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International History Workshop with Dr. Ussama Makdisi

International History Workshop: Sectarianism in the Modern Middle East

With Professor Ussama Makdisi, Rice University

Wednesday, January 18
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Columbia University
513 Fayerweather Hall

You are invited to the opening session of the 2017 spring semester of the International History Workshop on 18 January, 11:15 am - 12:45 pm, in 513 Fayerweather Hall. To commemorate this historical (and international) event, we are honored to have Professor Ussama Makdisi of Rice University as our first guest speaker for this semester. Apart from holding the position of Professor of History at Rice, Professor Makdisi also serves as the chair of the Arab-American Educational Foundation of Arab Studies and is the author of several major studies including: Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001 (Public Affairs, 2010); Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East (Cornell University Press, 2007); Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa (Indiana, 2006) co-edited with Peter Silverstein; and The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon (Univ. of California, 2000).
Professor Makdisi will present us a draft chapter entitled "Coexistence in an Age of Genocide: The Birth of the Ecumenical Nahda" from his new book project about the origins of sectarianism in the modern Middle East. The workshop is open to all, and consists of an informal discussion of pre-circulated works in progress. 

In case you are aiming to attend and would like to receive the pre-circulated paper, please write to: or

Earlier Event: December 12
The Political Doctrine of Jihad