Literature

William Granara on the Ottoman History Podcast

William Granara on the Ottoman History Podcast

February 27, 2020
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
2020 Mar 12

**CANCELLED** Alexander in the Graveyard: Persianate Humanism in Literature, Painting, and Architecture

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

The Mahindra Humanities Center Persian and Persianate Studies Seminar presents

Owen T.A. CornwallOwen Cornwall
Tufts University

Please note: due to University precautions surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 2019) outbreak, this lecture has been **CANCELLED** ... Read more about **CANCELLED** Alexander in the Graveyard: Persianate Humanism in Literature, Painting, and Architecture

Carraleve Kosovo mosque damage

Harvard Librarian Puts This War Crime on the Map

February 21, 2020

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...

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2020 Apr 14

**POSTPONED** Rescued from Rubble: Founding the Edward Said Public Library in Gaza

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Lamont Library, Forum Room, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Harvard Scholars at Risk Program presents

Mosab Abu TohaMosab 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.

Free and open to the public. RSVP: bit.ly/RescuedfromRubble... Read more about **POSTPONED** Rescued from Rubble: Founding the Edward Said Public Library in Gaza

2020 Feb 25

Book talk: "Narrating Muslim Sicily: War and Peace in the Medieval Mediterranean World"

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

CMES and the Committee on Medieval Studies present

William E. GranaraNarrating Muslim Sicily
Gordon Gray Professor of the Practice of Arabic, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations  & Department of Comparative Literature; Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University... Read more about Book talk: "Narrating Muslim Sicily: War and Peace in the Medieval Mediterranean World"

2019 Nov 22

Meet the Director: Hamid Rahmanian and a Film Screening of "Feathers of Fire"

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Science Center Hall E, Science Center, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

CMES Meet the Director Series presents

Hamid RahmanianHamid Rahmanian 
Designer and Director

Join CMES for a screening of Hamid Rahmanian's film version of Feathers of Fire, a spectacular shadow puppet play based on the Persian epic, Shahnameh.

Watch the trailer: 
https://bit.ly/2PZrLKy.

Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Seating is first come, first served.... Read more about Meet the Director: Hamid Rahmanian and a Film Screening of "Feathers of Fire"

2019 Nov 12

Jerusalem: City of the Book

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Common Rm, Center for Study of World Religions, 42 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA

The Center for the Study of World Religions & CMES present

Benjamin Balint, writer based in Jerusalem, andJerusalem: City of the Book

Merav Mack, Research fellow, Truman Institute for Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem... Read more about Jerusalem: City of the Book

Rosie Bsheer Mecca keynote

Reflecting on the Many Faces of Mecca, the Lived City

June 28, 2019

“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,...

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