Thursday, 29 May 2014 at 03:30 PM in Encina Commons Back Lawn (615 Crothers Way)
Please join us for our Islamic Studies reception open to students, faculty, and community members. Come meet the program staff and get to know other interested members of the Islamic Studies community.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 at 04:00 PM in Cantor Arts Center Auditorium (328 Lomita Drive)
Following the Second Gulf War, changes in the cultural policies of some Persian Gulf coastal states have produced a new international image for that part of the world. As a result, “the Gulf”, an undefined group of countries that bears the name of a disputed sea, is no longer equated only with oil and wars. With an art fair and Christie’s in Dubai, with the Louvre and the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi, with Cezanne’s Card players and the Jenkins Venus in Qatar, it is now also perceived as a place where culture is “ booming”. This presentation, based on six years of field research in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, aims to deconstruct this perception by exploring its two main pillars: museums with a high level of international visibility in Qatar and Abu Dhabi, and a regional contemporary art market in Dubai. In doing so, my analysis will go beyond the official narratives of economic diversification and identity building, and unpack political fault lines that exist among national communities and neighboring countries which are too often presented as uniform groups.
Thursday, 22 May 2014 at 03:30 AM in Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra Street)
Abstract: The Islamicate world has barely featured thus far in the new academic study of collecting, collectors and collections, certainly nowhere in proportion to its vast geographical and temporal extent. This research contributes to this nascent bibliography with a study of the relationships between merchant brokers and court collectors in seventeenth century India, as they emerge through the case study of ‘Ali Akbar Isfahani and his provision of “jewels and horses” to the Mughal emperor of India, Shah Jahan. In particular, this paper explores the ways that we might think of Shah Jahan’s acquisition and stabling of Arab horses as a collecting activity and of Shah Jahan as a collector – and indeed exhibitor – of horses. These activities are understood within the larger frame of Solomonic kingship and courtly emulations of the divan of Solomon in the Mughal, Safavid and Ottoman courts. Specifically, this paper proposes that in Islamicate cultures all Arab horses were understood to be descended from a group of magical, winged horses first tamed by Solomon; Arabs thus represented tangible, material links to this important figure and through this participated in wider Solomonic choreographies. This case study builds on, and contributes to, ongoing conversations about the centrality of equestrianism and horse-keeping in early modern European culture, in the process opening new, unexplored pathways for the history of Asian horse-keeping, court collections and connoisseurship. Ali Akbar’s red horse queries and disrupts some of Asian art’s more established taxonomies and argues for a less object-centric, more holistic view of what was collected, by whom, how and why, in early modern Eurasia.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 03:15 PM in Okimoto Conference Room, Encina Hall East, 3rd Floor (616 Serra Street)
Robert Crews is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University.
Monday, 19 May 2014 at 12:00 PM in Building 30, Room 102
Open only to Stanford students.
Friday, 16 May 2014 at 12:00 AM in Lane History Corner (450 Serra Mall)
By-invitation only. Not Open to the Public.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall East, Goldman Conf. Room, Room 409 (616 Serra Street)
Abstract: Arab screens along with social networks have been flooded over the past three years with words, images and videos that were meant to shed light on the revolts and uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain Libya and Syria. What started as a celebrated influx of information soon turned into means for disseminating sectarian and ethnic hatred, mainly in the cases of Syria and Egypt. Dr. Zahera Harb will discuss ethical boundaries that have been applied in Arab media coverage of the Arab revolts and uprisings, drawing on journalism epistemologies in the Arab world and focusing on recent developments in Syria and Egypt.
Thursday, 08 May 2014 at 12:15 PM in CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall Central (616 Serra Street)
Abstract: Lara Deeb will discuss her recent book, co-authored with Mona Harb and titled, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi?ite South Beirut. In addition to an overview of the project, she will focus primarily on the ways in which young Shi'i Muslims who take their faith seriously negotiate ideas and practices related to leisure in South Beirut - specifically activities related to cafe-going, like listening to music or consuming alcohol.
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 at 03:00 PM in Building 260, Room 252
Dr. Samar Habib is the author of Female Homosexuality in the Middle East: histories and representations (Routledge, 2007) and the editor of Islam and Homosexuality (Praeger, 2010). Her debut novel, A Tree Like Rain, was published by Nebula Press in 2005, and Rughum & Najda, a ficto-historical narrative of same-sex love between women in ninth century Baghdad, was published by Oracle Releasing in March 2012. A link to her books in our library: http://goo.gl/96lw2r.
Thursday, 01 May 2014 at 12:15 PM in CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall Central (616 Serra Street)
Abstract: This presentation seeks to examine the ethical precepts and practical philosophy in the Nuzhat-nama, which was written in the late 11th century in Iran under the patronage of the Kaykuyid prince Abu Kalijar Garshasp. The author, Shahmardan b. Abi al-Khayr al-Razi, borrows the title from Ibn Sina's work, the Danish-nama-i Jahan and circulates the latter's explanation of cosmology and philosophy. Al-Razi also includes a tract from Ibn Miskaywah on ethical behavior and domestics. In addition, this presentation seeks to investigate the descriptive aspects of the manuscript and articulate methodologies for studying and comparing manuscripts.
Saturday, 26 April 2014 at 10:00 AM in TBA
Open only to instructors teaching grades 7 - 12. RSVP: http://goo.gl/Aw0qel
Thursday, 17 April 2014 at 12:15 PM in Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra Street)
Abstract: Although Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's political activities have drawn a great amount of attention, his works in the "nonpolitical" sphere have remained mainly unnoticed. Khomeini is a prolific author with works in almost all genres of "Islamic literature", from philosophy to jurisprudence. In this paper, I discuss the least studied area of his oeuvre, that is, his poems.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at 05:00 PM in Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center (424 Santa Teresa)
Please join us for a musical performance by Yassir Chadly, a lecture by Touria Boumehdi on “Sidi Abdel Rahman al Majdoub”, and a Sufi poetry recitation by Stanford Students Forum of Darija.
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 at 07:00 PM in Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center (424 Santa Teresa)
Abstract: Are Muslim women oppressed? Is Islam really sexist? How does Islam treat women? Author Sumbul Ali-Karamali will discuss women's rights in Islam and other issues that dominate media coverage of Muslim women.
Friday, 04 April 2014 at 09:30 AM in CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall Central (616 Serra Street)
What should we make of the usefulness of the concept of “public sphere” in the study of the Muslim world? What other theories might better describe the phenomena that have captured the attention of recent scholarship? What new frameworks might direct us towards unasked questions and understudied processes? This workshop will explore these questions in the context of Muslim Africa during the last 100+ years. Presentations will address a variety of themes, including Salafism, civil society, media and new publics.
Monday, 31 March 2014 at 07:00 PM in Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall Central (616 Serra Street)
Asif Ali Khan is Pakistan’s reining prince of Qawwali music. His distinctive style of this form of Sufi devotional music, dating back 700 years, is characterized by full-throated vocals and energetic rhythms. Khan can be meditative and trance-like and then suddenly thrilling and ecstatic–a genuinely inspiring experience. Please join us for a discussion and musical demonstration session moderated by Prof. Shahzad Bashir (Religious Studies).
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 07:00 PM in Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building (435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford)
Mohsin Hamid is the author of the novels Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. His award-winning fiction has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and translated into over 30 languages. His essays and short stories have appeared in many national and international outlets, including the New York Times, the Guardian, and the New Yorker. Born in Lahore, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at in Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall (424 Santa Teresa)
Recent ethnographies of post-revolutionary Iran have tended to focus on youthful expressions of discontent and rebellion against the Islamic state among middle-class urban dwellers, while taking little account of other socio-economic groups and subject positions in this vast country. But focusing on the treatment of the large population of Afghan refugees that exists on the margins of Iranian society offers intriguing possibilities for recognising that the Islamic Republic’s current exercise of statecraft owes more to an opportunistic realpolitik than to Islamic solidarity. It also illustrates how the state has governed not only through coercion, but also through hegemonic persuasion and welfare provision that still hold legitimacy for many. Afghan refugees have experienced both opportunity and exclusion in Iran, and their conflicted subjectivities – revealed, for example, in their poetry – reflect both their fervent aspirations for upward mobility, and their bitter disappointments as aliens with a precarious legal status in the country.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at in Campbell Recital Hall and Building 300
Lebanon's Mike Massy will give a solo performance at noon on March 11, 2014 in Campbell Recital Hall (Braun Music Center, 541 Lasuen Mall) and a lecture at 6 pm in Building 300, Room 300 (450 Serra Mall). The events are free and open to the public. They are co-sponsored by Stanford Language Center, DLCL, Dept. of Music, The Mediterranean Studies Forum, Dept. of Comparative Literature, the Arab Studies Table, and the Stanford Art Institute.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 at 03:30 PM in Encina Hall West, Room 208
Meet Stanford affiliates who are interested in the study of Muslim societies and cultures. Catch with your professors, colleagues, and friends. Join the book raffle co-sponsored by Stanford University Press. The event is open to all Stanford affiliates.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 at in Stanford Archaeology Center, Bldg. 500, 488 Escondido Mall
The Indian Ocean has formed an enduring connection between three continents, countless small islands and a multitude of cultural and ethnic groups. However, the region has received little attention within the context of historical archaeology. This conference emphasizes the strengths of multidisciplinary research, bringing together environmental and historical archaeologists, historians, anthropologists and artists. It aims to address the overarching theoretical issue of research relevance: by creating a space for conversation between disciplines, and addressing issues such as ecological impact and the utility of heritage; how should a ‘historical archaeology of the Indian Ocean World’ fit into research and community interests. Ultimately, this workshop is concerned with understanding how research in this hugely complicated region will develop, how to approach issues related to the increased role of NGO and governmental bodies, and how new communities in former colonial enclaves engage and interact with parental populations and governments.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 at 12:00 AM in Huang Engineering Center
Organized by the Stanford Association for International Development (SAID), this conference will focus on the informal economy in the developing world. The operation of the informal economy requires the establishment of systems outside of government regulation. Does the establishment of these systems automatically foster the growth of more nefarious markets as well? What are the differences in government policies and treatment of the two sectors of the informal economy? What are the regional and global implications of their connections?
Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 03:30 PM in Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra St.)
Selim Kuru is Associate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include print and manuscript cultures, sexuality, literary history, Ottoman and modern Turkish language and literature. Among his publications are “The Literature of Rum: The Making of a Literary Tradition: (1450-1600)” (in S. Faroqui and K. Fleet (eds.) The Cambridge History of Turkey, Cambridge, 2012), “Reading Memories of Homosociality: Towards Resistance to Modernist History” (Cogito, 2011), and “Naming the Beloved in Ottoman Turkish Gazel: The Case of Ishak Celebi” (in A. Neuwirth et. al. (eds.) Ghazal as World Literature II: From a Literary Genre to a Great Tradition, The Ottoman Gazel in Context, Ergon Verlag, 2006).
Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 12:00 PM in Lane History Corner, Room 307 (450 Serra Mall)
Gábor Ágoston is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University. He received his M.A. from the University of Budapest and his Ph.D. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on Ottoman military, economic and social history from the fifteenth through the late eighteenth centuries, early modern Hungarian history, and the comparative study of the Ottoman and Habsburg empires. His latest book, Guns of the Sultan: Military Power and the Weapons Industry in the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2005) challenges the sweeping generalizations of Eurocentric and Orientalist scholarship regarding Ottoman and Islamic societies.
Thursday, 06 February 2014 at 03:30 PM in Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra St.)
Turkey has a long history of banning, trying, and burning books; imprisoning, exiling writers and labeling them as traitors. Although the reasons for banning of books and imprisonment of writers are usually political and religious, erotic literature has become a new, popular target for Turkish Criminal Courts. Beginning with the trial of the Turkish translation of French writer Guillaume Apollinaire’s Les onze mille verges (The Eleven Thousand Rods in English and On Bir Bin Kırbaç in Turkish) in 2001, numerous erotic texts have been condemned for not complying with social morality, and their publishers, writers, and translators faced lawsuits. By analyzing some cases of this censorship process, I will explore what this means for the future of erotic literature in Turkey.
Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 03:30 PM in Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall Central, 3rd floor (616 Serra St.)
Joseph Massad is Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He teaches and writes about modern Arab politics and intellectual history in relation to civilization and identity, gender and sexuality in the Arab world, and Palestinian-Israeli politics and society. He has a particular interest in theories of identity and culture – including theories of nationalism, sexuality, race and religion. He is the author of Desiring Arabs (2007), which was awarded the Lionel Trilling Book Award; The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinian Question (2006); and Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan (2001). His articles have appeared in Public Culture, Interventions, Middle East Journal, Psychoanalysis and History, Critique, and the Journal of Palestine Studies, and he writes frequently for Al-Ahram Weekly.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 at 03:30 PM in Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra Street)
Please join us for our Islamic Studies social open to students, faculty, and community members. Come meet the program staff, get to know other interested members of the Islamic Studies community, and enter the book raffle. Refreshments will be served
Thursday, 21 November 2013 at 12:15 PM in Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra Street)
In this paper, I analyze one of the most extensive accounts of Indian knowledge systems in Persian: Abu al-Fazl’s Learning of India. Abu al-Fazl was the primary historian for the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605) and the chief architect of his imperial image. He penned his Learning of India (danish-i hindustan) in the late sixteenth century as part of his A’in-i Akbari (Akbar’s Institutes), a deeply political text that describes the nature and administration of the Mughal Empire under Akbar. The Learning of India section details classical Indian learning, including the major schools of Sanskrit philosophy, Hindu religious ideas and practices, and Sanskrit technical sciences. In addition to its political dimensions, the work was also a major intellectual feat that offers a remarkably detailed and nuanced attempt to translate the sophisticated knowledge systems of one tradition into another. Despite being a well-known and much-cited text, Abu al-Fazl’s Learning of India remains largely unexplored in modern scholarship in terms of both its imperial and intellectual implications. In this paper, I investigate the context, framing, and content of the Learning of India in order to reconstruct Abu al-Fazl’s methods and intentions in importing Sanskrit knowledge systems into the Mughal thought world. I argue that Abu al-Fazl presents his Learning of India as a revolutionary contribution to both the Persianate intellectual tradition and Akbar’s political agenda.
Monday, 11 November 2013 at 06:30 PM in Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall (424 Santa Teresa)
Jeremy Keenan (University of London), Greg Mann (Columbia University), and Sean Hanretta (Stanford University) will reflect on the contemporary political crisis in Mali and West Africa. Panelists will focus on why the Tuareg are demonized in the region and the future of democracy in Mali.
Thursday, 07 November 2013 at 12:15 PM in Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra Street)
This workshop presentation will analyze Mirza `Abd al-Qadir Bedil’s poetic reworking of the story of King Lavaṇa against its original Hindu source as well as against the larger context of his mystico-philosophical poem, "Muhit-i A`zam." In Muhit-i A`zam (“The Greatest Ocean,” 1667), composed in the form of a saqinamah (or, a poem to the cupbearer), the Indo-Persian poet Bedil describes – through the symbolism of wine – the manifestation of the universe as a stage-by-stage unfolding (or ‘outpouring’) and the eventual return to the divine essence. The longest of the illustrative stories and anecdotes Bedil uses in the poem is the story of King Lavaṇa, a tale that originates in the Hindu popular-religious text Yogavasishtha. Writing in an era when Persian translations of Hindu texts were readily available and poets of Persian were increasingly turning to indigenous Indic literary and religious traditions for subject matter, Bedil’s choice for the story of King Lavaṇa is not as unusual as the way he appropriates it to the conventions of the saqinamah genre and to the conceptual framework of Ibn Arabi’s metaphysics that underlies the poem. While both in the Muhit-i A`zam and the Yogavasistha, the story of King Lavaṇa illustrates the ontological connection between the heart, imagination, and the phenomenal world, in the larger conceptual framework of the Muhit-i A`zam, it primarily serves to underscore the need for transforming the heart from its lowest state (i.e. the imagined separateness of the ‘self’) into the purest possible state (i.e. the state of awareness of its essential unity with the single Reality).
Friday, 01 November 2013 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall, Philippines Room (616 Serra Street)
In this seminar, Şener Aktürk will explore Muslim minority representation in 25 Western and 20 post-communist legislatures, using descriptive and inferential statistics as well as qualitative and historical comparisons. On average, Muslims remain severely underrepresented in most Western legislatures, while they are almost proportionately represented in most post-communist ones. In explaining this variation, he will focus on forms of “consociational” power-sharing (including legacies of Communist-era affirmative action and multi-confessional power sharing), electoral systems based on proportional representation, processes of nation-building, and religious traditions. This session is open only to Stanford affiliates. RSVP is requested at https://creeesevents.wufoo.com/forms/zzeiftq1l1vuwb/
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 at 05:30 PM in Tresidder Memorial Union, East Oak Lounge (459 Lagunita Drive)
Germany’s ethnic citizenship law, the Soviet Union’s inscription of ethnic origins in personal identification documents, and Turkey’s prohibition on the public use of minority languages underpinned the 20th century definition of nationhood in these countries. Despite many challenges from political and social actors, these policies did not change until the turn of the 21st century, when Russia removed ethnicity from the internal passport, Germany opened the citizenship route to many immigrants, and Turkish state television began to broadcast in minority languages such as Arabic, Bosnian, Circassian, Kurdish and Zaza. How did such tremendous changes occur? In addressing this question, this lecture will identify and define ideal-types of monoethnic, multiethnic, and antiethnic regimes. This new conceptualization will connect the study of nation-building to studies of ethnic diversity and citizenship, and also provide a coherent typology of state policies on ethnicity that accommodates the full range of variation across cases. Employing this new typology and a close study of primary documents and numerous interviews, I will argue that the coincidence of three key factors – counterelites, new discourses, and hegemonic majorities – explains successful change in state policies toward ethnicity. Event open to the public.
Thursday, 24 October 2013 at 12:15 PM in Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra Street)
Workshop Series: “Literary Cultures of Muslim South Asia” Kevin Schwartz is pursuing his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Columbia University, and his M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. His research focuses on the literary culture of the Persianate world in the early modern and modern periods, with particular interests in historiography, literary debate, circulation of texts, and geography of textual production. In his doctoral dissertation, Kevin provides a comparative evaluation of different literary movements and practices in Iran, India, and Afghanistan during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Beginning in January 2014, he will start a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Maryland’s Roshan Institute of Persian Studies. Funded by the Social Science Research Council, his postdoctoral project utilizes the tazkiras to create a topographic intellectual map that charts the activities and movement of poets, administrators, and littérateurs across borders in Iran and Asia during the 19th century. Papers are available to Stanford affiliates upon request.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall Central, CISAC Conference Room (616 Serra Mall)
Gregory Simpson (CIPE), Lina Khatib (Stanford University), and Amr Adly (Stanford University) will discuss the entrepreneurship eco-system in the contemporary Egypt and Tunisia. The session is open to the public and is co-sponsored by the CDDRL Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, and the Mediterranean Studies Forum.
Monday, 21 October 2013 at 06:30 PM in Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center (616 Serra Street)
Amr Adly (Stanford University), Ayça Alemdaroğlu (Stanford University), Alexander Key (Stanford University), and Kabir Tambar (Stanford University) will discuss the contemporary political situation in the Middle East with special respect to Egypt and Turkey.
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 at 12:00 PM in Lane History Corner, Room 307 (450 Serra Mall)
Karen Barkey, Professor of Sociology and History, and Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University, will deliver a lecture, titled “Religious Pluralism and Shared Sacred Sites: A Legacy of the Ottoman Empire?,” as part of the Eurasian Empires Workshop Series organized by the Stanford Humanities Center.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 at 03:30 PM in Encina Commons Lawn
Join us in celebrating the beginning of the 2013-14 Academic Year with Stanford affiliates who are interested in the study of Islam and Muslim societies. All Stanford affiliates are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For questions, please contact email@example.com.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 at 12:00 PM in CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall (616 Serra Street)
Lina Khatib (Stanford University), Amr Adly (Stanford University), Adel Iskandar, and Hesham Sallam (Stanford University) will discuss the recent developments in Egypt. The session is open only to Stanford affiliates and is co-sponsored by the CDDRL Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, and the Mediterranean Studies Forum.