2008-09 Events

  • The Colloquium on Evidence for the Early History of the Qur'an
    Thursday, 30 July 2009 at 12:00 AM in Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room

    The Colloquium on Evidence for the Early History of the Qur'an, Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room. Participants: SHEILA BLAIR (Boston College & Virginia Commonwealth University), MICHAEL COOK (Princeton University), FRANÇOIS DÉROCHE ( École Pratique des Hautes Études), YASIN DUTTON (University of Cape Town), ASMA HELALI (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), MICHAEL MARX (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften), LAWRENCE NEES (University of Delaware), CHRISTIAN JULIEN ROBIN (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), NEAL ROBINSON (Sogang University), BEHNAM SADEGHI (Stanford University), DEVIN STEWART (Emory University) This two-day academic conference will explore textual studies, paleography and art history in the context of the early history of the Qur'an.

  • Mohsen Kadivar: "The Unjust Could not Be Divine: A Discussion on Compatibility of Islam and Human Rights"
    Friday, 05 June 2009 at 06:00 PM in Clark Center Auditorium

    Dr. Mohsen Kadivar, Contemporary Iranian Muslim Thinker and Philosopher; Visiting Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, "The Unjust Could not Be Divine: A Discussion on Compatibility of Islam and Human Rights", James H. Clark Center Auditorium (318 Campus Drive). (Co-sponsored with Persian Student Association)

  • Alaistair Northedge: "Samarra of the Caliphs: An Archaeological Survey"
    Monday, 01 June 2009 at 12:00 PM in Building 500

    Alaistair Northedge, Professor of Islamic Archaeology, Université de Paris I, "Samarra of the Caliphs: An Archaeological Survey", Stanford Archaeology Center (Bldg. 500). (Co-sponsored with Stanford Archaeology Center)

  • Middle East Film Series: "G.O.R.A., a space movie"
    Thursday, 28 May 2009 at 07:30 PM in 260-113

    Middle East Film Series: "G.O.R.A., a space movie" (Dir. Omer Faruq Sorak, Turkey, 2004), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Rm. 113

  • Lalaie Ameeriar: "Engendering Islam: Pakistani Women, the Politics of Liberal Multiculturalism and Religious Transformation in Diasporic Toronto "
    Thursday, 21 May 2009 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West 208

    Islamic Studies Workshop: Lalaie Ameeriar, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University. "Engendering Islam: Pakistani Women, the Politics of Liberal Multiculturalism and Religious Transformation in Diasporic Toronto ", Encina Hall West, Room 208

  • Middle East Film Series: Half Moon
    Thursday, 14 May 2009 at 07:30 PM in Building 260, 113

    Middle East Film Series: Half Moon (Dir. Bahman Gobadi, Iran, 2007), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Rm. 113.

  • An Evening with Sumbul Ali-Karamali
    Thursday, 14 May 2009 at 07:00 PM in Clark Audtorium

    An Evening with Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Clark Auditorium. (Co-sponsored with Persian Student Association, ISSU, Bechtel International Center)

  • What Do A Billion Muslims Really Think?: The Making of and Findings from the Gallup Poll
    Wednesday, 13 May 2009 at 07:30 PM in Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Bldg.

    Both the documentary "Inside Islam" and the book Who Speaks for Islam are based on Gallup World Poll's six-year project, involving tens of thousands of interviews conducted in 35 Muslim-majority countries. The event will provide essential insights into the thinking and attitudes of the oft-silenced voices of a large and significant part of the Muslim world, on many critical contemporary issues, such as democracy, human rights, extremism and inter-faith relations. Particpants: John Esposito (Georgetown University) and Michael Wolfe Unity Productions Foundation). [Listen on iTunes] Film screening and panel discussion with JOHN ESPOSITO (Georgetown University ) and MICHAEL WOLFE (Unity Productions Foundation)

  • Martha Saavedra: “Women, Islam and Sport in Africa”
    Wednesday, 13 May 2009 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West 202

    Martha Saavedra, Associate Director, Center for African Studies, UC-Berkeley. “Women, Islam and Sport in Africa,” Encina Hall West, Room #202. (Co-Sponsored with Center for African Studies)

  • Nadia Abu El-Haj: "Know Thyself: Genetic Anthropology and the Genealogical Imagination"
    Friday, 08 May 2009 at 03:15 PM in Building 50

    Nadia Abu El-Haj, Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College and Columbia University. "Know Thyself: Genetic Anthropology and the Genealogical Imagination," Building 50, Room 51A

  • Charles Hirschkind: "Islamic Counterpublics and the City"
    Friday, 01 May 2009 at 01:00 PM in Building 200-103

    Charles Hirschkind, Professor of Anthropology, UC- Berkeley. "Islamic Counterpublics and the City", Building 200, Rm. 013. (Co-sponsored with the Post-Colonial City Workshop and the Stanford Humanities Center)

  • Middle East Film Series: Yumurta (Egg)
    Thursday, 30 April 2009 at 07:30 PM

    Middle East Film Series: Yumurta (Egg) (Dir. Semih Kaplanoglu, Turkey, 2007), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Rm. 113

  • Finbarr Barry Flood: "Between Dystopia and Utopia: Reading the Minaret of Jam"
    Friday, 17 April 2009 at 07:30 PM in Bldg. 200-303

    Finbarr Barry Flood, Professor of Art History, New York University. "Between Dystopia and Utopia: Reading the Minaret of Jam", Lane History Corner (Bldg. 200), Rm. 303. (Co-sponsored with Silk Road Foundation, Center for East Asian Studies, CREEES)

  • James Elliott Greenberg: "Islam, Christianity, and Self-Deception: Cognitive Biases in European-American and Middle Eastern Cultural Contexts"
    Thursday, 16 April 2009 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West 208

    Islamic Studies Workshop: James Elliott Greenberg , Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, Stanford University. "Islam, Christianity, and Self-Deception: Cognitive Biases in European-American and Middle Eastern Cultural Contexts", Encina Hall West, Room 208

  • Forum on Charting Change, Challenging Power: Women Leaders in Muslim Contexts
    Wednesday, 15 April 2009 at 07:30 PM in Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Bldg.

    The panelists, all leaders and activists in their own field, are Baroness Kishwer Falkner (Great Britain) and Dr. Shahida Jaffrey (Pakistan). They will address the contemporary challenges and issues faced by Muslim women in the fields of politics, higher education and human rights. The discussion will be followed by a question & answer session moderated by Prof. Julia Clancy-Smith, Department of History, University of Arizona.

  • Forum on Charting Change, Challenging Power: Women Leaders in Muslim Contexts
    Wednesday, 15 April 2009 at 07:30 PM in Annenberg Auditorium

    Forum on Charting Change, Challenging Power: Women Leaders in Muslim Contexts Baroness Kishwer Falkner (The Liberal Democratic Peer in House of Lords, Great Britain) Dr. Shahida Jaffrey (Founder and Vice Chancellor of Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University, Quetta, Pakistan) Prof. Julia Clancy-Smith (Department of History, University of Arizona) Annenberg Auditorium. A video of the event is available at http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/itunes.stanford.edu.2173815432?i=1612713733

  • Abdelwahab Meddeb: "The Clash of Interpretations: Readings of the Quran"
    Tuesday, 14 April 2009 at 12:00 PM in Okimoto Conference Room

    Abdelwahab Meddeb, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Paris, X-Nanterre, "The Clash of Interpretations: Readings of the Quran", Okimoto Conference Room, Encina Hall Central, 4th Floor. Abdelwahhad Meddeb was born in 1946 in Tunis and has lived in Paris since 1968. He is a Franco-Tunisian writer, translator, poet and essayist as well as radio host for France Culture for which he presents the show Cultures of Islam. Meddeb is the editor of the journal Dédale. He was also visiting professor in many universities (including yale and Geneva).

  • Screening of Kashf: The Lifting of the Veil
    Thursday, 09 April 2009 at 07:00 PM in Cubberly

    Ayesha Khan, Director, and Shahzad Bashir, Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University. Screening of Kashf: The Lifting of the Veil (2008, Pakistan), Cubberley Auditorium (Co-sponsored with Center for South Asia and PakUSOnline) Armaghan is born out of an oath his mother makes to a Pir she meets at a Sufi shrine when she was childless. She promises the Pir who blesses her to let her son ‘walk the Sufi path’ when he grows up. However, shortly after his birth in Pakistan, Armaghan is sent off to the US to live with relatives after his father’s death. After 25 years Armaghan returns to Pakistan to discover a lost culture, a mystic religion, and a family secret. His cousin, Ali, seeks his own calling in the sensual and violent world of Lollywood and becomes engulfed by fantastical musical hallucinations- has he found peace or lost his hold on reality? “Kashf- The Lifting of the Veil” is a story of universal relevance as it explores humanity’s basic questions of who we are, and why we are here. It is the Hero’s Journey as Armaghan embarks on his vision quest, meeting along the way Messengers, Guides and the Master who is waiting for him to awaken to his calling.

  • Azim Nanji: “Madrasa and Modernity: Reimagining Muslim Childhod in East Africa”
    Wednesday, 08 April 2009 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West 202

    Azim Nanji, Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University, “Madrasa and Modernity: Reimagining Muslim Childhod in East Africa,” Encina Hall West, Room #202 (Co-sponsored with Center for African Studies)

  • Catherina Evans Latta: “A Beirut Summer: War Poems from a Woman’s Viewpoint”
    Sunday, 05 April 2009 at 08:00 PM in Campbell Recital Hall

    Catherine Evans Latta, author of Beirut Summer, and A.J. Racy, performer, composer, and Professor of Ethnomusicology, UCLA. “A Beirut Summer: War Poems from a Woman’s Viewpoint,” Campbell Recital Hall. (Co-sponsored with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the Program in Feminist Studies, Bechtel International Center, AMELANG)

  • Middle East Film Series: "The Other"
    Thursday, 02 April 2009 at 07:30 PM

    Middle East Film Series: "The Other" (Dir. Yusuf Shahin, Egypt, 1997), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Rm. 113.

  • Abbas Milani: "The Shah and Shiism: Contours of A Troubled Relationship,"
    Thursday, 02 April 2009 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West 208

    Islamic Studies Workshop: Abbas Milani, Director of the Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies. "The Shah and Shiism: Contours of A Troubled Relationship," Encina Hall West, Room 208

  • Nabiha Jerad: “Women in Islam and the Politics of Gender in North Africa: The Case of Tunisia,”
    Wednesday, 01 April 2009 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West 202

    Africa Table Lecture Series: Nabiha Jerad, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Tunis. “Women in Islam and the Politics of Gender in North Africa: The Case of Tunisia,” Encina Hall West, Room # 202 (Co-sponsored with Center for African Studies)

  • Middle East Film Series: Mutluluk [Bliss]
    Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 07:00 PM

    Middle East Film Series: Mutluluk [Bliss] (directed by Abdullah Oguz), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113

  • Faisal Devji: "Open Discussion on Millitant Islam and Global Politics"
    Friday, 13 March 2009 at 03:00 PM in Building 200-302

    Faisal Devji, Professor of Humanities, New School for Social Research, and Reader in Modern Indian Studies, Oxford University, "Open Discussion on Millitant Islam and Global Politics", History Corner (Building 200), Room 302. OPEN ONLY TO STANFORD AFFILIATES.

  • Faisal Devji: "The End of Muslim Universality"
    Thursday, 12 March 2009 at 05:00 PM in 200-305

    Faisal Devji, Professor of Humanities, New School for Social Research, and Reader in Modern Indian Studies, Oxford University, "The End of Muslim Universality", History Corner (Building 200), Room 305.

  • Ahmed Rashid: "Ending Chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan: A New Direction in U.S. Foreign Policy"
    Monday, 09 March 2009 at 07:30 PM in Cubberly Auditorium

    Ahmed Rashid, Journalist, "Ending Chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan: A New Direction in U.S. Foreign Policy", Cubberley Auditorium Video of the event is available at http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/itunes.stanford.edu.1291570892.01291570898.2098414475?i=1933658162 Rashid is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller /Taliban/:/ Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia/ and considered the foremost contemporary expert on the current travails of U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. His unique knowledge of this vast and complex region allows him a panoramic vision and understanding of the current issues that exist today. In his recent book /Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia/, Rashid emphasizes the degree to which "the U.S.-led war on terrorism has left in its wake a far more unstable world than existed on September 11th, 2001." Newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama is reaching out to the region to contain the chaos with a revised focus aimed at long-term stability and peace. Ahmed Rashid will address the challenges that the Obama administration faces and the choices that must be made to save this region from engulfing the United States and Europe in another long-term conflict.

  • Middle East Film Series: "Film Hindi"
    Thursday, 05 March 2009 at 07:00 PM

    Middle East Film Series: "Film Hindi" (directed by Mounir Rady), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113

  • Vincent Barletta: "(Manu)scripting Muslim Practice: The Aljamiado Legend of Alexander the Great"
    Thursday, 05 March 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Islamic Studies Workshop: Vincent Barletta, Professor, Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, "(Manu)scripting Muslim Practice: The Aljamiado Legend of Alexander the Great", Encina Hall West, Room 208

  • Joe Stork: "Religion, Human Rights and Freedom of Belief: Observations from the Experience in Egypt"
    Wednesday, 04 March 2009 at 05:00 PM in Building 200, 205

    Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch, Middle East/North Africa Division, "Religion, Human Rights and Freedom of Belief: Observations from the Experience in Egypt", Building #200, Room 205

  • Fairouz Nishanova: "Building Cultural Pluralism in Central Asia: The Aga Khan Music Initiative"
    Friday, 20 February 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Fairouz R. Nishanova, Director, Aga Khan Music Initiative, and Prof. Theodore C. Levin, Dartmouth College, Music Department, "Building Cultural Pluralism in Central Asia: The Aga Khan Music Initiative", Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room (4th Floor).

  • Behnam Sadeghi: "The Traveling Tradition Test: A New Method of Dating Early Muslim Traditions"
    Thursday, 19 February 2009 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West 208

    Islamic Studies Workshop: Behnam Sadeghi, Professor, Religious Studies."The Traveling Tradition Test: A New Method of Dating Early Muslim Traditions", Encina Hall West, Room 208

  • Alnoor Merchant: "Outstanding Patrons, Beautiful Objects: Metaphors for Humanism and Enlightenment in Islamic Art"
    Friday, 13 February 2009 at 12:00 PM in Cantor Arts Museum

    Alnoor Merchant, Curator and Senior Librarian, Institute of Ismaili Studies (London), "Outstanding Patrons, Beautiful Objects: Metaphors for Humanism and Enlightenment in Islamic Art", Cantor Arts Museum, Auditorium.

  • Middle East Film Series: "Kader" [Destiny]
    Thursday, 05 February 2009 at 07:00 PM

    Middle East Film Series: "Kader" [Destiny] (directed by Zeki Demirkubuz), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113

  • Donald Emmerson: "Debating "Islamism": Pro, Semi-pro, Con, and Why Bother?"
    Thursday, 05 February 2009 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West 208

    Islamic Studies Workshop: Donald Emmerson, Senior Fellow, Freeman-Spogli Institute. "Debating "Islamism": Pro, Semi-pro, Con, and Why Bother?", Encina Hall West, Room 208

  • Middle East Film Series: Winter
    Thursday, 22 January 2009 at 07:00 PM in Building 260, Room 113

    Middle East Film Series: Winter (directed by Rafi Pittz, Iran, 2006), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113

  • Stephane Lacroix: The Revolutionary Power of Hadith: Nasir al-Din Al-Albani and his Influence on Contemporary Salafism
    Thursday, 22 January 2009 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West 208

    Islamic Studies Workshop: Stéphane Lacroix, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Postdoctoral Fellow. “The Revolutionary Power of Hadith: Nasir al-Din Al-Albani and his Influence on Contemporary Salafism”, Encina Hall West, Room 208

  • Middle East Film Series: Destiny
    Wednesday, 07 January 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Middle East Film Series: Destiny (directed by Yusuf Shahin, Egypt, 1997), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113. (Co-sponsored with the Middle East Collection, SUL-AIR)

  • "Songs and Melodies from Afghanistan: Melodic Instruments in Harmony"
    Tuesday, 02 December 2008 at 12:00 AM

    "Songs and Melodies from Afghanistan: Melodic Instruments in Harmony" Performance and Lecture with Shafiq Shamel (voice, harmonium), Toryalei Hashemi (tabla), and guest performer on robab. (Co-sponsored with CREEES , the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, and the US Department of Education (Title VI) ).

  • Ahmed Alwishah: “What is God?: An Investigation of the Problem of Divine Attributes in Islamic Theology and Philosophy”
    Thursday, 20 November 2008 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall 208

    Islamic Studies Workshop: Ahmed Alwishah, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, “What is God?: An Investigation of the Problem of Divine Attributes in Islamic Theology and Philosophy”, Encina Hall West, Room 208

  • Michael Cooperson: "One day their king will return"
    Thursday, 06 November 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Michael Cooperson, Professor, Near Eastern Languages, UCLA, "One day their king will return": Arabs, Persians, and the imperial imaginary in early Islam", Humanities Center.

  • Middle East Film Series: Wanderers of the Desert
    Thursday, 06 November 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Middle East Film Series: Wanderers of the Desert (directed by Hacer Khemir, Morocco, 1984), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113. (Co-sponsored with the Middle East Collection, SUL-AIR)

  • Middle East Film Series: Beynelmilel
    Thursday, 06 November 2008 at 12:00 AM in Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113

    Middle East Film Series: Beynelmilel (directed by Muharrem Gulmez and Sirri Sureyya Onder, Turkey, 2006), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113. (Co-sponsored with the Middle East Collection, SUL-AIR)

  • Middle East Film Series: Takva
    Thursday, 30 October 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Middle East Film Series: Takva (directed by Ozer Kiziltan, Turkey, 2006), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113. (Co-sponsored with the Middle East Collection, SUL-AIR)

  • "Mystic Iran, The Unseen World"
    Wednesday, 29 October 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Mystic Iran, The Unseen World directed by Aryana Farshad. Screening to be followed by conversation with director. James H. Clark Auditorium (318 Campus Drive)

  • Shahzad Bashir: Pursuing the Secret History of a Hat: Visions and Discourses of a Sixteenth-Century Iranian Sufi
    Thursday, 23 October 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Islamic Studies Workshop: Shahzad Bashir, Professor, Religious Studies. "Pursuing the Secret History of a Hat: Visions and Discourses of a Sixteenth-Century Iranian Sufi", Encina Hall Central, Room 464

  • Middle East Film Series: The Willow Tree
    Thursday, 16 October 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Middle East Film Series: The Willow Tree (directed by Majid Majidi, Iran, 2005), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113. (Co-sponsored with the Middle East Collection, SUL-AIR)

  • John A. Eilts: "What we can do for you, what you can do for us"
    Thursday, 02 October 2008 at 01:00 PM in Encina Hall West, Room 208

    Islamic Studies Workshop: John A. Eilts, Curator, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Stanford University Libraries, "What we can do for you·.what you can do for us", Encina Hall West, Room 208

  • Middle East Film Series: Emigrant
    Thursday, 02 October 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Middle East Film Series: Emigrant (directed by Yusuf Shahin, Egypt, 1994), Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113. (Co-sponsored with the Middle East Collection, SUL-AIR)