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.

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Reconfiguring Representations of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia
Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

Reconfiguring Representations of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia

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.
 

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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.

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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.

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SHARI'A WORKSHOP | Maribel Fierro
Apr
27
4:10 PM16:10

SHARI'A WORKSHOP | Maribel Fierro

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).

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Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age
Apr
24
6:10 PM18:10

Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age

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.).

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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

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...

 

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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)

"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.

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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) (map)
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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.

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

Iranian Intellectuals: Contemporary Challenges and Future Prospects

  • Butler Library Room 523 (map)
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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. 

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SHARI'A WORKSHOP | Fekry Ibrahim
Mar
9
4:10 PM16:10

SHARI'A WORKSHOP | Fekry Ibrahim

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).

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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 (map)
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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. 

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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

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.

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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 (map)
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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.

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