North Africa

2014 Apr 24

Factional Conflict and the Presidential 'Election' in Algeria: The Logics, the Dynamics and the Stakes

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS, Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Middle East Seminar is pleased to present

Hugh Roberts
Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History; Director, Middle Eastern Studies Program, Tufts University... Read more about Factional Conflict and the Presidential 'Election' in Algeria: The Logics, the Dynamics and the Stakes

2014 Feb 14

Arab Transitions Project: Second Workshop

Fri - Sat, Feb 14 to Feb 15, 9:45am - 12:00pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

In February 2013 the CMES Arab Transformative Movements working group hosted a symposium, Arab Transformations in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, in which scholars and statesmen attempted to analyze efforts to create a new political order in Egypt and Tunisia. Participants included Hazem Beblawi, Baber Johansen, Yoram Meital, Mustapha Nabli, Richard Norton, Roger Owen, Hani Shukrallah, Denis Sullivan, and Dirk Vandewalle.... Read more about Arab Transitions Project: Second Workshop

2014 Jan 28

Global Literature Online Book Group: Naguib Mahfouz's "Autumn Quail" (Session 2)

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Online
Autumn Quail***PLEASE NOTE TIME/DATE CHANGE: The January 27th webinar will now be held from 6:00 to 7:00pm. A second session for those unable to make the 1/27 session will be held on Tuesday, January 28th. If you are registered for this webinar, you may attend either session.***
 
Join the Center for Middle Eastern Studies for a discussion of Autumn Quail by Naguib Mahfouz with CMES Arabic Preceptor and scholar Sami Alkyam.... Read more about Global Literature Online Book Group: Naguib Mahfouz's "Autumn Quail" (Session 2)
2014 Mar 06

Book Launch & Author Talk: Jonathan Smolin, "Moroccan Noir: Police, Crime, and Politics in Popular Culture"

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CMES, 38 Kirkland Street, Room 102, Cambridge, MA 02138

Jonathan SmolinThe Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program is pleased to present an author talk by

Jonathan Smolin
Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, Dartmouth College... Read more about Book Launch & Author Talk: Jonathan Smolin, "Moroccan Noir: Police, Crime, and Politics in Popular Culture"

2014 Jan 27

Global Literature Online Book Group: Naguib Mahfouz's "Autumn Quail" (Session 1)

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Online
autumn quail***PLEASE NOTE TIME/DATE CHANGE: The January 27th webinar will now be held from 6:00 to 7:00pm. A second session for those unable to make the 1/27 session will be held on Tuesday, January 28th. If you are registered for this webinar, you may attend either session.***
 
Join the Center for Middle Eastern Studies for a discussion of Autumn Quail by Naguib Mahfouz with CMES Arabic Preceptor and scholar Sami Alkyam.... Read more about Global Literature Online Book Group: Naguib Mahfouz's "Autumn Quail" (Session 1)

Video: Drawing the Tunisian Revolution

November 14, 2013

Tunisian political cartoonist _Z_ made his first public appearance at Harvard in November 2013. This video is a synopsis of his talk, which told the story of his transition from architect to political cartoonist and dissident leading up to and during the 2010/11 Tunisian revolution.

Moroccan Studies Program hosts filmmaker Nabil Ayouch

September 27, 2013

In March 2013, acclaimed Moroccan filmmaker Nabil Ayouch visited Harvard to screen and discuss two of his films, the documentary film My Land (2011) and his most recent film, shown at Cannes in 2012, Horses of God (2012). Ayouch’s visit was organized by the CMES Moroccan Studies Program and co-sponsored by Dartmouth College. The screenings and discussions were attended by approximately eighty people, including Harvard students and faculty, as well as members of the Moroccan community from the Boston area.

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Roger Owen: "General Sisi's Calculated Risks"

August 20, 2013

By Roger Owen, A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle Eastern History

The following article was written by Professor Owen for the Arabic-language newspaper Al Hayat, where he publishes a regular column.

General Sisi’s declaration of all-out war against the Muslim Brothers is easily explicable in terms of both historical enmity between the Army and the Brothers and his perception of present dangers. After all, the military have been putting members of the Brothers in jail since shortly after the Free Officers coup of 1952, worried not only about...

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Roger Owen

Roger Owen: "Whatever Has Happened to Egypt?"

July 11, 2013

By Roger Owen, A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle Eastern History, Emeritus

This piece was written by Professor Owen for his friends and colleagues, and is published here with his permission.

How did poor Egypt ever get into such a pass? I have been visiting the country for over fifty years and I have never before known such a moment when divisions run so deep, with feelings so polarized, compromise so difficult and the country so close to civil war. Nor could I possibly have imagined a moment when reasonable men would malign...

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Todd Mostak

CMES AM Graduate Explores the Power of Twitter as Big Data

March 29, 2013

In the wake of the Arab Spring, many observers have commented on the democratizing power of social media and its potential as a revolutionary tool. Todd Mostak, a 2012 graduate of the CMES Master’s program who was in his first year at CMES when the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt began, recognized in social media a different kind of potential. Mostak’s work approaches social media, Twitter in particular, as a massive source of public opinion data. He explored this idea in his Master’s thesis, a paper which won him...

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