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March 2021

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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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
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  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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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Panel Discussion: Supply Chain Security through the Strait of Hormuz

June 24, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Amb (Ret) David C. Litt, IDB Executive Director, Center for Stabilization & Economic Reconstruction, will moderate a panel on supply chain security through the Strait of Hormuz. This panel will speak about the importance of the Gulf in the global supply chain, and challenges for physical security in and out of the Strait of Hormuz, with a special emphasis on role of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Panelists will bring private sector, academic, and military expertise. This is a one-hour…

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August 2021

K-12 Program: Cultural Kitchens Series, Kseksou – Couscous: A Moroccan Culinary Art Experience and Cultural Heritage

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

  Please join the UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers for free, virtual global cooking sessions via Zoom.  In each session, attendees will learn how to make a dish from a different region of the world while learning about the culture of the featured region. Experts from each region will be leading the cooking sessions and will provide registered participants with a list of ingredients to follow in advance.  All events will take place from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  …

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September 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kitab Talk: “The Arabic Collections Online Project” with Guy Burak and David Millman (NYU Libraries) (virtual)

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

  Arabic Collections Online (ACO) is a partnership of several major research libraries in the United States and the Middle East to digitize the Arabic monographs in their collections and make them freely accessible to the world. ACO consists of more than 17,000 volumes from most Arabic-speaking countries, Turkey and Iran. Our presentation will offer an overview of the project and the collection. We will also discuss some of the challenges we have faced over the years. Speakers: -Guy Barak,…

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

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

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

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October 2021

Cultural Event: “Simin Behbahani: Love at Eighty” – A Valuable Documentary film by Hassan Fiad (virtual)

October 17, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an introduction by Dr. Nayereh Tohidi followed by film screening of ‘Simin Behbahani: Love at Eighty.’ The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as a Q&A with the filmmaker, Mr. Hassan Fayyad. This event is in Persian.   Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina. Persian Art Center in Carolina (Event in the Triangle)

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November 2021

Cultural Event: “A glance at the historic legacy of Ehsan Yarshater, the founder of the Encyclopædia Iranica” with Dr. Mandana Zandian (virtual)

November 21, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for “A glance at the historic legacy of Ehsan Yarshater, the founder of the Encyclopædia Iranica” with Dr. Mandana Zandian. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience. This event is in Persian.   Professor Ehsan Yarshater founded the Encyclopædia Iranica in 1973 and remained its Editor-in-Chief until his retirement in 2015. Encyclopædia Iranica is the most significant, extensive and comprehensive…

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February 2022

Memories of Cultural Contact in Egyptian Jewish Oracles (virtual)

February 28, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

About this event   This lecture assesses a collection of overlooked Hellenistic Jewish oracles as prophetic reactions to moments of crisis experienced by Roman Egypt’s Jewish population. These oracles, so-called the Sibylline Oracles, are written in Greek and are attributed to a traditionally pagan prophetess, known as the Sibyl. In analyzing this corpus, I take an approach informed by postcolonial and post-structural theories to illustrate the subversive and creative potential of the various prophetic expressions found in each text. These…

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March 2022

“Iraq Invasion, Intended or Unintended Consequences” with Dr. Shakir Jawad. (Saddam Hussain’s Physician, Ex-President of Iraq)

March 3, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

  Dr. Shakir Jawad is a Senior Global Health Advisor at Henry M Jackson Foundation and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Maryland. After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Dr. Jawad worked as a Director General in the Iraqi Ministry of Health and then as an acting deputy Minister of Health. He was also the physician of the Ex-president of Iraq, Saddam Hussain after 2003 while Hussain was in prison.   Zoom…

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Workshop: “Ethical Archival Practices, Digital Humanities, and Community Engagement” (Virtual)

March 4, 2022 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am

In this workshop we aim to explore ways in which scholars working across disciplinary boundaries engage with digital humanities in addressing a wide range of issues. We are concerned with ways of interrogating traditional archival practices and developing ethical community engagement. The workshop will cover a variety of historical periods, focusing on minoritized communities whose heritage is endangered, marginalized languages, and less-explored geographical regions. We will also investigate access to and use of private collections that have received insufficient attention…

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19th Annual Duke-UNC Middle East and Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference “Space and Place: Religion, Politics, and Power in the Middle East”

March 5, 2022 | 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

The Islamicate Graduate Student Association invites papers for our 19th Annual Duke-UNC Conference, one of the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conferences in the U.S. This year’s conference, “Space and Place: Religion, Politics, and Power in the Middle East” will be held online via Zoom on March 5-6, 2022.   Registration required in advance.  

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Interpreting Recent Political Unrest in Kazakhstan

March 7, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  Featuring Azamat Junisbai, Professor of Sociology, Pitzer College Barbara Junisbai, Associate Professor of Organizational Studies, Pitzer College   Brought to you by UNC’s Central Asia Working Group   Meeting Link (Meeting ID: 953 3999 3535; Passcode: 035874) https://unc.zoom.us/j/95339993535?pwd=Y0w2RkE5YVJDc3VDUGV6MjZLNjFydz09

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Rustin Zarkar in Conversation with Publisher Hadi Khojinian

March 12, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Hadi Khojinian is the founder and director of Mehri Publication Ltd, a publishing house that aims to support writers, translators, and artists to publish their works, in particular, the ones who are not allowed to publish their books in their own countries because of the censorship.   Mehri publication publishes books in Persian, English, Arabic, and other languages in the UK. Hadi also works as a social activist, writer, and radio presenter. He received a “Community Award” from the West…

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Lecture: Reimagining Modernity with Omnia El Shakry (virtual)

March 15, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Inwardness: Comparative Religious Philosophy in Modern Egypt   This article centers the Islamic philosopher ʿUthman Amin in order to explore the intellectual exchange between Muslim and Christian scholars in twentieth century Egypt. Specifically, I elucidate Amin’s philosophy of inwardness and its attendant virtues of seclusion, spiritual contemplation, and the jihad of the self, through the lens of an Islamic discursive tradition. How might we understand the concept of an Islamic discursive tradition, as a philosophy of reasoned and embodied religion,…

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A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas Nides

March 17, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Registration Please join Polis Distinguished Fellow Ambassador Miriam Sapiro for a virtual conversation with Tom Nides, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel. They will discuss the U.S.-Israel relationship, including shared interests and challenges, as well as U.S. policy towards the region. Ambassador Nides has served previously as Deputy Secretary of State and, most recently, as the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley. Please submit any questions before Mar 15 at 12pm ET. Registration

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Book Talk: The Origins of Syrian Conflict with Marwa Daoudy

March 30, 2022 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Register here   Marwa Daoudy is a political scientist with an interdisciplinary approach. Her research program in the last decade has generally focused on the intersection of security, politics, law and economics to examine the problems of water and the question of conflict, with a focus on the Middle East. Prof. Daoudy's scholarly contributions have focused on three more specific research interests. The first is the relationship between transboundary water resources, power, conflict and cooperation. The second is a critical examination…

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Zoom Discussion: Islamic State – Rebranding Terrorism – ISIS

March 31, 2022 | 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 swaths of land in Iraq and Syria. What was the inspiration? What were the goals? And how did they execute?" What is the connection with Al Qaeda?   Speaker: Rasha Al Aqeedi A Senior Analyst and the Head of the Nonstate Actors program in the Human Security Unit at the Newlines Institute. Al-Aqeedi has served as a fellow…

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April 2022

Book talk: “Soundtrack to a Movement: African American Islam, Jazz, and Black Internationalism” with Professor Richard Brent Turner (University of Iowa) (virtual)

April 4, 2022 | 10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Join Duke Performances and DISC as we host Dr. Richard Brent Turner to discuss his newest book. Dr. Turner joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2001 and holds appointments in Department of Religious Studies, African American Studies Program, and International Programs. His research program focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary African-American religious history and African diaspora religions in the Black Atlantic world. He is especially interested in the following areas: Islam in the United States; religion and music in New…

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Lecture: “Balconies, Windows, and Doorways: The Architecture of Living Difference Among Alevi and Sunni neighbors in Urban Turkey” with Professor Banu Gökariksel (UNC-Chapel Hill) (virtual)

April 6, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

While encounters with strangers in public spaces have been central to ideas about the politics of difference, this presentation argues for the ethical and political significance of encounters among neighbors that take place within the liminal, porous, and ambiguously public/private spaces of neighborhoods. Drawing on research conducted between 2013 and 2016, we focus on the dynamic entanglements of everyday relations between Alevi and Sunni neighbors in three cities across Turkey. Dr. Banu Gökarıksel is Professor of Geography and the Chair…

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Lecture: “Impact of Music on the Human Brain” with Ghodsi Madani, M.D.

April 6, 2022 | 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) & Iranian Cultural Society of NC (ICSNC), and the Duke University Emamian Lectureship present a lecture by Dr. Ghodsi Madani titled “Impact of Music on the Human Brain.”  Dr. Madani is a Board-Certified Allergist/Immunologist from UCLA with 35 years in private practice. Graduate of Tehran University, School of Medicine.   This lecture will be conducted in English. Free and open to the public.   Please join us at the following link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/96155107120…

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Body, Medicine, and Feminism: The Life Work of Nawal El Saadawi

April 7, 2022 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Conference Schedule AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE | APRIL 7 & 8, 2022 Duke University Registration: https://duke.is/nyrw7 THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2022 KEYNOTE10 am EST (7 PST, 5 Cairo) "Reading Nawal Zaynab's Mind in The Death of His Excellency," Shereen Abouelnaga | Cairo University   THE FEMINIST SUBJECT11:30 - 1:30 pm EST • Mohamed Tonsy (U. of Edinburgh), "How Nawal El Saadawi's Narrative Structures Liberate Text from kitabat al-jasad" • Jessica Frazier (U. of Rhode Island), "Challenging Feminist Stereotypes: Nawal El Saadawi's Creation of…

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Body, Medicine, and Feminism: The Life Work of Nawal El Saadawi

April 8, 2022 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Conference Schedule AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE | APRIL 7 & 8, 2022 Duke University Registration: https://duke.is/nyrw7 THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2022 KEYNOTE10 am EST (7 PST, 5 Cairo) "Reading Nawal Zaynab's Mind in The Death of His Excellency," Shereen Abouelnaga | Cairo University   THE FEMINIST SUBJECT11:30 - 1:30 pm EST • Mohamed Tonsy (U. of Edinburgh), "How Nawal El Saadawi's Narrative Structures Liberate Text from kitabat al-jasad" • Jessica Frazier (U. of Rhode Island), "Challenging Feminist Stereotypes: Nawal El Saadawi's Creation of…

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Lecture: “Building a Conspiratorial Universe in Cold War Turkey: Serdengeçti and Sebilürreşad” with Güldeniz Kıbrıs (virtual)

April 19, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Güldeniz Kıbrıs has received her BA from Koç University International Relations, and MA from Modern History, Sabancı University. She has just submitted her Ph.D. dissertation at Leiden University, Department of History & Turkish Studies about the reproduction of nationalist political myths in Cold War Turkey. She taught about nationalism, political ideologies, history of Europe, Turkish politics, political culture, migration, history of modern Turkey, and the history of civilizations. Her research interests include political culture, history and politics of space, nationalism…

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Mosul Eye, the Untold Stories under ISIS. 

April 19, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  After ISIS took over Mosul in 2014, Iraqi historian Omar Mohammed decided to begin an anonymous blog called Mosul Eye to document atrocities committed by the terrorist group. Despite the constant threat to his life, Mohammed updated the blog diligently for over a year and was able to save many lives through his journalism and geolocation of trapped families. Now that Mosul has been liberated, Mohammed reflects upon the destruction left in ISIS’ wake, and he is determined to…

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Horner Jarrahi (Persian Studies Speaker Series) Persianate Selves: Memories of Place and Origin before Nationalism

April 19, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  In this talk, Mana Kia will discuss some of the main questions and arguments of her recent book. For centuries, Persian was the language of power and learning across Central, South, and West Asia, and Persians received a particular basic education through which they understood and engaged with the world. Not everyone who lived in the land of Iran was Persian, and Persians lived in many other lands as well. Thus to be Persian was to be embedded in…

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Department of Religious Studies: Undergrad Research Symposium (Spring 2022)

April 19, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Join us as we showcase the wonderful and inspiring research of our undergraduate students during our 2nd annual RELI Undergraduate Research Symposium! In addition to a public reveal of this year’s recipients of our prestigious Boyd Prize and Halperin-Schütz Essay Award, this virtual symposium is dedicated to our beloved Professor Carl Ernst!    

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NCATC Spring Webinar: Exploring Playaling: Using Digital Resources in Your Arabic Classroom

April 27, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

  The NCATC is pleased to welcome Lena Krause to lead a workshop on using Playaling in your classroom. She will not only discuss the relevance of culturally authentic and level appropriate digital resources, but will also lead teachers through envisioning how they might easily and effectively employ Playaling in their classrooms!    The beauty of Playaling.com is its simplicity: imagine a glorified Arabic YouTube with clickable subtitles. But how to use it in the classroom? This 90-minute interactive virtual workshop will…

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May 2022

Conference: “Art and the Black Muslim Image” (Virtual)

May 28, 2022 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

  A Zoom discussion on the essays from “Black Muslim Portraiture in the Modern Atlantic”, The Muslim World Journal - Special Issue.   These conversations focus on five Black art figures of Muslim heritage: (1) Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (2) Yarrow Mamout, (3) Joseph Cinqué (4) Omar Ibn Sayyid and (5) The Bashi-Bazouk. They offer various interpretations, but this is precisely the reason this conversation is so vital. Then there’s the fact that these images are all of men and Black…

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September 2022

Wednesdays at the Center: A Path to Muslim Flourishing, Joy, and Futurism

September 7, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

MIPSTERZ has focused its recent efforts around Muslim Futurism—a cultural and artistic aesthetic that learns from frameworks of Afrofuturism - imagining a broader Muslim future free from the oppression of today, set in a utopic tomorrow of our collective creation. The intersectional identities of Muslims and the compounded suffering experienced by so many require synchronous efforts of dismantling.   Futuring for Muslims today is an act of resistance against all hegemonic entities that have come to limit, restrict, and obliterate…

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Syrian Seminar Series: “Between the Ottomans and the Entente: the First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora, 1908-1925.”

September 20, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Stacy D. Farenthold is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, where she is also affiliated with the Global Migration Research Center. Farenthold’s research blends migration and borderlands approaches to social history. Her debut book, Between the Ottomans and the Entente (Oxford University Press), is a history of World War I as told from the Syrian diaspora, and was awarded the Arab American National Museum's Evelyn Shakir Award for Scholarly Nonfiction in 2020, the 2019 Chaiwallah Prize…

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Syria Seminar Series: The Makers of Modern Syria 1918-1958: The Rise and Fall of Syrian Democracy 1918-1958 (Sami Moubayed)

September 26, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Duke History, DUMESC and DISC for a public book talk from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET with Sami Moubayed titled " The Makers of Modern Syria 1918-1958: The Rise and Fall of Syrian Democracy 1918-1958."   Sami Moubayed is a Syrian historian and former Carnegie scholar. He is also author of Under the Black Flag: At the frontier of the New Jihad.   Online Webinar Registration - Zoom   Duke University

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Come Together: “A Moment of Collective Silence and Solidarity”

September 29, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Students, faculty, public, and global communities are invited by UNC Persian Studies to come together virtually in solidarity with protesters in Iran. We will have a moment of silence followed by sharing stories and wisdom, reading poetry, and playing music as a means of healing. Sponsored by UNC Persian Department and the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.   Online at: https://go.unc.edu/Iran2022

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Lecture: Tevârîh-i Antakya: Legendary Chronicles of Antioch

September 29, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  Registration required: https://go.uncg.edu/necatialkan   Like many ancient cities, the foundation of Antioch on the Orontes, modern day Antakya in South Turkey, is based on myths and legends that were recorded, passed on and modified over the centuries in different languages. In this presentation by Dr. Necati Alkan (University of Bamberg, Dept of Turkish Studies), we will survey several manuscripts in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish in which we find fantastical narrations of the beginnings of Antioch until its Islamization. Historical facts…

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October 2022

Panel Discussion: “The Present is Female: #MahsaAmini, Women’s Leadership, and Iran’s Feminist Revolution”

October 3, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us virtually for a panel discussion with Dr. Fatemeh Shams (UPenn) and Dr. Esha Momeni (UCLA), moderated by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi (UNC) about the current protests in Iran and the political and social history leading to this moment.Sponsored by the NC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies, UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, UNC Persian Studies, and Duke University Middle East Studies Center   Online at: https://go.unc.edu/Iran22

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Lecture: “Feminist Economic Analysis of Women’s Precarious Disempowerment: COVID-19 in Uzbekistan

October 5, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This presentation provides a feminist analysis of the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s precarious livelihoods and the lack of multi-dimensional empowerment in Uzbekistan due to a market-driven economy, liberalization and neoliberalism – structures that are ill-prepared to deal with gender equality and pandemic. Feminist analysis aims to examine the gendered nature of the pandemic and its social and economic outcomes by looking at the unequal distribution of pandemic risks. Viewing these conditions through a conceptual feminist framework and…

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Lecture: “Tevârîh-i Antakya: Legendary Chronicles of Antioch”

October 13, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Dr. Necati Alkan, from the University of Bamberg, Dept of Turkish Studies, will talk about the Tevârîh-i Antakya: Legendary Chronicles of Antioch. Like many ancient cities, the foundation of Antioch on the Orontes, modern day Antakya in South Turkey, is based on myths and legends that were recorded, passed on and modified over the centuries in different languages. In this presentation we will survey several manuscripts in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish in which we find fantastical narrations of the beginnings of…

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Five Elections in Three Years: Inside the battle over Israeli Democracy

October 26, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  On November 1, 2022, Israelis will go to the polls for the fifth time since 2019. What are the reasons for this upcoming election? Who are the parties and personalities running for a seat in the Knesset? What makes this election different (if at all) from the previous four elections? And what could be its consequences for Israel, the Palestinians and neighboring countries? Join us for a virtual discussion with Israeli journalist Amir Tibon, the US Editor for Ha’aretz. From…

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November 2022

Syrian Seminar Series: “Understanding the Syrian Calamity: Roots, Dynamics, and Transformation of the Uprising”

November 8, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Bassam Haddad is director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and an associate professor in the Scharf School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011) and coeditor of A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2021). Haddad is cofounder/editor of Jabaliya ezine and executive director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves as founding…

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Discussion: “Arabic in Professional Contexts with Katy Whiting of the Sijal Institute”

November 9, 2022 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  Katy Whiting is the Managing Director of the Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture in Amman, Jordan. She has extensive experience teaching Arabic and developing curricular materials at the K-12 and collegiate levels. She holds a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language and Curriculum Design. Whiting will discuss her journey, both personal and professional, with the Arabic language as a non-native speaker in the Arabic-speaking world. Sponsored by the NC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies,…

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Lecture: “Breathing out Violence: Fake News and other Dangerous Speech in Ancient Israel”

November 14, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

All are welcome to the Emerging Scholars Lecture with Emily Branton, doctoral candidate in the UNC department of religious studies. In the era of social media, we are acutely aware of how dangerous a tweet, a sound bite, or a pernicious piece of medical misinformation can be. This might feel like uncharted territory, but Ancient Israelites in the biblical period also lived in a world of dangerous and even deadly speech. Emily will explore descriptions of, and responses to, dangerous…

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Syrian Seminar Series: “Sectionalization of the Syrian Uprising: Why, Who, and How?”

November 22, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Basileus Zeno is an archaeologist and a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. He holds a BA (2006) in Archaeology and Museum Studies and an M.A. (2011) in Classical and Islamic Archaeology from Damascus University (Syria). Until summer 2012, Basileus was doing his Ph.D. in classical archaeology at Damascus University, but he could not complete his research because of the outbreak of the war. In 2013, he started his M.A. in Political Science at Ohio University,…

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