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May 2021

Conference: Religions and Public Life Graduate Student Working Group

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

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August 2021

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

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

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September 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 2021

Discussion: In Conversation with Dua Saleh (virtual)

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

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

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

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Performance: Dua Saleh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 20, 2021 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  The Convivencia Lecture Series welcomes Marina Rustow, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East at Princeton University, to discuss her book, "The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue."   Marina Rustow is an American historian and the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East at Princeton University. She is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. Her work focuses on the study of Judeo-Arabic documents found in the Cairo geniza…

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Symposium: “Arabic Literature in Translation” with Dima Ayoub (Middlebury), Alexandra Shraytekh (Tufts), and Michelle Hartman (McGill) (virtual)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November 2021

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

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

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Conversation: Tariq Touré and Chaplain Joshua Salaam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Poetry Reading: “Tariq Touré: The Poet”

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

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

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

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Performance: Kayhan Kalhor

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

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Film Screening: “Chess of the Wind”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cultural Event: Sufi Qawwali Night

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

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

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

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