History of Art & Architecture

Hazem Ben-Gacem January 2017

Video: CMES Tunisia Office Inaugural Celebration

January 17, 2017

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.

Harvard Tunisia 2016

Center for Middle Eastern Studies Opens Field Office in Tunisia

January 17, 2017

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Harvard University today opened its first overseas office, in Tunisia, home to a tradition of learning and research that extends from Antiquity to the present. The office and the year-round programs run from the location are made possible by the support of Harvard College alumnus Hazem Ben-Gacem ’92.... Read more about Center for Middle Eastern Studies Opens Field Office in Tunisia

2016 Nov 21

The Persian and Afghan Romance of Alexander the Great: Part III “Alexander: God and Mortal”

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Aga Khan Fund, & the Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road Studies

Dr. Michael Barry
Princeton University

When Alexander reached India in 326 BC, connecting Greek and Indian civilizations, austere Brahmins predicted his inevitable death despite all the king’s victories and attempts to be regarded as divine; by the time Alexander returned to Babylon where he died in 323 BC,...

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2016 Nov 04

Nostalgia, Memory, Place: Revisiting Judeo-Muslim relations in the Hara of Tunis

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The CMES Director's Series presents

Margaux Fitoussi
MTS candidate, Harvard Divinity School

Margaux Fitoussi is a Masters student at Harvard Divinity School. This summer she curated a multi-media exhibition in Tunis about El Hara, the Jewish neighborhood in...

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A Beautiful Mosque and the Dark Period of the Armenian Genocide

October 14, 2016

In an October 14 article in the Independent, journalist Robert Fisk writes about the Turkish city of Gaziantep and the "Liberation" mosque as a milestone on the journey between one great crime of the 20th century, and another seen during the Second World War. He talks with CMES visiting postdoctoral fellow Ümit Kurt, whom Fisk calls "perhaps the greatest font of knowledge on this period."

2016 Mar 04

The Search for Identity: Jury analysis & discussion of three recent international Saudi design competitions

3:00pm

Location: 

Gund Hall, Room 123, Harvard Graduate School of Design

MEdiNA and CMES present

Nader Ardalan
Architect

Jury analysis & discussion on possible meanings of recent international design competitions in Saudi Arabia, including the National Built Heritage Center, the Saudi Aramco Center for World Culture, and the Masjid-Al Haram Expansion in Mecca.

Nader Ardalan served on two of the above project design juries and is a recognized leader in the field of environmentally sustainable and culturally relevant design with a particular focus on the Middle East. His talk will be a jury analysis and discussion of...

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