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Alrifai and Al-Rifay 2018

The Not Lost Generation

October 18, 2017

Center for Middle Eastern Studies AM student Oula Alrifai and her brother, Mouhanad Al-Rifay, have compiled a documentary, Tomorrow’s Children, highlighting the struggles of child refugees of the war in Syria. Read more about their work, and watch a trailer of the documentary, scheduled for release in early 2018, in the...

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HAM qajar album

Mobile Images from 19th-Century Iran

October 13, 2017

A rare album of artists’ drawings, preparatory sketches, and more helped shape a Harvard Art Museums exhibition about art in 19th-century Iran, co-curated by McWilliams, Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, and CMES Steering Committee member David Roxburgh, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History and chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Read more about the exhibition and related publications in HAM's...

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Insight on Syria: A Quagmire of Warring Religious Groups? Why the Western View Is Misguided

Insight on Syria: A Quagmire of Warring Religious Groups? Why the Western View Is Misguided

September 26, 2017

CMES Steering Committee member Melani Cammett, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government, clarifies the role of sectarianism in the Syrian War in a post on Epicenter, an online publication of Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

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Roy Mottahedeh, Maribel Fierro, William Granara

The Middle East and the Islamic West: Maribel Fierro's View of Medieval Spain

May 23, 2017

Maribel Fierro, Research Professor at the Centre for Human and Social Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council, and Visiting Scholar at CMES and Senior Scholar at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at HLS in spring 2017, 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. Arafat Razzaque, PhD candidate in History and Middle East Studies, covered the...

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Kami Choi Jordan

Photo Gallery: 2016-17 Harvard College International Photo Contest

May 17, 2017

CMES awarded a first prize and three honorable mentions in the 2016–17 Harvard College International Photo Contest for photos taken in the Middle East region. All photos were from students’ internships, language study, and travel in the summer of 2016. This year’s first prize went to Kami Choi (’17), a senior at the college pursuing a joint concentration in Government and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Choi interned at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency headquarters...

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Roger Owen and William Graham

The Book of Roger

May 15, 2017

Roger Owen, A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle Eastern History Emeritus and a former CMES director, first encountered the Middle East as a young soldier during his national military service in Cyprus from 1955 to 1956, during which time he visited Cairo, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Beirut. He has lived and traveled throughout the region, and spent his academic and professional life at Oxford and Harvard, where he taught, studied, made friends, and tried to understand the Middle East through its politics, economic life, history, and popular culture. He kept an almost daily journal recording his thoughts and feelings, and since 1986 wrote a regular op-ed column for the Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat.... Read more about The Book of Roger