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Samir Mansour Bookshop in Gaza, before and after Israeli attack, May 18, 2021

Readings and Digital Resources on Palestine

May 21, 2021

Rosie Bsheer, Assistant Professor of History, and Cemal Kafadar, Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies, both core faculty members of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, recommend the following English-language materials and resources to contextualize current events in Palestine. These resources offer analyses and histories of expulsion, occupation, settler colonialism, forced evictions, home demolitions, and annexation that situate the current struggle as...

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Mouhanad Al Rifay

Q&A With Mouhanad Al Rifay

April 26, 2021

CMES AM candidate Mouhanad Al Rifay is a Syrian-American award-winning documentary filmmaker, humanitarian, and human rights activist. At CMES he is focused on journalism and nonfiction narrative writing and developing further expertise in Middle East–focused critical political and cultural commentary. After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2014 with a BA in Psychology, International Development, and Conflict Management, Al Rifay managed various USAID-funded programs at leading international development organizations in Washington, DC. He also co-founded...

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Rabb

HLS Professors Win Case for Former Buffalo Police Officer Fired for Intervening in a Chokehold

April 20, 2021

Last summer, two Harvard Law School Professors, Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. ’94 and CMES affiliate Intisar A. Rabb, took on the case of former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne, who was fired after she intervened to stop a fellow officer who was using a chokehold against a handcuffed Black man in 2006. In a...

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The Kizilbash-Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics, and Community

The Kizilbash-Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics, and Community

March 30, 2021

In the latest program in the New Books Network’s Middle East Studies Series, History and Middle Eastern Studies PhD candidate Deren Ertas talks with Ayfer Karakaya-Stump (PhD 2008), Associate Professor of History at the College of William and Mary, about her recently published monograph, The Kizilbash-Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics, and...

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Deni Hoxha

Crossroads of the Mediterranean: Turkey and Tunisia

February 15, 2021

Deni Hoxha is a senior in Adams House concentrating in economics and pursuing a concurrent AM degree in Middle Eastern studies. As a speaker in the “Destination: World – Student Tales from Beyond the Comfort Zone” event in October 2020, part of Worldwide Week at Harvard, Deni gave a PechaKucha-style PowerPoint presentation about his experiences on CMES Wintersession trips to Turkey (2018) and Tunisia (2019). Here is his talk, edited for the web.... Read more about Crossroads of the Mediterranean: Turkey and Tunisia

Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program

Alumni of the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program Describe Its Impact

February 11, 2021

Last week, the Mittal Institute collaborated with Network Capital to hold an information session for the upcoming 2021 Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program (CELP), where Harvard faculty and industry members discussed the impact of the program. Numerous former Crossroads students, who now belong to the vast alumni group network of the CELP program, joined the virtual event to...

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Medhini Kumar near Lake Tiberias

Q&A With Medhini Kumar

February 4, 2021

Medhini Kumar is a 2016 graduate of the CMES AM Program in Middle Eastern Studies. She currently works as Communications Manager for UNRWA USA, an American nonprofit that is committed to bettering the lives of Palestine refugees through advocacy efforts in the United States and fundraising for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) programs in the Middle East.... Read more about Q&A With Medhini Kumar