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Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture Series

jwaidehThe Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture Series is an annual event held in the fall to honor the memory of the Department's founder.

Professor Wadie Elias Jwaideh had a long and distinguished career both within and outside of Indiana University. He received the degree of Licentiate in Law from the University of Baghdad in 1942. In 1960, he received his PhD from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. During this time, he also held a lecturer position in Arabic at Johns Hopkins University.

His dissertation, titled A History of the Kurdish Nationalist Movement, is the most comprehensive study ever made into the Kurdish question. This work established him as one of the world's leading experts on the Kurds. It was published posthumously as The Kurdish National Movement: Its Origins and Development in 2006 by the Syracuse University Press.

Dr. Jwaideh joined the faculty of Indiana University in 1960 and founded the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literature. In 1972, Professor Jwaideh was given the Lieber Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching. A number of his colleagues and former students contributed articles for a Festschrift in his honor. Dr. Robert Olson edited this book, titled Islamic and Middle Eastern Society (Amana Books, 1987).

After his retirement from Indiana University in 1985, Prof. Jwaideh accepted an appointment as adjunct professor of history at the University of California at San Diego, where he taught until 1990.

Upcoming Jwaideh Lecture

Reflections on Nationality and Sect in Iraqi History

Professor Dina Khoury

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Wednesday, October 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm
President's Room, University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

Dina Khoury is Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University.

Abstract: Can nationality be sectarian? I explore this question by examining the historical context of the drafting and implementation of the Ottoman and Iraqi Nationality laws. In both instances, the nationality law made a series of exceptions that rendered a certain class of Shi'is subject to special regulations. It is not clear, however, how such special regulations furnished the basis of a sectarian citizenship. I focus on the processes of implementation, of issuing of passports, of struggles over jurisdictions between different actors and argue that these actors deployed sect, nationality and tribe strategically to achieve specific results. The making of nationality in Iraq was not an inevitably sectarian process, but a result of specific strategies and contexts that did render it sectarian at critical moments.

Previous Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lectures

Zachary Lockman

Religious Minorities and Secular Politics in the Middle East

Professor Saba Mahmood

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Saba Mahmood is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley

Abstract: Mahmood's talk focuses on the emergence of the category minority in modern political thought and its genealogy in the Middle East. How did this category and attendant political rationality transform the relations between Muslims and non-Muslims? How does the legacy of this historical emergence help us understand the embattled place of religious minorities in the Middle East today?

Twelfth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Professor Zachary Lockman, "Adventures in Field Building: On the Origins and Trajectory of Middle East Studies in the United States", October 24, 2013 Eleventh Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Amaney Jamal, "Of Empires and Citizens in the Arab World: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All?", September 24, 2012 Tenth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Lisa Wedeen, "Abandoning Legitimacy? Order, Disorder, and Ideology in Syria," November 03, 2011 Ninth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Roger Owen, "Arab Republican Presidents for Life in the Middle East and North Africa," November 05, 2010 Eighth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Peter Sluglett, "Reflections on the Historiography of Modern Iraq," October 05, 2009 Seventh Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Eric Davis, "Is there an Arab Democracy Deficit? Reflections on Democratization in Iraq and the Arab World," October 21, 2008 Sixth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Albertine Jwaideh, "The Marsh Dwellers of Southern Iraq: Their Habitat, Origins, Society, and Economy," October 30, 2007 Fifth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Robert Olson, "Parallel History and Diplomacy: Turkey's Position toward the Kurdish Question in 1925 and from 2003–2006," November 3, 2006 Fourth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Juan Cole, Marsh Arab Rebellion: Grievance, Mafias and Militias in Iraq," October 15, 2005 Third Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Martin van Bruinessen, "The Kurdish Question: Whose Question, Whose Answers? The Kurdish Movement Seen by the Kurds and by their Neighbors, November 19, 2004 Second Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Mushin Al-Musawi, "Iraq: Cultural Dynamics Since the British Mandate," November 13, 2003 First Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Fred M. Donner, "Seeing the Origins of Islam in Historical Perspective," November 4, 2002

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