The day-long workshop will be based on an Open University curriculum designed by Katherine Franke, Professor of Law at Columbia University, who will teach the course. Drawing on comparisons with the US legal system and establishment of the United States as a nation-state, Franke will give an overview of the issues at hand, offering teachers tools that will allow them to go back to their own classrooms and teach a unit on Israel/Palestine.
Media sources have constructed problematic images about the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA). Through this symposium, we hope to begin conversations about representations within curriculum and teaching, and cultivate culturally relevant pedagogy when teaching students from these regions.
The past decade has witnessed a remarkable surge of interest among both policy makers and academics into the effects that religion has on international aid and development. Within this broad field ‘religious NGOs’ or ‘Faith-Based Organizations’ (FBOs) have garnered considerable scholarly and professional attention, resulting in a flurry of surveys and mapping exercises, as well as a number of practitioner-oriented handbooks and toolkits aiming at integrating religion into development programming.
This conference brings together scholars working broadly in Ottoman and Mughal pasts to converse, consult, and present what ways of thinking and doing difference are recoverable to us. This workshop will take as its objective a grounded history of difference narrated in diverse textual and visual cultures. We aim to incorporate venues beyond the legal—histories, hagiographies, travel accounts, visual and material culture—into the discussions of the contemporary.
The Narrow Streets of Bourj Hammoud is a 72-minute experimental non-fiction film about a working-class suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, called Bourj Hammoud, made as a collaboration between anthropologist and filmmaker Joanne Nucho and Lebanese artist Rosy Kuftedjian.
Codifying the Law: The Case of the Medieval Islamic West
Maribel Fierro is Research Professor at the Centre of Human and Social Sciences at the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC – Spain). She has worked and published on the political, religious and intellectual history of al-Andalus and the Islamic West, on Islamic law, and on violence and its representation in Medieval Arabic sources. Among her recent publications: The Almohad revolution. Politics and religion in the Islamic West during the twelfth-thirteenth centuries, Variorum, 2012, and Knowledge, heresy and politics in the Medieval Islamic West (forthcoming). She is the editor of volume 2 (The Western Islamic world, eleventh-eighteenth centuries) of the The New Cambridge History of Islam, Cambridge University Press, 2010; Orthodoxy and heresy in Islam: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies (4 vols., Routledge, 2013); with J. Tolan of The legal status of dimmi-s in the Islamic West (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013) and with H. Ansari, C. Adang and S. Schmidtke of Accusations of unbelief in Islam: A diachronic perspective on takfir (Leiden: Brill, 2015).
Please join the Middle East Institute for a book launch and lecture event with guests Max Weiss (Princeton Univ.) and Jens Hanssen (Univ. of Toronto), co-editors of the book Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nadha. Introductory remarks by Rashid Khalidi (Columbia Univ.).
Join the Middle East Institute and David Brophy (Columbia University) for a discussion on the life and work of Saʿid al-ʿAsali’, a Muslim scholar who moved between the Ottoman Empire and China in the first decades of the 20th centur
Join the Middle East Institute as a co-sponsor for this one-day conference to identify and discuss key methodological questions in the use of visual documents in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing from new research in the field of Late Ottoman history.
Join the Middle East Institute for another Brown Bag Lunch Series. This week's lecture "Fear of the Dark: Understanding Religious Diversity in Greece" will be led by our Mahdi Visiting Research Fellow Dr. Angeliki Ziaka of the University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
HOW DO AUTHORS AND READERS INHABIT DIFFERENT DISCOURSES AND UNDERSTANDINGS OF ADAB? HOW IS TEXTUAL AUTHORITY IN ARABIC GENERATED THROUGH COMPETING DISCIPLINARY SENSES OF INTERPRETATION AND CITATION? HOW DOES THIS ALL RELATE TO LITERARY FORM? AND WHEN ISN’T IT ADAB ANYMORE?
This one-day conference will bring together artists, academics, activists, community leaders, lawyers, journalists, targets of surveillance, and those charged with conducting said surveillance.
How, in the decades after the civil war, did an abstract ideal of peace give way to a distinct space occupied by diverse groups of experts in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East? Based on ethnographic research with diplomats, NGO members, mediators, conflict resolution specialists and UN officials in Geneva, Beirut and New York City, I argue that the current policy regimes on peace-making and crisis prevention in the Arab World are based on moralized perceptions of political violence, which largely impede our understanding of the regions’ history and society...
Join Maison Française and the Middle East Institute for a lecture in French with author Sarga Moussa on: Le Mythe bédouin chez les voyageurs européens, ou la possibilité d’un autre orientalisme.
Join the Middle East Institute for a special guest lecture by Sarga Moussa exploring the Suez Canal through French writers and travelers in Egypt in 1869.
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Join us for an afternoon with special guest Tariq Ramadan (Oxford University) joined by Brinkley Messick (Middle East Institute), Katherine Pratt Ewing (Columbia University), and Hasan Azad (Columbia University) as we look at the intimate interconnections among Muslims, Islam, and the West.
Please join the Middle East Institute and leading Iranian intellectuals from around the country for a special two-day Persica Forum. This conference includes critical discussions of controversial topics centered on religious and secular thought among some leading Iranian intellectuals.
Join the Middle East Institute cosponsored two-day conference addressing important issues on African Languages, the agency, and the production of knowledge with Keynote Speakers Professor Ghirmai Negash (Ohio University) and Professor Fallou Ngom (Boston University)
Islamic Law as a Discursive Tradition
Dr. Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim is assistant professor of Islamic law at McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies in Montreal, Canada. He holds a BA from al-Azhar University, an MA from the American University in Cairo, and a PhD in Islamic Studies from Georgetown University (2011). His research interests include juristic discourse and court practice in both the formative period of Islamic law and the post-classical Mamluk and Ottoman periods. He has recently completed a book manuscript on the theory and practice of child custody in Ottoman Egypt and the role social perceptions of the family and the child’s best interests influenced judicial practice, leading to tensions with the jurisprudence of author-jurists. He is currently working on two book manuscripts entitled, “Judicial Custom in Islamic Law: A Theory of Practice,” and “Child Adoption in Early Modern Egypt.” He is the author of Pragmatism in Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2017). His last two projects have been supported with research grants from the Fonds de recherché du Quebec—Societe et Culture (FRQSC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
After an almost two hundred years of focusing on authors of Islam’s classical period (al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Avicenna etc.), the academic study of philosophy in Islam has finally moved toward the post-classical period, which begins in the 12th century...
The lecture will explore the state of domestic Turkish politics since the failed coup of 15/7/16, the constitutional amendment process and referendum and look into future scenarios on the domestic and international level.
Ottoman and Turkish Studies Seminar presents Salim Tamari Loyalty and Betrayal: Hashimites, Syrians, and Young Turks in Galipoli and Medina
Join the Columbia World Manuscripts Project at Columbia University and the Middle East Institute for a two-day public workshop with lectures and key note address on Rediscovering Words & Worlds: Arabic Script Collections.
Join us for a guest lecture by Dr. Ami Ayalon of Tel Aviv University on the topic of printing. Printing was adopted in the Arab countries in the nineteenth century and assumed mass proportions during the last half-century of Ottoman rule there. The talk will discuss the formative phase of that practice in the region and examine some of the problems and creative solutions in early Arab printing, publishing, and diffusion.
In late November 1990, Fidel Castro invited three Iraqis for lunch at his place: along with Muhsin Jassim Al-Musawi, were the Iraqi ambassador and the Minister of Endowment. Fearing that Saddam Hussein would be driven and misled into a confrontation with the US, Castro was looking for the best method to communicate his thoughts without offending the other who would like to pose as a hero. Come join us for a fascinating lecture on this moment in history.
A discussion between Yadh Ben Achour, former President of the High Authority of the Revolution in Tunisia, Yasmine Ergas,Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and Alfred Stepan, Wallace Sayre Professor of Government, on human rights in post-revolution Tunisia.