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SEAP Gatty Lecture Series

March 29th, 2018 - 12:00PM-1:30PM

Location: Kahin Center

"The Politics of the Fatwa" Jeremy Menchik, Assistant Professor, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University While anthropologists have developed nuanced theories for the role of fatwas in culture and law, scholars lack a clear explanation for the power of fatwas in politics. What kind of authority do fatwas embody? What are the implications for politics in Indonesia an...

"Exhibiting Mohamedi/Frames of Reference," by Brinda Kumar, CMSP Seminar Series

March 29th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

This talk focuses on the career of the Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990),  whose practice allows us to interrogate assumptions about Islam, Indian identity, and abstraction. Little-known during her lifetime, Mohamedi’s work has garnered increasing attention in recent years. A notable manifestation of this growing interest was the 2015-2016 museum retrospective of the artist&rsq...

SAP Seminar Series: "From Sri Lanka to America: Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and Contemporary Transnational Sufism" by Merin Shobhana Xavier

April 9th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (d. 1986), a Tamil Sufi teacher from Sri Lanka, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in October 1971. His arrival led to the formation of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship (BMF). The Fellowship attracted a community of spiritual seekers with varying affinities to Sufism, Islam, and other religious traditions. With Bawa's death in 1986, he was buried in the Fe...

Kings and Dictators: The Legacy of Monarchy and the New Authoritarianism in Asia

April 13th, 2018 - 12:00PM-6:00PM

Location: Kahin Center

Kingship is both ancient and modern. This conference investigates the history and legacy of monarchy in Asia, as well as the current rise of authoritarianism which frequently involves the revival and manipulation of the legacy of kingship. Presentations and discussion will concern both monarchy in history or today, and how today’s new dictators draw on the legacies of monarchy for the legiti...

"Copts in Context: Embodying Egypt and the Other?," by Nelly van Doorn, CMSP Seminar Series

April 24th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

The Copts of Egypt pride themselves of their long Egyptian heritage that reaches back to the time of the pharaohs. Being the original inhabitants of the land, their community is tightly woven into the social, cultural and ethnic fabric of the Egyptian nation. Staunchly patriotic they prioritize the interest of the country before their own religious communal concerns.  As a result of this atti...

"Of Sailor, Sufis and Danger at Sea: Risk and Protection in the Western Indian Ocean," by Nidhi Mahajan, CMSP Seminar Series

May 8th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

The speaker will focus on sailors from the Gulf of Kutch in India who traverse the Indian Ocean on wooden sailing vessels known as vahans or dhows. These dhows function as an economy of arbitrage, transporting foodstuffs, electronics, diesel, livestock and cars, going where container ships cannot or will not go. Dhows have recently become sinews of war in Somalia and the Middle East, especially as...

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