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 2021. Registration links can be found in the announcement for each event on this page.

Convener Fall 2021: Marina Rustow

Convener Spring 2022: TBA

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Upcoming Events

The “Qarmathian” Qur’an: From the Mausoleum to the Museum

Mon, Oct 25, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Alya Karame, American University of Beirut
Respondent: Umberto Bongianino, Oxford University

Location: zoom
Audience: Open to public
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Patterns of Institutional and Elite Transformation in Early Modern Yemen (15th - 17th Centuries)

Mon, Nov 1, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

After receiving my BA (2012) and MA (2014) from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia, I spent six formative years in Princeton University’s PhD program in Near Eastern Studies and completed a dissertation on the development of the Zaydi imamate in Yemen (15th-17th centuries).

Location: zoom
Audience: Open to public
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The Rhythm of Shafts: Thoughts on Pattern Notations for Lampas Weaves in the Medieval Islamic World

Mon, Nov 8, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Corinne Mühlemann is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, at the Centre for Textile Research. In her current research, she focuses on the pattern notation systems of complex weaves, the transfer of craft knowledge between Baghdad and the Iberian Peninsula as well as the status of textile...

Location: zoom
Audience: Open to public
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Book launch: Four Central Asian Shrines: A Socio-Political History of Architecture

Mon, Nov 15, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

R. D.

Location: zoom
Audience: Open to public
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Barley, Wheat, and Ex-Communication: A Study of Judeo-Persian Correspondence from Eleventh-Century Bamiyan

Mon, Nov 22, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Ofir Haim

Respondent: Eve Krakowski or Marina Rustow

Location: zoom
Audience: Open to public
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The Comrades of the Ship: Quranic Narrative and Early Muslim Accounts of Women Emigres to Abyssinia

Mon, Nov 29, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker:  Hamza M. Zafer, University of Washington

Respondent: Michael Cook, Princeton University

Location: zoom
Audience: Open to public
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Does the Reader Make the Book? The Reception of Ibn Ṭūlūn’s Autograph Manuscripts (16th-20th Centuries)

Mon, Dec 6, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

TBA

Location: zoom
Audience: Open to public
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