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News & Announcements for CSAMES
- Two CSAMES Grad Students Receive Boren Fellowships
University of Illinois graduate students Eduardo Alvarez-Gutierrez and Ambar Flores have received Boren Fellowships from the National Security Education Program (NSEP). Alvarez-Gutierrez and Flores are master’s students in South Asian and Middle Eastern studies. Details here.
- Umair Rasheed Publishes report on Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan
Umair Rasheed, SAMES Graduate student, recently published a news report in the Express Tribune on the latest developments in the Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan. The report focuses just on the decision to integrate minority communities, the revamp of Jamaat's training program, plus changes in organizational structure and expansion of membership.
- University News Bureau highlights Professor Ken Cuno's book on Egyptian marriage
Mention traditional marriage and family and it’s easy to think you’re talking about age-old customs. Those “traditional” ideals and practices, however, are more likely a product of the last two centuries, says University of Illinois history professor Ken Cuno. Read more...
- CSAMES receives two-year grant (Oct.1, 2014-Sept. 31, 2016) from the U.S. Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program to promote South Asian studies on our campus.
To read about the new grant, click here.
- New Book by Dr. Kenneth Cuno featured on Jadaliyya Blog
A new book by Dr. Kenneth Cuno has been featured on the Jadaliyya blog. The book, Modernizing Marriage Family, Ideology, and Law in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt (2015), takes up a fundamental question for political, social, legal, and cultural history: how did we become moderns?
Dr. Cuno is Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois and CSAMES-affiliated faculty.
- CSAMES-affiliated Faculty win Sheth Award
Two CSAMES-affiliated faculty members have won the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement: Dr. Prasanta Kalita, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Dr. Mohammad Babadoost, Professor of Crop Sciences.
"The work that these two scholars have done is tremendously important, and we are proud to call them our colleagues. Please join me in congratulating Professors Kalita and Babadoost on this award, which recognizes the international significance of their endeavors," said Dr. Valerie Hoffman, CSAMES Director.
For more information, click here.
- CSAMES affiliate Rini Bhattacharya Mehta, Assistant Professor of Comparative and World Literature and of Religion, publishes new book
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- Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi receives Conrad Humanities Scholar award
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- New book by Professor Linda Herrera--Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet. Published by Verso, 2014.
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- Varanasi ghats report
Amita Sinha and her students in Landscape Architecture did a site workshop in Varanasi in January 2014 on the restoration of ghats and developed their proposals in the spring semester studio. The goals of the project are to assess the cultural heritage of the ghats and to develop a socially and environmentally sustainable vision for their landscape conservation.
For the complete report, click here.
- Herrera, Linda (Editor) (2014) Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East. (Critical Youth Studies Series) New York: Routledge.
- Sarah Lazare has a co-authored chapter in Mobilized Identities: Mediated Subjectivity and Cultural Crisis in the Neoliberal Era
- My short essay on Wendy Doniger by Rini Bhattacharya Mehta
- Rajmohan Gandhi
Rajmohan Gandhi, emeritus professor and Research Professor of CSAMES, recently visited Pakistan. Click on the links below to view articles about his trip.
- Dr. Sullivan, Professor Emerita, Department of English, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar AwardCongratulations to Dr. Zohreh Sullivan! Dr. Sullivan, Professor Emerita, Department of English, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award for the 2013-14 academic year in Amman, Jordan where she will be teaching at the University of Jordan and conducting research on a project called Writers and the Battlefield of History. The project will reflect on how contemporary Arab writers think through problems of location, dislocation, and historical loss.
- Seven films on Islamic art, architecture, and gardens, written about and presented at the NEH Muslim bookshelf project by Professor Fairchild Ruggles, released.
- University of Illinois Professors Write on Egyptian Politics
- Illinois International Interview with New Middle East Conference Participant Prince Moulay Hicham
Click here to listen to New Middle East conference keynote speaker Moulay Hicham ben Abdallah, Prince of Morocco, Consulting Researcher at Stanford, as he is interviewd on Illinois International: The Changing Middle East, hosted by Nicole Tami, Associate Director for International Engagement, IPS.
Click here for book description and table of contents.
- Title VIa and Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) Grants
- Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois Outstanding Achievement Award Given to Francis A. BoyleAt their annual banquet in downtown Chicago on October 10, 2012, the Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois gave its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award to Francis A. Boyle in recognition of his service to international law. He then gave a speech on Palestine's application for admission to the United Nations Organization and its request for U.N. Observer State status. He serves as legal adviser to the Provisional Government for the State of Palestine on these matters.
- Bruno Nettl, Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthropology and a specialist in the music of Iran, Israel and India, as well as the music of the Blackfoot and many other groups around the globe, has been awarded the prestigious Charles Homer Haskins Prize by the American Council of Learned Societies.
- Professor Mark Dressman taking group through Andalusia and Morocco.
- On October 2, 2012, Professor Asef Bayat to be invested as Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor in Global and Transnational Studies.
- Linda Herrera, Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, has a video interview published in Jadaliyya.
- Feisal G. Mohamed, Professor of English, has an interview with KhaIed Abou El Fadl on the Egyptian courts, the military, and the dissolution of parliament in Dissent.
Please see our new website devoted to the upcoming Conference on The New Middle East to be held October 18-20, 2012. More information will continue to be added as it becomes available.
Professor Prasanta Kalita (Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering) is part of an Illinois research team working to enhance agricultural production in dry areas of Lebanon.
Professor Ken Cuno (History) was featured on "A Minute with Expert on the MIddle East."
Professor Ken Cuno (History) was interviewed by David Inge on WILL Focus 580.
- Professor Valerie Hoffman's book, The Essentials of Ibadi Islam, is now available.
Valerie Hoffman, Professor of Religion and Director of the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, has a new book published by Syracuse University Press.
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- Professor Behrooz Ghamari-Tarbrizi's Book Receives Outstanding Review
Professor Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's book, Islam & Dissent in Postrevolutionary Iran: Abdolkarim Soroush, Religious Politics and Democratic Reform (London: I. B. Tauris, 2008), receives an outstanding review in the International Journal of Middle East Studies.
To read review, click here.
- Rajmohan Gandhi, Reserach Professor in the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Academic Director of the Global Crossroads International Liveing/Learning Community, featured in two articles.
- SILMW 2012 (Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World)
The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies , Center for African Studies, CIBER, Center for Global Studies, European Union Center and REEEC is pleased to host the 4th Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World in summer 2012 (June 11 - August 4, 2012).
SILMW is offering intensive courses in a variety of Muslim world languages, including Arabic, Arabic Translation, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Wolof and Urdu.
SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World and interact with experts in this region. In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW will offer a variety of extracurricular activities designed to enhance classroom instruction, provide additional channels for language contact and practice, and expose learners to the traditions of the Muslim World communities. These extracurricular activities include research forums, picnics, conversation tables, cooking classes, music & dance performances, movie screenings, field trips, lectures and other cultural activities.
- CSAMES Faculty Member Francis Boyle Publishes New Book
Clarity Press has published The Palestinian Right of Return Under International Law by noted author and scholar, Francis Boyle. See http://www.claritypress.com/BoyleVIII.html for details.
- Study abroad in the Middle East or South Asia!
Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a Global Studies course over winter break in India, Israel or Turkey.
New Delhi and Ranchi, India
Experience the impacts of globalization on India, with special focus on its diverse languages and cultures, in both urban and rural contexts. Examine the challenges that transnational cultural integration brings to the Indian identity through debates on maintenance and shift of the local traditions.
Contact: Mithilesh Mishra email@example.com
Department of Linguistics
More information/application http://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/?go=saoWCAindia
Probe the complexities of Istanbul, a city known as the crossroads between the East and the West. Learn about the historical flows of people that have shaped today’s cultural and urban landscape, as well as contemporary challenges of diversity and integration into the EU.
Contact: Ercan Balci firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Linguistics
More information/application http://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/?go=saoWCATurkey
Discover the cultural diversity of Israel and how it is managed within educational, social, and government sectors. Learn about immigration flows into Israel and engage with community leaders and NGOs to understand the policies and practices that support immigrants’ local integration.
Contact: Yore Kedem email@example.com
Department of Religion
More information/application http://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/?go=saoWCAIsrael
- CSAMES Welcomes New Faculty Affiliates in Religion
Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Religion. Dr. Khan completed his PhD in 2009 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He has also obtained an MA in Philosophy from the University of Houston and a BS in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Khan recently concluded a postdoctoral research project in which his research explored aspects of contemporary Islam in Europe. He is currently preparing a monograph which looks at the role of religion and politics on 19th century reform movements in South Asia.
Dov Weiss, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion. Dr. Weiss received his PhD in the History of Judaism from the University of Chicago Divinity School in June, 2011, specializing in rabbinic theology and rabbinic biblical interpretation. Weiss’ dissertation, “Confrontations with God in Late Rabbinic Literature.” examines the history of rabbinic theology and biblical exegesis in the Byzantine period. Prior to attending the University of Chicago, he served as an Instructor of Talmud and Jewish Law at the YCT Rabbinical School in NY.
- Q&A with CSAMES Faculty Member Asef Bayat
With the one-year anniversary of the start of Egypt’s revolution approaching, many are questioning whether the revolution has succeeded or failed, and how to situate the events of the past year in the context of other revolutions. Egypt Independent recently discussed these issues and more in an extensive online conversation with Bayat entitled "Not yet a full-fledged revolution." View the interview at http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/613106.
- CSAMES Faculty Member Asef Bayat's, Life as Politics, Recommended as a Must Read Book
Middle East Scholar, Marc Lynch, recommends Life as Politics, by Asef Bayat, as one of the five must read books on the Origins of the Arab Uprising. Read the interview from The Browser.
- CSAMES Faculty Member Linda Herrera Identifies Another Face of Egypts Youth Movement
Linda Herrera, Professor of Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership, published an article in Jadaliyya. View the article,"V for Vendetta": The Other Face of Egypt's Youth Movement", from May 30, 2011.
- CSAMES Faculty Member Ken Cuno Discusses a Two State System for Israel and Palestine
Ken Cuno, Professor of History, was interviewed on the WCIA Morning Show. View the video for the May 26, 2011 interview.
- CSAMES Director Hadi Salehi Esfahani Publishes Book
Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Professor of Economics and Director of CSAMES, published a book co-edited by Roksana Bahramitash, Research Director of the Chair of Islam, Pluralism, and Globalization at the University of Montreal. The book, Veiled Employment: Islamism and the Political Economy of Women’s Employment in Iran, focuses on the evolving role of women’s employment in Iran and is published by Syracuse University Press.
- CSAMES Faculty Member Asef Bayat Discusses The Sacred and the Secular
- CSAMES Faculty Member Asef Bayat Discusses the Death of Bin Laden
Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology, was interviewed in UIUC's "A Minute With" feature on the impact of the May 1 death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. View the article "A Minute With Middle East Expert Asef Bayat," from May 4, 2011.
- CSAMES Faculty Member Mahir aul Discusses Turkey
Mahir aul, Professor of Anthropology, was quoted in an article entitled "Africans Suffer Discrimination in Turkey Despite Contributions" in the Hürriyet Daily News. View the article from April 13, 2011.
- CSAMES Faculty Member Francis Boyle Discusses Libya
Francis A. Boyle, Professor of Law, was interviewed about the US involvement in Libya on "The Power Hour" with Joyce Riley on February 6, 2011. Listen to the archived interview. (Dr. Boyle's interview begins about 30 minutes into the show.)
Dr. Boyle was also interviewed on this topic on "Black Agenda Radio" on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. Listen to the interview from March 28, 2011.
- CSAMES Director Hadi Salehi Esfahani Discusses Iran on WCIA
Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Professor of Economics, was interviewed on the WCIA Morning Show, on the topic "Examining Iran." View the video from March 10, 2011.
- CSAMES Faculty Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera Discuss the Recent Middle Eastern Protests
Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology, and Linda Herrera, Associate Professor of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, were interviewed in UIUC's "A Minute With" feature on the revolutions, protests, and crackdowns roiling the Middle East. View the article "A Minute With Middle East Experts Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera," from February 25, 2011.
- Ken Cuno, Asef Bayat, and Linda Herrera Give Insight on Egypt
Ken Cuno, Associate Professor of History, and Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology, were interviewed about current events in Egypt on Focus580. View the video from February 10, 2011.
Linda Herrera, Associate Professor of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, was interviewed on WCIA-3's The Morning Show on the topic "Examining Egypt's Upset." View the video from February 9, 2011.