Near Eastern Studies Seminar Series

The Seminar Series is a weekly lecture and discussion organized by the Near Eastern Studies Department and Program. Leading scholars in the field are invited to speak on a range of topics relating to the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Previously called the “Brown Bag Lunch Talks,” the series has been running since the 1970’s. It meets on Mondays at noon while the university is in session. The events are open to the public and usually take place in Jones Hall 202. Due to the pandemic, our events will take place virtually in Fall 2020. Registration links can be found in the announcement for each event on this page.

Convener Fall 2020: Lara Harb

Convener Spring 2021: Jonathan Gribetz

To view NESS Webinar Recordings, click here.

Upcoming Events

Arbiters of Divorce: Islamic Marriage Law and Indian Secularism

Mon, Oct 5, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Katherine Lemons
Respondent: Satyel Larson, Princeton University

Location: Zoom webinar
Audience: Open to the public -Registration required
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Print and the Arabo-Islamic Renaissance

Mon, Oct 19, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Ahmed El Shamsy, The University of Chicago
Respondent: Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

Location: Zoom Webinar
Audience: Open to the Public - Registration Required.
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The Literary Qurʾan

Mon, Oct 26, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Hoda El Shakry, University of Chicago

Respondent: Yasser.Elhariry, Dartmouth College

Audience: Open to the Public - Registration Required.
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Mapping Medicine with the Platonic Cosmos in the Medieval Islamicate World

Mon, Nov 2, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Aileen Das, Universisty of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Respondent: Brooke Holmes, Princeton University

Location: Zoom meeting
Audience: Open to the Public - Registration Required.
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Of Two Worlds: Ottoman Muslims Between Empire and Nation (1878-1908)

Mon, Nov 9, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Milena Methodieva, University of Toronto

Respondent: M. Sukru Hanioglu, Princeton University

Location: Zoom Webinar
Audience: Open to the Public - Registration Required.
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The Islamic Age of Communication

Mon, Nov 16, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Beatrice Gruendler, Freie Universitat Berlin

Respondent: Lara Harb, Princeton University

Location: Zoom Webinar
Audience: Open to the Public - Registration Required.
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Sirat 'Antar and formation of Arab tribal identity in Mamluk Egypt

Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 1:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Yossef Rapoport, Queen Mary University of London
Respondent: Marina Rustow, Princeton University

Location: Zoom Webinar
Audience: Open to the Public - Registration Required.
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