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Islam & Science in Modern Egypt

Khaled Fahmy Inaugural Lecture

  • Thursday, 22nd February, 2018 at 5:15pm
    McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College

Urban diversity and conflict resolution: Mega cities and the future of integration

Woolf Institute & Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Panel Series: Muslim-Jewish Relations

  • Tuesday, 8th November, 2016 at 5pm
    Rooms 8 & 9, Faculty of Asian & Middle eastern Studies

Haim Yacobi, Visiting Fellow, Woolf Institute 
“Separated but not quite: the making of a Jewish-Arab mixed city”

Yuval Evri, SOAS
“Possibilities of Arab-Jewish thought: revealing political and cultural options at the turn of the 10th centry, based on reviving Judaeo-Muslim heritage”

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Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Musical Life of Medieval Iberia

  • Tuesday, 1st November, 2016 at 5pm
    Rooms 8 & 9, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Prof. Dwight Reynolds, Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Lecture presented by the University of Cambridge faculty of Music

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Hebrew & Semitic Studies Events

Arabic & Persian Studies Events

Lunchtime  Talk on Modern Algerian Literature

Modern Algerian Literature: Its Languages, Contexts and Concerns

Dr Amar Guendouzi, University of Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria

  • Tuesday, 21st November, 2017 from 1 pm to 2.30pm in the Common Room
    [ poster ] All welcome. Bring your lunch!

Modern Algerian Literature was born in a specific context linked mostly to the anti-colonial struggle. Since its inception in the late colonial period (1940s-50s), it has witnessed different phases of development and produced outstanding authors, such as Kateb Yacine, Tahar Ouettar, Assia Djebar and Ahlam Mosteghanemi.

The talk will introduce the contexts and languages of modern Algerian literature and highlight the literary and socio-political concerns of each context. Three contemporary novels (one in Arabic and two in French) will then be reviewed in the light of the issue of the (colonial) past, which remains a major concern in Algerian fiction.

Dr Amar Guendouzi teaches Literature and Postcolonial Theory at the university of Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria. He is also a visiting professor in postcolonial studies at a number of universities in Algeria. His research publications and interests include African literatures in English, Trauma studies, and EFL education. His last papers on Algerian literature are “Assia Djebar and the Legacy of French Colonialism in Algeria: Subalternity and Mimicry in Nowhere in my Father’s House” in Journal of North African Studies (January 2017), and “Contemporary Algerian Fiction, Trauma, and the ‘War of Memories’” in Journal of Romance Studies (Summer 2017).

Graduate Research Seminars

Persian Music Lessons

Persian Calligraphy Workshops

Iranian Film Screenings

Indian Studies Events

From Word Meanings to Sentence Meaning: Different Perspectives in Indian Philosophy of Language

Middle-Eastern Related Events in Cambridge

Cambridge Lectures in Islamic Art

Cambridge Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies, Pembroke College

Almog Behar on Hebrew Literature between East and West

The Israeli author and poet gives two lectures and readings from his work

Turbulent World seminar series

Centre of Islamic Studies

Muslims and Zoroastrians in the Early Islamic Period: New Approaches using Old Sources

Woolf Institute Seminar given by Dr Christian Sahner

  • Tuesday, 30th May, 2017 at 3pm in Room 9
    Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Site

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International Law and the Ottoman Empire

The Cambridge Middle East History Group and King’s in the Middle East are pleased to announce that Mostafa Minawi (Cornell) will give a seminar on this topic as below:

  • Monday, 20th February, 2017 at 5.30pm
    Sir Arthur Quiller Couch Room, Old Divinity School, St John’s College.

Drinks will be served after the seminar.

For further information, contact Andrew Arsan —————————————————————————

The Arabs in the 21st Century

The Cambridge University Middle East Society invite you to a talk by Professor Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford.

  • Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 at 5:30pm
    Room G.19, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Site

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Grotesque Bodies, Divine Words

Body of the Text Series

Given by: Dr Tali Artman-Partock, Affiliated Researcher in Israeli Studies, University of Cambridge

  • Tuesday, 16th February, 2017 at 12:15pm
    The Cambridge Lehrhaus, 3 Trinity Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Further details (on the Lehrhaus website)

Syriac as a Crossroads of Cultures: The Role of Translations

Aradin Charitable Trust Winter Lecture, 2017

Given by: Dr Sebastian Brock, emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, University of Oxford

  • Wednesday, 8th February, 2017, at 5.30pm
    Room 7, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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From the time of the earliest translation of the Gospels into Syriac, right up to the present day, translation into, and out of, Syriac has played a very important role in the history of the transmission of certain ancient texts to the modern world. The talk will consider a selection of specific cases.

RSVP by 6th February:

Language Contact and Language Change in Cross-Border Kurdistan (CLiCK)

  • Friday, 9th - Saturday, 10th December, 2016
    Old Combination Room, Wolfson College

Further details of programme & registration

CUMES Film Night: Wadjda

  • Friday, 4th November, 2016 at 6:30pm
    The Elton Bowring Room, Clare College (Memorial Court)

Come and join CUMES as we watch the award winning film Wadjda (2012). This Saudi Arabian film was directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and is the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. The film follows the struggles of the a young girl in a society that refuses to grant her what she desires - a new bicycle. The film explores some of the issues that are pertinent to contemporary Saudi culture, namely, women's rights, education and feminism.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please see our Facebook event for more details or e-mail .

World History Lecture Series

Between the Mediterranean and Africa: Berber Empires of the Medieval Maghrib

  • Thursday, 3rd November, 2016 at 5pm
    Seminar Room 3, Cripps Court, Magdalene College
    Dr Amira K. Bennison, University of Cambridge

A talk which will consider the ways in which the Almoravid and Almohad empires of North Africa have been understood and how we might think about these two important but little known Islamic empires.

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The Long History of Persian Studies in the UK

Inaugural lecture of the new president of British Institute of Persian Studies

  • Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 at 6pm
    British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1
    Prof. Charles Melville, Professor of Persian History, University of Cambridge

Re-writing a best-seller

A talk on the Kalila wa-Dimna rewriting phenomenon in pre-modern Persian. 

  • Wednesday, 9th November, 2016 at 7pm
    The Mosaic Rooms, London
    Dr Christine van Ruymbeke, Ali Reza and Mohamed Soudavar Senior Lecturer in Persian Studies, University of Cambridge

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Scholars have identified no less than six Persian versions of the fables of Kalila wa Dimna, produced for different courts through the medieval period, while poets such as Ferdowsi, Rumi and Nezami make references to the fables in their own works. This talk will examine this singular rewriting phenomenon and attempt to highlight the reasons for the remarkable success of this text in the Persian cultural area.

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