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Street in Tunis Medina

CMES Marks Fourth Winter Term in Tunisia

June 8, 2020

In January 2020, NELC PhD candidate Hacı Osman (Ozzy) Gündüz joined a dozen other graduate and undergraduate students from across the University for CMES’s fourth annual Winter Term Study Excursion to Tunisia. Here is his account of the trip.

On Saturday, 1st of Jumādā al-’Ūlā in 997 (March 18, 1589) ‘Alī b. Muhammad al-Tamgrūtī (d. 1594/5) set off on a diplomatic mission to the court of the Ottoman sultan from his native Tamegroute in Morocco. His account of the journey makes it clear that he was not fond of sea travel. Raging storms and fear of pirates prowling the...

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2020 Apr 07

**CANCELLED** The Egyptian Army in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

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

The CMES Director's Series presents

Khaled FahmyKhaled Fahmy
Sultan Qaboos bin Sa'id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies, University of Cambridge

Please note: due to University precautions surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 2019) outbreak, this lecture has been **CANCELLED** ... Read more about **CANCELLED** The Egyptian Army in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

2020 Apr 01

**POSTPONED** Film screening: "Bab Al-Sama Maftuh (A Door to the Sky)" (Morocco, 1988)

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Belfer Case Study Rm, S020, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The CMES Meet the Director Series presents

Scene from Bab Al-Sama MaftuhBab Al-Sama Maftuh (Morocco, 1988)
(Door to the Sky; Une porte sur le ciel) written and directed by Farida Benlyazid

Please note: due to University precautions surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 2019) outbreak, this event has been **POSTPONED**  

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Melani Cammett

Insecurity and Political Values in the Arab World

February 5, 2020

Within a few years of the historic Arab uprisings of 2011, popular mobilization dissipated amidst instability in many Arab countries. We trace the relationship between shifting macro-political conditions and individual-level political values in the Middle East, demonstrating that a preference for democracy and political trust are not fixed cultural features of populations but rather can shift rapidly in the face of perceived insecurity. Our empirical analyses employ longitudinal data from the Arab Barometer covering 13 countries and data from the 2015 World Values Survey, which includes...

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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"

2020 Mar 26

**CANCELLED** The End of the World? Egyptian Cultural Representations of the Nuclear Condition

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents

Hebatalla Taha
Post-doctoral Researcher, Sciences Po, Paris

Please note: due to University precautions surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 2019) outbreak, this lecture has been **CANCELLED**  ... Read more about **CANCELLED** The End of the World? Egyptian Cultural Representations of the Nuclear Condition

Jocelyne Dakhlia

Practices of Mobility, Regimes of Visibility: Jocelyne Dakhlia on Women in the Early Modern Maghrib

May 6, 2019

Jocelyne Dakhlia, Director of Studies, Center for Historical Research, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, 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. Youssef Ben Ismail, PhD candidate in Muslim Societies and Cultures in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, covered the lectures for CMES.

In the summer of 1535...

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