The Middle East Insitute - Columbia University



The Middle East Institute
Columbia University
Phone: 212-854-2584
Fax: 212-854-1413
606 West 122 Street
Knox Hall - Third Floor
New York, New York 10027
Mail Code 9640

The Middle East Institute of Columbia University, founded in 1954, has helped to set the national pace in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the present, with a primary focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. Fostering an inter-regional and multi-disciplinary approach to the region, the Institute focuses on the Arab countries, Armenia, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Central Asia, and Muslim Diaspora communities.

The Institute sponsors approximately 30 lunch-time talks per year on topics ranging from art and literature to current events, hosts conferences, and provides a neutral atmosphere for scholarly and student exchanges of views on issues concerning the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. It offers courses and outreach seminars to teachers and adult education groups, briefs journalists, and generally acts as a clearing-house for requests for information on the region and its peoples by the media, educational professionals, and the interested public, drawing upon the expertise of its own staff and the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia University.

Events FALL 2015

  • November 13
    Music of the Ottoman Empire Lecture & Demonstration
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30pm
    Location: Room 208, Knox Hall

    An outcome of hundreds of years of artistic development in a multicultural environment, geographically spread over three continents, Ottoman music left an indelible mark on world music today.

    Ahmet Erdogdular will give a lecture on music in the Ottoman Empire: its history, makam structure, forms, and the Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Jewish musicians who contributed to the creation of the Ottoman musical heritage.

    Accompanied by Ali Osman Erdogdular, he will demonstrate singing and playing techniques and improvisation on several instruments.

    Sponsored by Makam New York and the Middle East Institute

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