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Fall 2014 Events

islamic civilization and societies

Middle East Music Ensemble Concert

December 7, 2014

7:00 p.m., Gasson 100

Food will be served.  

ICS Faculty Student Reception 

December 2, 2014

6:00-8:00 p.m., Newton Room 

Makkah and Medina

November 6, 2014

5:00 p.m., Devlin 008

Prince Turki bin Faisal, Executive Director, King Faisal Foundation for Research, former Minister of Intelligence, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, former Saudi Ambassador to the UK and US.  

Careers in Government 

October 29, 2014

5:00 p.m., Higgins 300

Derrick T. Dortch is President of The Diversa Group, a global management and strategic consulting firm providing advice, services, and solutions to organizations and individuals to assist them achieve success. He is also the Director of Career Services at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. 

Study Abroad in the Middle East Night

October 28, 2014

6:00 p.m., Stokes S295

Refreshments will be served. 

International Iranian Economic Conference

October 24-25, 2014

5:00-9:00 p.m., Heights Room

Jesuits between War and ‘Dilaogue between Civilizations’: China, the Indian Ocean, and the Islamic World in the 16th Century

October 23, 2014

5:00 p.m., McGuinn 121

Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Chair & Professor of Middle East & Islamic Studies, NYU   

This talk presents and discusses the first encounter between Jesuits, based in the recently created Portuguese port in Macao, and the Muslims of Southern China from a global perspective. Taking the very first description of Cantonese Muslims by Father Matteo Ricci as its point of departure, this talk discusses how Chinese authorities understood the transition from a Muslim Dominated Indian Ocean to a one in which Europeans were becoming a rising power during the 16th century. Paying special attention to the history of Muslims in the port city of Canton, this talk also discusses the relationship between China the Muslims countries of the Indian Ocean in the centuries before European arrival and their cultural and political significance. It ends with a comment on the birth of the idea of "dialogue between civilizations" attributed to Matteo Ricci by 21st century observers and role of Islam.

Taner Akcam, The Anatomy of Religious Cleansing: Non-Muslims in the Ottoman Empire

October 22, 2014

7:00 p.m., 117 Lake St., Room 113

Rumi Night on the Heights

October 10, 2014

7:00 p.m., Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Ottoman Facebook: The Private and Public Personas of the Last Ottoman Sultans

October 9, 2014

5:00 p.m., Higgins 300

Peter Constantine, literay translator. A slide show and commentary of his rare photograph collection will be featured. 

Persian Musicians, Evening of Traditional Music

October 6, 2014

7:00 p.m., Gasson 100


Film Screening of Nacer Khemir's Bab' Aziz

September 30, 2014

7:00 p.m., Fulton 511

A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from director Nacer Khemir (Wanderers of the Desert ) begins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab’Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own – including Osman, who longs for the beautiful woman he met at the bottom of a well, and Zaid, who searches for the ravishing young woman who fled from him after being seduced by his songs. Filled with breathtaking images and wonderful music, Nacir Khemir has created a fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran.

Followed by Q&A with the director.