North Africa

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: "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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Read the Gazette's coverage of Jon Alterman's talk on Egypt

December 5, 2012

On December 3, 2012, Jon Alterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy and director of the Middle East Program at Center for Strategic & International Studies, gave a talk for CMES at Sever Hall. Titled "The Egyptian Revolutions and Defining the New Normals," the public lecture was presented as part of CMES's "Focus On: Arab Transformation" lecture series.

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2012 Sep 17

Religion, Revolution and Constitution: The Case of Tunisia

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS, South Bldg, Room S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Yadh Ben Achour is a Tunisian constitutionalist specializing in Islamic political theory.  He hails from a theological background, as Ben Achour’s father is the late Mohamed Fadhel Ben Achour, a great religious figure in Tunisia who held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Sharia and Theology at the former University of Zaytuna, and who later became a Mufti.... Read more about Religion, Revolution and Constitution: The Case of Tunisia

Iman Abdulfatah

K-12 teachers travel to Egypt and bring the Middle East into the classroom through the Outreach Center’s Egypt Forum

May 2, 2012

 

Each April, eight to ten primary school teachers from around the U.S. travel to Egypt as part of the CMES Outreach Center’s Egypt Forum program. Currently in its fifth year, the Egypt Forum is a professional development program for K-12 educators designed to build leadership skills, engage teachers in Middle East studies through firsthand experience, and assist them in applying their learning in their classrooms, schools, and communities.

Modeled on the academic approach to inquiry at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Egypt Forum places a premium on challenging...

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Video: "How to End a Revolution": Interviews with Malika Zeghal and Roger Owen

April 10, 2012

This year's Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conferences at the Mahindra Humanities Center (April 13–14, 2012) addresses the question "How to end a revolution?" In preparation for the conference the student coordinators, who include CMES AM student Scott Liddle, produced a series of videos in which conference participants provide their perspective on the topic. The videos were produced by the Harvard Law Documentary Studio.

CMES faculty members Malika Zeghal and Roger Owen consider "how to end a revolution" in Tunisia and Egypt in the videos below. ...

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