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In two weeks the 27th annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) conference will be held at the University of Chicago on Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th. The conference will feature over twenty panels led by graduate students and professors from all over the country. The panels will discuss topics ranging from religion to culture to current events involving the Middle East.
Some highlights from this year’s conference include a roundtable discussion, “Picturing Prophecy: The Falnama (Book of Omens) in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Iran and Turkey,” with Kathryn Babayan (University of Michigan), Serpil Bağcı (Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey), Massumeh Farhad (Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution), and Cornell Fleischer (University of Chicago) and a keynote lecture,”Cultures of Literacy and Social Practice in Early Modern Isfahan,” by Kathryn Babayan.