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Myriam Amri

The Red Gold of Tabarka: Tracing Mediterranean Coral Routes

November 2, 2021

In northern Tunisia, seaside Tabarka has played a central role in coral fishing and cross-Mediterranean trade since at least the 15th century. Today, red coral continues to be traded across the sea, despite reef degradation and the informal workings of coral trade networks. In an essay for Mashallah News, CMES PhD candidate in Anthropology and Middle East Studies Myriam Amri followed the Mediterranean red coral trade through time as it made the fabric of the small town of Tabarka in Tunisia. Read the essay at ...

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Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy, Fall 2021 Edition

September 30, 2021
The Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy (JMEPP) is an online student-run policy journal, published at the Harvard Kennedy School. Founded in 2011, JMEPP presents cutting-edge analysis on the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. JMEPP presents new perspectives on pressing problems, addressing complex issues with insightful analysis, and exploring emerging trends shaping the region. JMEPP's audience, composed of policymakers, academics, and more casual readers, is interested in policy writing that is forward-thinking, empirically grounded, and accessible.... Read more about Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy, Fall 2021 Edition
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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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

Recently revived waterway in Omani town

Fieldwork from Afar

January 15, 2021

In spring 2020, Keye Tersmette, PhD candidate in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, was less than 100 days into what was to be a year of dissertation fieldwork in Oman when Covid-19 hit. Here is his account of research disrupted.

Mere minutes after I purchased my ticket from him, the man behind the desk received a phone call. Soon he was smiling, and began snapping his fingers to draw the attention of his colleagues. The explanation followed the moment the line was disconnected: starting tomorrow, all bus routes would be suspended. While the bus drivers and...

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Aga of the Janissaries. Colored engraving by Jacques Charles Bar, 1789. Harvard Fine Arts Library

Late Ottomania in the Fine Arts Library’s Binney Collection

August 11, 2020

During spring 2020, Gavin Moulton '20 worked in Harvard's Fine Arts Library with the newly acquired Binney Collection of Orientalist Prints, a group of prints, drawings, lithographs, and other ephemera related to perceptions of the Ottomans in Western and Central Europe. Moulton, who has studied Turkish with Precepter Meryem Demir and Senior Preceptor...

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