Religion

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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Video: Scholars and Rulers in Al-Andalus: A Christian Emperor for the Muslims? Heraclius in Al-Andalus

March 9, 2017

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

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

2017 May 08

Why France fears Islam: Religion, Democracy and human rights in the time of elections

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents

Jocelyne Cesarimusulman et citoyen
Professor of Religion and Politics, Department of Theology and Religion, Director of Research, Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham...

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2017 Apr 07

After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula

Fri - Sat, Apr 7 to Apr 8, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Rm 020, 1730 Cambridge St; Piper Auditorium, Grad School of Design 48 Quincy St

The Aga Khan Program and The Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design and the CMES Arabian Peninsula Studies Series present

AFTER DARK: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula
In the Arabian Peninsula, public spaces are often most used after darkness falls and the temperatures with it. This symposium explores typologies of nocturnal landscapes common in the Peninsula, and similar hot climates. During this interdisciplinary event, we will ask who uses night-time landscapes and public spaces, what activities are peculiar to the night and ultimately, how to design for life after dark?

If you plan to attend this conference, please register here.... Read more about After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula

2017 Mar 22

Islamic Governance, Sharīʿa Interpretation, Imamic Yemen

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South 020, Belfer Case Study Rm, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

Committee on the Study of Religion and Harvard Law School present The Inaugural Lecture of the Harvard Law and Religion Lecture Series with

Brinkley M. MessickMessick
Professor in Anthropology, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University... Read more about Islamic Governance, Sharīʿa Interpretation, Imamic Yemen

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Traveling beyond the Classroom: J-Term Excursion to Tunisia

February 9, 2017

Brittany Landorf, an MTS candidate at Harvard Divinity School, participated in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies' 2017 winter session study excursion to Tunisia. "The trip reminded me why I love what I study so much, and I returned to campus this semester with renewed energy and new curiosity," Landorf writes. "Sometimes our classrooms can feel so far away from what we are studying (literally and figuratively); I think that immersive learning experiences like this are invaluable." Read more about her experience at the Harvard Divinity School Admissions Blog.

2017 Feb 28

Governing the Family through Religion: Family and Religious Counseling Bureaus and the Politics of the Family in the New Turkey

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

CMES and the Seminar on Turkey in the Modern World present

Hikmet Kocamaner
Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Please note: this talk takes place on a Tuesday at 4 pm at CMES, Rm 102... Read more about Governing the Family through Religion: Family and Religious Counseling Bureaus and the Politics of the Family in the New Turkey

Swift Response to Trump Immigration Order

January 30, 2017

The Trump administration’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven majority Muslim nations from entering the United States for at least several months has stirred a hornet’s nest of concern internationally, including at Harvard. Among other actions, Harvard President Drew Faust unveiled a plan for Harvard to appoint a full-time Muslim chaplain, with a search committee to be chaired by Harvard Divinity School Professor and Committee on Middle East Studies faculty member Ousmane Kane. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.

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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

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