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MENA FORUM | Diasporas in Transition: Islam, Gender and New Regimes of Governance
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

MENA FORUM | Diasporas in Transition: Islam, Gender and New Regimes of Governance

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MENA Forum: Diasporas in Transition: Islam, Gender and New Regimes of Governance
Speaker: Kathryn Spellman Poots
Moderator: Lisa Anderson

The session will trace the emergence of ‘’Islam’’ and “Muslim” as politicized and securitized categories in Western Europe and USA. It will start by examining the rising prominence of “Muslim” self- and group-identification in relation to the integration of Islam and Muslim practices into Western states, both pre- and post-9/11. Drawing on ethnographic research on Shi’i Muslims in the UK, I will show how geopolitics in the ME, the “war on terror” and the fear of Muslim extremism in the West not only complicates the role of Islam in relation to Western states, but also transforms the relationship within and between Muslim communities. Instead of privileging the reproduction and integration of Islam in block form and as a fixed religion system I would argue for the need for empirical research that provides an understanding of the diverse ways that Muslim populations engage and respond to particular local, national and transnational social and political conditions.

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Mar
27
4:30 PM16:30

MENA FORUM | Salam Fayyad in conversation with Safwan Masri

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Views and Voices: The Contemporary Middle East and North Africa
In collaboration with Columbia Global Centers

Join SIPA's MENA Forum for a conversation with Salam Fayyad, economist and former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, on regional developments and the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Moderator: Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University.

Tuesday, March 27th @4:30PM
IAB 1501
Food will be provided

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MENA FORUM | The Oil Curse Revisited: Reflections on Rentier States in the Arab World
Jan
30
5:00 PM17:00

MENA FORUM | The Oil Curse Revisited: Reflections on Rentier States in the Arab World

Please join us for the inaugural session of MENA Forum's new lecture series, "Views and Voices: The Contemporary Middle East and North Africa." 

The Oil Curse Revisited: Reflections on Rentier States in the Arab World
Speaker: Ishac Diwan, Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs at SIPA
Moderator: Lisa Anderson, James T. Shotwell Professor Emerita of International Relations

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