• Islamic, Byzantine and Latin Exchange Systems in the Mediterranean (800–1150)

    Fri, Feb 5, 2021, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Public Lecture on Zoom - Registration Required at:


    How did Mediterranean trade work, and how did it change from a low point in the eighth century to the great trade cycle of the central Middle Ages? Storylines have long focused on Italian shipping, but Egyptian documents and advances in archaeology show a far more complex picture.


    Tue, Dec 10, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    The library of the St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai, is one of oldest libraries in constant use. Protected by Justinianic walls, it preserves one of the world’s most significant manuscript collections in Greek and Syriac, but also Arabic. The Arabic collection reflects the role of Melkite communities in Palestine and Sinai in the production of early Arabic texts, including Arabic translations of the Bible and liturgical and hagiographic works.

  • “Knowledge Production as a Subversive Practice: Some Reflections on the Writing of Middle East History"

    Fri, May 3, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Beshara Doumani is the Joukowsky Family Distinguished Professor of Modern Middle East History. His research focuses on groups, places, and time periods marginalized by mainstream scholarship on the early modern and modern Middle East. He also writes on the topics of displacement, academic freedom, politics of knowledge production, and the Palestinian condition.


    Thu, May 2, 2019, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

    The nuclear agreement with Iran is considered a signature success for the European Union – it validates the principle of multilateral diplomacy as a means of resolving dangerous international conflicts. It also constituted progress in the difficult work of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

  • "The Art of Geometry: Islamic Designs in the Ancient Technique of Encaustic"

    Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

    Tremain Smith has four works in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her work is in corporate and private collections across the country. She has had dozens of solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, Maine, Delaware, Florida and Hawaii. Alongside her studio practice, Tremain teaches, lectures, and leads workshops.

  • Does America Have a Middle East Strategy?

    Mon, Mar 4, 2019, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

    Since 2001, the United States has been waging war in the greater Middle East. More than seventeen years after the attacks of 9/11, it is impossible to give authoritative answers to very basic questions. Who are we fighting? What are we fighting about?What constitutes victory? How will we plausibly achieve it? This lecture will explain why these questions are hard and offer a few suggestions to make them easier.

  • Traditional Papermaking in the Islamicate Lands

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

    A joint lecture by Radha Pandey and Johan Solberg.

    Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has studied Western and Asian Papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett and teaches book arts classes in India and the US.

  • Shariah at the University

    Wed, Mar 27, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    What is Shariah's place in American intellectual life? What role can academics and academic institutions play in public discussions of this contentious topic? In this lecture, Dr. Abou El Fadl will offer his analysis, informed by decades of research and teaching on Islamic law, on the past, present, and future of the study of Shariah in America. Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl *99 is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law at the UCLA School of Law, and the Deputy Chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA.

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