During the 9th century, Arab armies from North Africa conquered Sicily, leading to four centuries of Muslim history on the island, which is now part of Italy. Sicily during that period has often been portrayed as an interfaith utopia where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived side by side, giving rise to a cultural synthesis, but as CMES Director William Granara explains, the reality was more complex. In "Muslim Sicily and Its Legacies...Read more about William Granara on the Ottoman History Podcast
In 1992, when he read about the burning of the National Library of Bosnia-Herzegovina, András Riedlmayer, bibliographer in Islamic Art and Architecture at the Harvard Fine Arts Library, knew it was an attack on more than physical objects. It was what he later testified to being “cultural heritage destruction”: intentional and unnecessary destruction of sites and records that act as a community’s collective memory. Read about his years of research into this cultural destruction and his expert testimony against Serbian nationalist Slobodan Milosevic during the International Criminal...
Lamont Library, Forum Room, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138
The Harvard Scholars at Risk Program presents
Mosab Abu Toha Visiting poet and scholar, Harvard University Scholars at Risk Program, hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature; visiting librarian-in-residence, Houghton Library
POSTPONED: Due to University precautions surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 2019) outbreak, we have postponed this lecture. The organizers hope to reschedule the lecture and will annouce that as soon as they are able.
“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,...