September 22, 2017 - Darryl Li (University of Chicago)
"The Foreign Fighter as Diasporic Partisan: Jihad Through the Half-Lives of Decolonization"
October 6, 2017 - Beth Baron (City University of New York)
"Middle East Studies in the Time of Trump"
October 27, 2017 - Houchang Chehabi (Boston University)
“The Legal Situation of Non-Twelver-Shiis in Iran”
January 12, 2018 - Paul Cobb (University of Pennsylvania)
"The Travails of Abulabaz: An 'Abbasid Elephant in Charlemagne's Court"
January 26, 2018 - Huda J. Fakhreddine (University of Pennsylvania)
"Poetry with a Prosaic Lineage: Salīm Barakāt’s Violent Interrogation of Arabic"
February 16, 2018 - Mona Hassan (Duke University)
"Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History"
February 23, 2018 - Marwan Kraidy (University of Pennsylvania)
"“Islamic State”’s Media Doctrine: A Preliminary Analysis"
5th Annual Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture on Modern Arabic Literature
April 6, 2018 - Shaden Tageldin
“Measures of the Modern: Arabic Literature in the Shadow of Comparison“
April 13, 2018 - Maya Mikdashi (Rutgers)
"A Fire At the Archive: Statecraft, Memory, and Indeterminacy in Lebanon"
May 18, 2018 - Frank Griffel (Yale University)
“A Double Truth Theory in Islam? On the Relationship Between Kalam and Philosophy (hikma) in Islam’s Post-Classical Period”
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Marian H. Feldmann (Yale University)
“Monumental Architecture and the (De)construction of Memory during the Ur III Period”
September 23, 2016 - Ilham Makdisi (Northeastern University)
"Imperial Connections: The Nahda and Translation Movements between Ottoman Turkish and Arabic, 1860-1914"
October 14, 2016 - Peter Wien (University of Maryland, College Park)
"Cultural History Perspectives on Arab Nationalism: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches"
October 28, 2016 - Fatemeh Keshavarz (University of Maryland, College Park)
“Hubbub in the Wine House: The Mutinous Voice in ʿAttar and ʿEraqi”
November 4, 2016 - Rebecca Johnson (Northwestern University)
"Translated Publics: Theorizing the Nahda's Novel Circulations"
February 3, 2017 - Fred Astren (San Francisco State University)
"Islamic Cities, Chinese Paper, and Jewish Readerships in the Ninth-Century"
February 10, 2017 - Mana Kia (Columbia University)
"Before Nationalism: The Transregional Persianate in the 18th Century"
February 24 - Adam Sabra (University of California, Santa Barbara)
"Household and State in Ottoman Egypt: The Case of al-Sada al-Bakriya"
March 31 - Joel Beinin (Stanford University)
"Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt"
4th Annual Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture on Modern Arabic Literature
April 7 - Elizabeth Holt (Bard College)
"Suspicious Readers: Cultural Cold War in the Arabic Press"
April 21 - Aviad Rubin (University of Chicago; University of Haifa)
May 12 - Sarah Stein (UCLA)
"Family Papers: A Sephardic Odyssey Through the Twentieth Century"
September 25, 2015 - Nadine Naber (University of Illinois at Chicago)
"Transnational Feminist Predicaments: Gender Justice and State Violence in the Arab Region and its Diasporas"
October 16, 2015 - Kristina Richardson (CUNY, Queens College)
"Locating Gypsies in Medieval Islamdom"
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - Bryan Roby
"Moledet or Watan? Mizrahi Belonging and Resistance in Israel and the Arab World"
January 29, 2016 - Junaid Quadri (University of Illinois at Chicago)
"Science, Modernity and the Hanafi School: Rethinking Perception and Representation in a Technological Age"
February 12, 2016 - Gil Hochberg (UCLA)
"Between Visibility and Invisibility: On the Visual Politics of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine"
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - Deborah Tor (Notre Dame)
“The Political Revival of the ʿAbbāsid Caliphate: Al-Muqtafī and the Seljuqs”
February 19, 2016 - Yuval Ben-Bassat (University of Haifa/UC-Berkeley)
"Ottoman Petitions on the early Zionist-Arab Encounter"
3rd Annual Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture in Modern Arabic Literature
April 8, 2016 - Roger Allen (University of Pennsylvania)
"The End of the Nahdah?"
April 22, 2016 - Alexander Beihammer (Notre Dame)
"The Battle of Manzikert (1071): From a Byzantine 'Stalingrad' to a Turkish National Myth"
May 20, 2016 - Edhem Eldem (Boğaziçi University/Columbia)
“Revisiting the Past: Ottomans at the Alhambra, 1844-1914”
September 26, 2014 - Lisa Wedeen (University of Chicago)
"Neoliberal Autocracy and its Undoing in Syria: 2000 to the Present"
October 10, 2014 - Holly Shissler and Alireza Doostdar (University of Chicago)
Panel Discussion: "What Happened in the Middle East during the Summer: Turkey and Syria"
October 26, 2014 - İrvin Cemil Schick
"The Content of Form: Islamic Calligraphy between Text and Representation"
October 31, 2014 - Yali Amit and Paul Mendes-Flohr (University of Chicago)
Panel Discussion: "What Happened in the Middle East during the Summer: Israel and Gaza"
November 14, 2014 - Abigail Jacboson (MIT)
"Mediators or Collaborators? Local Jews, Ashkenazi Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine"
January 23, 2015 - Bilal Orfali (Ohio State University)
"The Maqāmāt of al-Hamadhānī: Manuscripts, Collection, and Early History"
January 30, 2015 - Neil Aggarwal (Columbia University)
"Mental Health in the War on Terror"
February 27, 2015 - Cynthia Shawamreh (University of Chicago)
"Current Trends and Challenges in Islamic Finance"
April 3, 2015 - Lara Deeb (Scripps College)
"Anthropology's Politics: Discipline and Region through the Lens of the Middle East"
April 10, 2015 - David Nirenberg (University of Chicago)
“What Role for History and Historians in our Sectarian Age?”
May 15, 2015 - Diana Allan (Cornell University)
"This is not a politics: Solidarity and subterfuge in the Palestinian camps in Lebanon"
2nd Annual Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture on Modern Arabic Literature
May 29, 2015 - Hazem Azmy (Ain Shams University)
"We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident? Egyptian Theatre in the Post-Revolutionary Landscape"
October 25, 2013: Antoine Borrut (University of Maryland)
"Remembering Karbalāʾ: the Construction of an Early Islamic Site of Memory"
November 8, 2013: Fadi Bardawil (University of Chicago)
"The Comrades: Translating Marxism in 1970's Beirut."
January 16, 2014 (Thursday, 4:00pm): Rachel Harris (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
"Witchcraft and Wailing: Female Professions in Israeli Films"
January 24, 2014: Ellen Amster (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
"The Body and the Body Politic in the Middle East and North Africa: Theoretical Reflections on the Arab Spring"
February 14, 2014: Alireza Doostdar (University of Chicago)
"Flexible Exemplars: The New Mystics and their Hagiographies in Iran"
1st Annual Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture on Modern Arabic Literature
May 2, 2014: Marilyn Booth (University of Edinburgh)
October 26, 2012: Justin McCarthy (University of Louisville)
"Fake Statistics on Ottoman Population"
January 25, 2013: Sarah Nooter (University of Chicago)
"Theater and Reinvention: Tawfiq Al-Hakim’s Fate of a Cockroach and Aristophanes’ Birds"
February 1, 2013: Wendy Pearlman (Northwestern University)
"Emigration and Power in Lebanon, 1860-2010"
February 20, 2013: Yakir Englander (Northwestern University)
"The Problem of the Body: Ultra Orthodox Strategies for Formulating an
a-feminine Public Sphere in Israel"
April 12, 2013: Hugh Kennedy (SOAS, University of London)
"Urbanism in Khurasan and Transoxania in the Early Islamic Period (600-1250 CE): Archaeological and Other Evidence"
April 19, 2013: Elyse Semerdjian (Whitman College)
"Between Conversion and Resistance: Constructions of Armenian Identity in Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Aleppo"
May 10, 2013: Roy Mottahedeh (Harvard University)
"Friendship in Medieval Islamic Philosophy"
October 28: Nirvana Tanoukhi (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
"Egypt's Revolutionary Plot”
November 4: Armen T. Marsoobian (Southern Connecticut State University)
"Resistance & Rescue During the Armenian Genocide:The Story Behind a Photograph, Marsovan 1915-1918"
November 11: Ahmed El Shamsy (University of Chicago)
“The Islamic Tradition in the Gutenberg Galaxy”
January 13: Hakan Karateke (University of Chicago)
"Evliya Çelebi on Jews"
January 27: Fariba Zarinebaf (University of California, Riverside)
"Writing the History of Istanbul From Crime"
February 3: Mandy Terc (Northwestern University)
"'Being Professional': the Making of a Neoliberal Elite in Syria and Beyond"
March 30: Touraj Daryaee (University of California, Irvine)
"Who Eats Best? Zoroastrian, Muslim and Hindu Diet in Late Antiquity and Early Islamic Period"
April 13: Na'ama Rokem (University of Chicago)
"Kafka Goes to Palestine"
May 25: Jessica Winegar (Northwestern University)
"Clean Up and Shape Up! Revolution, Aesthetics, and Urban Space in Egypt"