Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarships for Peace & Diplomacy sponsored by: Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies

Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic studies is pleased to announce new scholarships available for intensive study of Modern Standard Arabic during the fall, winter and spring semesters of 2010/2011.  The Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarships aim to reward students for excellence and dedication to the study of the Arabic language as well as promote the study of Arabic as a foreign language.  Prospective students may apply to either one of the semester programs (fall 2010 or spring 2011) or else to the winter program (Dec 2010-Jan 2011).

AWARD VALUE: Scholarship covers all tuition and housing costs for the duration of the program (an approximate value of $3715.00 for either the fall or spring semester programs, $1250.00 for the winter program).  Transportation to/from Morocco is the responsibility of awardees.

PROGRAM DURATIONS:
FALL SEMESTER 2010: August 29, 2010 – November 20, 2010 (240 contact hours, 12 credits)
WINTER SESSION 2010/2011: December 12, 2010 – January 16, 2011 (80 contact hours, 4 credits)
SPRING SEMESTER 2011: Feb 1, 2011 – April 25, 2011 (240 contact hours, 12 credits)

REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must write a 600-1,000 word essay answering “What do you hope to achieve through your study of the Arabic language?”  Applicants must have completed a minimum of two University semesters in Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent study (at least 80 contact hours).  Applicants must have three written recommendations, including at least one from an Arabic Language Instructor/Professor.  Applicants must provide graded transcripts documenting previous Arabic study.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:
Fall Semester: April 15, 2010
Winter Session: July 15, 2010
Spring Semester: September 15, 2010

HOW TO APPLY:  send completed application form and all required attachments (photocopy of passport, recommendation letters, essay, and transcripts) via email or post to Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies attn: Ibn Battuta Scholarship
Application Downloads
Fall Semester 2010 Application
Winter Session 2010/11 Application
Spring Semester 2011 Application

For more information, visit: http://qalamcenter.com/Enrollment/IbnBattutaScholarships/tabid/260/Default.aspx

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Islam Graduate Research School, Damascus 3-14 May 2010

Islam and Muslims in a plural world: the local and the global in the Middle East, Europe and North America

Organized by:

The Danish Institute in Damascushttp://www.damaskus.dk

Centre for European Islamic Thought, University of Copenhagen

The New Islamic Public Sphere Programme, University of Copenhagen

Department of Near and Middle East Civilizations, University of Toronto

Applications are invited from graduate students working on their Masters or PhDs for up to 24 places on a research ‘master class’ to take place at the Danish Institute in Damascus 3-15 May 2010. The research school will be staffed by four senior academics, one from each of the organizing institutions. Each participant will submit a research paper in advance, which will normally be a draft chapter from their thesis/dissertation, plus an overall outline of the research project identifying the topic, main research questions, theoretical and methodological issues and a tentative chapter outline.

The research submitted should fall within the theme indicated by the heading and may come from any relevant discipline. This includes fields of research such as migration and Muslim communities in Europe and North America, Islam and pluralism (religious, legal, social, political) in the Middle East, contemporary developments in Islamic thinking about pluralisms whether theoretical or locally contextualized, the routes and mechanisms by which experiences and ideas connect localities mutually and globally, especially via electronic media. These suggestions are not exclusive, and applicants will need to indicate how their topics may contribute to the project theme.

The programme will take place over two weeks and will consist of four elements:

  • Four parallel workshops on sub-themes, each led by a staff member, bringing together up to six participants. Each participant will have a half-day (3-hour) session to present and discuss their pre-submitted papers.
  • Four plenary sessions at which each of the staff members will present current research-in-progress for open discussion.
  • A series of discussion meetings with significant and interesting local researchers and personalities of relevance to the field.
  • Excursions to sites and institutions of interest within and outside Damascus.

The programme will be staffed by:

Prof. Todd Lawson, Toronto

Dr Hans Christian Korsholm Nielsen, Damascus

Prof. Jørgen S. Nielsen, Copenhagen

Prof. Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen, Copenhagen

For participants who need to earn credit towards their programme requirements, the organizers are happy to negotiate specific arrangements. The programme sessions will normally take place at the Danish Institute (www.damaskus.dk). Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. Help will be provided to book accommodation. Depending on the quality prices are likely to vary between 50 and 150 US dollars for a single room per night incl. breakfast. Students wishing to go on longer excursions in the middle weekend (8-9 May 2010) can get advice on how best to make such arrangements from the organizers.

There will be a course fee of 450.00 Euros to cover staff costs, local excursions, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday in both weeks.

Applications should be submitted electronically, including an abstract of the paper to be presented, to Ms Line Stæhr at ls@teol.ku.dk as early as possible but at the latest on 1 April 2010. This is also the deadline for submission of the full text of the paper to be presented for discussion. Responses to applications will be sent within one month of receipt (quicker for late applications).

Dialogue International presents ‘Peace in the Religions of Abraham: The Faith of Abraham as Exemplified in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Scriptures’ Panel

5:30pm March 3 2010

4151 Grainger Hall, Madison Wisconsin

Abraham is a central figure for Judaism, Christianity and Islam . The three major Abrahamic religions are the religions of peace, justice and equality. in the scriptural accounts of the three Abrahamic religions, Abraham illustrates in a profound manner the nature of faith. Important aspects of this understanding of faith are promise, trust , obedience , risk, faithfulness and vision , all of which have important implications for Jews, Christian and Muslims living in the 21st century…

Cosponsored by Associated Students of Madison and The Multi-Cutlural Council.

Refreshments will be served.

University of Washington: Near Eastern Summer 2010 Program

Earn up to a year’s worth of language credit in just 9 weeks. Study at the University of Washington during the beautiful Seattle Summer.

Intensive Language Programs include: Intermediate Arabic, Elementary Modern Hebrew & Elementary Uygur.

Culture, Society and Religion Courses include: Arab Cinema, Introduction to Islam, Sex and Eroticism in the Ancient Near East, Intro to Arab Culture, Muslims in Central Asia, Death and Afterlife in the Ancient Near East

For more information about the above courses, please email nelcua@uw.edu or call 206-685-3743

For more information on how to enroll at the University of Washington as a non-matriculated summer-only student, see http://www.summer.washington.edu

The Ohio State University Summer Arabic Language Study in Columbus, Ohio (21 June –13 August 2010)

The Ohio State University
Summer Arabic Language Study
Columbus, Ohio
21 June –13 August 2010
Intensive instruction in both elementary and intermediate Modern Standard Arabic. The emphasis in both courses will be on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each course will provide up to 15 quarter hours of graded undergraduate credit.

For more information, contact: Stafford Noble, Coordinator, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University, 300 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Rd., Columbus OH 43210-1340 (614-292-7758; Fax: 614-292-1262; noble.3@osu.edu;http://nelc.osu.edu/).

Application deadline: April 02, 2010.

Workshop: Fulbright Faculty Workshop Location March 8 2010

Fulbright Faculty Workshop Location:

Room 206 Ingraham Hall

1155 Obeservatory Dr Madison, WI 53706

Date & Time: Monday, March 8, 2010 8:30-10:00 and 1:30-3:00 (these are identical)

CIES will enter the appropriate staff member and title here at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) will offer a workshop on the Fulbright Program for Faculty and Professionals:

• Learn about lecturing and research opportunities in over 130 countries • Get advice on which country to apply to and how to make contacts abroad

• Learn how to prepare the Fulbright application • Explore how your campus can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars There is no charge for the workshop. Fulbright campus representatives and interested faculty are encouraged to attend.

To reserve a seat, please contact Dr. Erin Crawley, fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu, 608-262-9632 Space is limited; please RSVP by Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

Directions/Parking The following sites have directions and parking information.

Directions to Madison:http://www.vip.wisc.edu/directions.html

Campus map: http://www.vip.wisc.edu/map.html

Visitor Parking: http://www.vip.wisc.edu/gettingAround.php