On February 19, Sheida Dayani, Persian preceptor at Harvard University, participated in a panel discussion about Asghar Farhadi's Academy Award-winning film The Salesman, after a special showing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Dayani has worked as an interpreter for Farhadi since 2011. The discussion was moderated by Vahdat Yeganeh, founder and artistic director of Boston Experimental Theatre, and also included Somy Kim, associate teaching professor in the Department of English Writing Program at Northeastern University.… Read more about Video: "The Salesman" Discussion Panel
Hear opening remarks from donor Hazem Ben-Gacem AB '92, CMES Director William Granara, Margot Gill, Administrative Dean for International Affairs, Harvard University, and Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life, Harvard University, at the inaugural celebration of the Tunisia Office of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.
Caitlin Schiffer, a reporter for BUTV10, Boston University's television station, produced this video piece about the April 16-17 performances of Feathers of Fire, a groundbreaking cinematic shadow play based on the Persian epic Shahnemeh (The Book of Kings), hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the Fitzgerald Theatre in Cambridge.… Read more about Video: Behind the Scenes of Feathers of Fire
Kamel Daoud, Algerian journalist and author of The Meursault Investigation, gives a talk in French, moderated and with translation by Youssef Ben Ismail, CMES AM '14 and PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.
Robert Wisnovsky, James McGill Professor, Islamic philosophy and theology, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, delivers the first lecture of the 2015 H.A.R. Gibb Arabic and Islamic Studies Lecture Series. A handout and a projected slide are referred to throughout the talk. Also see a video of Wisnovsky's … Read more about Video: Avicenna and Avicennism
A workshop help October 24-25, 2014. Organized by the Initiative on Contemporary Islamic Societies, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Panel One: Post-colonial military regimes and the management of diversity (Cemal Kafadar, Harvard University, Chair) — Marcus Mietzner (Australian National University) on Indonesia; Ayesha Jalal (Tufts University) on Pakistan; Joshua Landis (University of Oklahoma) on Iraq.
Harvard College student Yousif Hanna ('16) interviewed HE Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, UAE, in Arabic during his visit to CMES in October 2014.