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Madison, WI 53706 United States

September 2017

MES Lecture Series: “Islamic Constitutionalism: What Was It? What Might it Be?”

September 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Presenter: Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Law School, UW-Madison This presentation will explain the history of constitutional structures in Muslim lands before the modern period, and explain how insights from these structures could solve some of the biggest political challenges for Muslim-majority…

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October 2017

MES Lecture Series: “IRAN’S COMPULSORY HIJAB: From politics and religious authority to fashion shows”

October 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Faegheh Shirazi

Presenter: Faegheh Shirazi, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin This presentation will be looking into the recent history of the hijab in Iran: (1) the hijab and women’s emancipation in Reza Khan’s…

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November 2017

MES Lecture Series: “Jerusalem, on the Moving Edge of Israeli Colonial Rule”

November 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Thomas Abowd

Presenter: Tom Philip Abowd, Tufts University This presentation will analyze how colonialism and colonial urbanism remain a crucial component of contemporary Palestinian and Israeli realities. It seeks to illuminate everyday life as well as the broader institutional forces that…

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December 2017

MES Lecture Series: “Pacifist Invasions: Arabic, Translation and the Postfrancophone Lyric”

December 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Yasser Elhariry

Presenter: Yasser Elhariry, Dartmouth College This talk tells the story of a unique literary and linguistic development: over the past one hundred years and at least since the second French colonial era beginning in 1830, Franco-Arab…

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February 2018

MES Lecture Series: Aili Mari Tripp

February 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
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Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Aili Tripp

Title: “Women's Rights Reform in Algeria: Why the Maghreb Differs from the Middle East” The talk looks at women's rights reforms in Algeria since the Black Decade (1992-2002) to show how Algeria is converging with Tunisia and Morocco…

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MES Lecture Series: Philip Hollander

February 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Philip Hollander

Title: "Postmodernism Doesn’t Equal Post-Zionism: Hanokh Bartov and the Advent of Israeli Postmodernist Fiction" In this lecture, I contest the scholarly view that Israeli postmodernist fiction emerged alongside post-Zionism, an intellectual movement that challenges major…

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March 2018

MES Lecture Series: Bican Sahin

March 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
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Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Bican Sahin

Title: "An Assessment of Democracy in Turkey from A Liberal Perspective" The presentation will consist of an analysis of the current  state of democracy in Turkey from the perspective of liberal democratic values such as the principle…

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MES Lecture Series: Jennifer Pruitt

March 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
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Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Jennifer Pruitt

Title: "Rebuilding Islamic Jerusalem, ca 1035" Professor Pruitt will present her research into the Fatimid dynasty's rebuilding of Jerusalem in ca. 1035.  Focusing on the restorations of the Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the…

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April 2018

MES Lecture Series: Geoffrey Levin

April 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Geoffrey Levin

Title: "The Palestinianization of American Jewish Anti-Zionism, 1942-1977" About the presenter: Geoffrey Levin is a PhD candidate in Hebrew & Judaic Studies and History at New York University. His dissertation, titled "Another Nation: Israel, American Jews,…

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Africa at Noon: “Portrait of Rural Egyptian Women: Peaceful Voices from Siwa Oasis, Upper Egypt and Nubia”

April 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
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Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Manal Kabesh

Note: This is an event by the UW-Madison African Studies Program. Presenter: Manal Kabesh The rural women in the highly traditional societies of the Siwa oasis, Upper Egypt, and Nubia live according to centuries-old traditions.…

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MES Lecture Series: Katrina Thompson

April 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Katrina Thompson

Title: "Categorizing Muslims: Tactics of Intersubjectivity in a Progressive Muslim Community of Practice" Drawing on data from a multi-sited linguistic ethnography of progressive Muslims, I explore how participants labeled themselves and others through talk-in-interaction and…

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MES Lecture Series: Ahmed El Shamsy

April 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
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Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Ahmed El Shamsy

Title: "Islamic reform and print, 1880-1920"  Half a century after the large-scale adoption of print in the Arab world, Muslim reformers began to make use of the new technology for their own purposes. They published…

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September 2018

MES Lecture Series: Doris H. Gray

September 24, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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“Transitional Justice in Tunisia: The Forgotten Victims” Six years after the uprising, who are the winners and the losers? Since the 2011 uprisings, Tunisia has taken several major steps to address historic, systematic human rights…

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October 2018

MES Lecture: Susan Friedman – A Clash of Civilizations?

October 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States

“A Clash of Civilizations? East-West Migrations, Islamophobia, and the Cosmopolitanism of Mohja Kahf and Marjane Satrapi” In the face of rising Islamophobia in the West, how have diasporic women writers of Muslim background negotiated their…

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MES Lecture: Nell Gabiam – Stay in Turkey or Continue Toward Europe?

October 29, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States

"Stay in Turkey or Continue Toward Europe? Palestinians Displaced from Syria and the Instability of Exile" According to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works for Palestine Refugees) an estimated 20% of Syria’s Palestinian refugee population…

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November 2018

MES Lecture: Irfan A. Omar – Prophet al-Khidr

November 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States

“Prophet al-Khidr, Between (the Qur’anic) Text and (the Mystical) Tradition” Al-Khidr is uniquely placed in the Qur’an as a figure who at once unites and divides; is a healer of souls and yet hard to…

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December 2018

Africa at Noon: “Political Transitions in Ethiopia: Human Rights, Democracy, and the Politics of Hope”

December 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Abadir M. Ibrahim After overthrowing an authoritarian regime last April, the new (as of yet unelected) government of Ethiopia has put human rights and democracy at the forefront of its political discourse. While the amount…

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March 2019

Africa at Noon: Maria Vendetti – “Torture Testimonials of the Algerian War of Independence: Framing the Unseeable”

March 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Maria Vendetti Assistant Professor of French St. Olaf College, MN The Algerian War of Independence (1954–62) is ineradicably connected to the systematic use of torture by the French armed forces. In Algeria, torture was a…

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MES Lecture: Ghenwa Hayek – “Abu Salim in Africa: Cinema and the Lebanese Emigrant Experience”

March 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Ghenwa Hayek

Abu Salim in Africa: Cinema and the Lebanese Emigrant Experience Ghenwa Hayek, University of Chicago In this talk, Hayek discusses the role that Lebanese cinema has played in articulating anxieties over emigration by exploring the…

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April 2019

MES Lecture: Aziza Khazzoom – “A Jewish history of Orientalism and its effect on hierarchies in Israel”

April 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Aziza Khazzoom

A Jewish history of Orientalism and its effect on hierarchies in Israel Aziza Khazzoom, Indiana University Bloomington (See videos below the text.) Since Europe’s Enlightenment, Jews – in the Middle East as well as Europe…

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Africa at Noon: Aili Tripp – “Why do Autocrats Adopt Women’s Rights Reforms? Contrasting the Maghreb and the Middle East”

April 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
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Madison, WI 53706 United States
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MES Lecture: Mohammad Khalil – “Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism”

April 29, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism Mohammad Khalil, Michigan State University For well over a decade, the so-called New Atheists have had a unique and ostensibly significant impact on Western (and to some extent non-Western)…

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September 2019

MES Lecture: Dr. Molly Patterson and Christopher Mathews, “Arabic Language Acquisition for BVI (Blind and Vision Impaired) and Dyslexic Students

September 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Talk Description: Drawing on personal experiences, Dr. Patterson (who is dyslexic) and Mr. Mathews (who is blind) will discuss some of the joys and challenges they faced learning Arabic as a second language. Mr. Mathews and…

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October 2019

MES Lecture: Yael Zerubavel, “Desert in the Promised Land”

October 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Yael Zerubavel, “Desert in the Promised Land: The Politics and Semiotics of Space in Israeli Culture" Rutgers University The lecture draws on Zerubavel’s new book, Desert in the Promised Land, published by Stanford University Press (2019).…

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November 2019

MES Lecture: Daniel Stolz, “The Ramadan Debates”

November 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Daniel Stolz, "The Ramadan Debates: Science, Time, and Islamic Law in the Early Twentieth Century." University of Wisconsin-Madison   Talk description: In the early twentieth century, Muslim jurists and activists across the world debated whether…

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January 2020

MES Lecture: “The Salafi Mystique: The Rise of Gender Segregation in the 20th Century Middle East “

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Aaron Rock-Singer (History, UW-Madison). About the talk: In this lecture, I trace the emergence of gender segregation within Salafism, Islam’s fastest growing movement. To do so, I focus on Egypt, examining the interaction between Salafism’s…

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February 2020

On Barak: “Powering Empire: “How Coal Made the Middle East and Sparked Global Carbonization”

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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“Powering Empire: How Coal Made the Middle East and Sparked Global Carbonization” On Barak, Tel Aviv University   About the talk: The Age of Empire was driven by coal, and the Middle East—as an idea—was…

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MES Lecture: “Powering Empire: “How Coal Made the Middle East and Sparked Global Carbonization”

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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On Barak, Tel Aviv University.   About the talk: The Age of Empire was driven by coal, and the Middle East—as an idea—was made by coal. Coal’s imperial infrastructure presaged the geopolitics of oil that…

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