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Twenty Girls to Envy Me Book Launch with Marcela Sulak & Marian Schwartz

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 • 7:00 PM

Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705

Join us in celebrating the launch of Twenty Girls to Envy Me (University of Texas Press), an English-Hebrew poetry collection from the Israeli writer Orit Gidali. This event will feature readings and a discussion with the book’s translator, Marcela Sulak.

Film: Silvered Water: Syria Self Portrait

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 • 7:30 PM

Marchesa Hall and Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin

Film: Silvered Water: Syria Self Portrait

International Day of Readings for Ahmed Naji

Thursday, May 12, 2016 • 1:00 PM

PCL Plaza (21st and Speedway)

Film: Miracle

Friday, April 29, 2016 • 6:30 PM

MEZ B0.306

(Mucize, 2015), dir. Mahsun Kırmızıgül (136 min)

The Miracle

Workshop on Late Antiquity presents New Light on the Early Mandaeans

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 • 5:00 PM

Glickman Conference Center - CLA 1.302B

A lecture by Dr. Kevin Van Bladel of The Ohio State University

Dr. Kevin Van Bladel

MORE to the Story: Middle East Conflict in Context: How to Read the News

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 • 6:00 PM

Cactus Cafe (inside Texas Union)

This forum sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and KUT Radio focuses on contemporary events within the Middle East. We will discuss the complexities of the Middle East, going beyond limited media framing.

The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East

Friday, April 22, 2016 • 3:00 PM

Dean's Conference Room, Gebauer 3.312

The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East

Turkish Ottoman Lecture Series presents "Alevi-Bektaşi Expressive Culture"

Friday, April 22, 2016 • 3:00 PM

CAL 516 (Middle East Reading Room)

A lecture & musical demonstration by Ümit Şimşek, UT Scholar in residence.

ISIS: Navigating Conflicts with Non-State Actors

Friday, April 15, 2016 • 8:00 AM

Texas Law Francis Auditorium Townes Hall 2.114

The Just Prince and the Nation: Muslim Patriotism and the Politics of Notables in late Ottoman Egypt, 1860s

Thursday, April 14, 2016 • 5:00 PM

Texas Union - Governor's Room (3.116)

Based on archival documents, petitions to the ruler by local village notables, and Arabic political poetry, this presentation introduces the notion of Muslim patriotism as an ideological tool of legitimating power in khedivial Egypt before and during the British occupation.

Dr. Adam Mestyan

Global Initiatives Toward Cultural Heritage Preservation: Who Owns the Past?

Saturday, April 2, 2016 • 9:00 AM

DFA 2.204

Antiquities Action is hosting our first conference, "Global Initiatives Towards Cultural Heritage Preservation: Who Owns the Past?" We have an exciting lineup of experts from our own campus and beyond, including cultural heritage researchers, art crime lawyers, archaeologists, and manuscript preservation experts.

Global Initiatives Toward Cultural Heritage Preservation: Who Owns the Past?

International Symposium: Cultural and Musical Connections between Turkey and Austria

Thursday, March 31, 2016 • 7:00 PM

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Thursday, March 31 - Saturday, April 2, 2016

Muslims and the National Question: Poetry and Imaginings of India

Thursday, March 31, 2016 • 12:30 PM

Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)

Intimate Enmity: Sectarianism in Muslim South Asia and Beyond

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 • 5:00 PM

CLA 1.302B


MORE to the Story: ISIS in Context

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 • 5:30 PM

Cactus Cafe (inside Texas Union)

MORE to the Story

Film: Facing Mirrors

Thursday, March 24, 2016 • 6:30 PM

BEL 328

2011 | IRAN / GERMANY | 102 MIN

Facing Mirrors

Ancient Near East | The Christian and Jewish Aramaic-speaking communities of Iraq and Iran

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 • 6:00 PM

CLA 1.302B

A lecture by Dr. Geoffrey Khan

Five Years After the Revolution: Tunisia at the Crossroads

Friday, March 11, 2016 • 2:30 PM

GAR 1.102

Offending Liberties: American Controversies about Islam

Thursday, March 10, 2016 • 12:00 PM

AVAYA Auditorium (POB 2.302)

Nadia Marzouki

Film: Silences of the Palace

Friday, March 4, 2016 • 6:30 PM

MEZ 1.306

Moufida Tlatli’s 1994 Tunisian classic Silences of the Palace follows the story of Alia, a wedding singer, who has returned to the palace of her birth after an absence of many years.

Samt al-Qusuur

Transboundary Water Governance in the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin: Hydropolitical History and Current Challenges

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 • 5:00 PM

CLA 1.302B

A lecture by Dr. Aysegül Kibaroglu for the Turkish Ottoman Lecture Series

Dr. Aysegül Kibaroglu

Film: Where Do We Go Now?

Thursday, February 25, 2016 • 7:30 PM

AFS Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin

For centuries the Muslim and Christian inhabitants of a small Lebanese village have lived in relative peace and harmony, but the wars from the outside world have begun causing strife and distrust among the men.

Where Do We Go Now?

Cultural Criticism Through Humor: An Evening with Sayed Kashua

Monday, February 22, 2016 • 7:00 PM

Joynes Reading Room, 2501 Whitis Avenue

Bestselling Israeli-Palestinian author, journalist, and TV show writer Sayed Kashua reflects about the use of humor in his works across genres. Kashua will speak about his weekly column in Israel’s newspaper Haaretz and his hit TV show Arab Labor, and about addressing serious political and social issues through the lens of humor.

Sayed Kashua

Film: Captain Abu Raed

Friday, February 19, 2016 • 7:30 PM

AFS Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin

Widowed and now childless, 70-year-old Abu Raed leads a very uneventful life at home reading one of his 2000 books when not working as a custodian at the Amman airport.

Captain Abu Raed

Islamic Reform and Secularization: Late Ottoman Intellectual Discussions

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 • 5:00 PM

UNB 3.208

A lecture by Dr. Mustafa Gökçek

Dr. Mustafa Gökçek

In and Out of Syria: A Conference on the War and the Refugee Crisis

Monday, February 15, 2016 • 9:00 AM

CLA 1.302B

Scholars and practitioners from the US and abroad whose professional expertise is the study of contemporary Syria and the present-day Syrian refugee crisis will discuss comparative Arab politics, war and state formation, the state of the Syrian opposition, etc.


Film: Fish and Cat

Thursday, February 11, 2016 • 7:30 PM

AFS Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin

With a nod to the continuous single shot of RUSSIAN ARK, the temporal strategies of Richard Linklater, and the meat cleavers of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, Mokri’s film places kite-flying students within easy reach of some sketchy restaurant butchers.

Fish and Cat

5 Years Later: Egypt After the Arab Spring

Thursday, February 11, 2016 • 5:00 PM

CLA 1.302E

This panel will address the future of Islamist politics, secular political parties, and military hegemony over the political process in Egypt, asking: what is Egypt's future following the Arab Spring?

Egypt After the Arab Spring

Palestine in Shadows: A Counter-history of American Racial Politics

Friday, February 5, 2016 • 2:15 PM

Gordon White Building (GWB) Multi-purpose Room

Black Panthers and Palestinian delegations at the first Pan-African Cultural Festival, 1969.

Islamic Studies Graduate Colloquium: What is Islamic about Cholera in 19th Century Egypt?

Friday, February 5, 2016 • 2:00 PM

CAL 516

This colloquium presentation will focus on a portion of my dissertation prospectus describing how Islamic understandings of disease, its spread, and prevention provide a new lens into the social disturbances that accompanied the cholera outbreaks of 1883 and 1885 in Egypt.

Egyptians fleeing the cholera outbreak of 1883 at the port of Boulaq. (Wellcome Collection)

Film: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Thursday, February 4, 2016 • 7:30 PM

AFS Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin

In a time of Palestinian suicide-bombers boarding Israeli buses and an ongoing exchange of bombardment for rockets, a young Israeli girl chooses to reach out to someone “on the other side.”

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Film: Whisper If I Forget

Friday, January 29, 2016 • 6:30 PM

MEZ B0.306

(Unutursam Fısılda, 2014), dir. Çağan Irmak (125 min)

Whisper If I Forgot

The Esotericism of the Talmud: The Sacred Divorce and the Doom of Jerusalem

Thursday, January 28, 2016 • 4:00 PM

CLA 2.402

Professor Kovelman is a distinguished scholar and the author of, among other works, Between Alexandria and Jerusalem: The Dynamic of Jewish and Hellenistic Culture.

UT on ISIS: UT on ISIS: Who are they? What do they want? Why should you care?

Thursday, January 28, 2016 • 12:00 PM

CLA 1.302B

A panel discussion on the history, theology and politics of ISIS.

Islamic Studies Graduate Colloquium: Late Ottoman Nationalist Musical Thought Before Gökalp

Friday, January 22, 2016 • 2:00 PM

CAL 516

Ziya Gökalp's formula for Turkish music in his 1923 book "The Principles of Turkism" is frequently cited by scholars as the primary blueprint for the Turkish music revolution. While not rejecting this view outright, I analyze a collection of late-Ottoman writings on folklore and national music to expose lines of thought that Gökalp appropriates in his formula and that emerge in the Turkish music revolution.

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