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The Cornell International Fair

August 30th, 2017 - 11:30AM-2:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: First Floor Terrace

The Cornell International Fair showcases the many options for students to internationalize their Cornell experience. It invites undergraduate and graduate students to explore international and global study on campus and abroad. Students will be able to talk with faculty and staff about study abroad, exchanges, language study, international majors/minors, fellowships, internships, courses with inte...


"Border Walls and the Politics of Becoming Non-Human" by Miriam Ticktin, CMSP Seminar

September 7th, 2017 - 4:30PM-5:30PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

In this talk I am concerned by the ways in which border walls and zones come not simply to defend (for example, certain territories), but also to define  -- that is, to shape or alter categories of natural and human kinds. I will suggest that border walls -- such as those at the border of (predominantly Christian) Spain and (predominantly Muslim) Morocco, as well as between France and the Uni...


"Sahelian Muslim Women, Lived Islam, and Ethical Aesthetics" by Ousseina Alidou, CMSP Seminar

September 18th, 2017 - 4:30PM-5:30PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Since the 1990s Sahelian African countries with both majority and minority Muslim populations have been experimenting with democratic systems that have resulted in both political pluralism (with a gendered dimension), and a renewed place for Islam in both private and public spheres. This dialogue will highlight the prominent roles Sahelian Muslim women are playing in these democratization struggle...


"Early Islamic Internationalism: The Case of the Lost Caliphate" by Mona Hassan, CMSP Seminar

October 2nd, 2017 - 4:30PM-5:30PM

Location: White Hall

Room: 106

In her recent book Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History, Mona Hassan explores the myriad meanings of the caliphate for Muslims around the world through the analytical lens of two key moments of loss in the thirteenth and twentieth centuries. Through extensive primary-source research, Hassan explores the rich constellation of interpretations created by religious scholars, histori...


"Islam and Muslims between Central Asia and China: An Historical Perspective" by Ron Sela, CMSP Seminar

October 19th, 2017 - 4:30PM-5:30PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Relations between China and Central Asia have been attracting considerable attention of late. Along with China’s economic expansion efforts, the hunt for new sources of energy, and so-called “new Great Game” or “new Silk Road” strategies and rivalries, scholars and pundits have tended to emphasize unfolding political alliances in challenging or containing Islam. In...


"Rare Islamic Books in the Kroch/Olin Library Collection" with Curator Ali Houissa, CMSP Seminar

November 2nd, 2017 - 3:00PM-4:00PM

Location: Kroch Archives, Curatorial Space

Room: Basement 2 Level

Our CMS seminar today will be led by Ali Houissa, Curator of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in Kroch Library, who will be hosting a group to come and see precious objects in the library's collection about Islam.  We have many world-class books, some of them centuries old, which show the history and evolution of Islam over a long period, and across many cultures.  This is a wonder...


"The Politics of the Non-Political: Carpet Merchants of the Holy City of Qum" by Narges Erami, CMSP Seminar

November 16th, 2017 - 4:30PM-5:30PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

In the early 1990s, carpet-producing merchants in the holy city of Qum, a pilgrimage destination and Iran’s center for Shi’i knowledge and learning, enjoyed unprecedented autonomy within the Islamic Republic of Iran.  By creating a professional association, called the ittiḥādīyih, the merchants developed a reputation for honesty and fairness. While the ittiḥādīyih, as an o...


"United in Eclecticism: The Last Ulama of Bukhara" by James Pickett, CMSP Seminar

November 30th, 2017 - 4:30PM-5:30PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

The Arabic term "ulama" is ubiquitous in most studies of Islam. The direct translation is relatively straightforward: "those who know." But who were the ulama, exactly? What were the contours of this social group, and what explains its endurance throughout the long run of history? This study focuses on Islamic scholars in Central Asia from the eighteenth through early twentieth...

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