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2019 Nov 12

Jerusalem: City of the Book

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Common Rm, Center for Study of World Religions, 42 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA

The Center for the Study of World Religions & CMES present

Benjamin Balint, writer based in Jerusalem, andJerusalem: City of the Book

Merav Mack, Research fellow, Truman Institute for Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem... Read more about Jerusalem: City of the Book

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Karagoz puppets

Video: 'Trauma, Magic, Love': a tribute to Osman Kavala on his birthday

October 2, 2019

On September 16, CMES welcomed Syrian-Armenian-American stage and film actress Sona Tatoyan and artist and puppet master Ayhan Hülagü to speak about finding her Armenian grandfather's Karagöz puppets in the abandoned family home in Aleppo, Syria. Ayhan then presented some of Sona's family's puppets in a short puppet show to close the event. For more on Sona and Ayhan and the event: https://bit.ly/2potIVR.

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Roger Owen at CMES

Roger Owen, My Mentor and My Friend

August 1, 2019

It is impossible to sum up the life of Professor Roger Owen in a few paragraphs; even Roger found it difficult to edit his life in his wonderful memoir. I will focus on being his student and then his friend, and how he taught me how to pass forward his special brand of mentoring.

As a graduate student working on the history of Egypt and Sudan, I made my pilgrimage to Oxford to see Roger and Albert Hourani and receive their wisdom on my project. Albert enjoyed its potential but Roger told me in no uncertain terms that it was too big and would be very difficult (I would like to...

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Rosie Bsheer Mecca keynote

Reflecting on the Many Faces of Mecca, the Lived City

June 28, 2019

“Mecca is lived, experienced, and documented differently by different people,” began Rosie Bsheer, Assistant Professor of History at Harvard and author of the forthcoming “Archive Wars: Spectacle, Speculation, and the Politics of History in Saudi Arabia,” in her keynote address to the colloquium Mecca: The Lived City, hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in May.

Mecca is characterized by plurality. In two days of lectures, speakers drew on academic, professional, and personal experiences to explore disparate visions of Mecca. The city’s social,...

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Jocelyne Dakhlia

Practices of Mobility, Regimes of Visibility: Jocelyne Dakhlia on Women in the Early Modern Maghrib

May 6, 2019

Jocelyne Dakhlia, Director of Studies, Center for Historical Research, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, was the distinguished speaker this year for the H.A.R. Gibb Arabic and Islamic Studies Lecture Series, established in 1964 in honor of Sir Hamilton A.R. Gibb, who was a director of CMES as well as University Professor and James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic at Harvard. Youssef Ben Ismail, PhD candidate in Muslim Societies and Cultures in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, covered the lectures for CMES.

In the summer of 1535...

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sultan's harem

Video: Undesired Bodies: Figures of Continuity and Discontinuity in the Mediterranean of Lady Montagu

April 4, 2019

Jocelyne Dakhlia, Director of Studies, Center for Historical Research, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, delivers the second lecture of the 2019 H.A.R. Gibb Arabic and Islamic Studies Lecture Series. Also see a video of Dakhlia's first lecture in the series, and read Youssef Ben Ismail's coverage of both talks.... Read more about Video: Undesired Bodies: Figures of Continuity and Discontinuity in the Mediterranean of Lady Montagu

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