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September 11, 2017
Christian Thöni, University of Lausanne
September 18, 2017
Majid Al Sadoon, Pompeu Fabra
September 25, 2017
Oded Stark, University of Bonn
October 2, 2017
Matt Van Essen, University of Alabama
October 9, 2017
Nicola Limodio, Bocconi University
October 16, 2017
Roberto Galbiati, Sciences Po
October 30, 2017
Ryo Okui, NYU Shanghai
November 6, 2017
Francisco Alcala, Universidad de Murcia
November 13, 2017
John Hassler, IIES, Stockholm University
November 21, 2017
Ying Fang (University of Michigan) presents
November 27, 2017
Tiemen Woutersen, University of Arizona
December 4, 2017
Andrew Foster, Brown University
December 11, 2017
Yan Chen, University of Michigan
Koray Caliskan (Bogazici University), "Civil-Military Relations in Turkey and the Reasons behind the Coup Attempt and its Failure."
Rebecca Gould (University of Bristol), "The Obligation to Migrate and the Stimulus to Narrate: Forced Migration from the Caucasus to the Ottoman Lands in Historical Memory and the Soviet Literary Imagination.”
Raymond Farrin (American University of Kuwait), "The Composition of Medinan Suras and the Writing of the Qur’an”
Fahed Al-Sumait (Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait), "Prospects and Pitfalls of Intercultural Communication in the GCC"
Abaas Yunas (Tabah Foundation, Abu Dhabi), "Contemporary Islam’s Debates, Challenges and Future Prospects"
October 27 (in collaboration with the History and Literature and Creative Writing Programs) [A6-117 from 5:30-7pm]
Mahnaz Yousefzadeh (Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies, NYU Department of Italian Studies), "Bahr-i Omān: Ferdinand I, G.B. Vecchietti, and the Armour of Shah Abbas."
Samer Frangie (AUB), "The “Garbage Uprising” in Lebanon: Looking for Political Agency in Trash"
Matthew Melvin-Koushki (University of South Carolina), ""Picturing Islamic Ontogrammatology
Talal al-Rashoud (SOAS/Kuwait University), “Modern Education and Arab Nationalism in Kuwait, 1911-1961”
Leonardo Schiocchet (Institute for Social Anthropology, Vienna), "The Austro-Palestinian Encounter: “Cause” and “Struggle” in the making of Palestinian nationhood and Post-national Activism in Austria"
Matthew Gordon (Miami University), ""Abbasid Cities and their Slave Markets."
Michael Cooperson (LAL Fellow/UCLA), "But they can't be translated" wrestling with the "rhetorical assemblies" of al-Hariri"
Abdullah Baaboud (QU – Gulf Studies Program) , "US-GCC relations under the new US administration"
Abdullah Hamidaddin (Dorba Center for Societal Transformation), "Zaydism: from Social Category to Social Identity".
David Segall (NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights), "A Flawed Model: The GCC Construction Sector and Migrant Recruitment Fees"
Joseph Lowry (LAL Fellow/UPenn), "Laws, Legal Language and Literary Structures in the Qur'an"
Hebah Fisher and Razan Alzayani (founders of the Kerning Cultures podcast), "Middle East Media and its Role in Shaping our Perceptions"
Tanya Habjouqa (Independent Photographer, NOOR IMAGES), "Challenging established hegemonies: Photography as creative Non-fiction and Nuanced Political Storytelling."
September 13 (from 2-3:30pm)
Abdulnabi Alekry (independent journalist), "Civil Society in The Gulf, Potential and Limitations"
Marcel Kurpershoek (NYUAD Humanities Fellow), "Syria: Geopolitics and Identity following the Nuclear Accord"
Benny Hary (NYU-Tel Aviv), "Judeo-Arabic: The Language of Arabic-Speaking Jews"
Taneli Kukkonen (NYUAD), "Al-Ghazali on Ethics"
Joshua Landis (U. of Oklahoma), "Syria, What's Next?"
Laura Kasinof (author/journalist), "Yemen Before the War: An American Journalist in Change Square"
Dale Eickelman (Dartmouth College), “The Modern Face of Identity in Oman.”
Waleed Hazbun (AUB), "The Eclipse of the US ‘Empire of the Air’ and the Challenge of Gulf Airlines"
Daniel Varisco (QU, Director of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies), "Beyond the Failed State: What might the future of Yemen look like"
Fawzia Gilani-Williams (Author), "Western Islamic Children’s Literature: Religious-Cultural Hybridization and Empowerment"
November 15 (2-3:30pm)
Bader Ibrahim (Journalist)," متطلبات التحول الديمقراطي في العالم العربي"
Ahmed al Mukhaini (Chairman, SASLO Legal Training Center), ""Evolution of Oman's National Identity, Prospects of post-Qaboos Mutations"
Alexandre Caeiro (Hamid Bin Khalifa University), "Moral Knowledge in Abnormal Times: Islamic law, Social Science, and the Demands of Realism"
Joseph Lumbard (AUS), “Towards a Transnational Quranic Studies”
Bassam Haddad (George Mason University), “Causes and Implications of the Russian Intervention in Syria”
Moshe Maoz (Hebrew University (Emeritus)) , "Nationalist and Religious Radicalization in the Middle East:the Case of the Temple Mount/Al-Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem"
William Gallois (Exeter University), “The New History of Algeria”
Deborah Kapchan (NYUNY), "Slow Ethnography, Slow Activism: Listening, Witnessing, and the Longue Durée"
Najwa Adra (Independent Scholar), “What Does it Mean to Identify as Tribal in Yemen?”
Timothy Power (ZU Abu Dhabi), “A Newly Discovered Abbasid Site in Buraimi: The 'Lost City' of Tuwam?”
Wendy Pearlman (Northwestern), “Meanings of Protest in Syria”
Edith Szanto (American University of Iraq), "Victims, Hero(in)es, and Pawns: Imagining the Syrian Uprising."
Hanan Al Fardan (al-Ramsa), “Teaching Arabic language to non-Arabic Speakers in the UAE: the Al-Ramsa Institute Experience”
Giuliano Garavini (NYUAD Humanities Fellow), "When Oil Prices Fall: the 1986 "Countershock" and its Lessons for Today"
Gaar Adams (Independent Journalist), "Cultural and Environmental Reporting in the Middle East & South Asia"
Rogaia Abusharaf (Georgetown-Qatar), “Migration in Pre-Oil Qatar”
Elizabeth Dickinson (Independent Journalist), “Humanitarian Aid in Syria”
Tariq al-Jamil (Swarthmore College), “Bodily Transactions: The Economy of Marriage, Slavery, and Divorce in Shi’i and Sunni Law”
Ali Alraouf (University of Qatar), “Doha is not Dubai: From Dubaization to Dohaization, A Critical Narrative of Gulf Urbanity”
Helga Tawil-Souri (NYUNY), “Digital Occupation”
Sabrina Joseph (Zayed University), “Law, Society, and the Management of Land and Water Resources in 17th and 18th Century Syria)
Michele Bambling (Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation), “ “Lest we Forget”: Structures of Memory in the UAE”
Mona Abaza (AUC), “The Cotton Plantation Remembered: An Egyptian Family Story”
Mark Cohen (Princeton Emeritus/NYUAD), “Maimonides, Commercial Law, and the Jewish Maghribi Merchants as Portrayed in the Eleventh and Twelfth-Century Documents from the Cairo Geniza”
Najam Haider (Barnard College), “Variations of Resistance: Musa al-Kazim and the Role of Rhetoric in Shii Historiography”
February 4 (A6 1159)
Justin Stearns (NYUAD), "Rational Sciences in Islamic Thought: “Science” in the work of Sufis, Jurists, and Theologians in 17th Century Morocco"
February 8 (Institute Lecture)
Valerie Hoffman (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), "Ibadi Islam: Its origins and place in Islamic Thought)
February 9 (A6 1159)
Valerie Hoffman (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), "Ibadism and Mysticism: Thought, Practice and Controversy in Modern Oman”
February 11 (A6 1159)
Tareq al-Rabei (SOAS), "The Cameleers of the National Spirit: Bidun (stateless) poets and Kuwaiti Literary History."
February 26 (A6 1159)
Zachary Valentine Wright (Northwestern University in Qatar), "The Tariqa Muhammadiyya in the 18th Century Islamic World" (co-sponsored by Africana Studies)
March 9 (A6 1159)
Ghazi al-Mulaifi (New York University) - "Al-Kout and the Sea: An inquiry into the Production of Kuwaiti Maritime Heritage"
April 2 (A6 008)
Sultan Al Qassemi (Barjeel Foundation),"Politics in Modern Arab Art"
April 9 (A6 1159)
Judith Tucker (Georgetown University in Qatar), "Mediterranean Pirates, Rule Breakers or Makers?"
April 15 (A6 1159)
Bill Spindle (Wall Street Journal), "From 9-11 to ISIS: A personal reporting journey through the Middle East"
April 22 (A6 1159)
Feras Hamza (Wollongong University in Dubai)- "Anti-Sectarianism in the Early Muslim Community"
April 23 (A6 1159)
Ella Shohat (NYUNY), "The Question of Judeo-Arabic(s)'"
April 29 (A6 1159)
Rosemary Admiral (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), "Dramatizing Divorce: Gendered Approaches to the Dissolution of Marriage in Marinid Morocco"
May 6 (A6 1159)
Matt Maclean (New York University), ""A Spatial History of the UAE: Flows, Infrastructures, and the Emergence of a National Identity"
May 11 (Institute Public Lecture)
Toby Matthiesen (Cambridge University), "The Politics of Sectarianism in the Middle East"
May 12 (A6 1159)
Toby Matthiesen (Cambridge University), "The Gulf in the Global Cold War: The History of Arab Nationalists and Leftists in the Gulf States".
September 16 [Brown Bag Lunch]
Maurice Pomerantz (NYUAD): The Verbal Trade: Maqāmāt, Arabic Literature, and the New Comparatism
September 30 [Brown Bag Lunch]
Ilana Webster-Kogen (NYUAD):Music in the Wake of the "Arab Spring": a Politics of Prudence
October 8 [Brown Bag Lunch]
Karen Young (AUS): The Emerging Interventionists of the GCC
Tim Mackintosh-Smith, Translating Akhbar al-Sin wa-l-Hind (In conjunction with NYUAD Institute)
Akbar Keshodkar (ZU-Dubai): The fight for civilization: Tourism and Islamic Discourse in Zanzibar
October 28 [Brown Bag Lunch]
Margaret Scott (NYU-Wagner, Freelance Journalist): "Islam and Democracy: A Tale of Two Countries."
Research Seminar, "Why is the UAE a Federation?" (Frauke Heard-Bey, Abu Dhabi) (In conjunction with the History Program)
November 11 [Brown Bag Lunch]
Justin Stearns (NYUAD), "Plague treatises, Public Health, and Contagion in the pre-modern Muslim Middle East."
November 26 [Brown Bag Lunch]
Neha Vora: Branch Campuses in the Gulf
Neha Vora, "Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora" (In conjunction with the NYUAD Institute)
Opening of the "Shadows and Skyscrapers" Exhibition on Migrant Labor in Doha, Qatar.
Roundtable dicussion with exhibition organizers anthropologist Andrew Gardner and documentary photographer Kristin Giordano
December 3 [Brown Bag Lunch]
Mohammad Masad (ZU-Dubai): Between Magic and Divination: 'Ilm al-Huruf in Medieval Islamic Literature
February 3 [Luncheon Lecture]
Nahyan Fancy (DePauw University) : Scientific and Religious Discussions of Generation during the Mamluk period
February 4 [History Program Research Seminar]
Masha Kirasirova (NYUAD) : "Arab Communists, Stalinist Subjects: Student Life in Moscow, 1922-33"
February 9 (In conjunction with the NYUAD Institute)
Ahmed Kanna (University of the Pacific): "Gulf Urbanism: The Semantic Field of a Category of Space"
February 10 [Luncheon Lecture]
Ahmed Kanna (University of the Pacific) : "The Imperial Encounter and the Production of Everyday Space in Dubai"
February 18 [Luncheon Lecture]
Steve Caton (Harvard University) : Oasis, Coast, and Highland: anthropology of water sustainability in the UAE and Oman
February 25 [Luncheon Lecture]
Tim Power (ZU - Abu Dhabi): "Qattara Oasis: La Longue Durée in al-Ain, UAE."
March 4 [History Department Research Seminar]
S. Irfan Habib (National University of Educational Planning and Education, New Delhi): "Jihad or Ijtihad: Religious Orthodoxy and Modern Science in Contemporary Islam."
March 10 [Luncheon Lecture]
Gokce Gunel (Columbia University): “Learning from Masdar City: The Global Horizons of Abu Dhabi’s Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Projects”
March 12 [Luncheon Lecture]
Roger Allen (University of Pennsylvania): Muwaylihi, Author of an early 20th Century Arabic Classic
March 13 [Institute Event]
Roger Allen in conversation with the Moroccan novelist Bensalem Himmich about the latter's more recent novel A Muslim Suicide
March 31 [Luncheon Lecture]
Richard Gauvain (American University in Dubai): “'Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion': preliminary observations on the nature of Muslim-Christian encounters in Dubai."
April 1 [History Department Research Seminar]
Lansine Kaba (Carnagie Mellon University, Doha): 1591 and 2013: The Trans-Saharan Invasions of the Western Sudan
April 7 [Luncheon Lecture]
Eric Staples (Director of Maritime Heritage Projects at The Sultanate of Oman): "Preserving Maritime Heritage in Oman"
April 22 (Tuesday) [Luncheon Lecture]
Jim Toth (NYUAD): Sayyid Qutb
April 28 [Luncheon Lecture]
Jane Bristol Rhys (ZU - Abu Dhabi): Too Close for Comfort? Stereotyping Tales of Sorcery, Seduction, and Secrecy in Abu Dhabi.
May 5 [Luncheon Lecture]
Karen Exell (UCL-Qatar): "Museums, memory and modernity in the GCC"