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July 2020

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

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

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

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Virtual Cultural Event: Persian Poetry Night on Hafiz

July 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on Persian Poetry, featuring the life and poetry of Persian lyric poet Hafiz (born Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī). This event is in Persian. Zoom Link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.

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

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

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

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Virtual K-12 Teacher Event: Global Education Happy Hour – Teaching Globally in Rural Settings

July 9, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join fellow educators for fun, informal discussions on different global topics this July. Join us for one happy hour, or attend all three! Free, registration required in advance. Zoom links will be provided to those who register. Stay connected and inspired this summer. Thursday, July 9 | 4-5 pm | Teaching Globally in Rural Settings Thursday, July 16 | 4-5 pm | Arts-based Global Education Thursday, July 23 | 4-5 pm | Global Teaching and Digital Learning Hosted by the…

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Virtual K-12 Teacher Event: Global Education Happy Hour – Arts-based Global Education

July 16, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join fellow educators for fun, informal discussions on different global topics this July. Join us for one happy hour, or attend all three! Free, registration required in advance. Zoom links will be provided to those who register. Stay connected and inspired this summer. Thursday, July 9 | 4-5 pm | Teaching Globally in Rural Settings Thursday, July 16 | 4-5 pm | Arts-based Global Education Thursday, July 23 | 4-5 pm | Global Teaching and Digital Learning Hosted by the…

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Virtual Cultural Event: Persian Poetry Night on Hafiz

July 19, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on Persian Poetry, featuring the musicality of the works of Persian lyric poet Hafiz, with speaker Loghman Zaeem. This event is in Persian. Zoom link.

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

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

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

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Virtual K-12 Teacher Event: Global Education Happy Hour – Global Teaching and Digital Learning

July 23, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join fellow educators for fun, informal discussions on different global topics this July. Join us for one happy hour, or attend all three! Free, registration required in advance. Zoom links will be provided to those who register. Stay connected and inspired this summer. Thursday, July 9 | 4-5 pm | Teaching Globally in Rural Settings Thursday, July 16 | 4-5 pm | Arts-based Global Education Thursday, July 23 | 4-5 pm | Global Teaching and Digital Learning Hosted by the…

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Virtual Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Zehra Nigah

July 25, 2020 | 12:30 pm

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, July 25 at 12:30 PM. The featured poet is Zehra Nigah, Urdu poet and scriptwriter from Pakistan. In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet, and in the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets. This event is in Urdu. Zoom Web Browser Access link | Meeting ID:…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 2020

2020 K-12 Virtual Summer Seminar: Diversities of the Middle East

August 3, 2020 - August 7, 2020

While often portrayed by overgeneralized representations in the media, the Middle East is a region full of diversity. This virtual, five-day summer seminar for K-12 teachers will counter monolithic narratives about the Middle East by highlighting the plurality of the region. Through both synchronous and asynchronous sessions, the seminar will address the religious, geographic, ethnolinguistic, economic, and cultural diversity found across the Middle East and North Africa. Taking place August 3-7, 2020, this seminar will provide interdisciplinary content, teaching strategies,…

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Cultural Event: “Hafiz is a Strange Secret! Compatibility and Empathy of Hafez and Master Shajarian” with Hamid Yazdani

August 9, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on Persian Poetry, featuring information on Hafiz, Iranian classical singer, and poetry readings and Persian music. This event is in Persian. Zoom Link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.

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Virtual Week of Welcome Trivia Night: Geographies of the Middle East

August 13, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Interested in the field of Middle East Studies? Test your knowledge of the region with a fun, online trivia game and learn about different related majors and minors offered on campus. Stay for a virtual discussion with students, faculty, and staff on campus about opportunities in Middle East studies. Register in advance at go.unc.edu/MEStrivia. This trivia hour is partnering with the THB Presents: Trivia Night series. Click the link to check out other games played this night. You can test your trivia…

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Virtual Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Fani Badayuni

August 15, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, August 15, at 12:30 PM. The featured poet is Fani Badayuni (1879-1961). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet, and in the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets. This event is in Urdu. Zoom Web Browser Access link | Meeting ID: 927 5645 8467 Password: Fani By…

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Virtual Conversation: Catastrophe in Lebanon: Causes and Impact

August 19, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  This conversation will address the background and consequences of August 4th's horrific explosion in Beirut, with two distinguished guests who reside in the city. Panelist: Dr. Maha Shuayb, (Centre for Lebanese Studies, LAU) Panelist: Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish (Bard College) Moderator: Dr. Akram Khater (Khayrallah Center) Registration required. Once registered you will receive a link to the Zoom webinar on the day of the webinar. Register by Wednesday, August 19, 10 am EST. Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese…

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Virtual Kitab Talk: “The Arab American Newspapers Project” with Dr. Akram Khater

August 26, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

While researchers and the general public have long been able to digitally search Latin script archival texts, those working with Arabic script languages have not been unable to effectively do so. This has meant that the millions of documents in archives across the world remain difficult to access and search. This talk will explore the efforts of the Khayrallah Center to solve this problem by developing an Arabic OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program that renders digital images of archival documents…

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

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

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

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Virtual Carolina Seminar: “Russia and Turkey: The Promise and the Limits of Partnership,” Dimitar Bechev (UNC CSEEES)

August 27, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dimitar Bechev is a visiting scholar at the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies. His book Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale University Press, 2017) explores Russia’s geopolitical role in the Balkans, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera, the American Interest, Politico, Foreign Policy and openDemocracy. For more information and to request registration access, please see here or contact Dr. Eren Tasar. The Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Empires, East and West…

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

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

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

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Cultural Event: “The pain of separation from the beloved: Understanding Mowlavi Rumi” with Dr. Mohammad Ali Bat-haee

August 30, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on Mowlavi Rumi, featuring Dr. Mohammad Ali Bat-haee, retired professor of Shiraz University. The event will include time for questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience and music. This event is in Persian. Zoom Link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.

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Virtual Juhood Magazine Launch 2.2

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

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

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September 2020

Webinar: “Islam in Southeast Asia or Southeast Asian Islam?” Dr. Carol Kersten (King’s College London)

September 2, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

In 2016, the Indonesian Islamic mass organization Nahdatul Ulama launched an international advocacy campaign for promoting Islam Nusantara, or Southeast Asian Islam, as a tolerant variant of the world’s second largest religion with global significance and relevance. The initiative is also a demonstration of growing assertiveness on the part of Indonesian Muslim leaders and intellectuals. In this lecture the notion of Islam Nusantara is used to tie together my two main research interests: The Islamization of Southeast Asia and the intellectual history of the modern…

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Virtual Seminar: Panel I: Love and Desire Across borders in Modern Iran and Diaspora

September 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This webinar is part of the series, “Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora: A Symposium in a Series of Panels.” Register in advance: go.unc.edu/Iran From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for…

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US & Lebanon Relations: A Virtual Conversation with Congresswoman Donna Shalala

September 10, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  This conversation will address the recent history of US-Lebanon relations, and how these have developed in light of the catastrophic August 4th explosion in the Port of Beirut. Congresswoman Shalala will also speak of the efforts of the Lebanon Caucus in the House of Representatives to secure humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people. Moderated by Dr. Akram Khater (Khayrallah Center). REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Once registered you will receive a link to the Zoom webinar a day before the webinar. Register.…

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

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

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

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Virtual Seminar: Panel II – Embodied Bodies, Non-normativity, and Power Dynamics in Modern Iranian Literature and Film

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

This webinar is part of the series, “Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora: A Symposium in a Series of Panels.” Register in advance: go.unc.edu/Iran From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for…

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Virtual Forum: “Diplomacy in a World of Transnational Crisis”

September 14, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  The American Academy of Diplomacy, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will host its annual Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum via live stream at 6 p.m. EDT on Sept. 14, 2020. The forum, “Diplomacy in a World of Transnational Crisis,” will examine large-scale policy and diplomacy implications of transnational issues, such as COVID-19. The event features the following: Keynote address by Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who…

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Virtual Lecture: “Paths to Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Central Asia: Two Case-Studies of Emancipation” with Jeff Eden (St. Mary’s College of Maryland)

September 16, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  When the Russian Empire conquered Central Asia in the 1860s-1870s, the conquest was hailed across Europe as the event that ended Central Asia’s slave trade and liberated its slaves– a claim that has rarely, if ever, been challenged by historians. In this presentation, Jeff Eden challenges that claim through two case studies. The first case study shows how, on the eve of Russia’s conquest of the capital city of Khiva in 1873, the city’s slaves fomented the largest slave…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Virtual Seminar, Horner-Jarrahi Keynote Presentation: “The Growing Popularity of Non-Standard Marriages and Unions in Iran and South West Asia/North Africa (SWANA)” by Dr. Janet Afary (University of California, Santa Barbara)

September 19, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

This webinar is part of the series, “Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora: A Symposium in a Series of Panels.” Register in advance: go.unc.edu/Iran From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for…

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Virtual Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Rahat Indori 

September 19, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, September 19, at 12:30 PM. The featured poet is Rahat Indori (1950-2020). Rahat Indori passed away from COVID-19 on August 11, 2020. In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet, and in the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets. This event is in Urdu.   Zoom Web Browser Access…

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Cultural Event: “Iranian identity in the Shahnameh of Hakim Ferdowsi” with Mr. Freydoun Naimi-Rad

September 20, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on the Shahanameh, featuring Mr. Freydoun Naimi-Rad. One of the world’s longest epic poems, the Shahnameh was written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. The event will include time for questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience and music. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in…

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

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

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

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Virtual “Blackness in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies” Speaker Series: “Posing Slaves for the Camera: Race and Photography in 19 century Khartoum” by Eve M. Troutt Powell (U. Penn)

September 22, 2020 | 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

  Please mark your calendars for the first event in the 2020-2021 “Blackness in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies” speaker series. On September 22, at 4:30 PM, Eve M. Troutt Powell (Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania) will present “Posing Slaves for the Camera: Race and Photography in 19 century Khartoum.” The talk will be moderated by UNC’s own Professor William Sturkey. All events will be held virtually through Zoom. Registration details forthcoming.   Eve M. Troutt…

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Virtual Discussion: War and COVID-19 in Yemen

September 24, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  While nearly every country in the world is struggling with COVID-19, it would be easy to say that Yemen is suffering the most. The past five years of conflict have left the country's health system shattered, putting millions in vulnerable conditions since the start of the pandemic. Not only has COVID-19 left millions of Yemenis at risk, but the intentional suppression of information by authorities has impacted the reports of the real numbers of the pandemic. In many ways,…

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

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

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

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Virtual Seminar: Panel III – Religio-Political Dimensions of Desire in Modern Iran

September 26, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This webinar is part of the series, “Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora: A Symposium in a Series of Panels.” Register in advance: go.unc.edu/Iran From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for…

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Lecture: Juhood Spotlight: Roisin Tapponi

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

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

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Virtual Kitab Talk: “Building the Digital Library of the Middle East” with Jacob Hill (Stanford Libraries)

September 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a Kitab Talk on the newly released Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME), which aims to become one of the world’s largest public, online archives of Middle Eastern and North African artifacts. In response to the tragic displacement of people and losses of life in conflict zones and to ongoing threats to the cultural heritage of the Middle East through destruction, looting, and illegal trade, the DLME federates Middle Eastern collections from around the world, creating…

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

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

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

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October 2020

A Virtual Conversation with Ambassador Michael Oren

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

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

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Virtual Discussion: “Damned If You Do and Dammed If You Don’t: Troubled Waters Over the Nile” – A Discussion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam with Dr. Aaron Salzberg

October 1, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  In 2011, Ethiopia began construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The dam would by the largest in Africa and produce more than 6,000 MW of power. While potentially providing substantial benefits to the region, it also posed an existential threat to the two downstream countries – Egypt and Sudan. Egypt threatened to go to war. Discussions between the countries have failed to solve the dispute. The dam is now filling and a potential conflict looms. Register in advance:…

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Virtual Seminar: Roundtable Discussion: Love, Laws, and Changes

October 3, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This webinar is part of the series, “Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora: A Symposium in a Series of Panels.” Register in advance: go.unc.edu/Iran From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for…

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Virtual Panel Discussion: Black and Afro-Iranians in Iranian Cultural Imaginary

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

Register in advance: go.unc.edu/iranwebinar   This panel will discuss Black and Afro-Iranians in the Iranian Cultural Imaginary, featuring panelists: “Chronopolitical Assemblages: Race/ism, Desire, and Identification in Iranian Contexts” Shadee Malaklou, Chair and Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies; Founding Director, Women's and Gender Non-Conforming Center, Berea College “The Question of Race in Simin Daneshvar’s “A City Like Paradise” Amirhossein Vafa, Assistant Professor of English Literature, Shiraz University “The limitations, danger and equity regarding imagining and writing about those we are…

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Careers in Diplomacy: A Conversation with Ambassador Kathy Stephens

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

  Kathy Stephens had a distinguished career with the Department of State from 1978 to 2015, notably in her posting as US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2008 to 2011 — the first woman and the first Korean-speaker in that post. In addition, she served in China, former Yugoslavia, Portugal, Northern Ireland, and India, and held numerous high-ranking policy positions in Washington, DC, including Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary…

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

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

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

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Panel Discussion: “Queer Refugees/Queering Refugee Studies” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

October 9, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  This panel places queer refugee experiences and queer refugee studies at the forefront of larger discussions of political asylum, global or transnational perceptions of queerness, and overlapping systems of governance. Rather than treating queer refugees as exceptional or marginal to refugee studies, we explore how queerness is central to the formation of refugee subjects, border regimes, and state technologies.   Panelists include: Elif Sari, Cornell University Sima Shaksari, University of Minnesota Fadi Saleh, University of Göttingen Begüm Başdaş, Humboldt…

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Cultural Event: “A Look at the Poetry and Music of Early Popular Genre in Iran” with Mr. Shahram Mazhari

October 11, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on poetry and music of early popular genre in Iran, featuring Mr. Shahram Mazhari. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience and music. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.   Sunday, October 11 | 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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K-12 Webinar: Challenging Misconceptions of Slavery: The Life of Omar ibn Said

October 13, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  Omar ibn Said was born into a well-educated family around the year 1770 in Futa Toro, in contemporary Senegal. In his thirties he was kidnapped, enslaved, and transported to Charleston, South Carolina. He escaped from his first enslaver and was later imprisoned in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Jim Owen, brother to the governor of North Carolina, purchased Sayyid, and he spent the next fifty-three years of his life with the Owens. Said went on to write a series of manuscripts…

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“The Iran Nuclear Deal: Dead in the Water or Still Alive and Kicking”

October 14, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  In this discussion, four leading experts will discuss "The Iran Nuclear Deal: Dead in the Water or Still Alive and Kicking?” Zoom access link. More information. Panelists include: +Ambassador Michael Bock (President of INSTEX - Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, Berlin, Germany; former German ambassador to Colombia, Egypt, and Sweden). +Ellie Geranmayeh (Senior Policy Fellow & Deputy Head of Middle East and North Africa program at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in London, UK; expert on EU foreign…

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Virtual Workshop: Persian Language Pedagogy: Challenges, Obstacles, and Innovative Responses

October 15, 2020 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Persian Language Pedagogy: Challenges, Obstacles, and Innovative Responses is an attempt at providing innovative responses to challenges and obstacles that Persian language instructors particularly, but language instructors more broadly, encounter in their classrooms. The panelists will address topics such as the challenges in teaching heritage students vs. non-heritage ones, the difficulties of teaching morphologically complex idiomatic expressions in Persian, teaching reading in Persian to literate college-level novice readers of Persian as a second language, devising effective blended language learning experiences,…

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Panel Discussion: “Midnight Traveler: Uncertain Journeys to and through EU” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

October 16, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  This event will focus on the film Midnight Traveler, a 2019 documentary filmed on cell phone cameras by an asylum-seeking filmmaker and his family traveling from Afghanistan to Europe. This documentary is a first-hand account of displacement and border crossing, providing insights into the cruelties of border regimes and systems of refugee governance.   Panelists Include: Emelie Mahdavian, Co-writer and Editor, Midnight Traveler Lily Herbert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nadia Yaqub, University of North Carolina at…

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

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

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

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Bismil Saeedi

October 17, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, October 17, at 12:30 PM. The featured poet is Bismil Saeedi (1901-1977). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet, and in the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets. This event is in Urdu.   Zoom Web Browser Access Link Meeting ID: 946 6094 7701 Passcode:…

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Discussion: “Ethical Consumption under Capitalism” with Aydin Anwar

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

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

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

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

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

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Panel Discussion: “Global Uprising: The Protracted Present of Uprising”

October 20, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  What are the concepts and political semantics we need to make sense of the last ten years of uprising? Can we think of the uprisings in temporal terms, can we go further and historicize them? What does thinking of the uprisings within a single framework as ‘global’ add? And what does thinking from the Middle East allow for in this respect?  How might we think through what is left of the concept of revolution, and its various dilemmas/problematics (vs…

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Lecture: “Blackness in Malaysia and Indonesia: Stories from the Field” with Professor Timothy Daniels

October 22, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Daniels is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Hofstra University. Before joining the faculty at Hofstra, he completed his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He teaches anthropology, religious studies, linguistic anthropology, and urban studies. His research has spanned multiple field sites in Malaysia and Indonesia. His research interests include urban space and ethnicity, globalization and culture, traditional arts and cultural performances, and Islamic law and ethics. His initial field research projects…

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

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

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

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Twenty First Annual TISS New Faces Conference

October 23, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

  Advanced graduate students in the security studies field will present their research and engage in conversation with the TISS Community. Advanced Registration Required. Presenters include Gregoire Phillips (University of California at Davis), Velvet Gloves on Iron Fists: Media, Persuasion, and Power in Modern Extremism. More information and register.   How do rebels gain and maintain local support while also engaging in costly war? In this dissertation, I argue that rebels leverage the influence and reach of modern media to translate…

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Panel Discussion: “Racialization of Refugees in the EU” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

October 23, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  This panel focuses broadly on the ways that refugees and other migrants from the Middle East to Europe experience and/or respond to discrimination and exclusion. We hope to better understand how both new and old forms of racism, Islamophobia, Orientalism, and other processes of differentiation shape the experiences of migrants, and we are especially interested in new perspectives that the lens of race brings to the study of Middle Eastern migrants in the EU.   Panelists Include: Nathan Swanson,…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Panel Discussion: “Digital Forays and Global Uprising: Aesthetics of Digital Dissent”

October 29, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  Since the Arab Spring, the protests and dissent have only become more audio-visually mediated with an instantaneity and ubiquity that is never merely ‘formal.’  The mediation and the aesthetics are in many ways also the uprisings themselves.  What types of imagery are being captured, circulated, and remade in these moments of conflict—and how do they travel from one site of conflict into others around the globe?  What devices, channels of communication, and infrastructures allow and/or impede such exchanges? What…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Panel Discussion: “Refugees and the “Crisis” of States: Rethinking Border Regimes and the State Technologies in the EU” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

October 30, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  Instead of a refugee "crisis" that often frames refugees as the problem, this panel locates the problem with existing states and border regimes. We seek to understand the state and state-making practices through refugee experiences. We ask what we learn about the shortcomings of current systems of governance and territoriality through an examination of state-refugee interactions and state policies targeting refugee populations.   Panelists Include: Martina Tazzioli, Goldsmiths, University of London Banu Gökarıksel, Devran Koray Öcal, Betül Aykaç University…

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November 2020

Panel Discussion: “Digital Forays and Global Uprising: Archiving A Revolution: Smartphones, Social Media, & Protest”

November 5, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  If social media was hailed as crucial to the start of the Arab Spring, what has the last 10 years brought in terms of increasing cellphone connectivity, usage, and entwinement in our lives? A flood of research pinpointed changing digital access/practices as linchpins of the Arab Spring (perhaps overly simplistically, or correct) - but what is our perspective looking back over the last 10 years? How do/did we archive the “Arab Spring” and the other swells of protest and…

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K-12 North Carolina English Teachers’ Association Conference Session: “Poets of Protest: Poetry from the Middle East and North Africa”

November 5, 2020 | 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

  The annual North Carolina English Teachers’ Association Conference will take place online, November 5-7, 2020. Register in advance and more information.   Around the world, poetry has been a popular way to comment on and challenge systems of power. Often used as artistic expression in times of crisis, spoken and written word allows artists to tell stories of their communities, expose truths, and inspire action. Incorporating MENA poets is a way to prioritize MENA voices and gain an intimate…

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

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

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

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Panel Discussion: “Learning, Teaching, and Community-Building with Refugees” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

November 6, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  This roundtable brings together scholars, activists, and NGO volunteers to discuss how to learn from and with refugees, teach about refugees, and engage with refugee communities. What are the strategies for resisting the racialization and marginalization of refugees and for developing an appreciation of refugee experiences, knowledge, and contributions to societies? What interventions in research, in the classroom, and in community organizing are required to promote ethical engagements with refugees and to maximize benefits flowing from these engagements to…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Discussion: “After Trump: The Future of America as a Global Power: Relations with China, the Middle East, Russia, and Europe”

November 12, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  Join this conversation on America’s global relations with four leading experts - +Dr. Daniel Hamilton (former Deputy Assistant of State for Europe); +Ambassador David Litt (former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates); +Thomas Orlik (Bloomberg Economics, former Wall Street Journal correspondent in Beijing); +Si Tao Xu (Deloitte partner and economist, Beijing, China). Introduced and moderated by Prof. Klaus Larres (UNC-Chapel Hill)   More details and Zoom information.   Organized by the Krasno Global Events Series.   UNC-Chapel Hill

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Cultural Event: Mauritanian Music Comes to Duke – Arabic Halaqa

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

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

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K-12 International Education Week Webinar: “Understanding Racism in the Arab World and Beyond” with Shreya Parikh (UNC Chapel Hill)

November 16, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  Increase awareness of social justice and human rights around the world in this week-long professional development webinar series. In celebration of International Education Week, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the area studies centers at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University will host an interactive webinar every evening between November 16-20, 2020. Each webinar will focus on content and resources related to a specific world region: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.…

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

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

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

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Panel Discussion: “Global Uprising: Dispossession, Extraction, Plunder”

November 17, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  Most agree that rampant inequalities, which even policymakers are admitting constitute a “new great divergence” not seen since the Industrial Revolution, are at the heart of protest movements everywhere.   If this has been only intensified by a global pandemic that might be taking us from recession into depression then the stakes seem only heavier.  But how far do we need to understand the uprising as not only movements against inequality, but as more systemic expressions of a refusal…

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

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

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

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Lecture: “A Foe of Injustice and Prejudice: Srpuhi Dussap and the Foundations of Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Armenian Feminist Thought” with Melissa Bilal

November 19, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Melissa Bilal is Distinguished Research Fellow at UCLA Center for Near East Studies and Lecturer in the Department of Ethnomusicology. She previously taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Boğaziçi University, and the American University of Armenia (where she still serves as a member of the core team developing the Gender Studies program). Dr. Bilal received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology at Boğaziçi University and earned her Ph.D. in Music from the University of Chicago. She…

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Workshop: Cultural Heritage Restitution: Ethical and Legal Issues

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

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

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Shakeel Badayuni

November 28, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, November 28, at 12:30 p.m. The featured poet is Shakeel Badayuni (1916-1970). We will concentrate on his work outside of the film industry. In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet, and in the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets. This event is in…

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December 2020

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

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

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

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Panel Discussion: “Digital Forays: Rewind, Repeat, Rehash: History, Materiality And ‘Digital Colonialism’”

December 3, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  Even TeenVogue gets it: “if you take away imperial plunder, what else do you have to offer?” Yet then how do we make sense of a 3D life-sized reconstruction of the arches of Palmyra, destroyed by ISIS, but now on a tour through Western Capitals as a spectacle reclaimed through digital methods? We lament the “loss” of this heritage - but we laude the tools that helped us “preserve” and recreate it. The Middle East is continually framed as…

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K-12 Webinar: Making Positive Change: Stories of Peacebuilding from the Middle East and North Africa

December 5, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this two-hour workshop for educators, teachers will hear stories of activism and inspiration from change-makers in the Middle East and North Africa. Panelists from Syria, Iraq, and Sudan will discuss their diverse work in peacebuilding and community engagement. Teachers will learn more about the complexity of issues facing the MENA region, think critically about issues of injustice, and discuss connections to service-learning pedagogy. Drawing upon the lessons that can be learned from global examples of resilience and resistance, the…

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Cultural Event: “Life and study of poems by ‘Abd al-Rahman Jami” with Ms. Maryam Tabibzadeh

December 6, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on the life and poems by 'Abd al-Rahman Jami featuring Ms. Maryam Tabibzadeh, accompanied by live music. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience and music. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.  

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Panel Discussion: “Global Uprising: Inequality, Corruption, Financialization”

December 8, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  The emergence of the Occupy Wall Street movement nearly a decade ago provided a particularly new rhetoric of protest that has persisted across uprisings, political debates, and numerous crises that have  come in its wake. “We are the 99%” identified economic inequality as a central problem that unified many concurrent and overlapping concerns regarding taxation, employment, wealth, kleptocracy, financialization, corruption, neoliberalism, race, etc. Over the course of the last decade, however, wealth inequality has only worsened, and the knotty…

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K-12 Webinar: The Future of Language Learning in North Carolina

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

  Language-learning experts will engage in a conversation about the direction of teaching and learning of languages in North Carolina, and what changes they hope to see in the future. As the face of North Carolina evolves, and with new developments in pedagogy and technology, this panel will discuss where things are going and how language educators should be meeting new (and old) challenges. Register in advance at go.unc.edu/NClanguages.   Our panelists come from across the state, all with a…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Talk: “Political Islam, Justice, and Governance” with Dr. Mbaye Lo (Duke University)

December 10, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  This book argues that political Islam (represented by its moderate and militant forms) has failed to govern effectively or successfully due to its inability to reconcile its discursive understanding of Islam, centered on literal justice, with the dominant neo-liberal value of freedom. Consequently, Islamists' polities have largely been abject, often tragic failures in providing a viable collective life and sound governance. This argument is developed theoretically and supported through a set of case studies represented by the Muslim Brotherhood…

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Cultural Event: “Remembering Ostad Shajarian on Yalda Night!”

December 20, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke University and the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina for a special virtual celebration of Yalda Night, an Iranian celebration of the longest night of the year. This event will feature live Persian music honoring Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, an Iranian vocalist and master of Persian traditional music. He is widely considered as one of the greatest Iranian artists of all time. The event will feature: Professor Omid Safi, Professor Ghadamali Sarami, Professor Bahram Osqueezadeh, Hossein…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Ibrahim Zauq

December 26, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, December 26, at 1:00 PM. The featured poet is Mohammad Ibrahim Zauq (1790-1854). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet, and in the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets.  This event is in Urdu. Zoom Web Browser Access Link Meeting ID: 994 9325 8636 Passcode: ZAUQ Dial-in…

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January 2021

Performance: Omar Offendum

January 13, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American hip-hop artist, designer, poet and peace activist. He tours the world performing internationally at music festivals, lecturing at major academic institutions and fundraising for humanitarian relief organizations. He will perform part of his latest creative work Little Syria, and discuss his music and activism. More information and register in advance.   This event is part of a series of webinars with award-winning and diaspora-bending artists, writers, poets, and musicians held in conjunction with Turath, a…

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Performance: Omar Offendum and Thanks Joey

January 13, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies will host a special virtual performance / discussion with Omar Offendum & Thanks Joey, two award-winning Arab-American Hip-Hop artists. They will present samples from their new album "Lost In Translation" as well as a preview of their "Little Syria" project, which recounts the experiences of the first Levantine immigrants to NYC through music, poetry & storytelling.   Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American hip-hop artist, designer, poet and peace activist. He tours the world…

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Lecture: “Turkey’s Ambitions and American Interests”

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

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

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

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

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

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Carolina Seminar: “Claiming Hagia Sophia” with Halil Ibrahim Yenigun (San Jose State University)

January 25, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   Halil Yenigun is on the faculty at San Jose State University in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on comparative political theory with a specific focus on contemporary Muslim political thought and…

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K-12 Teaching the Middle East Webinar Series: “Islam Through Art” with Dr. Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan)

January 28, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This webinar introduces participants to key issues and themes in Islamic art, including architectural interactions and the importance of ornament and Arabic-script calligraphy. This session also aims to dispel contemporary discourses about figural imagery, especially depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. Finally, we will discuss readings, pedagogical strategies, and online resources which can help teach Islam in a manner that aims to circumvent simplistic presuppositions and “otherizing” binaries. This series offers five interactive sessions between January and May 2021, featuring resources…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Amir Meenai

January 30, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Amir Meenai (1829-1900). We will be joined by Sabiha Siddiqi Sahiba, the great-granddaughter of Amir Meenai, who will share her thoughts about her great-grandfather and recite his poetry. In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet, and in the second half, you are invited to share your original…

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February 2021

Kitab Talk: “Hazine: A Guide to Researching the Middle East and Beyond” with Hazine editors

February 4, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Hazine was started by two Ottoman historians, to provide archives and library guides for researchers working on the Middle East, North Africa, and Islamicate societies. Since ‘relaunching’ in 2018 with Heather Hughes and N.A. Mansour as co-editors, Hazine has continued to provide the research community with archive reviews, but Hughes and Mansour have since reworked the website to be more broadly inclusive of cultural heritage workers and highlight their contributions to research, while also addressing the unique challenges to…

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Cultural Event: “Women in the Shahnameh” with Dr. Amir Rezvani

February 7, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on the position of women in Hakim Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, featuring Dr. Amir Rezvani, accompanied by live music. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience and music. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.

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Carolina Seminar: “Uprising in Syria” with Bassam Haddad (George Mason University)

February 8, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His areas of research include issues in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon; political…

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Lecture: “Ancient Judaism Online: Exploring a 3D Model of the Ancient Beth Alpha Synagogue” with Dr. Brad Erickson

February 10, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  Join us as we step into the ancient world and explore a 3D model of the Late Roman synagogue of Beth Alpha. Participants will have the option of creating an avatar to join in the virtual synagogue or they can watch the talk through Zoom. During the conversation, Dr. Erickson will describe how digital tools are changing the study of ancient Judaism; give a tour of the Beth Alpha synagogue; and analyze the personifications of the seasons, zodiac, and…

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Book Talk: “Countless Blessings: A History of Childbirth and Reproduction in the Sahel,” with  Prof. Barbara Cooper (Rutgers)

February 11, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Barbara M. Cooper is a Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her new book, Countless Blessings, is a book on the history of childbirth and reproduction in the Sahel. Prof. Cooper sets out to understand childbirth in a country with the world's highest fertility rate and an alarmingly high rate of maternal and infant mortality. She shows how the environment, slavery and abolition, French military rule, and the rapid expansion of Islam have all influenced childbirth and fertility in Niger…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Exhibition: Golden Mummies of Egypt

February 13, 2021 - July 11, 2021

  On view through July 11, Golden Mummies of Egypt features eight extraordinary gilded mummies and more than 100 related objects including papyri, jewelry, ceramics, and deities that connect the domestic, daily sphere of these Greco-Roman Egyptians to the religious world of the gods. The exhibition explores beliefs about the afterlife during the relatively little-known era when Egypt was part of the Greek and Roman worlds (circa 300 B.C.E.–200 C.E.). In a series of lavishly illustrated thematic sections, it showcases the outstanding…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Artist Conversation: Helen Zughaib

February 18, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Join us for a conversation with Helen Zughaib about her art, its influences and styles. More information and register in advance.   This event is part of a series of webinars with award-winning and diaspora-bending artists, writers, poets, and musicians held in conjunction with Turath, a path-breaking virtual exhibit that maps the rich mosaic of early Arab American culture through music, literature, poetry, art, performance, and journalism.   Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.   NC…

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

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

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

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Conference: “What Does Race Have to Do with Religion? Racialization and Worldwide Islam”

February 20, 2021 - February 21, 2021

The Islamicate Graduate Student Association invites you to attend the 18th Annual Duke-UNC Conference, one of the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conferences in the U.S. This year’s conference, “What Does Race Have to Do with Religion? Racialization and Worldwide Islam” will be held online via a live video broadcasting platform on Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21, 2021. This year’s panels include an exciting line up of graduate student research, artists showcasing their work, and a…

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Lecture: Delving into Persian Words with Dr. Nasser Engheta

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

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

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Carolina Seminar: “Annexing the West Bank” with Noura Erakat (Rutgers)

February 22, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice. Her research interests include human rights…

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Virtual Talks: Global Supply Chains: An Interconnected World – A Series of Lightning Talks

February 23, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Join us for "Global Supply Chains: An Interconnected World." This speakers in this series of lightning talks will discuss supply chains and logistics as related to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Each speaker will provide information on their region of expertise, while underlining the interdependency of the global system. As the Covid-19 pandemic has shown, shortages or interruptions of the supply chain affect communities around the globe, making an understanding of global supply chains and logistics even more…

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Panel Discussion: Global Uprising: Space & Time I: Crowds, Bodies, Affect

February 24, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  Uprisings we are told move not by contamination but by resonance.  It’s the affective force of the uprising itself that is the current of both movement and change. Bodies acting together in risk is transformative. A change that starts not with consciousness but with the body, from what was once thought of as the “discharge” of crowds, the loss of the fear of touch in the indistinction the crowd produces. The past decade has witnessed intense moments of bodily…

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Global Career Night 2021

February 24, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Hear from a virtual panel of phenomenal UNC alumni in globally focused careers! Panelists represent a variety of career options: government, private industry, NGOs, and more. They will share their professional journeys from studying (like you!) at UNC, through the career searches, networking, and life choices that led them to their current roles. In the Q&A, panelists will take your questions on everything from advice on the job hunt to sustainable career growth over the years. Wherever you are…

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McLester Lecture Series: “Authority and Epistemology in Islamic Medical Ethics of Women’s Reproductive Health” with Dr. Zahra Ayubi (Dartmouth)

February 24, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Dr. Zahra Ayubi (UNC ’15) is an assistant professor of religion at Dartmouth and is a scholar of gender in premodern and modern Islamic ethics, specializing in feminist philosophy approaches to the Muslim intellectual tradition and more recently in biomedical ethics. Her talk will be on "Authority and Epistemology in Islamic Medical Ethics of Women’s Reproductive Health.”  Zoom link to join.   Sponsored by the UNC Department of Religious Studies.   UNC-Chapel Hill

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Film Screening and Discussion: Our War

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

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

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K-12 Teaching the Middle East Webinar Series: “Teaching Middle East History in World History” with Dr. Allen Fromherz (Georgia State University)

February 25, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Relevant to high school curricula, we will explore ideas and strategies for using decisive moments in Middle East History to explore larger themes of World History including charisma, religious encounters, commerce, and geographical diversity. This series offers five interactive sessions between January and May 2021, featuring resources and strategies for teaching about the Middle East relevant to both in-person and virtual teaching for Grades 6-12 and community colleges. All events occur on Thursdays, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time FREE!…

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

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

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

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Behzad Lucknavi

February 27, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, February 27, at 1:00 PM. The featured poet is Behzad Lucknavi (1900-1974). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet, and in the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets.  This event is in Urdu.   Zoom Web Browser Access Link Meeting ID: 965 5312 8445 Passcode: BEHZAD…

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March 2021

Kitab Talk: “Akkasah, NYU Abu Dhabi: Photographic Heritage of the Middle East and North Africa” with Jasmine Soliman

March 2, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Akkasah, the Center for Photography at New York University Abu Dhabi, is home to an archive of photographic heritage of the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on histories of the UAE. It fosters the scholarly study of these histories and practices in dialogue with other photographic cultures and traditions from around the world through a range of activities, including commissioning new documentary works. Akkasah collaborates with collectors and families to document and preserve photographic material in…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Community College Summit: “Global is Local Business Summit: The Future of Work”

March 5, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  This Global is Local Business Summit is a collaboration among Trelleborg, Isothermal Community College and UNC World View. It will provide educators and students a unique opportunity to hear from a UNC Kenan-Flagler business professor and industry leaders in North Carolina about meeting needs in the competitive and ever-evolving economy. With a focus on the future of work, this program will provide insights on the changing nature of industry, the skill sets and traits needed and required by current…

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Workshop: The Making of Minorities in the Middle East and North Africa: Objects, Images, Spaces, Part 1

March 5, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

  This two-part workshop addresses minorities and minority-formation in the art, architecture, and urbanism of the Middle East and North Africa through time. A major goal is to consider the role of visual, spatial, and material cultures in mediating minor cultural formations—how objects, images, and spaces serve to express minority cultures but also how they produce, or alternatively resist, the processes by which communities become minorities, within and against the majority cultures of the MENA region. Another aim would be…

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Conversation: In Conversation: Amir Sulaiman

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

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

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

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

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

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Women’s Leadership in the Federal Government

March 9, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Women have long been underrepresented in key sectors of the United States federal government, and especially in positions of leadership in the US federal government. This is particularly true for women of color. While recognizing these facts, this panel highlights women who have held or currently hold positions of leadership working for our country. They will talk about their careers, provide advice to others looking to enter US government service, consider the challenges specific to women in government leadership,…

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Workshop: Virtual Art and Mortality

March 9, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Drawing upon themes from Golden Mummies of Egypt, this two-hour virtual workshop intimately explores death, dying, and life transitions, and it’s actually not morbid at all! Join us to unravel these often-taboo subjects to better understand ancient beliefs around the end of life and embrace an intentional approach to confronting mortality.   For tickets and more information, visit here.   Golden Mummies of Egypt is developed and produced by Nomad Exhibitions. In Raleigh additional support for this exhibition is made possible,…

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

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

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

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Lecture: Juhood Spotlight: Cynthia Jreige

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

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

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Pop-Up Event: “U.S.-Saudi Relations, Past and Present”

March 11, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

  Register in advance: http://go.unc.edu/saudi Victor McFarland is an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri and the author of Oil Powers: A History of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance. He has served as a visiting scholar at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. In this virtual event, Prof. McFarland will discuss the current state of U.S.-Saudi relations – including the fallout from the assassination of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi-led war in Yemen,…

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Workshop: Yasmeen Daifallah (UCSC)

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

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

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

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

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

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Workshop: The Making of Minorities in the Middle East and North Africa: Objects, Images, Spaces, Part 2

March 12, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  This workshop addresses minorities and minority-formation in the art, architecture, and urbanism of the Middle East and North Africa through time. A major goal is to consider the role of visual, spatial, and material cultures in mediating minor cultural formations—how objects, images, and spaces serve to express minority cultures but also how they produce, or alternatively resist, the processes by which communities become minorities, within and against the majority cultures of the MENA region. Another aim would be to…

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Cultural Event: In Celebration of Nowruz

March 14, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, featuring live music. The event will include time for virtual socialization, as well as original music and narration. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.  

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Lecture: “Yehuda Halevi, Zionism, and Mediterranean Currents in Israeli Music” with Michael Figueroa (UNC)

March 15, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  The medieval Judeo-Arabic poet Yehuda Halevi (c. 1075–1141) represents the archetypal Mediterranean journey to Jerusalem, where the poet died in 1141 after making the long journey across the sea from his Andalusian home. Halevi’s poems and philosophical writings resonate across Jewish musical practice in modern Israel, often through musical gestures toward Sephardic or Mizrahi cultural memory. This essay analyzes Israeli musical Mediterraneanism in diverse musical settings of Halevi’s poetry by Nechama Hendel, Etta Ankri, Ruchama Raz, and David Menachem,…

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Four Elections in Two Years? A Guide to Israel’s Never-Ending Political Crisis

March 16, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

  Israeli journalist Amir Tibon (Ha’aretz Newspaper) will discuss the stakes of the March 23 Israeli election, and the challenges the current political situation presents to the foundations of Israeli democracy. Will Netanyahu get a majority coalition and cancel his own corruption indictments? Will the Israeli opposition unite around one candidate? And what will all this mean for the Biden administration? Join us for a lecture and Q&A.   Register in advance. Please contact Shai Tamari, tamari@email.unc.edu with questions. Sponsored…

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

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

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

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Lecture: “Down to the Bone: Dissecting Blackness in Early-Twentieth-Century Egypt” with Dr. Taylor Moore (UC Santa Barbara)

March 18, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Taylor M. Moore is a University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at UC Santa Barbara. Her research lies at the intersections of critical race studies, decolonial/postcolonial histories of science, and decolonial materiality studies. Her manuscript-in-preparation, Superstitious Women: Race, Magic, and Medicine in Egypt, uses modern Egyptian amulets as an archive to reconstruct the magical and vernacular medical life-worlds of peasant women healers, and their critical role developing medico-anthropological expertise in Egypt from 1880-1950. Taylor’s work…

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K-12 Teaching the Middle East Webinar Series: “Experiential Learning about the Middle East through the Senses” with Barbara Petzen (CSIS)

March 18, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This webinar will explore and demonstrate a wide variety of sensory approaches to learning about the Middle East. We’ll look at new ways to understand the diversity of the historical and contemporary Middle East through images and film, sound, taste and smell, and tactile experiences. This series offers five interactive sessions between January and May 2021, featuring resources and strategies for teaching about the Middle East relevant to both in-person and virtual teaching for Grades 6-12 and community colleges. All…

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Horner-Jarrahi Lecture: “Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds”

March 18, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online NC

  Three of the formative revolutions that shook the early twentieth-century world occurred almost simultaneously in regions bordering each other. Though the Russian, Iranian, and Young Turk Revolutions all exploded between 1904 and 1911, they have never been studied through their linkages until now. Roving Revolutionaries probes the interconnected aspects of these three revolutions through the involvement of the Armenian revolutionaries—minorities in all of these empires—whose movements and participation within and across frontiers tell us a great deal about the…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cultural Event: Virtual Islamic Association of Raleigh Open House 2021

March 20, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

  The Islamic Association of Raleigh's Outreach Team invites you to the educational Annual Open House, scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 12:00 pm. This year's theme is “Navigating Difficult Times.” This educational event will feature a keynote address by Imam AbuTaleb. The event will also include Quran recitation & translation, presentation on "What is Islam" and "Who are Muslims", virtual tour of the Islamic Association of Raleigh, Q&A session, Muslim Prayer observation. This is a free event. Please register in…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Bekhud Dehlv

March 20, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Bekhud Dehlvi (1863-1955). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet, and in the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets.  This event is in Urdu.   Zoom Web Browser Access Link Meeting ID:…

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Cultural Event: Nowruz 2021 Celebration

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

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

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Poetry Reading: Safia Elhillo

March 23, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  You are cordially invited to an evening with Safia Elhillo, an award winning poet and author of Sudanese origin. Ms. Elhillo will do a reading of her poetry, and participate in conversation about her work. More information and register in advance.   This event is part of a series of webinars with award-winning and diaspora-bending artists, writers, poets, and musicians held in conjunction with Turath, a path-breaking virtual exhibit that maps the rich mosaic of early Arab American culture…

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Career Event: Arabic in Professional Contexts — The Foreign Service

March 24, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join the UNC Arabic Program on March 24 at 1:30-2:30pm for the second in a series of conversations about using Arabic in professional contexts. In this event, Teaching Associate Professor of Arabic Bud Kauffman will be speaking with former U.S. Foreign Service Officer Ari Gore discussing his route to, and experience during, his career as a U.S. Diplomat in the Middle East. We will be discussing his Arabic studies, near decade in the Foreign Service, and his current work…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Discussion: Roundtable on UNC Partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy and ‘The General and the Ambassador’ Podcast

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

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs will host a virtual roundtable on Friday, March 26 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss a new partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy and the podcast, The General and the Ambassador. This partnership is part of an initiative to strengthen the study of the practice of diplomacy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Faculty at Carolina are incorporating the podcast content into courses, with an opportunity for faculty and students to also…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies

March 29, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
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One event on April 19, 2021 at 11:15 am

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for these remaining events in the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   March 29: 5: Iran Nuclear Treaty 11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Pouya Alimagham is a historian of the modern Middle East at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes on Iran,…

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Carolina Seminar: “Iran Nuclear Treaty” with Pouya Alimagham (MIT)

March 29, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   Pouya Alimagham is a historian of the modern Middle East at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes on Iran, Iraq, and the Levant, focusing on such themes as revolutionary and guerrilla movements, imperialism,…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 2021

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

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

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

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Kitab Talk: “Take Another Look: Revisiting the British Library’s Turkish and Turkic Collections” with Dr. Michael Erdman

April 6, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The British Library's Turkish and Turkic Collections contain some 4000 manuscript texts and more than 26000 printed texts. Despite their value to understanding the history and culture of Turkic peoples across time and space, many of these works remain woefully underutilized by researchers. In this presentation, I will explore a few of the collection's unique aspects, from diversity in language and genre, to holdings relating to underrepresented groups, and ending with unexpected variation in artistic expression. In doing so, I…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Discussion: “Rebranding Terrorism: ISIS” with Rasha Al-Aqeedi (Newlines Institute)

April 8, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  The Islamic State of Iraq was created in 2006 and evolved 8 years later to the Islamic State, taking over large swarths of land in Iraq and Syria. What was the inspiration? What were the goals? How did they execute their aims? And what is the connection with Al Qaeda? Join us for a discussion with Rasha Al-Aqeedi, Senior Analyst and Head of the Nonstate Actors program in the Human Security Unit at the Newlines Institute. Al-Aqeedi has served as…

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

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

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

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Exhibition: MFA Thesis Exhibition: Minoo Emami, Andaruni Landscapes

April 9, 2021 | 8:00 am - April 16, 2021 | 5:00 pm

  Andaruni Landscapes looks critically at gender representation, depictions of the female body, and the objectification of women revealing the hidden feminist history in Iran. It asks the viewer to understand perceptions of feminism and persistent Colonial fetishized stereotyping in post-revolutionary Iran. With understanding, there is a chance for change.   Each work puts to use archival images and found footage as they demand our attention to memory and history in relationship with contemporary life in Iran today. This exhibition…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Saghar Siddiqui

April 10, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Saghar Siddiqui (1928-1974). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet. Please note: although Saghar Siddiqui wrote many film songs, please choose your presentations only from his non-film poetry. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems…

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Cultural Event: “A look at Forough Farrokhzad’s Thought, Life, and Poetry” with Dr. Ali Kathiri

April 11, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on the poetry of Forough Farrokhzad, a woman beyond her time, featuring Dr. Ali Kathiri. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.   Sunday, April 11| 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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Cultural Event: Celebrating Ramadan: Stories from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

April 12, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  In this virtual event, returned volunteers from the Peace Corps will share their stories of experiencing the holy month of Ramadan in Muslim-majority countries during their time abroad.   Sponsored by University Career Services.   UNC-Chapel Hill

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K-12 Teacher Webinar: Celebrating the History and Cultural Contributions of Arab Americans

April 13, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  Register: http://go.unc.edu/AAHM Though often overlooked, Arab Americans are an important thread in the fabric of American society. From the first wave of immigrants who arrived in the late 19th century to the present day, Arab Americans have been making valuable contributions in the fields of medicine, business, education, technology, government, culture, and more. In honor of April as Arab American Heritage Month, this webinar will explore strategies to incorporate information on Arab Americans into the curriculum. Countering overgeneralized representations of…

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

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

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

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Discussion with Author Rabih Alameddine

April 14, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Please join us for a conversation with award winner Arab American writer, Rabih Alameddine, the author of I, the Divine (W.W. Norton), The Hakawati (A.A. Knopf), Koolaids, The Perv, An Unnecessary Woman, and The Angel of History (all Grove Atlantic). An Unnecessary Woman was a finalist for the National Book Award 2014 and the winner of the prestigious Prix Femina étranger, and The Angel of History won the Lambda Literary Award. Alameddine is the winner of the 2019 Dos Passos Prize. His next novel, The Wrong End of the Telescope, will be published…

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Conversation: Sadiyah Bashir In Conversation with Rashida James-Saadiya

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

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

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Discussion: “First Time in 15 Years: Understanding the Upcoming Palestinian Elections” with Khaled Elgindy

April 15, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  The last time Palestinians held national elections was in 2006, with Hamas winning the majority of seats in parliament. Since then, a deep divide has occurred among Palestinian leadership living in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, mostly between Fatah and Hamas. This summer Palestinians will take part in three elections between May and August. Why are these elections taking place now? Who is running and how are these elections structured? And what are the potential ramifications for…

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Poetry Reading: Sadiyah Bashir: The Poet

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

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

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Carolina Seminar: “Leaving Iraq” with Nabil al-Takriti (University of Mary Washington)

April 19, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   Nabil al-Takriti is Associate Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington. With scholarly interests that include Ottoman History, the modern Middle East, and Humanitarian Affairs, Prof. Al-Tikriti is primarily responsible for the…

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Roundtable Discussion: Conceptualizations of Race, Blackness, and Identity in North Africa

April 19, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

  While there are rich cultural and historical connections between North and sub-Saharan Africa, complex divisions exist in the conceptualization of African, Black, and Arab identities. In this roundtable discussion, panelists will address the legacies of colonialism, slavery and the construction of racial hierarchies in Africa, and explore how these factors shape contemporary manifestations of anti-Blackness on the continent, particularly focusing on Arabic-speaking contexts. The discussion will also draw connections to issues of colorism in the broader African diaspora.  …

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Panel Discussion: Digital Forays: Future Digital Research ON/IN/FROM the Middle East

April 22, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  What is the state of digital scholarly research on/in/from the Middle East? What challenges and opportunities fill our present - and what will the next 5-10 years of digital research on the Middle East look like? This roundtable event will examine the present in order to look forward to digital scholarship yet to come. Some motivating questions: How to speak of the difference between digital work produced within the region, rather than about it? What challenges/opportunities are facing graduate…

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K-12 Teaching the Middle East Webinar Series: “Teaching about the Middle East through Underreported Stories” with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

April 22, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This session with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will explore reporting on the MENA region and curricular resources that can be used to connect underreported news stories to the classroom. We will outline ways to engage students in global issues through journalism, develop media literacy, encourage critical thinking about the MENA region, and connect with a journalist for a conversation about their experience reporting from the Middle East. This series offers five interactive sessions between January and May 2021,…

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Cultural Event: “Mimuna: North African Jewish Celebration at the End of Passover”

April 27, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Guest Speaker, Rafram Chaddad is a visual artist and a food researcher. He was born in Djerba island, grew up in Jerusalem and worked and taught as a contemporary artist in Europe and the US since 2004. His works have exhibited in multiple galleries and museums around the world and his themes lay in the relationship between old crafts and family traditions.   In the field of food Rafram works on political and social themes, published recipes and articles…

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

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

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

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May 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Conference: Religions and Public Life Graduate Student Working Group

May 6, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

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

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Performance: Tarek Yamani

May 6, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  A recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition, and the Baryshnikov Artist-in-Residence, Tarek Yamani explores the relationship between African American and classical Arabic music during this webinar with performance, conversation, and Q&A. More information and register in advance.   This event is part of a series of webinars with award-winning and diaspora-bending artists, writers, poets, and musicians held in conjunction with Turath, a path-breaking virtual exhibit that maps the rich mosaic of early…

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Cultural Event: “Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Singer early last century in Iran, Ghamar”

May 9, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a look at the life and music and social role of Qamar al-Muluk Vaziri, featuring speakers Dr. Amir Rezvani, Siavash Pourfazli and Shahram Mazhari. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience. This event is in Persian.   Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.    

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Symposium: Connecting Your Classroom to the World: Collaborating with the UNC and Duke Area Studies Centers

May 12, 2021 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Join us on May 12 to learn about the interesting collaborations between UNC and Duke Area Studies Centers and Minority Serving Institution and Community College faculty. The event will feature speakers from Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges from across the Southeast. Our speakers will talk about how UNC and Duke Area Studies Centers’ resources have helped faculty internationalize their curriculum. The Area Studies Centers will also talk about all resources available to MSI and CC faculty, including funding…

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Lecture: “Poetry and Eshraqi Illuminationism Among Persian Zoroastrians” with Dr. Carl Ernst (UNC-Chapel Hill)

May 12, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSNC) and the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) present the Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series with a lecture titled “Poetry and Eshraqi Illuminationism Among Persian Zoroastrians” with Dr. Carl Ernst of UNC Chapel Hill. The Zoroastrian mystic Azar Kayvan, born in Shiraz, inspired a remarkable intellectual and religions movement of Mughal era, notable for its nostalgic imagination of the ancient Persian kings as ascetic philosophers. This vision was portrayed through…

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Conference: The Palgrave Handbook of Islam in Africa Book Conference

May 14, 2021 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on May 15, 2021 at 8:30 am

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

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K-12 Teaching the Middle East Webinar Series: “Hip Hop and Women’s Voices in the Middle East and North Africa” with Dr. Angela Williams (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

May 20, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Through the work of rap artists from the MENA region, we will learn about the varied lived experiences of girls and women in this region. Their music and online expressions depict the challenges and pressures they face, as well as spaces for hope and a better future for women and girls. This series offers five interactive sessions between January and May 2021, featuring resources and strategies for teaching about the Middle East relevant to both in-person and virtual teaching for…

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June 2021

Teacher Training: “Culture and Arts on a Global Stage” for K-12 and Community College Educators  

June 22, 2021 | 10:00 am - June 24, 2021 | 12:00 pm

  Musicians and poets, artists and dancers have played and written, painted and danced their way around the world through centuries - illuminating the time and the interplay of peoples and societies. In this program, Culture and the Arts on a Global Stage, UNC World View provides a professional development program for all K-12 and community college educators to explore examples of the ways different cultures use the arts to celebrate, reflect, document and heal their societies. The arts have…

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