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Brown Bag Lunch Series, 2016-17




February 6, 2017

Asli Igsiz

New York University
"Eugenics, Demography and Refugee Integration Policies in the Post-1945 Era:
A Transnational Intellectual History"

February 13, 2017
Frank Griffel
Yale University
"Was Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) Really A Scriptualist? Reassessing the Role of Reason in One of Islam’s Most Successful Theological Projects"

February 20, 2017
Lori Allen
SOAS, University of London & IAS
"Liberal Entanglements: Palestinians and the 1946 Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry"

February 27, 2017
Aaron Jakes
The New School
“A Delicate Operation: Provincial Administration, Khedivial Espionage,
and the Critique of Colonial Economism in Egypt”

March 6th, 2017
Robyn Creswell
Yale University
"Tehran 1979, Damascus 2011: Adonis, Foucault, and the Genealogy of Revolt"

March  13, 2017
Michael Ferguson
"Enslaved and Emancipated Africans in Ottoman Izmir, 1850-1922"

March 27, 2017
Ümit Kurt
Harvard University
"Ethnic Politics in Post-Revolutionary Aintab:
The End of Euphoria and Return of Violence in the late Ottoman Empire"

April 3rd, 2017
Beth Baron
CUNY Graduate Center
"Middle East Studies in the Time of Trump"

April 10th, 2017
Dina Ramadan
Bard College
"In Defense of a Ministry:
The Ikhwanization of Culture and the Threat to Egyptian Identity"  

April 17th, 2017
Emine Fetvaci
Boston University
"Persian Calligraphy in an Ottoman Album: Imperial Rivalry or Artistic Continuity?"

April 24th, 2017
Alexander E. Balistreri
Princeton University
"Land for Loyalty? Resettling Migrants and Distributing Abandoned Properties in the Borderlands of the Early Turkish Republic"

May 1st, 2017
Elizabeth Holt
Bard College
"The Hermeneutics of Empire in the Cold War: Tayeb Salih, the CIA, and
Season of Migration to the North"


FALL 2016



September 19, 2016
Bernard Haykel
Princeton University, Near Eastern Studies
“The Causes and Effects of the Rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia”
Cosponsored by the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran
and Persian Gulf Studies

September 26, 2016
Elena Frangakis-Syrett
Queens College, CUNY
"Re-Imagining the Global Economy:  International Market Connectivity in the Early Modern Era, the Ottoman Case"

October 3, 2016
Lindsey Stephenson
Princeton University, Near Eastern Studies
"Debts and Death: Bahrain Court Records and the Iranian Everyday, 1920-1945"
Cosponsored by the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran
and Persian Gulf Studies

October 10, 2016
Jane Hathaway
Ohio State University and IAS
"Eunuchs and Sunni Orthodoxy: Attitudes of the Ottoman Chief Harem Eunuch to Sufism
and Shi 'ism"

October 17, 2016
Fadi Bardawil
University of North Carolina and IAS

"In the Wake of Defeat: The Historiographical Afterlives of June 1967"

October 24, 2016
Antoine Borrut
University of Maryland, & Institute of Advanced Study
"Astrology and History in Early Islam"

October 31 - Fall Break

November 7, 2016
Roberto Tottoli
Institute of Advanced Study
"The Early Printings of the Qur'an in 16th and 17th-century  Europe"

November 14, 2016
Nils Hagerdal
Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University
"Ethnic Cleansing as Military Strategy: a Study of Restraint"

November 21, 2016
Muriel Arruebo Debie
Institute of Advanced Study
“When the Borders become the Centre: The Roman-Sasanian Occupations Viewed from a Syriac, non-Imperial Perspective (4-7th c.)”

November 28, 2016

December 5, 2016
Jonathan Wyrtzen
Yale University
"Jihads and Empires: The Long First World War and the Making of the Modern Middle East and North Africa"

December 12, 2016
Huda Fakhreddin
University of Pennsylvania

"What Can Be Poetry? The Prose Poem in Arabic"