Islamic History Workshop
Dec
1
4:10 PM16:10

Islamic History Workshop

  • Columbia University, Knox Hall Room 207 (map)
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Join us for a discussion led by Professor Antoine Borrut from the University of Maryland and the Institute for Advanced Study. This workshop will be devoted to a discussion of a chapter entitled "Forgetting al-Khwārizmī’s History" from Professor Borrut's current book project (tentatively) called Heaven and History: Astrologers, Religious Scholars, and the Making of Islamic History

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SHARI'A WORKSHOP | Guy Burak and Jonathan Brown
Oct
27
4:10 PM16:10

SHARI'A WORKSHOP | Guy Burak and Jonathan Brown

Justice and Islamic Law: The 'Ulama', Mazalim Courts and Legal Reform in Islamic History

Dr. Guy Burak is the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Librarian at NYU's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. He is the author of The Second Formation of Islamic Law: The Hanafi School in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He has written several articles on Ottoman Islamic law and is currently working on a monograph on the history of Kanun/Qanun in the Ottoman and post-Ottoman Middle East.

Dr. Jonathan Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. He has widely published on Hadith, Islamic Law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory, and Pre-Islamic poetry. His most recent book Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy (Oneworld, 2014) was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by The Independent. Dr. Brown serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam, and his current research includes Islamic legal reform and a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari.

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Oct
17
12:10 PM12:10

The Choices Facing Youth in the Middle East and North Africa Five Years After the Arab Spring: A Perspective from Yemen

The Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 gave young people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) new optimism that democratic change and greater economic opportunity was within their reach. These hopes were soon tempered, however, as the remnants of the previous regimes worked to derail political transitions and thwart reforms, while various groups and vested interests help deepen social and sectarian divisions and spur violence. 

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Categories in Trouble: The Politics of Identity in North Africa, 19th-20th Centuries
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Categories in Trouble: The Politics of Identity in North Africa, 19th-20th Centuries

  • Columbia Maison Francaise, East Gallery (map)
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Over the past two centuries, North Africa has been transformed by momentous economic and political change as well as mass migration. This one-day conference will address how these developments have shaped conceptions of population and territory and, in turn, personal and collective identities.

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“The Occupied Palestinian territory – A human rights analysis,”  Adv. Neta Patrick, Executive Director of Yesh Din and Tania Hary, Director of Gisha
Sep
29
12:10 PM12:10

“The Occupied Palestinian territory – A human rights analysis,” Adv. Neta Patrick, Executive Director of Yesh Din and Tania Hary, Director of Gisha

  • Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102B (map)
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On the backdrop of recent, alarming erosions in respect for human rights in the Palestinian territory, two Israeli human rights organizations - Adv. Neta Patrick, Executive Director of Yesh Din and Tania Hary, Director of Gisha - will provide the latest analysis from their work on the ground in both the West Bank and Gaza. 

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Rosemary Corbett – Making Moderate Islam in America: the History Behind a Contemporary Debate
Sep
22
4:10 PM16:10

Rosemary Corbett – Making Moderate Islam in America: the History Behind a Contemporary Debate

  • Religion Department Building, Room 101 (map)
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Drawing on a decade of research into the community that proposed the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” Corbett refutes the idea that current demands for Muslim moderation have primarily arisen in response to the events of 9/11, or to the violence often depicted in the media as unique to Muslims. Instead...

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