There was a strong turnout at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies for Mona Mowafi’s afternoon talk on October 18, 2011, “From Neighborhood Watch to Neighborhood Development: Transforming Revolutionary Energy to Rebuild Egypt from the Ground Up.” Mowafi completed her doctorate in Social Epidemiology at Harvard’s School of Public Health where she is now a research fellow. Her public health research analyzes the effect of living conditions on health in Egypt and the Arab world, with a focus on obesity and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). She...
On October 18, 2011, Mona Mowafi delivered a talk at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies titled "From Neighborhood Watch to Neighborhood Development: Transforming Revolutionary Energy to Rebuild Egypt from the Ground Up." Dr. Mowafi is currently a Research Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.
On September 1, 2011, the CMES Outreach Center hosted a discussion on current events in Libya, featuring Professors Roger Owen and William Granara. The event drew around 60 attendees, including roughly 35 students.
CMES Professor Roger Owen writes a regular column for the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat. In his latest article, he discusses coming to an understanding of the functioning parameters of the Qaddafi government in Libya. You can access his article in English here.
The CMES Outreach Center, in collaboration with the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program is sponsoring a series of four introductory brown bag seminars on the Middle East and Islam:
Professor of the Practice of Arabic William Granara wrote an opinion piece in the Commencement 2011 issue of the Harvard Crimson reminiscing about his first time in Egypt. In the article, he compares his experience studying Arabic in Cairo in 1973 with that of Harvard students heading off to the Middle East for language study this summer.
Adel Omar Sherif, deputy chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt visited Harvard Law School on Thursday, April 14, 2011 for a panel discussion entitled "The Nile Revolution: Constitutional Promises and Challenges." CMES Director and Professor of Islamic Religious Studies Baber Johansen and A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle East History Roger Owen were among the chairs and respondents for the panel, which was co-sponsored by the Islamic Legal Studies Program, the Provost’s Fund for Interdisciplinary Research, the CMES Workshop on the Social Sciences in Egypt, the Center for...
CMES is pleased to share the following draft article by Roger Owen and Judith Gurewich.
Libya’s Eccentric Leader: Dangerously Crazy, Pathologically Delusional – or What?
By Roger Owen in collaboration with Judith Gurewich
Libya’s Colonel Qaddafi has been in power for nearly forty-two years, making him the longest-serving Arab head of state. For most of this time he has been treated by the outside world as a kind of eccentric clown, amusing, annoying, childish, and perhaps more than a little crazy. Even the well-funded British/American public opinion...
Paul Beran provided analysis on the changing situation in Egypt on the NPR program Here and Now on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Dr. Beran directs the Egypt Forum, a program for advanced K-12 teachers on Middle East Studies featuring Egypt. He recently returned from Egypt in January.
The Outreach Center at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, partnering with the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, sponsored a panel discussion last week, "Assessing Tunisia." The January 26, 2011 event was led by CMES professors Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life, and William Granara, Professor of the Practice of Arabic on the Gordon Gray Endowment. The talk was covered by the Gazette in an article titled "After the uprising." Read the ...
CMES faculty members William Granara, Professor of the Practice of Arabic, and Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life, were quoted this week in an article in the New Republic. The January 17, 2011 article by Eric Andrew-Gee, “Making Sense of Tunisia,” examines the causes of the recent demonstrations in Tunisia with commentary by Granara, Zeghal, and other experts. Professor Zeghal was also recently a guest on the Charlie Rose show.