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What's New in the Islamic Civilization and Societies Program

March 30, 2017


The Islamic Civilization and Societies (ICS) program has had another busy and productive year! I hope you enjoy a look at some of the highlights: 

  • ICS announced the establishment of the Omar A. Aggad Travel and Research Fellowship, which is intended to inspire students to expand their understanding of the Arab world and the relationships between Arab societies and the West. 
  • In March 2017, Associate Professor of the Practice Kathleen Bailey took 11 BC students to Kuwait for Intercultural Dialogue and Diplomacy, a course supported through the Omar A. Aggad Fellowship Program.
  • The ICS Lecture Series included talks by Stephen Walt, Phyllis Bennis, Shadi Hamid, Kanan Makiya, and Tzvi Langermann. Upcoming speakers include Daniel Byman, Noah Feldman, and Douglas Streusand.
  • ICS students Ejona Bakalli '16, Omeed Alidadi '18, and Austin Bodetti '18 were awarded Mizna Fellowships to study in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Enise Koç '18 was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study in Bosnia.
  • Associate Professor Franck Salameh published Charles Corm: An Intellectual Biography of a Twentieth-Century Lebanese "Young Phoenician." His forthcoming book The Other Middle East: An Anthology of Modern Levantine Literature will be published shortly.
  • Professor Jonathan Laurence's forthcoming book is Coping with Defeat: Sunni Islam, Roman Catholicism, and the Modern State. His new article, "Europe Risks Repeating Past Mistakes on Islam," was discussed in the Economist.

In other news, Assistant Professor Peter Krause is organizing the Northeast Middle East Politics Workshop, which will be held at Boston College March 31–April 1. His book Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win will be published in April. 

Also, the NAAIMS conference will be held at Boston College on September 29. Please visit our website for information on events. 

We would love to hear from you. Please send updates to


Ali Banuazizi
Director, Islamic Civilization and Societies Program