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2014 - Past Events
April
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014| 4:30 PM

Gendering Protest and Political Transformation in the Middle East: A Transnational Feminist Perspective

Professor Nadje al-Ali, co-Chair, Center for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London

 

Prof Al-Ali’s research focuses on women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq. She is a founding member of Act Together: Women's Action for Iraq: acttogether.org; President of Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS): amews.org; and Member of Feminist Review Collective: feminist-review.com

 

Please join us for this exciting lecture. This event is free and open to the public

 

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Location: IMU Sassafras Room

Time and Date: 4:30pm, Wednesday, April 2nd

Sponsored by: Center for the Study of the Middle East, School of Oriental and African Studies -- London, British Council, Institute for European Studies, Department of Gender Studies, Center for the Study of Global Change, Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center


April 3rd - 4th, 2014

Feminism and Authoritarianism in the Middle East

A Workshop in Strategies, Alliances, and Challenges

 

In the context of recent revolutionary developments, many feminists have been at the forefront to challenge secular, undemocratic governments. But how do feminists straddle the current complexities revolving around the significance of political Islam, increasing sectarianism, militarism and new forms of authoritarianism? What kind of international and transnational alliances and solidarities are possible in a situation where anti-imperialist and anti-western sentiments are often conflated?

 

By discussing specific countries in the region, this workshop aims to explore the shifting relationships between authoritarian and feminist politics. How do feminists maneuver the rapidly changing local and regional contexts? We aim to discuss different understandings of and strategies for gender-based violence. We will address the role of transnational feminism in tackling the local and international complexities of women’s rights struggles.

 

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Location: Indiana Memorial Union

Time and Date: Persimon Room, April 3rd; Walnut Room, April 4th, 2014 -- 9:30am to 5:00pm

Sponsored by: Center for the Study of the Middle East, School of Oriental and African Studies -- London, British Council, Institute for European Studies, Department of Gender Studies, Center for the Study of Global Change, Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center


Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 -- 1:00pm

Lunch and a Lecture

 

Aynur Onur, doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology

 

Aynur Onur is an Indiana University doctoral candidate, supervised by Dr. Nazif Shahrani and Dr. Sara Friedman in the Department of Anthropology. She will be discussing her research on the relationship between gender equity goals, secularism, and military service in a secular Muslim state. The research will focus on women who serve in the military or who are part of military families in Turkey.

 

This event is free and open to the public, and free lunch will be provided.

 

Time and Date: Wednesday, April 16th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Location: Center for the Study of the Middle East, Conference Room


March
Monday, March 24th, 2014 -- 7:00pm

My Child (2013)

 

Film Screening and Discussion with Director Can Candan

 

What happens when your child comes out to you? My Child is a feature documentary about a very courageous and inspiring group of mothers and fathers in Turkey, who are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender individuals. They have not only gone through the difficult path of accepting their children for who they are, but also have taken the next step to share their experiences with other LGBT families and the public. In My Child seven parents intimately share their experiences with the viewer, as they redefine what it means to be parents, family, and activists in this conservative, homophobic, and trans-phobic society. In Turkish language with English subtitles. Director Can Candan is scheduled to be present for this film.  A question and answer session will be held immediately after the screening.

 

This film is free, but tickets must be obtained previous to the showing.

 

For more information, please see page 58 of IU Cinema's 2014 schedule.

 

Location: IU Cinema

Time and Date: 7:00pm, Monday, March 24th

Sponsored by: IU Cinema


Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 -- 1:00pm

Lunch and a Lecture: Professor Hassan el-Shamy

 

Current Events, Politics, and Symbolism of Mental Health in the Middle East

 

Location: CSME Conference Room

Time and Date: 1:00pm, Monday, March 25th

Sponsored by: Center for the Study of the Middle East


Friday, March 28th, 2014 -- 11:30am

Traversing the Seas of Arabic Language Education

 

A Lecture by Kirk Belnap and Maggie Nassif of the National Middle East Language Resource Center at Brigham Young University

 

Kirk Belnap and Maggie Nassif of the National Middle East Resource Center at Brigham Young University will be discussing their work regarding Arabic language education and Arabic pedagogy. All are welcome to attend this informational session. It is free and open to the public, and free lunch will be provided. This who are interested in language education are especially encouraged to attend.

 

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Location: Conference Room — Center for the Study of Global Change
201 N. Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408

Time and Date: 11:30am - 1:00pm, Friday, March 28th, 2014

Sponsored by: Center for the Study of the Middle East, Center for the Study of Global Change, National Middle East Language Resource Center at BYU


February
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 -- 1:00pm

Lunch and Lecture: John Dechant

 

Professor Sameeksha Desai

 

On Tuesday, February 4th, CSME will be sponsoring its first “Lunch and a Lecture” for 2014.  This talk will be given by John Dechant, a doctoral student in NELC.

Mr. Dechant will be discussing Iranian Sufi Ahmad-i Jam (c. 1059-c. 1139). He'll be looking at how Ahmad-i Jam became a saint and the large family he fathered, the Shaykhs of Jam. This family became important local players on the political and religious scene, particularly in the 14th and 15th c. With the geo-political changes in the region at the beginning of the 16th c., their power and influence wanes, but they have survived to the present day.

This event is open to the public, and free lunch will be provided!

 

Location: CSME Conference Room

Time and Date: 1:00pm, Tuesday, February 4th

Sponsored by: Center for the Study of the Middle East


Monday, February 17th, 2014 -- 12:00pm

Lunch and Lecture: Political Stability and Investment Behavior in the Middle East

 

Professor Sameeksha Desai

 

Professor Sameeksha Desai has been an Assistant Professor at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs since 2010.  Her areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development policy.  Professor Desai continues to do work on issues such as political economy and allocation of entrepreneurship in areas of political instability, conflict and disaster, post-conflict reconstruction, and social entrepreneurship.

This event is free and open to the public, and free lunch will be provided!

 

Location: CSME Conference Room

Time and Date: 12:00pm, Monday, February 17th

Sponsored by: Center for the Study of the Middle East


January
Winter Break
2013 - Past Events
December
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013| 4:00 PM

Model Arab League Call Out

 

Please see the below announcement about this year’s Model Arab League competition.  The call-out meeting will be this Wednesday, December 4th at 4pm.  In addition to the below flyer, please see http://ncusar.org/modelarableague/conferences/ovmal/ for more information.

 

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Location: Center for the Study of the Middle East, Conference Room

Time and Date: 4:00pm, Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

 


Thursday and Friday, December 5th - 6th, 2013

World Religions

 

World Religions

In this 1 day workshop, content-area specialists from IU-Bloomington will present material related to the theme of World Religions. The presentations in this workshop will connect to the Social Studies Standards for World History and Geography. A teaching methods specialist from the IU School of Education will provide creative teaching ideas for your social studies course. Professional Growth Points are available for this workshop and we will cover the cost of a substitute.

 

Pre-Registration is required for this event. Please email Erin Lemrow, coordinator of the program, or call (812) 855-4221 to register.

 

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Location: Wilson Educational Center, 2101 Grace Avenue, Charletown, Indiana 47111

Time and Date: December 5th - December 6th, 2013


Friday, December 6th, 2013 |1:30pm

FLAS Informational Session

 

 

An informational session regarding this year's FLAS Fellowships will be held on Friday, December 6th at 1:30pm in the IMU Dogwood Room. All interested applicants are encouraged to attend. Please visit http://www.indiana.edu/~flas for more information about the FLAS Fellowship program, as well as information regarding this informational session.

 

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Location: IMU Dogwood Room

Time and Date: 1:30pm-3:30pm, Friday, December 6th, 2013

 


Sunday, December 8th, 2013 | 2:00pm

Winterfest: Holidays Around the World

 

Winterfest Logo

Come celebrate the season with fun family crafts and activities exploring holidays from around the world. Several IU international centers will present hands-on activities including La Casa, the IU German Club, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, the East Asian Studies Center, the Center for the Study of the Middle East, the Institute for European Study, African Studies, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Crafts and activities will include St. Nicholas Day shoes, paper Ramadan lanterns, Sinterklass masks, and Korean games. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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Location: Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Time and Date: 2:00pm-3:30pm, Sunday, December 8th, 2013

 

October
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Human Trafficking Awareness Week

Afghanistan, Heroin, and Women

 

A Lecture By: Ms. Fariba Nawa, Freelance Reporter and Author

 

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Location: Asian Culture Center, 807 East 10th Street

 

Sponsored by:

Asian Culture Center

Center for the Study of Global Change

Department of International Studies

The Horizon of Knowledge Lecture Series

School of Journalism


Thursday, October 24th, 2013 | 7:30 PM

12th Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture

"Adventures in Field-Building: On the Origins and Trajectory of Middle East Studies in the United States"

 

A Lecture By: Prof. Zachary Lockman

 

The 12th annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 pm in the President’s Room at the University Club in the Indiana Memorial Union. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, titled “Adventures in Field-Building: On the Origins and Trajectory of Middle East Studies in the United States.”

 

Sponsored by:

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Center for the Study of the Middle East

 


Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 |7:00 PM

Union Board Film: Girl Rising

 

Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU

Free for students, $2.00 for non-students

 

 

This movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. The film will start at 7 PM, after the screening we will have our panel discussion around 8:30/9:00 PM. The three finalized panelists are Professor Korytova (human trafficking), Professor Embry (fair trade), and Dr. Heidi Ross (education).

 

Director: Richard Robbins

Stars: Amina, Azmera, Cate Blanchett


Location: Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU

 

Sponsored by:

Union Board Films

Building Tomorrow IU

 

For more information, see the Union Board Website here


Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 | Noon

Lunch and Lecture

Fall Inaugural Lecture: Professor gene coyle

 

Join us for our "Lunch and Lecture" series at the Center for the Study of the Middle East on October 23rd from noon to 1:30pm as we kick off the lecture series with speaker Prof. Gene Coyle.

 

Location: Center for the Study of the Middle East

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401

 

Sponsored by:

Center for the Study of the Middle East

 

September
Monday, September 30th, 2013 | 5:30 PM

Syria: Civil War and Chemical Weapons

 

A Panel Discussion Regarding the Current Events in Syria

 

Monday, September 30th, 5:30 PM

Location: IMU Oak Room

 

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A Panel of IU Bloomington Scholars will discuss the current events in Syria, and the implications of using chemical weapons.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Sponsored by:

The Center for the Study of the Middle East

The Center on American and Global Security

 


September 26th - 28th, 2013

Framing the Global Conference:

Keynote speakers: Arjun Appadurai, Gillian Hart, and Yasmina Zaidman

 

This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars to explore emerging approaches to global research. It will further and deepen the ongoing intellectual conversation of the IU Framing the Global Project as it critically considers the field of Global Studies.

 

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Location: Indiana Memorial Union, multiple rooms

 

Sponsored by:

See Link: framing.indiana.edu/conference/


Wednesday, September 25th, 2013| 7:00 PM

Housing and Lifestyle in Damascus and Cairo (15th–17th centuries):

A view from the Shari‘a Court Records of the City

 

Dr. Abdalrazzaq Moaz
Adjunct Professor, NELC, School of Global and International Studies


Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Swain East, Room 140

 

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Sponsored by:

Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures


 

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Afghanistan Post 2014: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward

with Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha

 

Thursday, September 19th, 7:30 PM

Location: Mauerer School of Law, Room 213

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With the end of the combat mission and withdrawal of US and NATO forces in 2014, what does the future hold for Afghanistan?  How will the country address the major transitions in both the political and security spheres that foreign troop withdrawal will necessitate while safeguarding the progress made to date politically and socially?  What are the economic, political and security challenges facing Afghanistan at this critical time in that country’s modern history?  Join us for an evening lecture by Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Fiji, during which he will explore these and other issues.

 

Sponsored by:

The Center on American and Global Security

The ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute


Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 | 5:00 PM

IU Islamic Studies Program Presents:

Pilgrimage and Politics: The Hajj from Saladin to the al Saud

by Prof. Richard Bulliet

 

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When:
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 | 5:00 PM

 

Where:
State Rooms East and West, IMU

 

What:

Professor Richard Bulliet is a professor of History at Columbia University and specializes in both modern and medieval Islamic history. Recent books include The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (2004) and Hunters, Hearders, and Hamburgers: The Past and Future of Human-Animal Relationships (2005).


If you have any further questions please contact islmprog@indiana.edu about this lecture.

 

Sponsored by:

Indiana University Islamic Studies Program


 

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Turkey and Its Foreign Policy in a Changing World

The Honorable Fatih Yıldız
Consul General of Turkey in Chicago

 

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This event is free and open to the public

 

Thursday, September 12, 4:00 PM

State Room East, Indiana Memorial Union

 

For inquiries contact: turk@indiana.edu.


Sponsored by:
Turkish Language Flagship Center
The Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair
Office of the Vice President for International Affairs
The College of Arts and Sciences
School of Global and International Studies

 


Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 | Noon

Egypt: A Sector Divided Cannot Stand

A Teleconference by Kirollos Barsoum
Research Assistant, John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement in Egypt

 

 

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September 10th, Noon - 1:30pm

 

Location: Center for the Study of Global Change

201 N. Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408

Conference Room

 

Presented by:


China Philanthropy Leadership Initiative

The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

 

Sponsored at IUB by:


Center for the Study of the Middle East

ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute

Center for the Study of Global Change


 

 

Past Events

Monday, September 9th, 2013 | 5:30 PM

Democracy in Egypt?

Revolution and Counter-Revolution

 

September 9th, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

State Room East, Indiana Memorial Union

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Five IUB scholars reflect on the current instability in Egypt, occasioned by the unpopularity of former President Muhammad Morsi and culminating in the 3 July coup that deposed him

 

Sponsored by:

Center for the Study of the Middle East

Center on American and Global Security


 

May - August
July 19, 2013

Lecture and Music Demonstration by Ustaz Sultan Mamet

 

Friday, July 19th, 2013
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Monroe County Public Library
Free Admission

 

A public lecture/demonstration by Ustaz (master) Sultan Memet, a legendary musician in the Maqam tradition of classical Central Asian music.  This artist’s musical career and celebrity status are widely recognized.  He stands among the most respected musical figures of the Central Asian Republics and tours internationally, performing in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France and the USA.  He is well-known for his interpretation of several of genres of Islamic classical musical and specializes in the Central Asian classical music tradition known as maqam.  

This public event and the concert are sponsored by the Silk Road Institute, City of Bloomington, Department of the Central Eurasian Studies, Center for the Study of the Middle East, Jewish Studies Program and the Trained Eye Art Center.

Information at www.silkroadensemble.com

July 20, 2013

21st Annual Silk Road Festival

 

Celebration of the dances, music, and arts of the people of the Silk Road

 

Special guest artist Sultan Mamet, master of Rawap and Sato instruments of the classical and folk music of Central Asia. Come hear also the music of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, East Turkistan, Iran, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and the Middle East.

 

Saturday July 20th, 2013

Cultural Exhibit: 6:00 - 9:30 PM

Concert: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Buskirk Chumley Theater

 

Tickets: $5 General Public, $2 Students with ID

 

Presented in cooperation with the Center for the Study of the Middle East, Silk Road Institute, and the Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center

May 19-22 | ICCI 2013

Institute for Curriculum
and Campus Internationalization (ICCI)


May 19th - 22nd, 2013

Indiana University is proud to announce its Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI), which will take place May 19-22, 2013 in Bloomington, IN.

This unique institute facilitates the internationalization of your campus or unit, curricula, and/or individual course, to better prepare students to be effective scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the 21st century. It is open to all college and university faculty, staff, and administrators, so feel free to share with colleagues in and outside of your institution. Individuals and teams are welcome. Spaces fill up, so we encourage you to register soon.

If you are faculty, staff, or administrator from a public or private university, research, or liberal arts institute, community college, HBCU, TCCU, HSI and any other, please consider this program to tackle the terms of curriculum internationalization in a professional educational environment.

Visit the ICCI Website for more information

April
April 25 | CSME Lecture Series: Hicham Bou Nassif

Civil-Military Relations
And the Arab Spring
:
An Institutional Explanation for the Variation in the Armed Forces' Behavior


 

 

12:00 noon, Thursday, April 25th

Center for the Study of the Middle East | Conference Room

 

Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

When embattled autocrats threatened by the Arab Spring’s mobilizations turned towards their armed forces for support, the stage was set for the military elite to shape the outcome of the critical junctures in 2011. Some acted as the regime’s gravediggers when they defected whereas others tried to impede change and answered the autocrats’ call for repression. Accounting for the top brass’s divergent behavior remains one of the fundamental puzzles of the Arab Spring. To do so, I argue that it is essential to problematize the relationship between the senior officers and their subordinates, rather than to treat the officer corps, let alone the military at large, as a unified actor. Just as importantly, I maintain that institutional interactions between autocratic rulers, the military elite and the mid-ranking and junior officers, shaped by decades of coup-proofing tactics, predetermined whether the military elite had a vested interest in the status-quo and, when that was the case, the capacity to defend it. In other words, I contend that institutional legacies from the post-decolonization decades need to be reexamined for a deeper understanding of opportunities and constraints structuring the top officers’ behavior in 2011.

 

The three cases under study cover the whole range of combinations presented by the Arab Spring: a military elite that had the incentive, but not the capacity, to defend the status-quo (Egypt); a military elite that had both the incentive and the capacity to do so (Syria); and, finally, a military elite that had neither the incentive, nor the capacity, to keep the ruling elite in power (Tunisia). By analyzing these cases, I aim to present a theoretical framework applicable to other contexts as well, both inside and outside the Middle East.

 

Hicham Bou Nassif is a Ph.D. candidate in the political science department working on civil-military relations in the Arab World and on military behavior during the Arab Spring.

April 17 | Egyptology Lecture

Edwin Brock on Egyptian Archaeology

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Woodburn Hall 008 | 4:30 PM

 

Edwin Brock, an archaeologist who has worked in Egypt for more than 30 years, will discuss his restoration of the granite sarcophagi that once held the mummy of the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty Pharaoh Merneptah. When Merneptah was buried in the Valley of the Kings, his mummy was enclosed in a series of massive granite sarcophagi – among the most impressive ever constructed for any Egyptian royal burial. Unfortunately, the outer two sarcophagi were destroyed by a successor who wanted to take one of the inner coffins for his own burial. Over the centuries, the fragments found their way to various locations in the Valley of the Kings, but they have now been reassembled by Brock. Brock will discuss the method of reassembling the fragments; the decorative and theological program of the sarcophagus decorations; and what the project tells us about the logistics of constructing and moving the massive sarcophagi in antiquity.

Sponsors:

Ancient Studies

The Center for the Study of the Middle East

Arican Studies

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

April 18 | CSME Lecture Series: Prof. Ed Lazzerini

CSME announces a lecture featuring keynote speaker


Professor Edward Lazzerini

Russia’s First Muslims and
the Conceptualization of
Modernity (Jadidism)

 

12:00 noon, Thursday, April 18th


Center for the Study of the Middle East | Conference Room

 

Refreshments will be served.

 

 

Dr. Lazzerini’s research has long focused on the relationship between belief and knowledge in Eurasian commentary traditions and the impact of modernity on those traditions among the Islamic communities in the Volga-Kama region of the Russian Empire between the mid-18th and early 20th centuries. He is nearing completion of a monograph that examines the path by which Tatars and Bashkirs—adherents of the Islamic canon—gradually succumb to the epistemological revolution sweeping from Europe to Russia and beyond and abandoned their most cherished traditions and practices in the name of modernity.

 

His talk is drawn from his forthcoming monograph.

 

Dr. Lazzerini is an Academic Specialist in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Director of the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Director of the Denis Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, Adjunct Professor of History, and Affiliate of the Russian and East European Institute, East Asian Studies Center, and the Islamic Studies Program. He is currently serving as Executive Secretary of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, the preeminent international professional organization for the Central Eurasian region.

April 12-13 | Reform and Revolution in the Arab World

Reform and Revolution in the Arab World


April 12th - April 13th, 2013

Sponsor:
The Center for the Study of the Middle East
Co-sponsors:
The Center for American and Global Security
The Center for Constitutional Democracy
IU Maurer School of Law



Information on venue and program forthcoming
April 15 | NELC Danner Lecture


Rethinking the Canons of
Islamic Intellectual History



Professor Khaled El-Rouayheb
Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM
President's Room, University Club, Indiana Memorial Union


Khaled El-Rouayheb, is the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History at Harvard University. Professor El-Rouayheb researches Arabic-Islamic intellectual and cultural history in the early modern period (1500–1800), the history of Arabic logic, and Islamic theology and philosophy. He is the author of Relational Syllogisms and the History of Arabic Logic, 900–1900 (2010) and Before Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World, 1500–1800 (2005).

Abstract: Modern research on Islamic intellectual history has been selective in its coverage. A number of historic figures are by now relatively well-known and well-researched and their works available in numerous editions easily accessible in modern university libraries. Others, by contrast, have elicited little interest and their works are available only in rare early prints or manuscripts. Selectivity is of course unavoidable, but the criterion on which it is based is often not clear: is it for example intrinsic merit, or historical impact, or contemporary relevance? Such questions become all the more pressing in light of the fact that the "canons" of Islamic intellectual history have changed quite dramatically in the past century: Some of the figures who now loom large were not nearly so prominent a century ago, whereas others who were extremely influential until the mid-nineteenth century are now largely forgotten. My paper will discuss some examples of such dramatic shifts and will argue that unreflective acceptance of historically contingent and shifting canons has seriously limited our understanding of the nature and development of the Islamic intellectual tradition.

April 6 | 20th Annual ACES
(Association of Central Eurasian Students) Conference

20th Annual ACES Conference


Saturday, April 6th, 2013
Woodburn Hall


Program of panels and events


Panels include:

  • Ethnography in Afghanistan
  • Islamic Shrines and Hagiographies
  • Competing for International Influence
  • Sexuality in the Islamic World


The Association of Central Eurasian Students is pleased to host the 20th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Some brief information about travel and accommodations in Bloomington may be found here.

Please feel free to contact ACES by sending an email to aces[at]indiana.edu.

March
March 28 | A Shrink’s Eye-View of the Uprising in Egypt

“I am the People”
A Shrink’s Eye-View of the
Uprising in Egypt



The Center for the Study of the Middle East invites you to attend
a lecture featuring keynote speaker

Nehal A. Elnahrawy



12:00 noon, Thursday, March 28th
Center for the Study of the Middle East | Conference Room
Refreshments will be served.

Synopsis

This talk is about Nehal A. Elnahrawy’s personal experience as a medical doctor training in psychiatry in Cairo, Egypt, at the time of the 25th of January revolution. The talk will tackle two key areas:
(1) The revolution from a group dynamics perspective: Whatever happened to the Egyptians, in Tahrir square?
(2) Efforts of ‘Revolution Aid’ among other civil society movements/organizations in providing relief to at least 6000 injured heroes of the revolution.


The speaker’s views were shaped by her work at a psychiatric ward and a hospital’s emergency room.


“I Am the People” or “أنا الشعب ” * is a popular patriotic Egyptian song by Om Kolthoum; who is widely regarded as the greatest female singer in Arab music history. Nehal A. Elnahrawy is a psychiatry resident at The Behman Hospital, and a master's student in general adult psychiatry at Cairo University in Egypt. She received a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery (MBBCh) from the same university in 2009. Nehal’s psychotherapy training in Cairo has focused on group therapy and creative art therapy techniques, specifically with the young and victims of trauma. She has an interest in disaster psychology motivated by her work with trauma victims and refugees in both Tunisia and Egypt. Nehal is currently a Fulbright scholar at Indiana University, studying the cultural adaptation of Functional Family Therapy for Egyptian clients working through trauma.

March 29-30 | Islamophobia Conference

Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia:

An International Conference

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Events hosted at the
Indiana Memorial Union




Organizers:
Dr. Kemal Silay
Professor of Turkish Language and Literature
Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Endowed Chair Professor
Director, Turkish Language Flagship Center
Director, Turkish Studies Program
Indiana University

Dr. Tuğrul Keskin
Assistant Professor of International and Middle East Studies
Affiliated Faculty of Black Studies, Sociology, and Turkish Studies
Portland State University

March 18-19, 2013 | Women's Rights Conference, Istanbul

Grounding Cosmopolitanism:

Theory and Practice through
the Prism of Women's Rights

 

International Conference hosted by the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, TURKEY.

 

Call for Papers

 

Timeline:
4 January, 2013: Abstract Submission Deadline
11 January, 2013: Notification of authors
1 March, 2013: Deadline for papers
18-19 March, 2013: Conference

 

Conference supported in part
by Center for the Study of the Middle East

March 20 | Lecture on 'Ali Shir Nava'i

"My note"

Error and Emendation in Copies
of the Works of 'Ali Shir Nava'i


Nicholas Walmsley
PhD Candidate
Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Indiana University

Wednesday, March 20th | 11:00 AM
Hoosier Room,
Indiana Memorial Union, Mezzanine



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The works of the fifteenth-century Central Asian statesman and poet 'Ali Shir Nava'i exist in hundreds of manuscript copies produced during the sixteenth-nineteenth centuries. Nava'i's body of work consists of some some thirty works of prose and poetry in either Persian or Chaghatay Turkic, and authorised redactions of these works still survive in manuscript form, offering what may be regarded as definitive texts or readings. Preliminary results of the examination of some of these manuscripts reveals evidence of both deliberate emendation and forced or unforced error in the reproduction of Nava'i's work. In short, the transmission of Nava'i's work is conditioned by the aesthetics of response, in which the audience helps determine the form of the text.


Sponsored by Islamic Studies.

March 21 | 2013 Navruz Festival

2013 Navruz Festival


Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Union Street Center auditorium

Come out THIS THURSDAY for the 2013 Navruz festival at IU! This year's Persian/Central Asian new year celebration will be held at the Union Street Center auditorium in Cedar Hall (at 10th and Union, across from Eigenmann). Persian and Central Asian music, dance, poetry, and of course food await you!

Questions? Contact woodsmj@indiana.edu.

March 18-19, 2013 | Women's Rights Conference, Istanbul

Grounding Cosmopolitanism:

Theory and Practice through
the Prism of Women's Rights

 

International Conference hosted by the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, TURKEY.

 

Call for Papers

 

Timeline:
4 January, 2013: Abstract Submission Deadline
11 January, 2013: Notification of authors
1 March, 2013: Deadline for papers
18-19 March, 2013: Conference

 

Conference supported in part
by Center for the Study of the Middle East

March 5 | Lecture: Kurdic/Kurdish Linguistics

An Overview of Kurdish/Kurdic Languages:
Linguistic Issues

Monday, March 5th, 11:30 AM
Sassafras Room, Indiana Memorial Union

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The Center for the Study of the Middle East invites you to attend the CSME Academic and Professional Lecture Series

Gülşat Aygen
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Northern Illinois University

Monday, March 4th, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Iraq: 2003-2013

A CSME Panel Discussion

 

March 4, 4:00 PM

Maple Room,

Indiana Memorial Union , Mezzanine

 

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The Center for the Study of the Middle East will commemorate the events ten years previous with a panel on Iraq: 2003-2013. The purpose of this panel is not purely retrospective but instead to engender discussion of the future. Where is Iraq headed? How will Iraq negotiate the difficulties of the tectonic changes that are underway in the region? What are the prospects of the State of Iraq holding together? What should US and UK policy be toward Iraq as it develops?

 

The Center for the Study of the Middle East plans to publish material presented in conjunction with this forum.

 

Panel of Speakers:

Prof. Abbas Kadhim
Department of National Security Affairs
Naval Postgraduate School

 

Prof. Emma Sky
Gruber Fellow in Global Justice
Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Yale University

 

Prof. Bassam Yousif
Department of Economics
Indiana University

 

Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi
Director
Center for the Study of the Middle East
Indiana University

Moderator

Dina Spechler

Department of Political Science

Indiana University

February
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 | Lecture:
Geographical Writing in Qajar Iran

Geographical Writing in
Nineteenth Century Iran:

A Source for the Social and Economic History of Provincial Communities


Thursday, February 21st | 4:30 PM
Sassafras Room,
Indiana Memorial Union, Mezzanine



Professor James Gustafson
Department of History
Indiana State University

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Historians have yet to produce a detailed social and economic history of Qajar Iran (1795-1925). A major obstacle to this is the common conception that proper source materials simply do not exist to tackle such a monumental project. This presentation will address some of the major historiographical issues related to the field of Qajar provincial social and economic history and stress the utility of Persian geographical literature as a source of great significance that has yet to be systematically explored by scholars.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 | CSME Lecture: Nazif Shahrani

CSME Lecture Series:
Professor Nazif Shahrani

 

The "War of Necessity" in Afghanistan and its
Unexpected Consequences

 

12:00 Noon, Wednesday, February 20th

Center for the Study of the Middle East
Conference Room

 

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Refreshments will be served

The war launched by the US and her coalition partners against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan was to bring peace and stability in that country and to rid the world of the menace of global terrorism. But the war also had an unmistakable cast of taking revenge. Eight years and several billion dollars later, President Obama recast the war in Afghanistan as a "War of Necessity" and intensified it by military surges, only to declare recently the end of combat for the US troops (by spring of 2013) and total withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan before the end of 2014.

The war against resurgent Taliban is to be Afghanized and US losses brought to a halt. Disillusionment with the outcome of the decade-long international intervention and uncertainty about the future grips Afghans and the peoples of the region.

How and why did the apparently well-intentioned and costly war efforts produce so little? Were these outcomes avoidable? What will be the consequences of America's longest war? What will be the fate of the region and the future of American foreign policy in the decades to come?

Feb. 14 | Syria in Crisis: A CAGS/CSME Seminar

Syria in Crisis



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Thursday, February 14th | 4:00 PM
Maple Room,
Indiana Memorial Union, Mezzanine


Syria Panel:


Fred Lawson
Lynne T. White Professor of Government
Mills College

Kevin Martin
Assistant Professor
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Indiana University, Bloomington

Bassam Haddad
Director
Middle East Studies Program
Assistant Professor
Department of Public and International Affairs
George Mason University



The current regime has doggedly held on to power in Syria, two years after a revolt began. Civilian casualties are estimated by the UN to have topped 60,000, yet there appears still to be no end in sight. The instability in Syria has called into question some of the national borders that were established in the Middle East after the First World War, as the Kurds of Syria weigh their options and Sunni Arabs in Iraq contemplate weakening their ties to Baghdad in favor of closer ties with Syria. Though the US has not yet intervened overtly as it did in the far less bloody revolution in Libya, implications for US policy in the region abound. The issues surrounding this human tragedy will be assessed by a group of nationally-recognized experts on Syria, drawn from across the US as well as IU.

Sponsors:
CAGS [Center on American and Global Security]
CSME [Center for the Study of the Middle East]

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Drone Wars
A CAGS/CSME Seminar

 

Wednesday, Feburary 13th | 7:00 PM

Dogwood Room,

Indiana Memorial Union, Mezzanine

 

See Flyer

 

Panel Members:


David P. Fidler
James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law Fellow
IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research Fellow
Asia and the Pacific Policy Society Associate Fellow
Chatham House Centre on
Global Health Security Fellow

Paul Hoffman
Doctoral Student
Department of Political Science

Richard B. Miller
Professor of Religious Studies
Director of Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions
Adjunct Instructor, American Studies Program
Affiliate Faculty, IU Center for Bioethics

Manjeet S. Pardesi
Doctoral Student - Department of Political Science

Moderated by:

Ambassador Feisal A. R. Istrabadi
Director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East
University Scholar in
International Law and Diplomacy

 

Thursday, February 14th, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Syria in Crisis
A CAGS/CSME Seminar

 

Thursday, February 14th | 4:00 PM

Maple Room,

Indiana Memorial Union, Mezzanine

 


See Flyer

Syria Panel:


Fred Lawson
Lynne T. White Professor of Government
Mills College

Kevin Martin
Assistant Professor
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Indiana University, Bloomington

Bassam Haddad
Director
Middle East Studies Program
Assistant Professor
Department of Public and International Affairs
George Mason University

 

The current regime has doggedly held on to power in Syria, two years after a revolt began.  Civilian casualties are estimated by the UN to have topped 60,000, yet there appears still to be no end in sight.  The instability in Syria has called into question some of the national borders that were established in the Middle East after the First World War, as the Kurds of Syria weigh their options and Sunni Arabs in Iraq contemplate weakening their ties to Baghdad in favor of closer ties with Syria.  Though the US has not yet intervened overtly as it did in the far less bloody revolution in Libya, implications for US policy in the region abound.  The issues surrounding this human tragedy will be assessed by a group of nationally-recognized experts on Syria, drawn from across the US as well as IU.

Monday, February 11th, 2013 | 7:30 PM

2013 Paul V. McNutt Lecture

Carbon Politics
Coal, Oil and the Sources of Democracy

 

Timothy Mitchell

Professor

Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Columbia University

 

Monday, February 11th

7:30 PM

 

University Club President's Room

Indiana Memorial Union, First Floor

 

Mitchell is professor in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures in Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. His most recent book, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, argues that no nation escapes the political consequences of our dependence on oil -- it shapes the body politic in oil-producing regions and in nations that depend heavily on oil. It examines the role played by fossil fuels, including coal, in the development of industrial democracies, along with the problems created by dependence on oil revenues in the modern-day Middle East.

 

Mitchell is a political theorist who studies the political economy of the Middle East, the political role of economics and other forms of expert knowledge, the politics of large-scale technical systems and the place of colonialism in the making of modernity. Educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, he completed a Ph.D. in politics and Near Eastern studies at Princeton University.

 

His books also include Colonising Egypt and Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity. He edited the volume Questions of Modernity, which brings together the work of leading scholars of South Asia and the Middle East. He has published essays on agrarian transformation, economic reform and the politics of development, often drawing on his research in Egypt.

 

The annual McNutt Lecture honors Paul V. McNutt, who was dean of the Indiana University School of Law from 1925 to 1933, then became Indiana's 34th governor (1933-1937) and later served as U.S. high commissioner to the Philippines, director of the Federal Security Agency and chairman of the War Manpower Commission during World War II. For more information, contact Blake Harvey at the Department of History, 812-855-3236 or blaharve@indiana.edu.

January
Thursday, January 31st, 2013 | 12 Noon

CSME Lecture Series:
Professor John Walbridge

 

How to publish a book


Thursday, January 31st | 12:00 Noon


Center for the Study of the Middle East

1105 E Atwater
Conference Room

 

Refreshments will be served

 

John Walbridge has extensive experience on academic publishing, having published nine books and having worked as an academic editor and member of editorial boards.  He is presently Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University.

 

Professor Walbridge will be discussing various strategies and tools needed to successfully publish a book. This lecture may be of interest especially to Masters and PhD students who are working on a thesis or dissertation and are encouraged to attend.

Friday, January 24th, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Alef Ba Volunteer Training

Includes Free Pizza!

January 25th, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

IU Center for the Study of Global Change

Do you want to share your interest in the Arabic language with children? Do you want to get involved with your community? How about engaging with a variety of Bridges partners on and off campus? Interested? We would love to have you volunteer!


See Flyer

 

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 | 4:00 PM

On Reading:
The Socialization of Liberal Muslims in Indonesia


Amali Ibrahim, PhD
Department of Anthropology
New York University



Thursday, January 24th, 4:00 PM
Persimmon Room,
Indiana Memorial Union , Mezzanine

This talk examines the pedagogical practices in an autodidactic reading circle established by liberal Muslims university students in Jakarta, Indonesia. These students champion a religious paradigm that is committed to pluralism, tolerance, religious freedom, and the removal of discrimination against women and non-Muslims. Through a discussion of various types of reading practices ("reading" the Quran versus a social text, for example), this talk analyzes how the synthesis of secular and religious knowledge results in a progressive interpretation of religion.

 

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 | 6:30 PM

A Jihad for Love

2007 | Directed By: Parvez Sharma
Film Not Rated | Documentary | 81 Minutes

Film shown at IU Cinema



Thursday, January 24th, 6:30 PM


Free Admission, Ticket Required,
Information Here



Fourteen centuries after the revelation of the holy Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad, Islam today is the world’s second largest and fastest growing religion. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma travels the many worlds of this dynamic faith, discovering the stories of its most unlikely storytellers: lesbian and gay Muslims. A Jihad for Love looks beyond a war-torn present to reclaim the Islamic concept of a greater Jihad, whose true meaning is akin to ‘strive in the path of God’ - allowing its subjects to move beyond the narrow concept of Jihad as holy war. (HD Cam presentation)

Director Parvez Sharma is no longer scheduled to be present at this screening. He will now be presenting a Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture in the IU Cinema on Thursday, January 31 at 3:00 pm. Click here for more information.

The screening is sponsored by the Islamic Studies Program, Madhusudan and Kiran C. Dhar India Studies Program, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services (GLBTSSS), The Kinsey Institute, and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Wafa Amayreh.

Monday, January 14th, 2013 | 6:30 PM

Voices from Uzbekistan

 

A concert featuring:

Gulrukh Shakirova,
IU Jacobs School of Music


Muparrakh Musaeva,

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant

 

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Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

6:30 PM

 

Explore Uzbek music and dance from Uzbekistan with the Uzbek Student and Scholar Association. The event will be filled with passion and the spirit of the culture of Uzbekistan. Come and increase your awareness of the different cultures of Uzbekistan. Delicious food from Anatolia restaurant will be served.

 

Sponsored in part by the Center for the Study of the Middle East

2012 - Past Events
December
Tuesday, December 4 | 3:00 PM

Information Meeting for FLAS Fellowships

 

December 4, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Indiana Memorial Union, Mezzanine Level

Tuesday, December 4 | 8:00 AM - 5:15 PM

UN Peace Operations and the Law Workshop

 

The world has seen an increase in the number of peacekeeping operations in the past two decades.  Many of these international efforts have been supported by the armed forces of the United States, especially by officers in the respective Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps of the different services.  US JAG officers, for instance, have been deployed in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.  In this Workshop, a select group of senior US Air Force and Canadian JAG officers, faculty from Indiana University, and a representative of the International Development Law Organization will consider the success and failures of peacekeeping and Stability, Security, Transition and Reconstruction (SSTR) Operations.  The goal of the Workshop is to prepare for a larger Symposium of JAG officers to be held in the summer of 2013, including planning the subject-matter, agenda, and other details for the Symposium.  The Workshop is hosted by the IU Center for the Study of the Middle East and co-sponsored by the IU Center for American and Global Security. 

 

See Agenda

 

Attendance by Invitation Only; Not Open to the Public

 

Hosted by the Indiana University
Center for the Study of the Middle East
Co-sponsored by the
Center for American and Global Security

Monday, December 3 | 12:00 Noon

CSME Lecture Series:
Professor Akiko Sumi

 

Akiko Sumi on the Translation of the 101 Nights

 

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When:
Monday, December 3 | 12:00 Noon

 

Where:
Center for the Study of the Middle East

1105 E Atwater
Conference Room

 

What:

The CSME lecture series at Indiana University is a program driven by the students’ areas of interests in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Near East as well as requests for lectures focused on professional experience and career development. Professor Akiko Sumi, of Kyoto Notre Dame University, is a visiting scholar to IU Bloomington this semester.

 

Abstract:

Prof. Sumi will address the issues and challenges of translating the Arabic folkloric narrative The Hundred and One Nights, which is considered part of the collection of The Thousand and One Nights. Through her experience of publishing the Japanese translation of The Hundred and One Nights in 2011, Professor Sumi will discuss the purpose of the translation, its intended readers, and factors both inside the text, e.g., proper nouns and stock phrases, and outside the text, e.g., the editor, parallel texts, and the function of notes.

November
Thursday, November 29 | 2:00 PM

CSME Lecture Series:
Dr. Homaira M Azim, MD

 

Dr. Homaira Azim on Shari'a and Human Dissection

 

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When:
Thursday, November 29 | 2:00 PM

 

Where:
Center for the Study of the Middle East

1105 E Atwater
Conference Room

 

What:

The CSME lecture series at Indiana University is a program driven by the students’ areas of interests in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Near East as well as requests for lectures focused on professional experience and career development. Dr. Homaira M Azim, Adjunct Lecturer of Human Anatomy at IUPUC and Professor of Gross Anatomy at Kabul Medical University is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Middle East (CSME) at Indiana University.


Abstract:

Human dissection for educational purposes is identified as non-contradictory with the Islamic Shari ’a. Besides, the strong necessity of this practice has been widely recognized in the world of Islamic jurisprudence. Human dissection for the purpose of advancing medical knowledge has been a focus of debates throughout the history of medicine. Injudiciously, dissecting human cadavers for teaching of human anatomy has been called in violation with Shari’a and therefore banned in Afghanistan since 1992. This paper comparatively examines various Islamic jurisprudential perspectives regarding permissibility of human dissection both in historical and contemporary contexts. It also probes the place of this practice in tackling with the fundamental values of biomedical ethics and Islamic biomedical ethics in particular. Furthermore, survey results of 65 medical schools operating within all member states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have been reviewed. The single most significant outcome emerging from the data is that human dissection is commonly practiced by medical schools in all Muslim countries with the only exception of Afghanistan which continues to outlaw this practice. This research work provides the basis of an argumentation to advocate for reinstituting the practice of human dissection for teaching purposes in Afghanistan’s medical schools after 20 years suspension.

Wednesday, November 14 | 4:00 PM

Informational and Call Out meeting

 

2013 IU Delegation to the Model Arab League

 

When:
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.

 

Where:
Center for the Study of the Middle East

1105 E Atwater
Conference Room

 

What:

Please attend to learn more about the 2013 Ohio Model Arab League and confirm your interest in participating. Learn more about institutional support for students attending this coming year’s Model Arab League. Those interested should plan to attend this meeting and/or contact CSME directly (csme@indiana.edu) as soon as possible. Funding is contingent on student interest and may include partial or full travel funding.

 

The dates for the 2013 Ohio Model Arab League at Miami University in Oxford, OH are February 21-23, 2013. A student delegation from Indiana University Bloomington has been invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind event.

 

From Miami University:
Events over the past 18 months in the Middle East have propelled the politics of the region and its relationship with the U.S. into the national consciousness. It is an exciting and anxious time, and it is essential that students from across the disciplinary spectrum be exposed to the underlying causes and effects of the Arab spring. Through the Model Arab League, students get a chance to dig deep into the unique character of not only the country they will represent, but also the realities and myths of the region and its relationship with the world. By role-playing as foreign diplomats, students step out of their own predispositions about another culture to explore why and how particular decisions are made. And through vibrant and dynamic debate, students build essential leadership skills from public speaking and concise writing, to compromise and diplomacy, to budgeting time and leading a meeting.

Wednesday, November 7 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Project Perseverance:
Empowering Students to Reach their Language Learning Goals

 

November 7, 4:30 PM

State Room West

Indiana Memorial Union, Second Floor

 

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Professor Belnap will discuss the student implications of the recent report on Middle East Language Learning in Higher Education. His talk will focus on the student side, specifically what it takes for students to get to higher levels of proficiency. This talk is informed by recent and interesting research on this topic as part of Project Perseverance.

 

R. Kirk Belnap, Professor

Professor of Arabic, Brigham Young University
Director, National Middle East Language Resource Center


October
Wednesday, October 31 | 11:00 AM

Inaugural Lecture of the csme

Academic and Professional
Lecture Series

featuring keynote speaker

Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi

 

Wednesday, October 31st, 11:00 AM

 

CSME House

105 E Atwater
Bloomington IN 47401-3701

Conference Room

 

 

Refreshments will be served

Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi will be speaking about his experience working with the United Nations as the Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq.

 

Ambassador Istrabadi was principal legal drafter of the Iraqi interim constitution of 2004. Based on his experiences in post-2003 Iraq, he focuses his research on constitutional issues, problems in engendering rule-of-law institutions, and post-conflict justice issues in the Middle East. Ambassador Istrabadi lectures often at universities and policy institutes, and he appears frequently in national and international media.

Amb. Istrabadi is the founding director of the Indiana University Center for the Study of the Middle East, a Title VI NationalResource Center. He is also University Scholar in International Law and Diplomacy, with his academic appointment in the Maurer School of Law. An alumnus of Indiana University, Istrabadi was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations in 2004.

Wednesday, October 24 | 6:30 PM

Rajiv Chandrasekaran at
Ernie Pyle Hall auditorium

 

The first School of Journalism faculty lectureship speakers, Rajiv Chandrasekaran will talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Ernie Pyle Hall auditorium. He is a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has served as national editor and as an assistant managing editor.

Previously, he was the Post’s bureau chief in Baghdad, where he was responsible for covering the reconstruction of Iraq and supervising a team of Post correspondents. He also was the newspaper’s bureau chief in Cairo and was a correspondent in Southeast Asia.

From 2009-11, Chandrasekaran reported on the war in Afghanistan and relied on that experience in writing his new book, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan. He also is author of the award-winning Imperial Life in the Emerald City, an account of the American effort to reconstruct Iraq.

This talk is sponsored in part by the Center for the Study of the Middle East

Tuesday, October 23 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM

After They're Gone:
Afghanistan After 2014

 

5:30 – 7:30 PM
Dogwood Room
Indiana Memorial Union, Mezzanine Level

 

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Timor Sharan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at University of Exeter (UK). His research examines the political economy of ‘networked state’ in post-2001 Afghanistan. Mr. Sharan has worked for over four years in different donor agencies and policy organizations in Afghanistan including USAID and DFID. At his recent job, Mr. Sharan was employed as a Senior Political Adviser on a USAID project to evaluate the current state of political entities in Afghanistan in the lead up to the 2014 elections.

October 18 - 21 | Keynote Address October 18 | 4:15 PM
13th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference

Central Eurasian Studies Society
2012 Conference

 

Hosted at Indiana University

Conference Activities to take place
in the Indiana Memorial Union

 

Preliminary Program

Conference Panels To Include:

War, Terror, Demography, and Ideologies


Conflict Management and State Formation
in the Central Asian Republics and Afghanistan


The Satire and Commentary of Molla Nasraddin

 


Keynote Address

Central Asia—
Great Gain, Not a Great Game

An Address by the Honorable Robert O. Blake, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of State for South
and Central Asian Affairs,
U.S. Department of State

 

4:15 PM to 5:15 PM

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

Monday, October 8 | 12:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Mahmoud Al-Batal to give two talks

 

See Flyer

 

Monday, October 8

Al-Kitaab Arabic Textbook Series:

Pedagogical Vision & Classroom Practice

 

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Maple Room

Indiana Memorial Union, Mezzanine Level


Toward a Pedagogical "Arab Spring:"

Teaching and Learning Arabic in the US

 

5:00-6:30 PM

Maple Room

Indiana Memorial Union, Mezzanine Level

 


Dr. Al-Batal is associate professor of Arabic in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and director of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at The University of Texas at Austin. During his short trip to Indiana University, Professor Al-Batal will present two lectures.

Monday, October 1 | 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Turkish Culture Night

 

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7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Grand Hall of the

Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center

 

Come celebrate Turkish culture along with the Turkish Student Association and the IU Community! See flyer for full list of sponsors.

Thursday, September 27 | 7:15 PM

After Benghazi:
Making Sense of the Protests


AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PANEL DISCUSSION

 

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Panel Members:

Asma Afsaruddin

Chair & Professor,
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures


Sumit Ganguly
Professor of Political Science
Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations


Feisal Istrabadi
University Scholar in International Law and Diplomacy
Director, Center for the Study of the Middle East


Nazif Shahrani
Professor
Departments of Anthropology, Central Eurasian Studies and
Near Eastern Languages and Culture


Abdulkader Sinno
Associate Professor
Departments of Political Science and
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures


Regina Smyth

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science


September
Thursday, September 27 | 7:15 PM

After Benghazi:
Making Sense of the Protests


AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PANEL DISCUSSION

 

See Flyer

Panel Members:

Asma Afsaruddin

Chair & Professor,
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures


Sumit Ganguly
Professor of Political Science
Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations


Feisal Istrabadi
University Scholar in International Law and Diplomacy
Director, Center for the Study of the Middle East


Nazif Shahrani
Professor
Departments of Anthropology, Central Eurasian Studies and
Near Eastern Languages and Culture


Abdulkader Sinno
Associate Professor
Departments of Political Science and
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures


Regina Smyth

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science


Thursday, September 27, 2012
Woodburn Hall 111
7:15 pm
Wednesday, September 12 | 5:30 PM

Near Eastern Apocalypticism and the Rise of Islam

 

Gordon Newby
Emory University

 

Wednesday, September 12
5:30 PM
State Room West
Indiana Memorial Union

 

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Islam began in an age in which many thought that the end of the world was near. From well before the birth of Muhammad in 570 C.E. through the beginnings of Islam in 610 C.E. to 628 C.E., the Roman (Byzantine) and Persian (Sassanian) empires waged inconclusive but devastating wars throughout the Eastern Mediterranean world. All of Arabia was caught up in the conflict as Arabs were camel cavalry for both sides and were subjects of imperial ideologies and religious proselytization. The international trade that had brought wealth to the tribes and towns along Arabia’s trade routes was in shambles, and many expected that those terrible events presaged the end of the world. It is little wonder that apocalyptic writing was one of the most popular genres of this age. In this talk, Prof. Newby will survey apocalyptic ideas in the East Mediterranean from Bar Kochba and the Jewish-Roman wars to Yûsuf Dhû-Nuwâs, the last Jewish king in Arabia before the rise of Islam. The bookend figures, Bar Kochba and Yûsuf Dhû-Nuwâs, were failed messianic figures who came to be understood as pre-figuring the “real” messianic figure, who would usher in the end-time. This failure of messianism heightens and intensifies the anticipation of a messiah-figure, which helps shape the reception of the Islamic message. He will then explore how the Qur’an recasts late antique apocalyptic arguments as part of Islam’s dual message of apocalyptic urgency and anxiety-reducing certainty.

May - August
July 20, 2012 | 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Silk Road Bayram Festival

 

Indiana University Willkie Auditorium
150 N. Rose Street

 

The 20th Anniversary of the Silk Road Bayram

 

Celebration of the Dances, Music and the
Arts of the Silk Road People


With music and dances from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Eastern Europe, East Turkistan, Middle East, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan

 

Presented by The Silk Road Institute, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and the Center for the Study of the Middle East

 

July 11, 2012 | 6:30 PM

Lecture:

Tahrir Square and Gdansk Shipyard:
A Research Agenda on the Geography of Revolution

 

Professor Padraic Kenney

 

Swain Hall West Room 220

 

Prof. Padraic Kenney

Director of the Russian East European Institute
Director of the Polish Studies Center
Department of History
Indiana University

July 5, 2012 | 6:30 PM

Panel on National Fellowships
for Study Abroad

 

Fine Arts Building Room 102

 

The SWSEEL Strategic Languages and Cultures Seminar will present a panel on national fellowships for research and study abroad (Fulbright, Boren, Gilman, Critical Languages Program, etc.). 

 

Professor Rob Babcock (Hastings College), Anthony Koliha (former Director of the Fulbright Program in Russia), and Paul Fogleman (from the IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs) will be discussing types of fellowships available and the application and selection processes. Dr. Ari Stern-Gottschalk will moderate the panel and is happy to receive your questions in advance. 

April
April 17, 2012 | 3:00 PM

Discussion and Film Screening at IU Cinema:

 

Waltz with Bashir

An Ari Folman Film

 

Ari Folman in Conversation with Josh Malitsky, 3 PM

Film Screening, 7 PM

April 10, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Film Screening:

 

Four Lions

 

Ballantine Hall Room 237
A smart, slapstick comedy, Chris Morris’ Four Lions takes aim at Jihadi suicide bombers and illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce. Follow five inept aspiring terrorists on their quest to attack, and see how they demonstrate that although terrorism may be about ideology, but it can also be about incompetence and idiocy.

 

Presented by Islamic Studies Program
April 1, 2012 | 3:30 - 7:00 PM

Navruz at Indiana University

Presented by The Navruz Student Association

 

Come celebrate the Central Asian New Year!

 

3:30 – 5:00pm
at Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU
Concert featuring Uyghur singer
Ayxigul Muhammed

With performances by members of the IU
and Bloomington communities

 

Reception to follow, 5:00 – 7:00pm

 

Sponsored by:
Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center
Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Center for the Study of the Middle East
Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Russian and East European Institute
Bloomington Intercultural Dialogue
March
March 24, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Film Screening:

Women Without Men

 

IU Cinema

Director Shirin Neshat offers an exquisitely crafted view of Iran in 1953, when a British- and American-backed coup removed the democratically elected government. Adapted from the novel by Iranian author Shahrnush Parsipur, the film weaves together the stories of four individual women during those traumatic days, whose experiences are shaped by their faith and the social structures in place. Neshat explores the social, political, and psychological dimensions of her characters as they meet in a metaphorical garden, where they can exist and reflect while the complex intellectual and religious forces shaping their world linger in the air around them.

(35mm presentation, Persian language with English subtitles)
 

The screening is sponsored by the Islamic Studies Program at Indiana University and IU Cinema.
March 22, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Tenth Annual Victor Danner Memorial Lecture

The Islamic State
and Moral Philosophy:
Engaging Post-Modernity

 

Wael Hallaq
Avalon Foundation Professer in the Humanities
Columbia University

 

University Club
President's Room
Indiana Memorial Union

 

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Our guest lecturer will be Wael Hallaq, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, from Columbia University.  His lecture will be "The Islamic State and Moral Philosophy: Engaging Post-Modernity."

 

Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern
Languages and Cultures
February
February 23, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Iranian Antisemitism
and Holocaust Denial

 

A Lecture by Professor Meir Litvak
Department of Middle Eastern History
Director of the Center for Iranian Studies
Tel Aviv University

 

Swain Hall Room 105

 

Meir Litvak is Associate Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern History, Director of the Center for Iranian Studies, and a senior research fellow at the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University.  Professor Litvak received his Ph.D  in 1991 from Harvard University.  His fields of expertise are Modern Shi‘i and Iranian History and modern Islamic movements.  He is the author (with Esther Webman), of  the award-winning book From Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust (Columbia/Hurst, 2009) and "Israel and Antisemitism," in Albert Lindemann and Richard Levy (eds.), Anti-Semitism: A History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

2011 - Past Events
November
November 18, 2011 | 5:30 PM

Iran 30 Years Later:
The 1979 Revolution and
the 2009 Presidential Protests

 

A Lecture by Elizabeth Rauh

PhD Candidate, University of Michigan

 

Special Exhibitions Gallery
Indiana University Art Museum

 

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November 16, 2011 | 5:30 PM

Iran and the Challenge
of the Arab Spring

 

A Lecture by Juan Cole

Director of the Center for South Asian Studies
Richard Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History
University of Michigan

 

Special Exhibitions Gallery
Indiana University Art Museum

 

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October
October 14, 2011 | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Graphics of Revolution and War:
Iranian Poster Arts

 

IU Art Museum

Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor

 

Professor Christiane Gruber,
Associate Professor of Islamic Art
University of Michigan

 

October 12, 2011 | 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Folklore in Jerusalem
Between War and (No) Peace:

The Jerusalem Project 1991-2011

 

Mathers Museum of World Cultures
416 N Indiana Ave

 

US, Israeli, and Palestinian scholars address the terms of engagement that emerged and diverged in the occupied/disputed/contested city of Jerusalem.

 

Sponsors:
Center for the Study of the Middle East
Borns Jewish Studies Program
College of Arts and Sciences Themester

September
September 23, 2011| 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Muslims in the U.S. & Europe: Islamophobia, integration, attitudes, and rights

President's Room - University Club
Indiana Memorial Union

IMU |Building Map

Conference Schedule & List of Abstracts

This event is free and open to the public.

Presenters

Dr. Abdulkader Sinno, Indiana University
Dr. Hatem Bazian, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Erik Bleich, Middlebury College
Dr. Mehdi Bozorgmehr, City University of New York
Dr. Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, Rutgers University
Dr. Gamal Gasim, Grand Valley State University
Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Reed College
Dr. Paul Gronke, Reed College
Dr. Justin Gest, Harvard University
Dr. Timothy Hellwig, Indiana University

Sponsors:

West European Studies
Center for the Study of the Middle East
Department of Political Science
Department of Near East Languages and Culture