Past Events


Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State

A Book Talk With Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky
Mar 29, 2024 at -

Between the 1850s and World War I, the Ottoman Empire welcomed about a million Muslim refugees from Russia. These refugees established hundreds of villages throughout the Ottoman Balkans, Anatolia, and the Levant. Most…

In the Shade of the Sunna: Salafi Piety in the 20th-Century Middle East

A Book Talk With Aaron Rock-Singer
Nov 28, 2023 at -

Salafis explicitly base their legitimacy on continuity with the Quran and the Sunna, and their distinctive practices—praying in shoes, wearing long beards and short pants, and observing gender segregation—are understood…

Gaza in History/Gaza on Campus: Reflections on the Palestinian Condition and the Palestine Exception to Free Speech

A Conversation With Dr. Beshara Doumani
Nov 20, 2023 at -

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Beshara Doumani, the Mahmoud Darwish Professor of Palestinian Studies at Brown University, where he will reflect on current affairs, future uncertainties and the challenges of…

The Extraordinary Story of Oslo 1993

Raphael Cohen-Almagor, University of Hull
Nov 9, 2023 at -

Join us for this last-minute addition to our program.

On Earth or in Poems: The Many Lives of Al-Andalus

A Book Talk with Eric Calderwood
Nov 7, 2023 at -

During the Middle Ages, the Iberian Peninsula was home not to Spain and Portugal but rather to al-Andalus. Ruled by a succession of Islamic dynasties, al-Andalus came to be a shorthand for a legendary place where people…

The Turkish Republic at 100

A Regime at the Crossroads
Ümit Kurt
Oct 30, 2023 at -

Many life stories of actors and narratives who lived during the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic have been silenced by the official historiography of the state, institutionalised in Nutuk (…

Maghreb Noir: Pan-Africanism and the Militant-Artists of North Africa

A Book Talk with Paraska Tolan
Oct 24, 2023 at -

Upon their independence, Moroccan, Algerian, and Tunisian governments turned to the Global South and offered military and financial aid to Black liberation struggles. Tangier and Algiers attracted Black American and…

Revolution of Things: The Islamism and Post-Islamism of Objects in Tehran

A Book Talk with Kusha Sefat
Oct 10, 2023 at -

In Revolution of Things, Kusha Sefat traces a dynamism between materiality and language that sheds light on how the merger of the two permeates politics. To show how shifting relations between things and terms form the…

Beirut 1983

40 Year Memorial to Janet Lee Stevens
Sep 26, 2023 at -

Join us for a special event as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the passing of Janet Lee Stevens, a remarkable individual who dedicated her life to bridging cultures and fostering understanding in the Arab world.

Keynote Address by Nabil Fahmy

Nuclear Issues in the Middle East and North Africa Conference
Apr 27, 2023 at -

Nabil Fahmy, former Foreign Minister of Egypt and Egyptian Ambassador to the United States, will deliver a keynote address immediately followed by a Q&A by Executive Director John Ghazvinian. This keynote is a part…