A program of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations,
with the generous support of the Carolina Seminars

1994-2001

1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

Starred events are sponsored by the Seminar.
(Other events are recommended but not Seminar-sponsored.)

Maps and directions: UNC-CH, Duke, NCSU


 October 25, 1994: Miriam Cooke and Akram Khater (Seminar members), "War Photography and Music in Lebanon in Relation to the Problematic Category of Popular Culture."

 November 15, 1994: Carl Ernst (convenor), "Local Cultural Nationalism as Anti-Fundamentalist Strategy in Pakistan."

 December 6, 1994: Tony Stewart (member), "Literature and Religion of Satya Pir: Processes of Accomodation and Appropriation."

 January 25, 1995: Katherine Ewing (member), "Lacanian Subject and Sufi Desire from al-Ghazali to Iqbal."

 February 8, 1995: Joshua Landis (member), "Nationalism and Popular Culture in the Mashriq."

 March 27, 1995: Edmund Burke, III (guest), UC Santa Cruz, "Orientalism and World History."

 March 29, 1995: Vincent Cornell (member), "Hasanid Shi'ism, Sharifism, and the Prophetic Inheritance: The Moroccan Origins of at-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya."

 September 28, 1995: Devin Stewart, "The Shi'ite Theory of Occultation in the Maqamat of Al-Hamadhani (or, Elvis in the Baghdad Date Market)."

 November 1, 1995: Art Buehler, "The Development of the Sufi Pir as an Infallible Authority."

 January 30, 1996: Bruce Lawrence, Carl Ernst, and Art Buehler, "First International Congress of Professors of Persian Language and Literature."

 March 28, 1996: Sumaiya Hamdani, "Sunni-Shi'i Polemics in Ifriqiya during the Fatimid Period."

 April 9, 1996: Gilles Kepel, "Social Structure of Islamist Movements."

 April 17, 1996: Muhammad Qasim Zaman, "Arabic and the Arab Middle East in the Definition of Muslim Identity in Twentieth Century India."

 April 25, 1996: Olga Davidson, "Epic as Framed for Performance Boasting in the Persian 'Book of Kings.'"

 October 2, 1996: Farzaneh Milani (University of Virginia), "From Cinderella to Barbie: Women's Segregation in the Muslim World."

 October 30, 1996: Miriam Cooke (Duke University), "Listen to the Image Speak."

 February 19, 1997: Muhammed Abu-Niimer (Guilford College), "Dispute Resolution in Tribal Societies."

 March 5, 1997: Muhammad Kalam (University of Madras), "Muslims in Britain: Changing Visibility."

 April 3, 1997: Papiya Ghosh (Bihar University), "Situating 'South Asians' in North America."

 May 7, 1997: Birgit Schaebler (Germany), "The `Ammiyya of Jabal Hauran: Shaykhs, Peasants, and the Ottoman State."

 July 13, 1997: Nasrollah Pourjavady (Iran University Press, Tehran), "The Early Development of Sufism in Khurasan."

 August 27, 1997: Jamal Malik (Bonn/Bamberg Universities), "The Mulla and the State: Dynamics of Muslim Scholars and their Institutions in Contemporary South Asia."

 December 10, 1997: Sarah Shields (University of North Carolina), "Ottoman Land Reform of 1858: Unexpected Struggles for the Rural Surplus."

 March 9, 1998: George Saliba (Columbia University), "The Periodization of Islamic Intellectual History: Problems and Perspectives."

 March 31, 1998: Talat Halman (Bilkent University, Ankara), "Rumi & the Whirling Dervishes: The Poetry of Ecstasy."

 April 8, 1998: Charles Kurzman (University of North Carolina), "Mashrutiyat and Meshrutiyet: Constitutionalism in the Middle East in Comparative Perspective."

 May 22, 1998: Carl Ernst (University of North Carolina), "Miniature Illustrations of Yogis in the UNC-CH Manuscript of the Persian translation of The Pool of Nectar."

September 11, 1998: Carl Ernst (UNC-CH, Religious Studies), "Hafiz, Rumi, and the Performance of Sufi Music," Introductory talk. M. R. Lotfi, Concert, Improvisational Persian Music. 8:00 p.m., NCSU.

September 30, 1998: Carl Ernst (UNC-CH, Religious Studies), "The Spiritual and Literary Legacy of Rumi." Introductory talk, The First Annual Rumi Festival. 9:00 p.m., Carrboro Arts Center.

 November 17, 1998: Fatos Tarifa (UNC-CH, Sociology, Albanian Ambassador to the Netherlands). "Albania, Kosova, and Islam." 7:30 p.m., National Humanities Center.

 January 14, 1999: Adeeb Khalid (Carleton College), "The Trajectory of Muslim Modernism in Central Asia, 1890-1925." 7:00 p.m., University Center for International Studies, 223 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
(co-sponsored by theCenter for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, and UCIS).

January 26, 1999: Charles Kurzman (UNC-CH, Sociology), "Liberal Islam" -- book event and reading. 3:30 p.m., Bull's Head Bookstore, UNC-CH.

 February 1, 1999: Imam W. Deen Mohammed (Muslim American Society), "The Role of Islam in America." 8:00 p.m., 100 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH.

 March 3, 1999: Chouki El-Hamel (Duke, History), "Race and Slavery in Pre-Colonial Morocco:  the Question of the Harratin." 7:00 p.m., National Humanities Center.

 April 8, 1999: John Voll (Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding, Georgetown University), "Islam, Democracy, Modernity." 7:30 p.m.. University Center for International Studies, 223 East Franklin Street, UNC-CH (in conjunction with UNC-CH Workshop on Democracy and Democratization).

 April 19, 1999: Abdullahi An-Na`im (Emory University, School of Law), "Islam, Human Rights, and Terrorism: Shared Responsibilities at Home and Abroad." 12:15 pm. Breedlove Seminar Room, Duke University (co-sponsored by Duke University Seminar on Globalization and Equity).

June 15, 1999: Middle Eastern musicians led by Hugh Talat Halman, Reception for National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, on "The Literature of Islamic Mysticism." 8:00 p.m., home of Carl Ernst (call 929-4594 for directions).

 June 29, 1999: Joint presentation by Carl Ernst (UNC-CH, Religious Studies) and Bruce Lawrence (Duke, Religion), "The Chishti Niche in the Global Spiritual Network," a chapter from the forthcoming book Burnt Hearts: The Chishti Sufi Border in South Asia and Beyond. Co-sponsored by Triangle South Asia Consortium.
8:30 p.m., home of Carl Ernst (call 929-4594 for directions).

 September 13, 1999: Shemeem Abbas (Allama Iqbal Open University), "The Feminine Voice in Pakistani Sufi Music." 5:00 p.m., Duke University, Gray 212.

October 2, 1999: Carl Ernst (UNC-CH, Religious Studies), "The Zikr of the Whirling Dervishes." Introductory talk, The Second Annual Rumi Festival of Chapel Hill. 8:00 p.m., Great Hall, Carolina Union, UNC-CH.

 October 28, 1999: Two talks: (1) Michael Peletz (Anthropology, Colgate University), "Malaysian Resurgents."  (2) Carrie Wickham (Emory University), "Religious Sources of Opposition Activism in Mubarak's Egypt." 5:00-8:00 p.m., National Humanities Center.

 February 4, 2000: Nabil Abdelfattah (Western Michigan University), "Mental Processing and the Development of Reading Comprehension Strategies among Beginning and Intermediate Arabic Students." 

 February 14, 2000: Walid Hamarneh (University of Texas at Austin), "Under The Jealous Gaze of the Real: Narrative, Subjectivity and Legitimacy in the work of Edward Kharrat."

 February 18, 2000: Nadia Yaqub (Duke U.), "The Tale of Those Who Did Not Travel: Reading Yahya al-Tahir `Abdullah's 'The Neckband and the Bracelet' as Sirah."

 April 25, 2000: James Gelvin (UCLA, History), "'Pious' Ulama and 'Overly-Europeanized Falsifiers' and the Debate About the 'Woman Question' in Early Twentieth-Century Damascus." 7:30 p.m., University Center for International Studies.

 September 21, 2000: Lisa Pollard (University of North Carolina at Wilmington), "Education as a Site of Colonial Resistance in Turn-of-the-Century Egypt." 7 p.m., University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH, 223 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

 October 16, 2000: Azizah al-Hibri (University of Richmond), "The Muslim Marriage Contract in America." 7 p.m., University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH, 223 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

 October 17, 2000: Henry Azar (History, UNC-CH), Medicine in Muslim Spain: The Legacy of Avenzoar (Ibn Zuhr) of Seville; Carl Ernst (Religious Studies, UNC-CH), Sufism and the Interior Pilgrimage According to Ruzbihan Baqli of Shiraz (d. 1209). 7 p.m., University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH, 223 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

 Oct. 30, 2000: Saeed Shafqat (Civil Services Academy, Lahore, Pakistan), "Between Madrassahs and MacDonald's: The Rise of a New Religious Group, the Lashkar-i Tayyiba, and the problem of Democratic Framework in Pakistan." Co-Sponsored by the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies. 8 p.m., University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH, 223 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

 January 29, 2001: Jonathan P. Berkey (Davidson College),"Popular Preachers, Storytellers, and Religious Authority in the Medieval Islamic Near East." 7 p.m., University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH, 223 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

 February 28, 2001: Muhammad Qasim Zaman (Brown University), "New Roles of Religiopolitical Activism in Contemporary Islam: A Comparative Perspective on the Sunni `Ulama.'" 7 p.m., University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH, 223 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

 March 27, 2001: Bruce Lawrence (Duke University), "Muslim Networks and the Information Age." 7 p.m., University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH, 223 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

 April 24, 2001: Gregory S. Starrett (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), "Technology and Market Forces in Islamic Education." 7 p.m., University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH, 223 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. [an error occurred while processing this directive]