“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,...
For almost 16 years, Professor William Granara has served as the Director of Modern Language Programs in Harvard's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Ozzy Gündüz (G3) and Johannes Makar (G2) sat down with him to reflect on his experiences, research projects and love of Arabic and Arabic literature. Read the complete interview on the NELC website.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly on April 10 to confirm retired four-star general John Abizaid, an alumnus of the CMES AM program in Middle Eastern studies, as the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling an important diplomatic post that has been vacant for more than two years. Read the AP News story on Abizaid's confirmation.
In early April, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Director of the Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, led a delegation of 11 Harvard graduate students to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Consisting of students drawn from across the Kennedy School and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the delegation marked the first official visit for the Belfer Center’s Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council Security Project to Saudi Arabia. CMES AM student Oliver McPherson-Smith wrote about the experience in the ...Read more about Middle East Dialogue: Students Explore Saudi Arabia, Share Research on Security
Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, MIT, delivers the second lecture of the 2018 H.A.R. Gibb Arabic and Islamic Studies Lecture Series. Also see a video of Rabbat's first lecture in the series, and read...
Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State, by CMES Steering Committee member Gareth Doherty, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program at the Graduate School of Design, has been named one of the top ten books of 2017 by the American Society of Landscape Architects blog THE DIRT. Reviewer Aaron King calls the book "a successful hybrid of landscape writing and... Read more about Paradoxes of Green