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Roy Mottahedeh, Maribel Fierro, William Granara

Video: Scholars and Rulers in Al-Andalus: Averroes' Disgrace in Context

March 7, 2017

Maribel Fierro, Research Professor, Centre of Human and Social Sciences, Higher Council for Scientific Research, Madrid, delivers the first lecture of the 2017 H.A.R. Gibb Arabic and Islamic Studies Lecture Series. Also see a video of Fierro's second lecture in the series, and read Arafat Razzaque's coverage of both talks.... Read more about Video: Scholars and Rulers in Al-Andalus: Averroes' Disgrace in Context

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 lectures for CMES.... Read more about The Middle East and the Islamic West: Maribel Fierro's View of Medieval Spain

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

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Nostalgia, Memory, Place: Margaux Fitoussi on the Hara of Tunis

May 12, 2017

In summer 2016, Margaux Fitoussi, an MTS candidate at Harvard Divinity School, curated a multimedia exhibition in Tunis about the Hara, the city’s historic Jewish neighborhood, centered around a collection of photographs from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In November at CMES, she assembled a smaller version of the exhibition, premiered EL HARA, a short documentary film about the Hara co-directed with her friend Mo Scarpelli and featuring an interview with the celebrated writer Albert Memmi, and gave a talk about the original exhibition in Tunis and viewers’ reactions to it.... Read more about Nostalgia, Memory, Place: Margaux Fitoussi on the Hara of Tunis

2017 Apr 17

The European Union's Security Policy and the Middle East

9:35am

Location: 

Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Goldman Rm, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies presents

Miguel Angel Moratinos
Former Spanish Foreign Minister, former Special Representative of the EU for the Middle East

Chairs:  Richard N. Cooper, Maurits C. Boas Professor of Economics, Harvard University, and
Karl Kaiser, Senior Associate, Program on Transatlantic Relations, Harvard University... Read more about The European Union's Security Policy and the Middle East

2017 Apr 19

Syria-- What Next?

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

A CMES discussion about the recent events in Syria

with

Roger OwenSyria map
A.J. Meyer Professor of Modern Middle East History, Emeritus, Department of History, Harvard University, and

Melani Cammett
Professor of Government, Harvard University; Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

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2017 Apr 03

Durability: A History of the Future, 1869-1912

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Robinson Hall, Lower Library, Harvard Yard, 35 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History Seminar presents

Timothy Mitchell
Professor, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

Professor Mitchell's talk will focus on Egypt 1869-1912, and construction of durable infrastructure projects such as the first Aswan Dam (1899-1902).

Commentator: Khaled Fahmy...

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2017 Mar 30

The Naksa Fifty Years Later: New Sources, Questions and Approaches to the ‘67 War

Thu - Fri, Mar 30 to Mar 31, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: 

Williams James Hall, Lecture Hall B1, Lower Level, 33 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a conference

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the June 1967 War, this event seeks to explore new approaches to understand and rethink this pivotal and transformative moment in the history of the modern Middle East. At stake is the search for new sources that can shed light on the war and its long term repercussions for Arab societies.

Organized by: William Granara, Professor of Arabic, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies; and Khaled Fahmy, Shawwaf Visiting Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History; Professor of History, American University of Cairo... Read more about The Naksa Fifty Years Later: New Sources, Questions and Approaches to the ‘67 War

2017 Mar 27

Fellow's Lecture: The Trial of a Heretic: (Muslim Toledo 11th Century) Judicial Procedure and Political Context

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Wasserstein Hall (WCC) 4059, 1585 Massachusetts Ave, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

ILSP: SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School and the Harvard University Department of History present a Fellow's Lecture

Maribel FierroDr. Maribel Fierro
Director, El Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CSIC), Madrid; Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern...

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