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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.

You can see a copy of his obituary here.

Upcoming Jwaideh Lecture

Stay tuned for the announcement of next fall's Jwaideh speaker!

Previous Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lectures

Fifteenth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Professor Malika Zeghal, "The Absent Secularists: Islam in the 2014 Tunisian Constitution", November 10, 2016 Fourteenth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Professor Dina Khoury, "Reflections on Nationality and Sect in Iraqi History", October 15, 2015 Thirteenth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Professor Saba Mahmood, "Religious Minorities and Secular Politics in the Middle East", October 2, 2014 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
Professor Amaney JamalAmaney 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
Professor Lisa Wedeen, "Abandoning Legitimacy? Order, Disorder, and Ideology in Syria," November 03, 2011 Ninth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Professor Roger Owen, "Arab Republican Presidents for Life in the Middle East and North Africa," November 05, 2010 Eighth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Professor Peter Sluglett, "Reflections on the Historiography of Modern Iraq," October 05, 2009 Seventh Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Professor 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
Professor 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
Professor Juan Cole, Marsh Arab Rebellion: Grievance, Mafias and Militias in Iraq," October 15, 2005 Third Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Professor 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
Professor Mushin Al-Musawi, "Iraq: Cultural Dynamics Since the British Mandate," November 13, 2003 First Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Professor Fred M. Donner, "Seeing the Origins of Islam in Historical Perspective," November 4, 2002

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