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New Perspectives on the Modern Middle East

Meet the Author Series

Co-sponsored by the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and the Workshop on Arab Political Development

The New Perspectives on the Modern Middle East series brings authors of exciting new books to campus to talk about both the substance of the book and the process that went into writing it. The series aims to be a resource for both graduate students and faculty.  Both the speakers and attendees come from a number of disciplines, including Political Science, Sociology, History, Near Eastern Studies, and Anthropology.

Students or faculty from all disciplines interested in attending Meet the Author sessions are welcome.  **Attendees should read the book before the seminar discussion; no presentation will be given. Contact Kevin Mazur ( or Sarah Kazaz ( for more information.

Comparative Politics graduate students interested in proposing other interdisciplinary regional studies programming or events are encouraged to contact Bobst Program Manager Maureen Killeen.

M. Hakan Yavuz

M. Hakan Yavuz, Professor of Political Science, University of Utah

Toward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gülen Movement

Thursday March 7, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Bobst Hall (83 Prospect Avenue) Room 101


Wendy Pearlman

Wendy Pearlman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

Violence, Nonviolence and the Palestinian National Movement.

Tuesday March 26, 4:30 p.m.

Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Room 101

Ziad Fahmy

Ziad Fahmy, Assistant Professor of Modern Middle East History, Cornell University

Ordinary Egyptians: Creating the Modern Nation through Popular Culture

Thursday April 25, 4:30 p.m.

Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Room 101