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.

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...

 

 Adab as an Interdisciplinary Pursuit
Apr
13
12:30 pm12:30

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?


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.

International History Workshop with Dr. Ussama Makdisi
Jan
18
11:15 am11:15

International History Workshop with Dr. Ussama Makdisi

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. Co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.