The MEI offers regular programing on topics related to Islamic law through its own “Sharīʿa Workshop,” launched in 2015. With faculty members in three different departments (MESAAS, Religion, Anthropology) regularly offering courses on “Islamic Law,” the university is uniquely well positioned in this field. The workshop brings together faculty and graduate students from Columbia and other universities in New York, and from Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, for intensive discussions of pre-circulated papers by scholars invited from the US and abroad. The MEI has also begun to co-sponsor the longstanding spring conference organized at NYU on “Islamic Law in Society,” in which Columbia faculty and graduate students have been regular participants.
Halaqa ʿArabiyya (Arabic Circle)
The Middle East Institute’s weekly Halaqa ʿArabiyya (Arabic Circle) provides extra language practice for Arabic language students in a conversational setting. Its core group of 5-11 attendees is composed of Columbia University and Barnard College students as well as some non-university affiliated individuals. The Arabic Circle is primarily held in Modern Standard Arabic, with some use of the Shami, Egyptian and Tunisian dialects.
Islamic History Workshop
Launched in 2016, the workshops will regularly feature leading scholars of Islamic history from across periods and regions for detailed discussions of their current research.
Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Middle East Institute has re-instituted its weekly lunchtime series to handle the volume of scholarly visitors to Columbia and New York City who want to speak about their new publications or current research.