and challenges of academic/community partnerships, and what solutions can we provide within the local community, to integrate refugees and respond to the need? Join us as we engage with refugee community leaders, share their stories, celebrate successes, and learn ways the…

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Presentation: Beyond Borders: Environmental Cooperation in Israel

November 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a presentation by The Arava Institute, a leading environmental and academic institution in the Middle East that tries to advance cross-border environmental cooperation in the face of political conflict. Their program brings students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan and around the world to collaborate on environmental studies. Two speakers (Israeli and Jordanian program alums) will present their stories, speak about their interest in the institute work, and how joint environmental projects can help solving conflicts in the Middle East. The event is co-sponsored…

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Rights!Camera!Action! Film Screening: Fire at Sea

November 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Gianfranco Rosi is an Italian documentarian whose previous work has taken him to the Ganges River, the California desert and inside the Mexican drug trade. Fire at Sea is the fruit of an extended sojourn on Lampedusa, an island that, while part of Italy, is closer to Tunisia than to Sicily. Recently, it has become the landing spot for boatloads of refugees and other migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This is a hard, empathetic look at reality, which contains…

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The Balfour Declaration Forum

November 4, 2017 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Learn the story of this fateful historical decision made in 1917, the consequences we have witnessed, and  future implications. Speakers: Cemil Aydin, PhD, Professor of Modern Middle East History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss factors that led up to the Balfour Declaration. Sarah Shields, PhD, Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss consequences of the Balfour Declaration for Israeli colonization and the Occupation. Mubarak Awad, PhD,…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: Dr. Erami

November 5, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Dr. Erami. The program will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Dr. Erami. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings by the audience. Parking is available in any space that is not marked Reserved and is not numbered. Organized by: Persian Art Center in Carolina. For more information, please call 919-259-0959. 400…

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Public Lecture | David Schanzer, “Counterterrorism in the Age of Trump”

November 7, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join David Schanzer, Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, on November 7th at 4:30 pm at Flyleaf Books for a lecture on Counterterrorism in the Age of Trump. Presidential administrations may change, but many of the national security concerns facing the United States and its allies remain. Chief among these is the threat of terrorist attacks from ISIS and their affiliates and other groups intent on disrupting the global order. The lecture will analyze continuities and challenges…

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Public Talk: The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack

November 7, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Gardner Hall, Gardner, Room 105, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join UNC Students for Justice in Palestine in welcoming attorney Rahul Saksena from Palestine Legal, an independent organization dedicated to protecting the rights of those who speak out for Palestinian freedom. Mr. Saksena will discuss the legal challenges as they pertain to recent bills proposed and passed by a number of states (including North Carolina) and the federal government forbidding state-contracted companies from boycotting Israel. Organized by UNC-CH Students for Justice in Palestine. For more information, please contact zkhatib@live.unc.edu. Gardner Hall, 105 UNC Chapel Hill

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Law, Dynasty, and Islam in Arab Monarchies, 1860s-1930s” (Dr. Adam Mestyan)

November 8, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This talk focuses on the legal codification of dynasties in Arab monarchies between the 1860s and 1930s. In a sweeping survey, it compares how the succession order and the members of the ruling family were defined in laws, decrees, and constitutions in the new national kingdoms of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia with comparisons to older monarchies, equally impacted by European imperialism, such as Morocco and Oman. The argument I would advance is that constitutionalism prompted dynastic codification which…

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Public Talk by Professor Céline Regnard: Marseille and Arab Immigration (1890-1910)

November 8, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Join the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies for a talk by Professor Céline Regnard, Aix-Marseille Université on “Marseille and Arab Immigration (1890-1910). Please visit http://lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/ for more information. Room 331, Withers Hall North Carolina State University

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Human Rights on Camera in the Palestinian West Bank, Helen Yanovsky

November 9, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad In 2007, the Israeli NGO B’Tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) launched its camera project, distributing video cameras and providing camera training to Palestinians living in areas of the West Bank, where tensions run high and clashes are commonplace. Israeli filmmaker Helen Yanovosky, a core member of the B'Tselem video project, will discuss the history of the project and the importance of cameras and filmmaking…

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Rights!Camera!Action! Film Screening: The Boy from H2

November 9, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Boy from H2 follows 12-year-old Muhammad Burqan, who lives in Area H2 of Hebron, a section of the city under full Israeli control. Israel imposes severe restrictions on the movement - by pedestrians and by car - of some 43,000 Palestinians living there. In Area H2, soldiers routinely detain children on suspicion of stone-throwing. Muhammad, who has nine siblings, is one of those children. His life revolves around his crowded home and the street, where he must deal with the…

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International Conference: TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM TODAY: How do the Transatlantic Allies deal with Terrorism?

November 9, 2017 | 4:30 pm - November 10, 2017 | 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Transnational terrorism has become one of the major global threats of the 21st century. The countries of North America and the member states of the European Union feel particularly vulnerable and exposed. Attempts to agree on a sober transatlantic policy to deal with transnational terrorism have been made for quite a few years. So far, however, the transatlantic allies have not been able to develop a united and comprehensive strategy toward transnational terrorism. Confronting Al-Qaida was difficult enough. The…

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Cultural Event: “1001 Nights”

November 9, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This annual event will give UNC students the opportunity to immerse themselves within Middle Eastern culture, music, poetry, and food. The event will feature an array of student dance and musical performances as well as cultural booths with cultural tokens, light food, and refreshments. The PCS cultural booth will have Persian cultural items and a Persian calligrapher to demonstrate Persian calligraphy to attendees. The event is a joint effort between the Persian Cultural Society, the Arab Student Organization, Hillel, the…

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Film Screening: Letters from Baghdad

November 9, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

(Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum, 2016, 95 mins, UK/USA/France, in English & Arabic w/ English subtitles, Color, Digital)  Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original—Gertrude Bell—sometimes called the “female” Lawrence of Arabia. Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, the documentary tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer and political powerhouse. Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence to help draw the borders of Iraq after WWI. Using never-seen-before…

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Lecture: Sebastian Gorka on US-Israel relations and Middle Eastern affairs

November 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Genome Science Building, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Sebastian Gorka, former Deputy Assistant to President Trump, will be speaking at UNC on Monday, November 13th. Join us for a riveting conversation on US-Israel relations and Middle Eastern affairs under the Trump administration.   The event will take place in Genome 100. Doors open at 5:15 PM and the event begins at 6:00 PM. Students and faculty must present a valid UNC ID at the door. No backpacks or signs will be permitted.   Sponsored by: Christians United for…

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Industry Night: International Careers

November 14, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Connect with professionals that have experience working internationally. Learn about international career opportunities. Gain information to help with your career decision-making journey. RSVP in Handshake.  Business Casual Attire. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by University Career Services. For more information, please visit here. Atrium, Fed Ex Global Education Center UNC Chapel Hill

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Documentary Screening: Open Bethlehem

November 14, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join One Voice at UNC as we screen Open Bethlehem, a documentary by Leila Sansour. In the words of the filmmakers: "Open Bethlehem is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation. While telling a personal story, the film charts the creation of a campaign to compel international action to bring peace to…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Jerusalem Fifty Years On: United or Occupied?, Daniel Seidemann

November 16, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Thursday, November 16 | 11:45 am - 1:15 pm            Fifty years since 1967, and the dissonance between official Israel and much of the rest of the world is stark. With the former celebrating the jubilee of "a united Jerusalem," other stakeholders are commemorating fifty years of the occupation of East Jerusalem. What is the state of play in Jerusalem? Is it undivided, occupied - or perhaps both? What is the current trajectory of the conflict in the city, and how…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Jerusalem Fifty Years On: United or Occupied?, Daniel Seidemann

November 16, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Fifty years since 1967, and the dissonance between official Israel and much of the rest of the world is stark. With the former celebrating the jubilee of “a united Jerusalem,” other stakeholders are commemorating fifty years of the occupation of East Jerusalem. What is the state of play in Jerusalem? Is it undivided, occupied – or perhaps both? What is the current trajectory of the conflict in the city, and how does it interface with the broader geopolitical dynamics between…

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Urdu Majlis: The Life and Works of Akhlaq Mohammad Khan ‘Shahryar’ (1936-2012)

November 18, 2017 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us on Saturday November 18, 2017 for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Akhlaq Mohammad Khan 'Shahryar' (1936-2012) the famous poet who penned the ghazals in the 1981 film "Umrao Jaan". Khan was  an Indian academician, and a leader of Urdu poetry in India. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept.…

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Urban Topography and Political Economy in the Middle East: A Digital Humanities Workshop Comparing Istanbul and Cairo

November 20, 2017 | 5:00 pm - November 21, 2017 | 3:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This innovative workshop organized by the Archives of Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean program at the History Department, Duke University, brings together leading historians and scholars of the modern Middle East with experts in visualization technology. The main focus is visualizing urban development of Istanbul and Cairo in a comparative angle. The workshop consists of four parts: 1) An introductory keynote address 2) a panel on topographical data, 3) a panel on visualization technologies, and 4) a concluding discussion comparing…

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December 2017

Conference: Documentary and Palestine

December 1, 2017 | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Join AMES 204FS for a conference at the Center for Documentary Studies! 10:00 - 11:30 am: AMES 204FS Student Documentary Projects with Discussant Soraya Albuelhiga, University of California, San Diego. 11:30 - 12:30: Lunch 12:30 pm - 2:30: Presentations by Soraya Abuelhiga, University of California, San Diego; Razan AlSalah, Temple University; and Nadia Yaqub, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Presented by AMES 204FS with support from the David L. Paletz Course Innovation Fund, the Center for Documentary Studies,…

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Lecture: Sound, Architecture, and Islamic Reform: The Attenuation of Ritual Resonance in the Built Environment of Cairene Saint Veneration, Dr. Michael Frishkopf

December 1, 2017 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Dr. Michael Frishkopf's latest edited volume brings together the perspectives of ethnomusicology, Islamic studies, art history, and architecture to investigate how sound production in built environments is central to Muslim religious and cultural expression. Join us for a discussion about this exciting new book as well as Dr. Frishkopf's own work on participatory music culture. Sponsored by: Carolina Asia Center, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, UNC…

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K-12 Workshop: Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to Contemporary History and Politics

December 2, 2017 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

The Ottoman Empire was a vast and diverse entity that spanned centuries and across Anatolia, the Middle East, North Africa, and southern Europe. In this day-long workshop, teachers will explore the historical, political, and cultural aspects of the Ottoman Empire as well as its legacies and Turkey today (recommended for secondary educators). Teachers will learn about Ottoman history, architecture, art, and cuisine , engage with scholars from Duke Univeristy and UNC Chapel Hill, visit an exhibit of political cartoons from late Ottoman…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: A new look at Shahnameh

December 2, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Loghman Zaiim. The program will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Loghman Zaiim. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings by the audience. Parking is available in any space that is not marked Reserved and is not numbered. Organized by: Persian Art Center in Carolina. For more information, please call 919-259-0959. Sunday,…

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Concert: Echoes of the Silk Road

December 2, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  $10 regular $5 students & children under 18   A night of live Turkish and Iranian music presented by the American Turkish Association of North Carolina, the Iranian Cultural Society of NC, the Aziz & Gwen Sancar Foundation, and the NC State Turkish Student Association. Our lineup features local and international talent, including ney (Turkish reed flute) player Burcu Karadağ and qanun (Middle Eastern zither) player Serkan Mesut Halili, both joining us from Istanbul. Triangle-based artists Anatoly Larkin (piano)…

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Summer FLAS Fellowship Info Session

December 4, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The purpose of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship is to permit students to study one of the less- or least-commonly-taught languages of the Americas or of the Middle East on an intensive basis. Undergraduate students must place at the intermediate level or above of language study. The fellowship provides a stipend of $2,500 to cover living expenses, plus up to $5,000 to cover tuition and fees for one summer session. Graduate, Professional School, and Undergraduate students…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Enabler or Peacemaker? U.S. Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Lara Friedman

December 5, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad Irrespective of intentions, U.S. leadership has done more to enable the entrenchment and expansion of occupation than to end it. Looking to the future, can the United States act as an effective leader or steward of a political process that can end the occupation, regardless of the political outlook of the person occupying the Oval Office? And absent U.S. leadership, what options are available to change the status quo on the…

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Public Student Film Showings: Inspired by Iranian Cinema

December 5, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

As part of the EE course requirement and grade, Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi’s “ASIA 124: Iranian Post-1979 Cinema” students made 8-minute films related to the themes of the class with an original idea of theirs. Students received guidance from both Dr. Yaghoobi and the course GRC, Che Sokol. The campus and public community are invited on Nov. 30 and Dec. 5, 2017, at 12:30 pm to a public screening and Q&A of the student films. For more information, please contact Dr.…

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Film Screening: Docunight #44 [Durham]: Scorpio & Javad (2 films)

December 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Scorpio Directed by: Faride Saremi, Omid Hashemlu, 2010 / 43 mins,Persian with English Subtitles In 1971 three young musicians set out to perform the euphoric rock’n roll and Latin hits of their time on the stages of Tehran. Bahram Amin Salmasi (bass guitar), Baram Saidi (guitar) and Eini Keivanshokooh (drums), along with Eric Arconte (percussions) and Andranik Asatourian (piano) formed the band ‘Scorpio’. Through their covers, they soon became very popular amongst enthusiasts of popular western music. They covered almost…

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Research presentations by Mideast Center Carnegie Fellows

December 8, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join the Mideast Center for two talks by our visiting Carnegie Fellows, Mariam Alkazemi and Shimaa Hatab. The event will take place in the FedEx Global Education Center, room 4003. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact mideast@unc.edu. This event is part of the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, supported by the Carolina Seminars program. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and the Carnegie Fellowships in Support of…

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Literary Forum: Urdu Majlis

December 9, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Makhmoor Saeedi (1938-2010), an Urdu poet, writer, translator and journalist from Tonk, Rajasthan, India. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For more information, please call: Afroz Taj  919-851-1119…

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Benefit Event: Sounds of Palestine

December 9, 2017 | 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Please join us for an evening to celebrate and support an amazing organization Sounds of Palestine, a program using music education to improve the lives of disadvantaged Palestinian children, many of whom live in surrounding refugee camps. The event will kick off with a yoga class led by 200hr Certified Kunga Yoga Teacher Jackie Cook. Following class, doors will open for guests to enjoy light refreshments, drinks, enter a raffle, and settle in to experience local Palestinian musical performances. Guests…

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Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium

December 13, 2017
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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NC world language high school students will have the opportunity to showcase their language, research, and presentation skills in a scholarly environment. Participating students are encouraged to be at Level III or higher, including heritage speakers, in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. They will choose a topic relevant to four research tracks with regional focuses: Contemporary Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, or the Middle East and North Africa. Teams will write a research paper and present…

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January 2018

Lecture: “Muslim Spaces, Jewish Pasts: Genealogies of the Split Arab/Jew Figure” with Ella Shohat, NYU

January 1, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Community lecture with Ella Shohat of New York university. Details TBA. This event is organized by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. For more information, please visit here. UNC Friday Center for Continuing Education UNC Chapel Hill

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Literary Forum: Urdu Majlis

January 13, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Mehshar Badayuni (1922-1994), one of the leading Urdu poets of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For more information, please call: Afroz Taj  919-851-1119…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: A new look at Shahnameh (Part Two)

January 14, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Loghman Zaiim on Shahnameh, a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE. The program will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Loghman Zaiim. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings by the audience. Parking is available in any space that is not marked Reserved and is…

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Community Event: Community Conversations with Foreign-born Residents of Chapel Hill

January 20, 2018 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

This is an opportunity for members of the community to share their experiences and recommendations for local government and services with conversations in Arabic, Burmese, English, and Russian Languages. *Wheelchair accessible**All residents welcome**Childcare provided**We will not record the meeting or request identification/registration* Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities is a collaborative project of UNC-Chapel Hill, the Town of Chapel Hill, and foreign-born residents. We seek newcomer perspectives to improve leadership opportunities, communication, and services in Chapel Hill. For more information and to…

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Public Talk: “The Emergence of Terrorism: A New Paradigm” with Dr. Marc Sageman

January 22, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gross Hall, Located at the northeast corner of Science and Towerview
Durham, NC 27710 United States
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Dr. Marc Sageman will give a public talk based on his most recent book, "Turning to Political Violence: The Emergence of Terrorism" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). The book discusses various campaigns of political violence spanning two centuries and four continents. Dr. Marc Sageman is currently a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center for the Study of Terrorism. This lecture is part of the Bass Connections project Networks of Cooperation and Conflict in the Middle East within…

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Public Talk: “Arabs in America’s Fairs, 1876-1896” with Dr. Linda Jacobs

January 24, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Withers Hall, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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  The Khayrallah Center invites you to attend a talk and conversation with Dr. Linda Jacobs, titled: "Creating Illusions: Arabs in America's Fairs, 1876-189." This talk explores Arab participation in world exhibition and fairs (attended by nearly 50 million Americans) and the effects these experiences had on early Arab immigration and immigrants in nineteenth century America. Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. For more information, please contact kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. Withers Hall, Room 331 NC State University

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

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

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Book Talk by Didem Havlioğlu: “Mîhrî Hatun: Performance, Gender-bending and Subversion in Ottoman Intellectual History

January 26, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The early modern Ottoman poet Mihrî Hatun (1460–1515) succeeded in drawing an admiring audience and considerable renown during a time when few women were accepted into the male-dominated intellectual circles. Her poetry collection is among the earliest bodies of women’s writing in the Middle East and Islamicate literature, providing an exceptional vantage point on intellectual history. Havlioglu’s astute and nuanced portrait will give audience members a fascinating glimpse into the life of a woman poet in a highly gendered…

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Persian Lecture Series: Treatise of Three Principles of Mulla Sadra

January 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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 **Due to inclement weather on 1/19, this lecture has been rescheduled for 1/26.** Join us for a Persian Lecture Series focusing on the philosopher Mulla Sadra presented by Dr. Mohsen Kadivar. Dr. Kadivar is an Iranian philosopher and research professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. Free and open to the public. Lectures will be in Persian. Sponsored by UNC Persian Studies and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. Room 1005, FedEx Global…

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Talk with Amir Muhammad: “African Muslims in the Carolinas”

January 27, 2018 | 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

This event will take place as part of the broader “17th Annual African American Cultural Celebration” at the North Carolina Museum of History. Amir Muhammad, owner, Collections and Stories of American Muslims Inc. (CSAM), will give a talk as part of the CELEBRATE Education and Heritage program, 11:45am-4:00pm. Mr. Muhammad, author of eight books, has had several exhibitions hosted at various venues throughout the United States and abroad. He and his wife, Dr. Habeebah Muhammad, have dedicated themselves to documenting…

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Talk with Amir Muhammad: “Muslims’ Contributions in the Making of America”

January 28, 2018 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

Please join author, historian, and co-founder of America’s Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center as he discusses “Muslims’ contributions in the making of America”. Mr. Muhammad, author of eight books, has had several exhibitions hosted at various venues throughout the United States and abroad. He and his wife, Dr. Habeebah Muhammad, have dedicated themselves to documenting untold stories of Muslim life in America. Presented by the As Salaam Islamic Center and Cultural Enrichment Services. A $10.00 Donation is suggested. For…

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

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

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Public Talk: “Muslims Beyond the Arab World: Language, Arts and Music in Senegal” by Dr. Fallou Ngom

January 30, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a conversation with Dr. Fallou Ngom, Director of the African Studies Center at Boston College, about Islam in contemporary Senegal. We will explore the ways in which Islam is lived in the country and its connections to language, the arts, and social life. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Mbaye Lo, Interim Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center.  A light lunch will be served.  Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Forum…

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Talk with Julia Ebner, Author of “The Rage”

January 30, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far Right Extremism explores the interaction between the "new" far right and Islamist extremists and considers the consequences for the global terror threat. Based on first-hand interviews, this book introduces readers to the world of reciprocal radicalization and the hotbeds of extremism that have developed – with potentially disastrous consequences - in the UK, Europe and the U.S. The author will be available to sign copies of the book after her talk (books…

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Jennifer Bryson & Ismail Royer, “Insights into Extremism: Experiences of a former Guantanamo Bay interrogator & a convicted jihadist”

January 30, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Fourteen years ago, he was a convicted jihadist. Ismail Royer was part of the “Virginia Jihad Network” and was indicted on terrorism-related charges in January 2004 with other members of the group. Now he’s fighting radical Islam steps from the White House. Join Jennifer Bryson, director of operations at the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom, and Ismail Royer as they share their insights into current extremism issues. SAVE THE DATE - DETAILS PENDING! Sponsored by the Duke University Program…

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February 2018

EVENT POSTPONED: Public Talk: “Muslims in Public Discourse: Competing Narratives, Monsters, and Heroes” by Dr. Sophia Arjana

February 1, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Originally scheduled for Thursday, February 1, please note that this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled, date and time TBD.  For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. The Duke Islamic Studies Center, along with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will host its third event Feb. 1st as part of the “American Muslims, Civil and Human Rights” series,…

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Workshop: inTransit, Arts & Migration around Europe

February 1, 2018 | 5:00 pm - February 2, 2018 | 4:00 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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How does the history of migration around Europe change when we consider early modern Muslims? When we consider other dispossessed peoples across French and Flemish territories in premodern times? Migrants from the South to the North, and from the Mediterranean across the British Channel or immigrants from west and north Africa? What are the artistic expressions and engagements accounting for their uprooting experiences? How are we to interpret them when we listen to the past to understand the present, while…

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Public Talk: “The “Military-Civilian Divide:” On War, Citizenship, and Obligation” by Nadia Abu El-Haj

February 5, 2018 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Nadia Abu El-Haj is Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University and Co-Director of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia. Her publications include Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society, and The Genealogical Science. The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology. Her current work focuses on the field of psychiatry, exploring the complex ethical and political implications of shifting psychiatric and public understandings of the trauma of soldiers.  For more…

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Duke History Department Colloquium: “The City and the Wilderness: Indo-Persian Travel Writing and the Edge of the Mughal World” by Arash Khazeni, Pomona College

February 5, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This paper explores the travels of Mir ’Abd al-Latif Khan, an itinerant scholar and merchant from Iran, across the Indian Ocean from Basra in the Persian Gulf to Calcutta in the Bay of Bengal in 1788 during the waning of the Mughal Empire and the onset of East India Company rule in India. In his book of travels Tuhfat al-’Alam (Rarity of the World), written in Hyderabad in 1802, ’Abd al-Latif draws upon longstanding Mughal views of the wondrous nature…

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Public Talk: “Realistic & Principled: An Argument for American Support of Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East,” a conversation with Elliott Abrams

February 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join the American Grand Strategy for "Realistic & Principled: An Argument for American Support of Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East," a conversation with Elliott Abrams. Abrams is CFR Senior Fellow, Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor. A small group meeting is planned for 4:30pm and dinner at 7:15pm after the event. Here are links to sign up and for more information: Small Group: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6zExVlHU1uJmzuR Dinner: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_41vcjfJ5LzvS5il Sponsored by: Duke Program in American Grand Strategy,…

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Book Talk and Signing: Crusade and Jihad: The Thousand-Year War Between the Muslim World and the Global North

February 8, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Drawing on more than half a century of experience as a historian, policy planner, diplomat, peace negotiator, and businessman, Dr. Polk's new book, Crusade and Jihad, explains centuries of hostilities between the Muslim world and Global North and the impact on current conflicts. Book signing to follow. This event is sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies (CSEEES) Contact Sarah Neill: sarah.elaine.neill@duke.edu, 919-660-2421. Perkins Library 217 Duke University, West Campus

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15th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference: “Map, Territory, Boundary”

February 9, 2018 - February 10, 2018
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Geography and territoriality are not only the subjects of ongoing contestation, but also compelling paradigms to engage with broader interrelated questions pertaining to the modern makeup of the Middle East. This conference seeks to spark a discussion on the myriad of ways the themes of map, territory, and boundary open up new possibilities of insight in the contexts of the Middle East, Muslim communities, and their connected geographies. For more information and the two-day program, please visit http://islamicstudiesconf2018.web.unc.edu/. Please RSVP at http://go.unc.edu/gradconf2018.…

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Persian Lecture Series Part II: Treatise of Three Principles of Mulla Sadra

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

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Performance: Shattered Glass – Three Years Later

February 9, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Shattered Glass is a 45-minute multimedia spoken word performance about the tragic shootings in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that fuses together poetry, images, and videos. On February 10th, 2015, Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha were murdered in their home. In the aftermath, people around the world are left with many questions. Who were Deah, Yusor, and Razan? What does it mean to lose your child, your sibling, or your friend? What do we do in…

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Literary Forum: Urdu Majlis

February 10, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us on Saturday, February 10, for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Iqbal Azeem (1913-2000), Urdu poet and scholar of Urdu language. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For more information, please call: Afroz Taj  919-851-1119 / 919-999-8192. Room…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: A new look at Shahnameh (Part Three)

February 11, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a third presentation by Loghman Zaiim on Shahnameh, a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE. The program will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Loghman Zaiim. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings by the audience. Parking is available in any space that is not marked…

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Furst Forum: “Modifying Language, Modifying Space: Multilingualism in Arab-American Literature and Film”

February 12, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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    Join Rachel Norman for the annual Furst Forum in Comparative Literature. A PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, Rachel Norman researches multilingualism in Latina/o literature and Arab North American literature in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.   She has presented her work at conferences held by the Modern Languages Association, the South Atlantic Modern Languages Association, the Arab American Studies Association, the Middle Eastern Studies Association, and the Carolina Conference for Romance Languages. Her publications include a book…

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

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

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Wednesdays at the Center: Duke Undergraduate Working Group on MENA

February 14, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  More than 35 Duke undergraduate students spent their 2017 summer vacation studying or volunteering in the Middle East and North African (MENA). Josh Curtis (Duke junior) and Bryan Rusch (Duke sophomore) will lead a roundtable discussion with six students who participated in DukeEngage in Lebanon, and Duke in the Arab World (Morocco) in the summer of 2017. Moderated discussion will include topics such as: classroom study vs. real-life experience, the people of MENA, cultural encounters, food, and lessons upon…

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Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program Orientation

February 16, 2018 - February 17, 2018
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This intensive year-long professional development opportunity will explore Middle Eastern and African heritage through structured site-visits across the state, from visiting a refugee resettlement agency in Greensboro, to dining at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Charlotte, to attending a performance in Durham by Alsarah & The Nubatones, this program aims to enhance expertise in Middle Eastern and African cultures and communities, explore the growing diversity of North Carolina, and develop culturally competent pedagogy. Fellows will first attend a two-day orientation…

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Discussion: The Grey Wolf & Bear – Turkish-Russian Relations

February 16, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Grey Wolf & Bear: Turkish-Russian Relations will be held at the Forum for Scholars and Publics on Friday, February 16th at 12:00-1:30 PM. Speakers will include: former ambassadors Jack Matlock (Russian perspective), Robert Pearson (Turkish perspective) as well as Dimitar Bechev (visiting scholar) who will be giving the IR perspective. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit here or contact: griffin.orlando@duke.edu. 011 Old Chem, West Campus Duke University

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Visualizing Suffering: Tracking Photojournalism and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

February 16, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  On 2/16, Professor Astrid Giugni’s and graduate student Jessica Hines’s Data+ students from Duke University will be presenting a project tracking photojournalism of the Syrian refugee crisis, followed by a discussion on undergraduate research in digital humanities. Robbie Ha (Computer Science, Statistics), Peilin Lai  (Computer Science, Mathematics), and Alejandro Ortega (Mathematics) spent ten weeks analyzing the content and dissemination of images of the Syrian refugee crisis, as part of a general data-driven investigation of Western photojournalism and how it has contributed to our…

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Lecture: Malachi Hacohen (Duke University), “Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael : The Future of Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim Relations”

February 19, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Malachi Hacohen, Duke University, will give this year’s Graduate Student Network academic lecture, titled “Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael : The Future of Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim Relations.” The Holocaust and the State of Israel transformed the traditional paradigms of Jews’ Relations with non-Jews. Jacob & Esau, typologically Jews and Christians and traditionally enemies, have reconciled. Isaac & Yishmael, typologically Jews and Muslims and traditionally less hostile, have grown apart. This talk provides a panoramic overview of the changing dynamics…

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Global Open House + Global Career Night

February 20, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join students, staff and faculty from the Global Education Center and affiliated programs to discover where global experiences and intercultural competence can lead. The reception will feature an art opening and showcase the global opportunities available to students, followed by a panel at 6:00pm in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium.   On the panel, UNC alumni will speak about diverse career trajectories and possibilities. The panel will include: Cecilia Polanco | CEO, So Good Pupusas and Founder, Pupusas for Education…

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Public Talk: “Visual Qur’an: A Conversation with Sandow Birk”

February 20, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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At a time when the United States was involved in two wars against Islamic nations and declared itself to be in a cultural and philosophical struggle against Islamic extremists, American artist Sandow Birk’s latest project considers the Qur’an as it was intended – as a universal message to humankind. If the Qur’an is indeed a divine message to all peoples, he ponders, what does it mean to an individual American in the 21st Century? How does the message of the…

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Wednesdays at the Center: American Qur’an with Sandow Birk

February 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

This presentation will outline Birk’s project of hand-transcribing the entire Qur’an according to historic Islamic traditions and illuminating the text with relevant scenes from American life. Nine years in the making, the project was inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world. Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well-travelled graduate of the Otis/Parson’s Art Institute. Frequently developed as expansive, multi-media projects, his works dealt with contemporary life in its entirety. With an emphasis on…

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Film Screening and Panel: The Other Side of Hope

February 21, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Released in 2017, The Other Side of Hope depicts the fictional story of a traveling salesman’s friendship with a recently arrived Syrian asylum seeker. The panel will include Professor Banu Gökarıksel (Geography), Professor Priscilla Layne (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), and Dr. Niklaus Steiner (Director, Center for Global Initiatives). Professor John Stephens (Political Science and Director, Center for European Studies) will moderate the conversation.   This event is part of “Crises of Citizenship: Global Spotlight Week 2018.” The…

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Public Talk: “Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Shattering Myths about Islam in South East Asia” by Dr. Khairudin Aljunied (Georgetown University)

February 22, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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    DISC welcomes Dr. Khairudin Aljunied, Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia:: Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.   This talk seeks to deconstruct present-day images and stereotypes embedded in the works of “media pundits” and “terrorist experts” that Muslims in Southeast Asia are prone to conflict and violence. Based on my recent book Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam in Comparative Perspective (2017), I will show that cosmopolitan ideals and pluralist tendencies have been…

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Documentary Screening: Budrus

February 22, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join OneVoice UNC, Feminist Students United (FSU), and Carolina Advocates for Gender Equity (CAGE) as we screen Budrus, an award-winning feature documentary film about Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites Palestinian political factions and invites Israeli supporters to join them in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction by the separation barrier. The event will be on Thursday, February 22, from 5:00pm-6:30pm in Union Room 3411, and dinner will be provided.   Sponsored by OneVoice UNC, Feminist Students United (FSU), and…

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Cultural Event: Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

February 22, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

The UNC Arabic Program is pleased to announce an amazing Workshop about Arabic Calligraphy, with usthath Lahcen Omar. Students will learn about the different calligraphy styles and have an opportunity to practice. The workshop is open to students from all Arabic sections as well as others who are interested in this subject. For more information, please contact Doria El Kerdany, Arabic Program Coordinator, elkerdan@email.unc.edu. Thursday, February 22 | 6:00-8:00pm  New West 219 UNC Chapel Hill

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Public Talk: “Situating Cosmopolitanism” with Amy Mills, University of South Carolina

February 23, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Since the turn of the millennium, rapid globalization has generated debates about whether a universal “cosmopolitan ethic” is possible, compelling us to examine the extent to which globalized relations are conditioned by locality. Yet, cosmopolitanist debates originate in the Global North, and the concept of cosmopolitanism itself does not travel across contexts without friction. This talk situates local understandings of “cosmopolitanism” in Istanbul, a city whose geographic location, and Byzantine and Ottoman imperial histories, ground common imaginations of the city…

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Hip-hop and Peacebuilding in the Middle East: A Workshop for Educators

February 24, 2018
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and Carolina K-12 on February 24 at UNC Chapel Hill to explore poetry, hip-hop, and peacebuilding in the Middle East. During this creative one-day workshop, teachers will deepen understanding of a complex and diverse region by exploring history, geography, religion, and more. Teachers will participate in an interactive performance/lecture with world-renowned hip-hop artist Omar Offendum to learn about major sociopolitical shifts in Syria and uprisings in the Middle East. Teachers will then…

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Global Spotlight Week: Omar Offendum in Concert

February 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Omar Offendum is a Los Angeles-based Syrian-American hip-hop artist, activist and architect. His music and poetry, which he performs in both Arabic and English, are infused with historical, geographical and religious references and intermixed with personal accounts of faith, politics, and growing up in Washington, D.C. Omar Offendum’s focus on Syria and uprisings in the Middle East expose American audiences to a little-understood region. His poetry and music build on American Hip-Hop and compel diverse audiences to consider issues…

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International Legal Conference: Emergency Legal Cultures and Imperial Legacies

February 26, 2018 | 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

    In recent years, “The State of Emergency” as a philosophical, critical and meta-legal concept, has received much attention, particularly through the work of Giorgio Agamben and a revived interest in the German jurist Carl Schmitt. In turn, legal scholars have turned their attention to emergency legislation as a concrete legal practice, particularly in Imperial and post-Imperial contexts. They have often neglected, however, to interrogate the impact of emergency legislation over cultural production. At the same time, cultural critics examining…

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Public Talk: “Following the Prophet’s footsteps: The creation of a holy land” by Dr. Harry Munt

February 26, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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    The Hijaz in modern Saudi Arabia is today widely recognized as the home of the two holiest cities in the Islamic world, Mecca and Medina, which are a destination for pilgrims from across the globe. This paper will discuss the emergence of this region as the Islamic world's holy land, with particular discussion of the case of Medina during the early Islamic centuries. It will show that Medina's emergence as a holy city alongside Mecca and the development…

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

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

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Discussion with Alsarah: The New Princess of Nubian Pop and Sudanese Retro

February 27, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us on February 27 at 4-5pm for a lecture by Alsarah, Artist-in-Residence at Duke University, as she discusses her approach to crafting lyrics and relationship to the Arabic language, as well as more general musical and cultural issues, followed by a Q & A session.   Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the USA, finally feeling most at home in Brooklyn,…

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Public Conversation: Alsarah & Saba Taj at Beyù Caffè

February 28, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

In this evening talk at Beyù Caffè in downtown Durham, Sudanese-born singer Alsarah discusses her artistic process and journey, which began as a double refugee — first from conflict in Sudan, then from civil war in neighboring Yemen. Moderated by Durham-based artist and activist Saba Taj. Alsarah & The Nubatones’ residency at Duke Performances is funded, in part, by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and co-sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies…

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March 2018

Panel Discussion: Global Political Perspectives: Crash Course on Egyptian Politics

March 1, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

You may know about U.S. politics, what about the rest of the world? Have a slice of pizza and launch into international political discussion with "Global Political Perspectives: A Crash Course on Egyptian Politics and Their Upcoming Election," a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Giovanni Zanalda, Director of Duke's Center for International & Global Studies. For more information, please contact joel.luther@duke.edu or visit here. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for International and Global Studies, the Duke Middle East Studies Center, and…

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Public Talk: “Right to Representation: Consent, Distrust and Leadership in our Current Political Climate” with Dr. Alaa Murabit

March 1, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Duke Islamic Studies Center, along with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will host its keynote event on March 1st, as part of the “American Muslims, Civil and Human Rights” series, which examines the current human rights crisis for Muslims in the U.S. Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General, and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth.…

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Concert: Alsarah and the Nubatones

March 1, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC United States
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Alsarah’s circuitous journey toward stardom began as a double refugee — first from conflict in her native Sudan, then from civil war in neighboring Yemen. After arriving in New York in the mid-1990s, Alsarah turned to music as a living link to her homeland, both as an ethnomusicologist and as a singer with a velvety voice and socially conscious lyrics. Alongside percussionist Rami El-Aasser, bassist Mawuena Kodjovi, oud player Brandon Terzic, and background vocalist Nahid, Alsarah has given the traditional…

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Public Talk: “On Orientalist Genealogies: The Split Arab/Jew Figure Revisited” by Ella Shohat, NYU

March 1, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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This lecture will offer a genealogical reading of the gradual splitting of the once-linked Semitic figure into “Arab” and “Jew” and its ramifications for contemporary discourses about Jews and Muslims. Examining the shifting Orientalist imaginary in the wake of the Enlightenment and colonialism, the lecture traces contemporary assumptions about a longstanding Arab / Jewish divide — and the ambiguous position of the Arab-Jew within it — back to crucial shifts in 19th century representation, thus providing an historical lens which…

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Public Lecture by Visiting Scholar Dr. Geetanjali Joshi, “Bauls, Bhakti, Beats and Bob: Tracing the Indian Oral tradition in the poetry and songs of Ginsberg and Dylan”

March 2, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dr. Geetanjali Joshi is from Lucknow, India and is currently a Fulbright Fellow at Portland State University in Oregon. His presentation, "Bauls, Bhakti, Beats and Bob: Tracing the Indian Oral tradition in the poetry and songs of Ginsberg and Dylan" will address a group of mystic singers. Bauls constitute both a syncretic religious sect and a musical tradition. For more information contact Afroz Taj (taj@unc.edu) or John Caldwell  (asiaweb@email.unc.edu)   This event is sponsored by the South Asia Faculty…

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Islamic Association of Raleigh Annual Open House

March 3, 2018 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

Saturday, March 3 | 11:00am-3:00pm The Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR) is hosting its annual Open House event Saturday March 3rd from 11 am to 3 pm, featuring American Islamic Heritage, lunch, guest appearance by Sean Maroney (Evening Anchor WNCN) and Q&A with Imam AbuTaleb. Come learn about Islam, Muslims' contributions, and sample culinary treats from around the world. For more information and to register, please visit here. Sponsored by the Islamic Association of Raleigh. Islamic Association of Raleigh 808 Atwater…

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Cultural Event: Celebration of the Persian New Year (Nowruz)

March 3, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. At 4:30pm, Dr. Amir Rezvani will provide an introduction and welcoming remarks, followed by live Persian music, poetry, and dance performances from 4:45-8:30pm. Please note that doors will be closed upon the start of the program; please be on time. Sponsored by the Persian Art Center in Carolina & Persian Students Association at Duke University. The Persian Art Center in Carolina honors, respects and promotes freedom of speech and expression. For…

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Conference: 2018 RTI-UNC Peace War and Defense Conference: Academia, Non-Governmental Organization, and Military Perspectives on Countering Violent Extremism

March 6, 2018 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  This conference will showcase work done by academia, a non-governmental organization, and the military to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE). Each sector offers different capabilities and unique perspectives, experiences, and ideas that will not only be mutually educational, but may also generate opportunities for future collaboration and cooperation. The target audience for this event is RTI employees, UNC students, and military personnel who want to learn about current research, ongoing development initiatives, and military lessons learned in the CVE space.…

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Roundtable Discussion: ‘Clickbait with Footnotes’: Decolonizing the Academy and the Commodification of Scholarships

March 7, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  This roundtable will discuss the perverse incentives of ‘impact’ in academia; the ethics of authorship, board membership and publication; and practicing freedom of speech in our contemporary political climate. We will draw from the example of a recent publication by the journal Third World Quarterly of a ‘Viewpoint’ in September 2017 arguing for the merits of colonialism. This piece follows in the footsteps of several Western intellectuals who have tried to reopen debates over the balance sheet of colonialism’s…

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Public Talk: AAHVS Visiting Artist Talk with Saba Taj: “Hybridities, the Evil Eye, and the Apocalypse”

March 7, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Art, Art History and Visual Studies Visiting Artist Series welcomes Durham based artist Saba Taj, who will be giving a lecture titled "Hybridities, the Evil Eye, and the Apocalypse" on Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30pm in classroom A290 on the second floor of Smith Warehouse. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Smith Warehouse - Bay 9, Room A290 Duke University

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Public Talk: “Modernizing in early modern times: Women and innovation among the Ottomans” with Prof Leslie Peirce (NYU)

March 8, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  In the six centuries of their rule, the Ottomans arguably never viewed “progress” as a desideratum. American readers apparently do, however, for I was urged to demonstrate in a recently published book that its subject—Hurrem, the concubine and then queen of the sultan Suleyman I “the magnificent”—was a notable modernizer. The lecture reflects briefly on how Ottomans of the 16th and 17th centuries thought about change. It then focuses on the ways in which women were drafted into making…

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Lecture: “Nezami and his Five Treasures” with Maryam Tabibzadeh

March 9, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Maryam Tabibzadeh will give a lecture on her new book, a translation of beautiful Epic verses written by Nezami, a famous Persian poet in the 12th century, based on a true love story. Tabibzadeh will also sign her new book at this event. For more information, please visit here. Presented by the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina and co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke University. Center for Multicultural Affairs Duke University

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Literary Forum: Urdu Majlis

March 11, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us on Sunday, March 11, for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Asghar Gondvi (1884-1936). Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For more information, please call: Afroz Taj  919-851-1119 / 919-999-8192. Sunday, March 11 | 4:00pm Room…

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Poetry Festival: Mushaira (Urdu-Hindi Poetry Symposium)

March 16, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  This festival features some of the leading poets of India and Pakistan, and proceeds benefit education for orphans in Pakistan. Dr. Altaf Husain, Executive Assistant for Academic Affairs in the Office of the Provost at Howard University will provide remarks. Mushaira Program poets include: Waseem Barelvi, Iqbal Ashar, Nausha Asrar. Proceeds go to Helping Hand for Relief and Development (www.hhrd.org).   For more information and to purchase tickets please visit here. Contact: Talha Javed 336-327-6291 or Dr. Afroz Taj…

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Documentary Screening: Istanbul Notes

March 17, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

'Istanbul Makami' is a cinematographic improvisation with 5 musicians from abroad who fall in love with the Maqam Music and decide to live in Turkey believing that music might best be learned in the lands it was born and performed. Each has different stories but the desire to find their own path despite modern times' obligations intersects their roads. Constructing three layers -music, Istanbul and combination of both in the filmic platform- the film is a modern times fairytale in…

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Forum by the US India Policy Institute: Muslims in India

March 18, 2018 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

US INDIA POLICY INSTITUTE (USIPI) presents a special forum and presentation on the situation of Muslims in India. SPEAKERS Hyder M. Khan M.D., PhD President  (USIPI) Attaulla Khan, General Secretary (USIPI) USIPI is a Washington DC-based think Tank. For info contact Ayub Ibrahim: aibrahim@usindiapolicy.org Cary Mosque 1076 W Chatham St, Cary, NC 27513

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Concert: Sima Bina Live in Raleigh

March 18, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

Last November, a devastating earthquake with a magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale struck the mountainous regions of Western Iran in Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces. More than 800 people died and another 8000 were injured. The earthquake left about 70,000 people homeless, destroying approximately 12,000 homes and damaging another 15,000. The Iranian government announced that the disaster has caused at least $5 billion of damage. Most of casualties are from the rural villages of western Kermanshah Province and the town…

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Ancient Magic in a New Key: Refining an Exotic Discipline in the History of Religions” by David Frankfurter

March 19, 2018 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

You are invited to the upcoming UNC Department of Religious Studies McLester Colloquium lecture: “Ancient Magic in a New Key: Refining an Exotic Discipline in the History of Religions” by David Frankfurter, William Goodwin Aurelio Chair of the Appreciation of Scripture, Boston University this Thursday, March 22 at 3:30pm in the FedEx Global Education Center, room 3009. This lecture reconsiders the ways that "magic" has been embraced and treated in the study of Early Christianity, and subsequently advocates both a more…

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Public Talk: Training the Imam: Locating American Sites of Religious Authority with Nancy Khalil

March 19, 2018 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Friedl 225, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Owing to a common absence of a central religious body to authorize religious clerics, combined with the U.S. secular conception of separation of church and state, Muslim authority in the United States contends with a regulatory vacuum. The concept of clergy that drives much of how religion encounters our bureaucratic structures in the U.S. liberal-secular context does not sufficiently transpose in the context of Muslim religious authority and service. In this talk, I offer an introduction to Islamic higher education…

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Public Talk: “When Clerics Become Kings: A Twenty-first-century Mahdi and the Anatomy of a Messianic Movement” with Serkan Yolaçan, National University of Singapore

March 19, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Yolaçan’s talk addresses the relationship between religious authority and political sovereignty. It offers a conceptual model for analyzing how transnational religious movements transform states, take over them, or produce new ones. By juxtaposing a wide range of cases from past and present, it identifies a recurring historical pattern of a messianic kind. He conceptualizes this form of sovereignty as diasporic kingship, in which saints act like kings although they don’t possess a state of their own. He uses this broad…

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UNC World View Seminar for K-12 and Community College Educators: “Building Stronger Bridges: Cultural Respect and Equity in the Classroom”

March 20, 2018 - March 21, 2018
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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How can North Carolina educators build stronger bridges in their classrooms and communities to support diverse populations of learners? Through plenary talks and small group breakout sessions, K-12 and community college educators at World View’s spring seminar will explore issues of cultural respect and equity, learning what barriers need to be removed and what strategies can be implemented to recognize the potential for all learners. Participants will have the opportunity to consider their backgrounds, how their individual experiences have forged…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Everyday Conversations: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait”

March 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Dr. Attiya Ahmad is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at The George Washington University. Broadly conceived, her research focuses on the gendered interrelation of Islamic reform movements and political economic processes spanning the Middle East and South Asia, in particular, the greater Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean regions. Dr. Ahmad is a Ph.D. from Duke University and recently published her first book, “Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait” (Duke University…

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Discussion: “Why is the Holy Land Holy?”

March 22, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join OneVoice on Campus for a panel discussion dealing with the importance of Jerusalem to the different Abrahamic religions. Background on Jerusalem historical and modern context will be provided, followed by a conversation between faith leaders from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities in the area to discuss Jerusalem in regards to their own faith communities. Featuring Faisal Khan, Rabbi Melissa B. Simon, Pastor Jay Thomas, and moderated by Madison Perry. Sponsored by OneVoice Campus. For more information, contact emlaad@live.unc.edu.…

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Censored Women’s Film Festival

March 23, 2018 | 4:00 pm - March 25, 2018 | 3:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Censored Women’s Film Festival is an annual, not-for-profit, traveling film festival and summit organized to raise consciousness and women’s rights issues through film and dialogue. Issues of women’s rights and gender equality are too often silenced and kept from mainstream cinema and discourse. The Censored Women’s Film Festival provides a space for filmmakers, activists, practitioners and students to use films as a lens through which to discuss the fight for women’s rights all over the world. Priority is…

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Cultural Event: Nowruz

March 25, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join the UNC Persian Cultural Society in celebrating Nowruz, Persian New Year 1397! The event will take place on Sunday, March 25th from 5:30-9:30 P.M. in the Great Hall of the UNC Student Union. Enjoy a diverse program of performances, a delicious Iranian dinner, and dancing at the end of the night. There will be a DJ! Come support our performers and engage in our vibrant, long-lasting traditions! Formal attire. Ticket information: $15 - Kids (Aged ≤ 18) +…

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Reception: Visiting delegation from Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut

March 25, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center is pleased to host a visiting delegation from Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut, the oldest NGO in Lebanon and the Middle East. Among the delegates are: Mr. Amine Daouk: President of Makassed Association Mr. Faysal Sinno: Vice President Minister Mohamed Machnouk Join the Khayrallah Center for a reception for the delegation. Heavy hors d’oeuvres to be served. Parking is free and available near the library, in the Oval West Parking Deck. Business attire. For more information, please click here or contact 919.515.5058…

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2018 Ferdowsi Tusi Award for Student Research in Persian Literature and Culture: “Férydoun Rahnéma’s Inappropriable Specters: Critique of Self-Identity and the Emergence of Iranian New Wave Cinema” – A paper by Maziyar Faridi

March 26, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  On Monday, March 26, Maziyar Faridi presents his award-winning paper, "Férydoun Rahnéma’s Inappropriable Specters: Critique of Self-Identity and the Emergence of Iranian New Wave Cinema." Faridi is the winner of the inaugural Ferdowsi Tusi Award, presented by the University Libraries and the Persian Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Faridi's scholarly paper examines national identity and history in the cinema of Férydoun Rahnéma (1930-1975), who played a foundational role in the emergence of Iranian New…

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Re-membering Torture: A Conversation with Shahla Talebi and Diana Coleman

March 26, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  In this workshop, we will be discussing the work of Darius Rejali (“Torture and Democracy”) as well as some of the testimony culled from the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT). Professor Talebi, herself a former detainee under two separate regimes in Iran, will be discussing some of her writings, and her student, Diana Coleman, will discuss her work on Guantanamo.  Light reception to follow. For the readings, please visit here. Sponsored by the D-SIGN working group on…

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CANCELLED: Public Talk and Conversation: “Muslim-Christian Dialogue in the Age of ISIS and Islamophobia”

March 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

Monday, March 26 | 6:00 – 7:30pm Speaker: Dr. Muhammad al-Sammak, Advisor to the Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, and Secretary General of the National Committee for Muslim Christian Dialogue. Parking: Free and available near Park Shops, in the Reynolds Coliseum Parking Deck, or closer in the parking lot behind the SAS Mathematics Building. For more information, please click here or contact 919.515.5058 or kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. RSVP is required by March 12th. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. 210 Park Shops NC State University

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Lecture: “The Makassed Schools Experience Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Native Arabic Language” by Minister Mohamed Al-Machnouk

March 27, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

In several nations around the world, debates rage on whether school science and mathematics ought to be taught in native tongues versus English or some other ‘dominant, global’ language. Passionate arguments have been advanced to articulate the benefits and burdens for student learning and outcomes as a result of using one approach or the other. In Lebanon, native Arabic speaking children mostly learn science and mathematics in English or French starting in the primary grades. In this talk, Minister Mohamed…

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Public Talk: “Constitutionalizing the Muslim State: Issues, Agreements, and Disagreements” – Professor Malika Zeghal, Harvard University

March 29, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  This talk will deal with how Constitutions have most often affirmed the Muslim character of the state in the modern Middle East (19th-21st c). Professor Zeghal will more particularly focus on modern Tunisia and on the 2012-2014 constitutional episode. In drafting their constitution between 2012 and 2014, Tunisians debated how they could continue to have a state "whose religion is Islam" while shaping a democracy for the first time in their history. Malika Zeghal examines how they constitutionalized these…

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Cultural Event: Turkish Music & Dance Night

March 31, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Talley Ballroom, NC State University, Talley Ballroom, NC State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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Turkish Student Association at NC State is organizing another great event "Turkish Music and Dance Night" on Saturday, March 31st at Talley Student Union - BR Mountain Ballroom, 6pm. There will be live music bands, belly dancers, a dance group, DJ, authentic dinner, refreshments, competitions, and raffles. The biggest prize for raffles are 2 x round trip tickets from USA to Turkey with Turkish Airlines. Raffle tickets will be available on site during the event. See the event page for ticket information. Tickets…

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April 2018

Public Talk: “From Palestine to America: A Militarization of Police” with Eran Efrati and Maya Wind

April 2, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Hear from Maya Wind and Eran Efrati on their research as the explain the police exchange between Durham Police and the Israeli Army/Police. Sponsored by the Student Organization Finance Committee, Amnesty International, and Students for Justice in Palestine. For more information, please contact aliyah.salame@duke.edu. Perkins, room 217 Duke University

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Lecture: “A Picture of Health: Visualizing Care in Late Ottoman Istanbul” with Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

April 2, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Professor Gürsel examines formal portraits of late 19th century female patients of the Haseki Women’s Hospital from Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamit’s palace archive to ask how this album requires us to rethink agency in photography as well as the traditional differences between medical and political imaging technologies. In this thoughtful dive into an unusual archive, Gürsel makes us confront how care is visualized and to what political end. Zeynep Devrim Gürsel is a media anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of…

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Discussion: “The American Muslim Identity: Patriot or Insurgent” with Zuhdi Jasser

April 2, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Gross Hall, Located at the northeast corner of Science and Towerview
Durham, NC 27710 United States
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  Join Duke College Republicans, the Alexander Hamilton Society, and Young Americans for Liberty for a moderated conversation and Q&A with Zuhdi Jasser. Dr. Jasser is an American Muslim and son of Syrian immigrants who fled Ba’athist oppression in 1966. Zuhdi is a physician, a former US Navy officer, and president of American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) founded in 2003.His calls for reform inspired his co-founding of the Muslim Reform Movement in 2015. Zuhdi is a former commissioner and…

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Public Talk: “Afro-Arab Relationships in the Age of Militant Islam” with Dr. Hamdy Hassan

April 3, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  The goal of this talk is to study the Afro Arab relations within the context of dominant jihadist narratives and the nature of their appeal in the African space. All these Islamist ideologies are based on a peculiar Salafi Radicalism that aimed to transform the state and society by methods of preaching and violence. Therefore, studying and analyzing the principles of the Salafist discourse as a political project helps us to understand its points strengths and weaknesses. In addition,…

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Public Talk: “Palestine is Here” with Eran Efrati and Maya Wind

April 3, 2018 | 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Bingham Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Since 2002, US law enforcement have been training with the Israeli military in the context of the “War on Terror” as Black Lives Matter and other movements seek accountability and an end of police violence. Join us for a talk with investigative researcher Eran Efrati and feminist activist Maya Wind for a conversation about how Palestine comes home to Durham. Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine. For more information, please contact saifsaif@live.unc.edu. Bingham 103 UNC Chapel Hill

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Wednesdays at the Center: Virtual Reality in the Arabic Classroom

April 4, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Panelists: Elizabeth Evans, Chip Bobbert, Mich Donovan, Seth Anderson, Leah Rothfeld, Thatcher Owen, and Maha Houssami This panel will describe what 360 video is and how it’s recorded, including some of the cameras you can use to capture an immersive experience to share a vacation memory or a family event. You will also learn about a project funded by the Duke Digital Initiative (DDI) and executed with the support of AMES, CIT and OIT and Duke Engage in Lebanon and Jordan exploring the use of 360…

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Lecture: “Modernity, Subjectivity and Sexual Violence: Stories From Iran” by Dr. Shahla Talebi

April 4, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  What is the relationship between our sense of the self and sexual violence that for many individuals it appears so radically different from other forms of violence?  Why do we so often attribute such significance to sexuality that makes it possible for sexual violence to become profound means of asserting power for its perpetrators?  What is behind the visceral experience of this kind of violence that the theoretical renditions on power or torture do not seem to adequately capture? …

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Film Screening: Middle East Film Festival: “Omar”

April 4, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  "Omar," a film by Hany Abu-Assad: A tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he's either a freedom fighter or a terrorist-you decide-ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an…

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Conference: “Mjaddarah” to “Fatti de Luxe”: Food and Middle Eastern Diasporas

April 5, 2018 - April 7, 2018

Visit here for the conference schedule   The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies (NC State University) and Center for Regional Food Studies (University of Arizona) will host an international conference—titled From “Mjaddarah” to “Fatti de Luxe:” Food and Middle Eastern Diasporas —at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) on April 5-7, 2018. Middle Eastern cuisines seems to have been suspended outside time in popular imagination and culture. The reality is quite the opposite. Since the earliest days of Middle Eastern diasporas to the…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

April 5, 2018 - April 8, 2018

Thursday, April 5 – Sunday, April 8 Durham, NC For the schedule and locations, click here The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation…

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Cultural Event: Moroccan Night

April 5, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Arabic Program at UNC for Moroccan night! Students will be sharing their study abroad experiences in Morocco, there will be songs by Moroccan singer Abul-Bishr Kasmi, and Moroccan tea and cookies will be served! Don’t miss it! Sponsored by the UNC Arabic Program. For more information, please contact Professor Khalid Shahu, kshahu1971@unc.edu. New West, room 219 UNC Chapel Hill

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UNC Geography Colloquium Series: Refugee Political Subjectivities, Dr. Kirsi Pauliina Kallio and Dr. Jouni Hakli, University of Tampere, Finland

April 6, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map
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Symposium: The Struggle for Equality in Women’s Soccer

April 6, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for The Struggle for Equality in Women's Soccer, a one-day symposium to be held on April 6, 2018, at the Forum for Scholars and Publics. A light lunch will be served. Panel 1: US Women's Soccer and the Struggle for Equality, 1970-2000, 12 pm - 1:15 pm Jeffrey Gerson, University of Massachusetts Lowell Dan Levy, Senior Vice President of Wasserman's Action Sports and Olympics Division Carla Overbeck, Former Captain of U.S. National Team and Assistant Coach of Duke University…

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Lecture: “Vicissitudes of Care: Humanitarian-Military Entanglements in Occupied Kashmir” with Dr. Saiba Varma

April 6, 2018 | 3:35 pm - 5:35 pm
Alumni Building, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Saiba Varma’s research focuses on health and medicine, as well as politics, inequalities, and violence and has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in psychiatric and military settings. Her work  examines the global military-humanitarian complex from the prism of South Asia, specifically Indian-occupied Kashmir, the site of an ongoing conflict between an independence movement and the Indian military. In this talk, Dr. Varma will be discussing material from her book manuscript, Life in Pieces: Military and Humanitarian Care in Kashmir, which shows how…

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Dinner and Conversation with Author Diana Abu Jaber

April 6, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  As part of the conference on Food and Middle Eastern Diaspora, the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies is co-hosting with Sitti Restaurant a dinner, reading and conversation with renowned Arab American author Diana Abu Jaber. Diana will read short selections from her writing and talk about how food fits into her literary work and identity as an Arab-American. Cost: $35 per person. RSVP Required (Due to the limited availability of seats, early registration is strongly recommended to ensure your participation). For more information, please visit here or contact Ms. Kristen Porter: kristen_porter@ncsu.edu.…

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Dinner and Conversation with Barbara Massad

April 7, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  As part of the conference on Food and Middle Eastern Diaspora, the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies is co-hosting with Neo Monde Restaurant a dinner, reading and conversation with renowned Lebanese American food writer, Barbara Massaad.   Cost: $25 per person. RSVP Required (Due to the limited availability of seats, early registration is strongly recommended to ensure your participation). For more information, please contact Ms. Kristen Porter: kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. Presented by Neomonde Restaurant, Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, Center for Regional Food Studies, and Empire Eats. Neomonde Restaurant…

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Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Festival

April 8, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

Nâzim Hikmet was a Turkish poet, playwright and novelist. He was recognized as the first and foremost modern Turkish poet, and regarded throughout the world as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century for the “lyrical flow of his statements.” Described as a “romantic revolutionary,” his humanistic views are universal. His poetry has been translated into more than fifty languages. He received the World Peace Prize (the USSR’s equivalent of the Nobel) in 1950. Although he faced many…

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Cultural Event: “Near & Far: A Local Celebration of Global Cultures”

April 8, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Celebrate global culture within Chapel Hill at this fun and funky street party! Community and campus cultural groups share their heritage through crafts, activities and interactive experiences.  Music, dance, and spontaneous arts performances will fill the stage and street.  The flavors of the world will be on offer at food trucks and in our tasting tent, featuring downtown’s diverse restaurants. Bring the whole family for this unforgettable afternoon of education, appreciation, and celebration of global cultures. Sponsored by the…

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Sufi Plug-Ins v. 2 with Ashwini Ramaswamy and the Ragamala Dance Company

April 8, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map
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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Five treasures of Ganjavi – “Shirin and Farhad” with Mrs. Maryam Tabibzadeh

April 8, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Mrs. Maryam Tabibzadeh. The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Mrs. Maryam Tabibzadeh on a famous Persian tragic romance by the poet Nizami Ganjavi (1141–1209) followed by discussion. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings by the audience. Parking is available in any…

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Talk: “Every Campus a Refuge: A Small College’s Civic and Curricular Engagement with Refugee Resettlement” with founder Diya Abdo

April 9, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Phillips Hall, Phillips Hall, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Inspired by Pope Francis’ call on every European parish to host one refugee family, Guilford College’s Every Campus a Refuge (ECAR) initiative advocates for mobilizing campus resources to temporarily house refugees on campus grounds and assist them in resettlement in the local area. Thus far, Guilford has hosted and assisted in resettling 33 refugees from the Middle East and Africa, 18 of them children. This presentation and conversation will outline the project’s work – including challenges and lessons learned –…

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Public Lecture: “Beyond Al Jazeera and the ‘Arab Spring’: Media, Politics and the Struggle Over Modernity in the Arab World Today” with Jaafar Aksikas (Columbia College Chicago)

April 10, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hyde Hall United States + Google Map

Most recent conventional accounts of dominant Arab media, both in the Arab world and in the West (including the United States), tend to focus almost exclusively on Al Jazeera or, in the wake of the “Arab Spring” of 2011 and the following political upheavals across the region, on the new and emergent media forms.  In these accounts, new Arab media are seen as modernizing, democratizing and liberatory.  Aksikas places these media in a broader context, looking especially at consumer and corporate culture.  He considers how…

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Book Talk & Signing with Professor Nadia Yaqub: Bad Girls of the Arab World

April 11, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join Professor Nadia Yaqub (Department of Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill) for a book talk on "Bad Girls of the Arab World." This interdisciplinary collection of writings by and about Arab women is the first that focuses explicitly on Arab women’s often-fraught engagement with the boundaries that shape their lives in the twenty-first century. A light lunch will be served. For more information, please contact mideast@unc.edu. This event is part of the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, sponsored by the Carolina…

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Public Lecture: “Now that you are here, I am confused with joy!”: Saʻdī’s Cosmopolitanism, Worldly Love, and Laughter, by Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz

April 11, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Fatemeh Keshavarz is the inaugural speaker of the Horner Jarrahi Persian Studies Speaker Series, presented by the University Libraries and the Persian Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Keshavarz will examine the poetry of Saʻdī (1210-1291), one of the funniest and most influential figures in classical Persian poetry. His accessible language, practical ethics, and lively humor continue to influence Persian literature today. Fatemeh Keshavarz holds the Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Studies and directs the…

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Public Event: “Crossing the Geopolitical Divide” with Steven David (Johns Hopkins) and miriam cooke (Duke)

April 11, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Alexander Hamilton Society for its final event of the year, "Crossing the Geopolitical Divide: Routes for Foreign Intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has endured since the mid-20th century. Steeped in cultural and religious ties to the Holy Land, both nations have sought land claims to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. While Israel has occupied the area for 51 years, borders wars continue. Both the Israeli Government and the Palestine Liberation Organization have engaged…

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“Watch the Med” Events: Migrant Struggles on the EU’s Maritime Frontier

April 12, 2018 | 1:00 pm - April 16, 2018 | 1:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Thursday, April 12 | 1 – 2pm Monday, April 16 | 12 – 1pm 'Mapping workshop' facilitated by Michael Hardt and Sandro Mezzadra Thursday, April 12 | 1pm-2pm In preparation for the mapping workshop, please read: "Liquid Traces: Investigating the Deaths of Migrants at the EU’s Maritime Frontier" and "Disobedient Sensing and Border Struggles at the Maritime Frontier of EUrope." ‘Dialogue' with Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani (via Skype) Monday, April 16 | 12pm-1pm (*lunch provided Collaborating together since 2011, Charles Heller and…

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Symposium: Monarchy and Sovereignty in Twentieth-Century Asia | Organized by Dr. Prasenjit Duara & Dr. Adam Mestyan

April 13, 2018 | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

This workshop explores the changing roles of monarchies in twentieth-century Asia in the evolving international system. The subject is comparative and transnational, looking particularly at the convergences and differences between monarchies in West Asia and East, South and Southeast Asia. Participants explore monarchies both as legal systems of external and internal sovereignty and as embodiments of symbolic power. The main areas of enquiry are the legal codification of monarchical power in new constitutions; nationalism and monarchism; the perception and management…

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Conference: The 2003 Iraq War: Key Intelligence Failures and Fixes

April 14, 2018 | 8:00 am - 5:15 pm
North Carolina Central University, North Carolina Central University
Durham, NC United States
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Join us for a day long symposium reflecting on intelligence issues surrounding the 2003 Iraq War.  Did we get the intelligence that led us to war wrong? If so, why? Were our intelligence reforms effective?  What are the implications of these reforms for our current intelligence estimates in the region? Click here for the CONFERENCE PROGRAM. Click here to Register Now! For more information, please visit here. Keynote: Robert Jervis/ Turner Law School, North Carolina Central University campus. Registration information pending. Sponsored by…

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GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics 2018

April 14, 2018 | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics is designed to help students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for engagement in communities, and develop intercultural competencies. First-time travelers and experienced globetrotters alike can benefit from session topics like Global Entrepreneurship, “Voluntourism,” Providing Healthcare Abroad and Decoding Culture in Education. The conference offers… Interactive workshops led by world-renowned faculty, staff and community members on the diverse contexts and challenges you may face while abroad; An intimate global networking lunch…

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Cultural Event: 20th Annual Lebanese Festival

April 14, 2018 | 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  Want a taste of Lebanon right here in the Triangle? Join the Triangle Lebanese American Center for a day filled with delicious Lebanese food, dancing + musical performances, and fun activities! Event Highlights include: -Authenic Lebanese food & desserts -Belly dancing -Traditional Lebanese Dabke Performances -Lebanese Wine -Cooking demonstrations -Children's activities and more!!   Sponsored by the Triangle Lebanese American Center. For more information, please visit here. Raleigh City Plaza 400 block Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

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Literary Forum: Urdu Majlis on Humorous/Satirical poetry

April 15, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us on Sunday, April 15, for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on Mazahiya Shairi (Humorous and Satirical Poetry).  You can read your original poems or works of your favorite authors. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For…

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Film Screening: The Insult

April 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Kahyrallah Center is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring the screening the Lebanese film The Insult, directed by Ziad Doueiri and nominated for best foreign film in the 2018 Academy Awards. Parking is free and available near the library, in the Oval West Parking Deck. For more information and to RSVP, click here or contact Ms. Kristen Porter: kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. Hunt Library Auditorium NC State University

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Conference: Nexus 2018: Water, Food, Energy, andClimate

April 16, 2018 - April 18, 2018
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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The “Nexus” approach is the one that focuses on overlaps across sectors while respecting sectoral expertise in order to make better plans by understanding interactions (Stockholm Environment Institute, 2017). The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to reconvene our Nexus conference addressing Water-Energy-Food and Climate in spring of 2018.  The conference will facilitate space for the development of collaborative work and focus on the science-policy interface, partnerships, solutions, review of Sustainable Development Goal commitments (2018 and for the…

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Panel Discussion: Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: History, Legality, Theology

April 16, 2018 | 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Bingham Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Students for Justice in Palestine is hosting a panel to understand the historical, religious, and legal significance of the United States’ recent decision declaring Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. Panelists will discuss the historical events leading up to this decision, the legality of the move, and the theological justifications. Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine. For more information, please contact saifsaif@live.unc.edu. Bingham 103 UNC Chapel Hill

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Hallaj: A book talk with Dr. Carl Ernst (UNC-Chapel Hill)

April 17, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Join DISC in welcoming Dr. Carl Ernst to campus as he speaks on his latest work, Hallaj: Poems of a Sufi Martyr in Rubenstein Library. "Hallaj is the first authoritative translation of the Arabic poetry of Husayn ibn Mansur al-Hallaj, an early Sufi mystic. Despite his execution in Baghdad in 922 and the subsequent suppression of his work, Hallaj left an enduring literary and spiritual legacy that continues to inspire readers around the world. In Hallaj, Carl W. Ernst offers a…

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TISS Fourteenth Annual Undergraduate Honor Student Dinner Presentations

April 17, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Public Talk: “The Road to Peace” with Nadav Tamir

April 19, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join UNC-Chapel Hill Hillel on Thursday, April 19 at the Stone Center, at 7 PM, for a lecture by the Israeli diplomat and Policy Expert Nadav Tamir, the Director of International Affairs at Peres Institute for Peace. He will share with us his vision on a peaceful resolution in the Middle East and current initiatives by organizations working to achieve this goal. The event is free and everyone is welcome. Sponsored by UNC Hillel. For more information, please visit here. The Sonja…

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Adventures in Ideas Weekend Seminar: Whatever Happened to Global Diplomacy?

April 20, 2018 | 4:30 pm - April 21, 2018 | 1:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Older systems and methods of international diplomacy are giving way to a growing populist disdain for careful diplomatic negotiations. Complex problems are often reduced to superficial statements in the mass media or to simple tweets that ignore the history of past events. What has happened to the traditions of global diplomacy? This seminar will examine this question through the perspectives of leading historians and public policy scholars who will analyze past diplomatic strategies as well as recent changes in transnational…

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Exhibit Opening: Building Bridges through Good Faith

April 20, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Please join the Museum of Durham History on Friday, April 20 from 6:00PM-8:00PM  for the opening event for our newest exhibit, Building Bridges through Good Faith, highlighting the growth and development of one of the oldest Muslim communities in North Carolina. This event is FREE and open to the public, featuring complimentary homemade food samplings including fish sausage, bean pies, bean soup, and carrot cake. Children’s activities and live music will round out the event, which coincides with Durham’s Third Friday festivities. The…

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Mona Eltahawy at Duke StoryCon

April 20, 2018 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Duke Story Lab on Friday, April 20th for STORYCON, a 12-hour overnight storytelling festival! Starting at 8PM on Friday, StoryCon has film screenings, art installations, games, performances, workshops, cosplay contests, and more! Kick off the festivities by hearing award-winning journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy discuss how to use storytelling to advocate for a cause. Mona is the author of "Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution" and frequently contributes as a guest commentator and op-ed writer in national…

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Workshop for Educators: Environmental Issues in Latin America & the Middle East

April 21, 2018 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Teachers are invited to join the Duke-UNC Consortia in Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean Studies for a day-long interdisciplinary workshop to explore environmental issues in Latin America and the Middle East. During this interactive one-day workshop, teachers will explore pressing global environmental concerns including issues related to water, climate change, mining, and environmental activism. Through various learning activities, teachers will deepen understanding of environmental issues specific to each world region as well as comparative ways to examine these issues…

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Cultural Event: Open House hosted by the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center

April 21, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center, located on Chapel Hill Street in Durham across from InGold Tire, will host an Open House, Saturday, April 21, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. There will be a short presentation regarding the history of ArRazzaq as part of the Durham Museum of History project underway highlighting the long history of ArRazzaq Islamic Center in the Durham Community. There will also be an opportunity to observe the Islamic Prayer followed by questions and answers. No question is off…

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Public Talk: Human Rights in Myanmar: The Way Forward

April 23, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  The Myanmar military’s campaign against the Rohingya population is set in a tenuous backdrop of ethnic armed conflict, a stagnant national peace and reconciliation process, and a fledgling democracy led by a now-controversial Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In a special to Duke undergraduates, Yee Htun, a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School with over a decade of experience in international advocacy and a refugee from Myanmar herself, will unpack the multidimensional human rights situation in Myanmar and discuss opportunities forward…

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The Not Your Habibti Typewriter Project

April 24, 2018 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Pit, UNC-Chapel Hill, The Pit, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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BabyFist is a clothing brand based in Palestine that seeks to end street and sexual harassment and start a discussion on gender issues in the Middle East and beyond. Yasmeen Mjalli, Palestinian-American social activist and owner of the brand, is coming to UNC's campus as part of her US tour to begin this conversation. Not Your Habibti is an ongoing series created to illuminate the issue of street harassment on urban Palestinian streets and to open an honest and uncensored dialogue amongst women affected…

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Public Lecture: “Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam” by Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik

April 24, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik (Rutgers University) will be speaking at UNC on April 24th at 5 PM at the Global Education Center (room 1009) on her soon to be published book, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam. This work explores twentieth and twenty-first century U.S. Muslim womanhood by centering the lived experiences of women of color, mapping how communities of American Islam became sites of safety, support, spirituality, and social activism, and how women of color were central…

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Lecture: “Macabre Social Capital: The Families of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba” with C. Christine Fair

April 24, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gross Hall, Located at the northeast corner of Science and Towerview
Durham, NC 27710 United States
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Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT, also known as Jamaat ud Dawa among other aliases) is the most competent, lethal and loyal proxy of the Pakistani state. LeT operates in India, Afghanistan and elsewhere in South Asia and beyond. This presentation draws from a narrative analysis of a ten percent random sample of nearly 1,000 biographies of slain LeT fighters as a part of a larger study into the battlefield motivation of the fighters. My review of these documents reveals a dark role of…

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A Conversation with Yasmeen Mjalli

April 24, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gardner Hall, Gardner, Room 105, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us later that evening for a more intimate discussion on the intersection between Arab, American, and  Feminist identities and why these identities seem mutually exclusive. Yasmeen's discussion is meant to foster empathy, break down stereotypes, and provide tools for fighting against such oppressive acts. Yasmeen Mjalli began Babyfist in Palestine to empower women to use clothing to combat street harassment with the defiant phrase “Not Your Habibti", which translates to “Not Your Darling.” The clothing is made in the…

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Cultural Event: Arabic Night at Duke

April 24, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Duke Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies for Plays, Poetry Readings, Music, Middle Eastern Dance, Arabic Oral Proficiency Activities and more.   Sponsored by Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. For more information, please visit here.   Richard White Hall, Room 107 Duke University, East Campus

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Public Lecture: “Boko Haram in Nigeria: Issues in Ideological and Creedal (Mis)interpretations” by Amidu O. Sanni, Vice Chancellor of Fountain University, Osogbo

April 25, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Boko Haram (BH) portrays itself as a back-to-basics Islamic orthodoxy and orthopraxis movement, but its rejection of Western democratic values and indeed its brutal reactions to mainstream Muslim interpretations of Islamic texts and authors makes it one of the most prominent militant and millenarian 'religious' terror movements in modern Africa. For the first time, however, original texts, documentary and feature videos/audios, exhortation séances, martial anthems (nash¿d) and documents in Arabic, Hausa, and Kanuri from Boko Haram's networks are being offered…

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Webinar: Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine by Ibtisam Barakat

April 26, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

The Middle East Book Award with support from the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies is pleased to present during National Arab American Heritage month a conversation with award-winning author, Ibtisam Barakat on her book Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine, an enlightening look at the not often depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area. Barakat will discuss a life full of challenges that inspired defiance and creative ways of finding solutions. Join us as we discuss human rights, gender…

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Workshop: “Academic Networking in Sub-Saharan and North Africa: From Accreditation to Global Ethics”

April 27, 2018 - April 28, 2018
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Academic accreditation and scholarly networking are central features of the new kind of global university system: a system that is increasingly concerned with the ideas of ensuring accountability and expanding impact factors (competitive edge) of African countries' academic institutions. In addressing this concern, accreditation of universities matters. It is the pathway to adopting competitive standards; one that would insure a culture of continuous accountability and improvement at the delivery level and to help stakeholders to not only imagine but to…

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Panel Discussion: The Future of the JCPOA and Iran’s Nuclear Program

April 30, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

A panel of experts will discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was agreed between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members – the United States, the UK, France, China, and Russia – plus Germany). President Trump has expressed a willingness to pull the United States out of the deal unless Iran agrees to significant changes to its terms. The panel will consider the implications of…

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May 2018

Community Event: Heart of a River Concert

May 4, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Association for India's Development - NC RTP Chapter for an evening of Mystical Santoor, Sufi and Bollywood music to help rejuvenate Rivers & Streams in drought affected Jharkand and West Bengal, India. Featuring: Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya – Santoor, Afroz Taj and John Caldwell  – Original Sufi Compositions, Cosmic Horizon – Band playing Sufi Songs, Dharayen  - An Adivasi musical on moods of a river, and Bollywood Melodies by the Mayur Jharna Project. An Exhibition of Clothes and Jewelry from the region will be available for…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Subjectivity and Transgression in ‘Attar’s Works” with Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi

May 6, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Coordinator of the UNC Persian program and Roshan Institute Assistant Professor in Persian Studies on subjectivity and transgression in 'Attar's Works. The program will begin with a social from 5:00-5:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 5:30-5:40pm. From 5:45-6:45pm, there will be a presentation by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi followed by discussion. From 7:30-8:00pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry…

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Literary Forum: Urdu Majlis on the life and works of Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi (1916-2006)

May 6, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us on Sunday, May 6, for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi (1916-2006), Urdu and English language Pakistani poet, journalist, literary critic, dramatist and short story author. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no…

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Public Talk: “The Politics of Rationalist Philosophy in Arab Andalus, and the Reception of Hayy ibn Yaqdhanin Britain” by Samedin Kadic

May 8, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for a presentation by Samedin Kadic, Visiting Fulbright Scholar from the Faculty of Islamic Theology, University of Sarajevo. Kadic will discuss "The Politics of Rationalist Philosophy in Arab Andalus, and the Reception of Hayy ibn Yaqdhan in Britain." In 1671 a bilingual text in Arabic and Latin was published at Oxford, entitled the Philosophus autodidactus. The translation was made by Edwarde Pococke under the supervision of his father Dr. Edward Pococke. Philosophus autodidactus became literally a best-seller within a short period of time.…

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Cultural Event: Ramadan Dinner (Fast Breaking) at IITS/Divan Center

May 22, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

The Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies (www.iitsnc.org) and Divan Center are two non-profit organizations located in Cary. One of our goals is to bring together different communities in order to promote compassion, cooperation, partnership, and community service through interfaith activities. We would like to invite you, members from your congregation and your friends to break bread together with our Muslim community members in the lunar Islamic month of Ramadan in an interfaith setting. We will gather around the same…

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June 2018

Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Hallaj: Poems of a Sufi Martyr” with Dr. Carl Ernst

June 3, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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    Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Dr. Carl Ernst, William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, on the poetry of Husayn ibn Mansur al-Hallaj, an early Sufi mystic.   The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by…

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Ramadan Iftar: Serve Hope

June 3, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Proceeds from this special Iftar will send food and relief to families in Palestine and Lebanon. Come mingle and enjoy a meal with old and new friends. We are featuring Teen Vogue’s Abeer Najjar, who will demonstrate and share a delicious dessert creation. Tickets are available at anera.org/chapelhill. Please contact Hani Almadhoun at (202) 266-9711 or halmadhoun@anera.org for more information. Click here to learn more information about ANERA. Sponsored by ANERA and Mediterranean Deli.   Sunday, June 3 | 7:30-10:00pm, Iftar starts at 8:30pm…

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Cultural Event: “Eid al-Fitr Panel Discussion”

June 16, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Please join us Saturday, June 16 from 4:00pm-5:30pm at the Museum of Durham History (500 W. Main St.) for a program to mark the end of Ramadan. The Museum, in collaboration with Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center, will host a panel discussion focusing on the African-American Muslim experience in the United States, particularly the South and North Carolina. This discussion is part of the Museum’s ongoing programming surrounding our current exhibition Building Bridges through Good Faith, which chronicles the Ar-Razzaq community…

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Cultural Event: Eid Around the World

June 30, 2018 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  The Islamic Association of Raleigh invites you to the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr - the celebration marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Come with your family and friends to learn about how Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, the most joyous time of the Islamic year.  As diverse as the Muslim world is, the celebrations for Eid are also full of variety and traditions. Join us for an afternoon of culture, colorful costumes, festive displays, delicious food samples,…

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