“Islam in Central Eurasia” symposium – Friday, May 11th, 2012

A message from CREECA (Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia) -

Please join us this Friday, May 11, from 2:30-5:30 pm in 336 Ingraham 
Hall for an informal graduate student symposium on "Islam in Central 

Graduate students in LCA 850 (Seminar in Turkic Studies), taught by 
Professor Uli Schamiloglu, will present 15-minute synopses of their 
semester-long research projects, addressing various aspects of Islam in 
Central Eurasia. This symposium is open to everyone and no registration 
is required. Light refreshments will be served.

PDF of symposium schedule - Symposium Program-2012


Daily Middle East news – May 2nd, 2012

Abdel Imam, the Egyptian actor threatened with imprisonment for ‘Insulting Islam’

Three articles of interest concerning Middle East events:

Eleven people were killed today during protests regarding Egypt’s upcoming elections. The assailants are unknown, but it sheds doubt on the legitimacy of the upcoming elections.

Egyptian movie star put in jail for ‘insulting Islam’ in old pre-revolution movies

Israeli political scene in turmoil as high up officials argue about how to deal with Iran

Lubar Institute Lecture – Monday, April 30th, 2012

Tonight the Lubar Institute is sponsoring a lecture given by Eboo Patel entitled “Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis.”  It will deal with the need to have interfaith dialogue between politicians and others in leadership positions in order to create a more peaceful and harmonious world.

More information:

Eboo Patel
Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core

Monday, April 30
7:30 p.m.
Tripp Commons

A leader defines reality. In a world too often convinced of the inevitable clash of civilizations, how do we lead our communities of faith to work with people from different religious and philosophical backgrounds and serve the common good? From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day to Abraham Joshua Heschel, the answer was clear: interfaith leadership.

Patel’s core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He’s inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. He has spoken about this vision at places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He writes about it regularly in The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Huffington Post, and is also the author of “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.”

Enchantings: Modernity, Culture, and the State in Postcolonial Africa – Thursday April 26th-Saturday April 28th, 2012

The Institute for Research in the Humanities is sponsoring a three day long symposium filled with over a dozen different lectures detailing the trials and tribulations of Africa in a post-colonial world.  The event will cover the affects of post-colonialism on the governments, culture and social history of Africa in the last fifty years.  These topics will surely cover Northern Africa, or the area that falls under the nomenclature of the Middle East, as well, meaning that this symposium is certainly relevant to Middle East Studies.  Head over to the website for a more detailed look at lecture schedules and content. 

Gulf in the Media Website

If you have been struggling to find a reliable and efficient news source for all things Middle East, look no further. Gulfinthemedia.com is a continuous stream of news articles pulled from many different news outlets, all chronicling the daily occurrences of the Middle East.

So, if you want to keep up to date with the constantly shifting world of the Middle East this is the website for you.


Middle East History and Theory Conference – May 4th-5th, 2012

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.

 Visit http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/mehat/conference for the complete conference schedule and more info.

Check out the Inside Islam blog

The conceptions (or rather misconceptions) about Islam in the world today are wide are far-reaching, and range from minor theological differences to abject racism and Islamophobia.  There aren’t as many resources as there should be to instruct the general public on the basic tenets of Islam, but right here at UW there is a great blog/radio show entitled Inside Islam that should be checked out by anyone wanting to objectively learn more about this misunderstood world religion.  There is a daily blog here that highlights particularly issues concerning Islam in great detail that will inform a reader with any level of knowledge concerning Islam.  This organization is a great gateway for others as well who may be lacking understanding of the basics of Islam.  So tell all your non-Middle East Studies majors friends about it so they will stop not knowing Ramadan from Zakat.