Oct 17: Saud al-Zaid “Salafi Aesthetics”

Saud al-Zaid

Freie Universität Berlin

“Salafi Aesthetics”

Discussant: Tom Maguire (PhD), Associate Director of CMES

Thursday, Oct 17th, 12 pm to 1.30 pm

Pick 218, 5828 S. University Avenue

To request a copy of the paper, please email mehat.chicago@gmail.com.

 

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May 2: Matthew Gillman, “”Beyond Narratives of Text and Image: A Safavid Khamseh as Comprehensive Object”

Matthew Gillman

CMES, University of Chicago

“Beyond Narratives of Text and Image: A Safavid Khamseh as Comprehensive Object (BnF suppl. pers. 1029)”
Discussant: Meekyung Macmurdie, Art History

Thursday, May 2nd, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Pick 218, 5828 S. University Ave.

To request a copy of the paper, please email mehat.chicago@gmail.com.

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April 18: Serdar Şengül on the Kurdish Madrasa

Serdar Şengül

Harvard University, Visiting Scholar

“Studying Kurdish Madrasa in the Shadow of Methodological Nationalisms”

Thursday, April 18, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Pick 218, 5828 S. University Ave.

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Spring Update

MEHAT is pleased to begin its Spring quarter programming. While the Workshop schedule is still tentative, we look forward to three special events this quarter.

On Thursday, April 18, Serdar Sengul, a visiting scholar from Harvard University, will arrive on campus to speak on Kurdish madrasas during the Ottoman modernization process.

From May 3 to May 5 in Ida Noyes Hall, we will hold the 28th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference, featuring over one hundred panel presentations from across the field of Middle Eastern studies.

On May 29, we plan to hold a roundtable on multilingualism and translation involving faculty from Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Comparative Literature, and Cinema and Media Studies.

Our workshop schedule this quarter will be posted as those dates are finalized. Please note that we have changed our usual workshop time to Thursdays at 12:00 noon.

 

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Winter Quarter Ends

The Winter 2013 quarter has come to a close. We would like to thank all presenters, discussants, and  attendees for all the excellent conversations we have had over the course of this quarter. We will resume with bi-weekly workshops in April; a partial schedule will be posted in coming weeks.

Since there may still be some open slots for Spring Quarter, we look forward to receiving additional papers for discussion. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at mehat.chicago@gmail.com if you would like to present during the Spring.

We would also like to remind all readers of the upcoming 28th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference to be held on May 3-5 at Ida Noyes Hall. A full conference schedule will be posted shortly.

 

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March 13: Prof. Ellen Amster on “Healing the Body, Healing the Umma: Sufi Saints and God’s Law in a Corporeal City of Virtue”

 

Prof. Ellen Amster

History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Healing the Body, Healing the Umma: Sufi Saints and God’s Law in a Corporeal City of Virtue”

Wednesday, March 13, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Pick 218, 5828 S. University Ave.

To request a copy of the paper, please email mehat.chicago@gmail.com.

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March 6: Elham Mireshghi on “Sacred Knowledges and Expert Opinions: Understanding the Fatwas on Kidney Sales in Iran”

Elham Mireshghi
Ph.D Student, Medical Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
“Sacred Knowledges and Expert Opinions: Understanding the Fatwas on Kidney Sales in Iran”
Discussant: Madeleine Elfenbein (NELC)
Wednesday, March 6, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Pick 218, 5828 S. University Ave.
Hosted by the Middle East History and Theory Workshop and the Shi’ism Studies Group. To request a copy of the paper, please email mehat.chicago@gmail.com.
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Two Shi’ism Studies Group Events: Feb. 26 and March 1

Judith Pfeiffer (Oxford)

“Confessional Ambiguity vs. Confessional Polarization: Twelver Shi’i Reactions to Mongol Rule in the Later Middle Period of Islamic History”

Tuesday, February 26th, at 4.30 p.m. (Room TBA)

 

A discussion between Robert Gleave (Exeter) and Alireza Doostdar (U of C Divinity)

“Tension and Ambiguity: The Islamisation of the Iranian state, the Etatization of Shi’i Law”

 Friday, March 1,  at 12.30 p.m. (Room TBA)

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Feb. 18: Guest Speaker Rula Abisaab of McGill University

Please join us for a special guest lecture:

Prof. Rula Abisaab (McGill University)

“Shi`i Jurisprudence, Sunnism and the Traditionist Thought (akhbārī) of Muhammad Amin Astarabadi (d. 1036/1626-7)”

Monday, February 18, at 5:00 p.m.
Cobb 103. 5828 S. University Ave.
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February 13: Sami Sweis on “Transjordanian Mukhtars: The Coalescence of State and Tribe”

Sami Sweis (CMES ’12)

“Transjordanian Mukhtars: The Coalescence of State and Tribe”

Discussant: Carl Shook (NELC)

Wednesday, February 13, at 3:00 p.m.
Pick 218. 5828 S. University Ave.
 For a copy of the paper, please email mehat.chicago@gmail.com.
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