Citizenship and Nationality in Israel/Palestine
Jun
24
9:00 am09:00

Citizenship and Nationality in Israel/Palestine

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.

IRCPL | Brokering Religion and Development | MAY 18
May
18
12:30 pm12:30

IRCPL | Brokering Religion and Development | MAY 18

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.

A History of Difference: Piety and Space in Early Modern West Asia. Keynote Speakers Fatma Müge Göçek and Carl Ernst
May
4
9:00 am09:00

A History of Difference: Piety and Space in Early Modern West Asia. Keynote Speakers Fatma Müge Göçek and Carl Ernst

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.

SCREENING: The Narrow Streets of Bourj Hammoud
Apr
28
4:00 pm16:00

SCREENING: The Narrow Streets of Bourj Hammoud

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.

Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age
Apr
24
6:10 pm18:10

Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age

  • Knox Hall Room 208

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.).

Visual Sources in Late Ottoman History
Apr
20
9:00 am09:00

Visual Sources in Late Ottoman History

  • Columbia University, Faculty House

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.

Fear of the Dark: Understanding Religious Diversity in Greece
Apr
13
12:00 pm12:00

Fear of the Dark: Understanding Religious Diversity in Greece

  • Knox Hall, Room 208

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.

 Adab as an Interdisciplinary Pursuit
Apr
13
Apr 15

Adab as an Interdisciplinary Pursuit

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?

Surveillance & the Mosque: a one-day conference
Apr
7
8:30 am08:30

Surveillance & the Mosque: a one-day conference

  • Casa Hispanica, Columbia University

This one-day conference will bring together artists, academics, activists, community leaders, lawyers, journalists, targets of surveillance, and those charged with conducting said surveillance.

Master Peace: The Politics and Policies of Violence as Difference in postwar Lebanon
Apr
6
12:30 pm12:30

Master Peace: The Politics and Policies of Violence as Difference in postwar Lebanon

  • 208 Knox Hall

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...

 

International History Workshop: Professor Meltem Toksöz (Boğaziçi University/Brown University)
Apr
3
5:00 pm17:00

International History Workshop: Professor Meltem Toksöz (Boğaziçi University/Brown University)

  • Fayerweather Hall Room 411

"World History as an Ottoman mission Civilsatrice"

We would like to invite you to another exiting meeting of the International History Workshop. Our guest speaker for this week will be Professor Meltem Toksöz (Boğaziçi University/Brown University). She will be presenting a paper entitled "World History as An Ottoman mission civilisatrice; Ahmed Midhat's Configuration."  

The event is co-sponsored by Columbia's Center for International History and the Middle East Institute.   

In case you are interested in attending and would like to read the pre-circulated paper, please write to: Roy Bar Sadeh at rb3159@columbia.edu.

Tariq Ramadan: Muslims and/in the West: Past, Present, Future
Mar
30
12:00 pm12:00

Tariq Ramadan: Muslims and/in the West: Past, Present, Future

  • Buell Hall, 2nd floor, Maison Francaise (Columbia)

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.

Iranian Intellectuals: Contemporary Challenges and Future Prospects
Mar
24
Mar 25

Iranian Intellectuals: Contemporary Challenges and Future Prospects

  • Butler Library Room 523

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. 

Shari'a Workshop: Islamic Law as a Discursive Tradition
Mar
9
4:10 pm16:10

Shari'a Workshop: Islamic Law as a Discursive Tradition

  • Knox Hall Room 207

Join the Middle East Institute for its Sharīʿa Workshop entitled: "Islamic Law As a Discursive Tradition" with a case study on court practices using the Islamic equivalent of "best interests of the child" legal principle. Our guest leading a discussion will be Dr. Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim of McGill University.

The Arabic Print Revolution with Dr. Ami Ayalon, Tel Aviv University
Feb
16
12:00 pm12:00

The Arabic Print Revolution with Dr. Ami Ayalon, Tel Aviv University

  • Room 411, Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University

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. 

Fidel Castro and Iraq in 1990: Muhsin Jassim Al-Musawi in Conversation with Jose C Moya
Feb
13
6:15 pm18:15

Fidel Castro and Iraq in 1990: Muhsin Jassim Al-Musawi in Conversation with Jose C Moya

  • Heyman Center, Common Room

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.

Human Rights in Tunisia with Yahd Ben Achour
Jan
25
12:00 pm12:00

Human Rights in Tunisia with Yahd Ben Achour

  • School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University

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.