Farouk Mustafa Memorial Friday Lecture Series Archive

2017-2018 Schedule

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”

2016-17 Schedule

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"

2015-16 Schedule

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”

2014-15 Schedule

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"

2013-14 Schedule

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)

2012-13 Schedule

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"

2011-12 Schedule

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"