Every other Wednesday at noon
Practice speaking Arabic with fellow students, instructors, and native speakers in a casual, comfortable environment.
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Nadi Cinema, the Middle East Film Club, screens films from across the Middle East and beyond. All films are subtitled in English.
Weekly on Wednesdays beginning February 12, 2020
1:30 to 2:30 p.m., MAIN 202
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in Majlis, a weekly informal discussion group on the Middle East. Discussion is open to anyone interested in the Middle East and North Africa.
March 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., GEAR 26
Hanan Hammad, Texas Christian University, will discuss the life, career, and controversies of Egyptian superstar Layla Murad.
In Case You Missed It
Monday, February 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., GEAR 26
Sama Alshaibi, University of Arizona, discussed her art practice, which includes projects in photography, video, installation and photographic/video archives. Interested in the body as a site of political or social struggle, Alshaibi activates her own body as a disruptive strategy to reclaim history and territory in the aftermath of war and exile.
February 22, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., GEAR 26
The Department of Music hosts the NuAeen Ensemble for a one-night performance. The NuAeen Ensemble celebrates the musical roots of Iran with an articular presentation of mixed contemporary and traditional sounds that reach audience across the globe.
February 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., GEAR 26
Katrina Yeaw, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, discussed gender and sexuality during the late-Ottoman period of Libya.
January 23 2020 at 5:30 p.m., GEAR 26
Shirin Saeidi, University of Arkansas, and Mohammad Tabaar, Texas A&M University, examined the escalation of tension between Iran and the US.
November 4, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., GEAR 26
Vivian Ibrahim, Associate Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Mississippi, will discuss the status of Egypt’s Coptic Christians.
November 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM, GEAR26
Valerio Cappozzo, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi, will present as part of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Middle East Studies Colloquium Series.
October 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM, Nomads Trailside
2019 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize winner Zaina Alsous will read from her collection of poems A Theory of Birds (University of Arkansas Press) at the 2019 Open Mouth Poetry Festival.
October 9, 2019 at 11:50 AM, MAIN 412
Baris Basturk, PhD Student in History at the University of Arkansas, will present as part of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Middle East Studies Fall Colloquium Series.
REVIVING ISLAM IN COLD WAR AMERICA: WRITINGS OF THE MUSLIM STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION WOMEN’S COMMITTEE, 1965-1975
September 30, 2019 at 4:00 PM, GEAR258
Justine Howe, Case Western Reserve University, will discuss the influence of the writings of the MSA Womens' Committee on global Islamic revival.
September 16, at 5:30 PM, KIMP 102
Waleed Hazbun, University of Alabama, discussed regional instability in the Middle East after coercive intervention by the U.S.
April 29, 2019 at 4:00 PM, GEAR 258
Kirsten Wesselhoeft, assistant professor of religion at Vassar College, discussed the crisis of values many French Muslims see in their community.
May 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM, Nomads Southtown
2017 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize winner Jess Rizkallah read from her collection of poems the magic my body becomes (University of Arkansas Press).
April 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM, Faulkner Performing Art Center
Iraqi oud virtuoso and composer Rahim Alhaj was joined by Iranian santour maestro Sourena Sefati and Palestinian-American, Arabic percussion master Issa Malluf. The trio performed AlHaj’s intricate compositions, delicately combining traditional Iraqi maqams with contemporary styling and influence.
April 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM, Fayetteville Public Library
Renoun oud player, composer, and social activist Rahim AlHaj discussed his struggles as a musician and a political refugee.
April 11, 2019 in the Arkansas Union (5th floor)
Featuring a diverse range of less commonly taught languages including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian. Students in these programs presented their original speeches to a panel of judges, and top contestants in each program received awards.
April 5, 2019 at 4:30 PM, GEAR 26
Dr. Craig Considine is a Catholic American of Irish and Italian descent working to build bridges of understanding in American society.
March 29, 2019 at 9:00 am, GEAR 243
This conference brought together distinguished faculty experts from around the world to discuss the critical role played by Middle Eastern Jews in the region's music, from Iran to Morocco.
March 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall
Using Persian melodies and Hebrew texts, Monajat pays homage to singer Galeet Dardashti's grandfather Yona Dardashti, a master Persian classical vocalist. Part of the Jewish Contributions to Middle East Music conference.
March 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM, GRAD 166
Salam is a feature length documentary about Nobel prize winning Pakistani physicist, Abdus Salam. The film reveals the extraordinary life of the charismatic scientist, in all its color, vitality and tragedy.
March 4, 2019 at 5:15PM, GEAR 26
Asma Barlas, Ithaca College, discussed what the Qur'an has to say about women's rights, patriarchy, and sexual equality within a broader context of ongoing global violence against all women.
February 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM, JBHT 147
Monique Balbuena, University of Oregon, lectured on the language of Ladino in contemporary Sephardic Latin American literary production.
February 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM, GEAR 258
Marianna Shreve Simpson, University of Pennsylvania, explored the Persian concept of "shahkar" with special focus on the role of royal or courtly patronage in its establishment.
February 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM, GEAR 26
Mouin Rabbani, resident senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies will reviewed the status of Palestine and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Trump era, situating these in the broader context of changing regional and global dynamics.
January 22, 2019 at 4:30 PM, ARKU 510-511
Nazlı Özkan, Post-Doctoral Fellow with the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, examined the changing dynamics of state governance in Turkey in its historical and global context.
November 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM, KIMP 102
A guest lecture with Dr. Muhammad Khan, sponsored by the University of Arkansas Scholars at Risk Committee.
November 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Stage 18
October 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM, GEAR 26
Charles Schmitz, Towson University, discussed the current political conflict in Yemen, often called the "forgotten war" due to Western media focus on Syria.
September 20, 2018 at 5:30 PM, GEAR 26
Karla Mallette, University of Michigan, examined the tangled relations between languages in the pre-modern Mediterranean.
August 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM, ARKU 510-511
MEST Faculty Najib Ghadbian, Joel Gordon, Shirin Saeidi and graduate student Kaveh Bassiri discussed internal and external perspectives on Iran in a forum moderated by Ted Swedenburg.