Upcoming Events

Salaam wa Kalaam - Arabic Conversation Table

SALAAM WA KALAAM

Fall 2019
Every other Wednesday at 1:00 PM

Practice speaking Arabic with fellow students, instructors, and native speakers in a casual, comfortable environment.

Film still from 'Everyday is a Holiday/Kul Yom Eid', directed by Dima El-Horr

NADI CINEMA

Fall 2019
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.

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AWLAD AL-BALAD OR MINORITY: REVISITING THE ‘COPTIC QUESTION’

November 4, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., GEAR 26

Vivian Ibrahim, Associate Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studiesat the University of Mississippi, will discuss the status of Egypt’s Coptic Christians.

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DANTE AND THE ARAB WORLD

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. 

In Case You Missed It

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POETRY READING: ZAINA ALSOUS

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.

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EŞREFOĞLU RUMI: AN OTTOMAN SUFI BETWEEN 'HIGH' AND 'POPULAR' ISLAM

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. 

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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. 

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IN AMERICA'S WAKE: TURBULENCE AND INSECURITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

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. 

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FRATERNAL CRITIQUE: MUSLIM SOCIAL ETHICS IN CONTEMPORARY PARIS

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.

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READING BY PRIZE-WINNING POET JESS RIZKALLAH

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).

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FPAC PRESENTS: RAHIM ALHAJ TRIO

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.

Photo of Rahim AlHaj, credit Michael G Stewart

THE VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS

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.

Speech bubble illustration of 'hello' in various languages

18TH ANNUAL FULBRIGHT LANGUAGE FESTIVAL & JOINT SPEECH CONTEST

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.

Dr. Craig Considine

PROPHET MUHAMMAD'S PROMISES TO CHRISTIANS

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.

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JEWISH CONTRIBUTIONS TO
MIDDLE EAST MUSIC

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.

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MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY MONAJAT

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.

Salam Film

SALAM: THE FIRST ****** NOBEL LAUREATE

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.

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SEX & SCRIPTURE: WHAT CAN THE QUR'AN TELL US ABOUT GENDER EQUALITY?

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.

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CONTEMPORARY VOICES IN LADINO POETRY AND SONG

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.

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PERSIAN MANUSCRIPTS AND THE MEANING OF MASTERPIECE

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.

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PALESTINE: ANATOMY OF AN ABYSS

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.

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THE 'NEW TURKEY' IN ITS HISTORY AND GLOBAL CONTEXT

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.

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THE LIMITS OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN

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.

Peter Twal

READING: PETER TWAL AT THE 2018 OPEN MOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL

November 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Stage 18

Peter Twal is the author of Our Earliest Tattoos, winner of the 2018 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize (University of Arkansas Press).

Charles Schmitz, Towson University

YEMEN IN THE WAR'S AFTERMATH

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.

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LIVES OF THE GREAT LANGUAGES: ARABIC, LATIN AND THE MEDITERRANEAN LINGUA FRANCA

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.

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IRAN 360°: CURRENT PERSPECTIVES, PROSPECTIVE CHANGES

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.