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 2021-2022: Marina Rustow

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Upcoming Events

Islamic Judgeship, Sectarian Narratives, and the Medieval Legal Genre of “Judicial Protocols (Adab al-Qāḍī)

Mon, Jan 31, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Raha Rafii, University of Exeter

Respondent: Intisar Rabb

Raha Rafii is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, ERC Project Law and Learning in Imami Shi'i Islam (LAWALISI), University of Exeter.

Location: Zoom
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Interwar Medical Sciences and the Search for Ancient Races at the American University of Beirut

Mon, Feb 7, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Elise Burton, University of Toronto

Respondent: Jonathan Gribetz, Princeton University

Location: Zoom
Audience: Open to public
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Dēn and Discourse: Mapping the Contours of Zoroastrian Thought in Pahlavi Literature

Mon, Feb 14, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Yuhan Vevaina, Oxford University

Respondent: Daniel Sheffield, Princeton University

Location: Zoom
Audience: Open to public
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Princely Taste and Text Emendation in Timurid Iran

Mon, Feb 21, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Shiva Mihan, Institute for Advanced Studies

Respondent: Domenico Arturo Ingenito, UCLA

Location: Zoom
Audience: Open to public
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How Persian Slaves Freed Themselves in Nineteenth-Century Central Asia: Two Case-Studies of Emancipation

Mon, Feb 28, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Jeff Eden, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Respondent: Paolo Sartori, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Location: Zoom
Audience: Open to public
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Empire of Debt: Finance, Violence, and Accounting in the Ottoman Age of Crisis, 1770-1840

Mon, Mar 14, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Ali Yaycıoğlu, Stanford University

Location: Zoom
Audience: Open to public
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Idle Talk and Information: Reporting Transgression, Punishment, and Knowledge in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire

Mon, Mar 28, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Oscar Aguirre Mandujano, University of Pennsylvania

https://live-sas-www-history.pantheon.sas.upenn.edu/people/faculty/oscar...

Location: Zoom
Audience: Open to public
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The Complete Book of Siraj al-Din al-Sakkaki: How to Win Jinn and Influence People

Mon, Apr 4, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Emily Selove, University of Exeter

Location: Zoom
Audience: Open to public
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TBA

Mon, Apr 11, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Elizabeth Saleh, American University of Beirut

Location: Zoom
Audience: Open to public
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The Naqshbandiyya Mujaddidiyya in China

Mon, Apr 18, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Rian Thum, University of Manchester

Respondent: Ali Gibran Siddiqui, Princeton University

Location: Zoom
Audience: Open to public
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TBA

Mon, Apr 25, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Speaker: Kristina Richardson, Queens College, City University of New York

Location: Zoom
Audience: Open to public
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