AIS Graduate Colloquium

The Georgetown Arabic Department Graduate Association (GADGA) is very pleased to present the Arabic and Islamic Studies Graduate Colloquium, a forum in which graduate students have the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects, hold academic workshops, and participate in roundtable discussions. The Colloquium aims at encouraging discussions among graduate students and professors over their research and its contribution to the scholarship in the field. It is also open to discuss works-in-progress by more advanced scholars.

Ali Cebeci — President (2019/2020)
Umar Shareef — Treasurer (2019/2020)

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Title: Portraying Pre-modern Arabic Poetry: lbn Maʿṣūm al-Madanī (d.1709) in His Biographical Dictionary

When: April 27, 2020, 2:00 PM

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 141 (Enter through 241)

Title: Applying for Academic Jobs: Faculty-Led Workshop

When: March 16, 2020, 2:00 PM

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 141 (Enter through 241)

Presenter: Karen McNeil

Title: “Daarija and Changing Writing Practices in Tunisia”

When: November 11, 2019

Where: Poulton Hall, Rm 230

Presenter: Dr. Felicitas Opwis

Title: “Workshop on Presenting at Academic Conferences”

When: October 21, 2019

Where: Poulton Hall, Rm. 230

Presenter: Irene Kirchner

Title: “The Blockchain in Islamic Law – Are cryptocurrencies sharia-compliant?”

When: October 15, 2019, at 4:00 PM

Where: Poulton Hall, Rm. 230

Presenter: Younus Mirza

Title: “Workshop on Writing and Publishing Academic Book Reviews”

When: October 2, 2019, at 2:00 PM

Where: Poulton Hall, Rm. 230


Presenter: Abdullah Alaoudh

Title: “Quasi-Judicial Activism in Saudi Arabia”

When: October 10, 2018, at 12:30pm

Where: ICC 450

Presenter: Mohammad Fakhreddine

Title: “Situating Su’lūk Poetry in the Arabic Literary Tradition”

When: October 31, 2018, at 12:30pm

Where: ICC 450

Presenter: Marya Hannun

Title: “From Cairo to Kabul and Back Again: Exploring Early 20th Century Women’s Movements through the Movement of Women”

When: November 14, 2018, at 12:30pm

Where: ICC 450

This pathbreaking intellectual history of the 18th century Muslim world challenges stale views of this period as one of decline, stagnation, and widespread fundamentalism. Far from being moribund, Dallal argues, the 18th century was one of the most fertile eras in Islamic thought. From the banks of the Ganges to the shores of the Atlantic, Dallal charts in rich detail how intellectuals rethought and reorganized religious knowledge and also the reception and impact of their ideas, showing how ideologies were forged in particular sociopolitical contexts. Reformists’ ventures were in large part successful—up until the 19th century, when the encounter with Europe changed Islamic discursive culture into one that was largely articulated in reaction to the radical challenges of colonialism.

When: November 28, 2018, at 12:30pm

Where: ICC 450




Presenter: Rezart Beka

Title: “Fiqh al-Wāqiʿ [Jurisprudence of Reality] and its Discontents: Salafī Debates on the Role of Reality in Sharīʾa”

When: March 21, 2018 at 12:30

Where: ICC 462

When: September 13, 2017 at 12:30
Where: ICC 450

Presenter: Tesneem Alkiek

Title: “The Limits of Darar: how al-Mahdī al-Wazzānī redefined marriage expectations”

When: September 27, 2017 at 12:30

Where: ICC 550

Presenter: Richard Sutherland

Title: “Women in the “Sharia” economy with a focus on Bangladesh and Malaysia

When: October 17, 2017 at 12:30

Where: ICC 450

Presenter: Mohammed El-Sayed Bushra

Title: “Conceptual Change through Transformation of Linguistic Norms: Tyranny in the Arab Muslim Context”

When: November 1, 2017 at 12:30

Where: ICC 450

Presenter: Anny Gaul

Title: “Mother sauces and civilizing processes: Writing cuisine in Egypt and Morocco”

When: November 15, 2017 at 12:30

Where: ICC 450

When: November 29, 2017 at 12:30

Where: ICC 450


Presenter: Mike Raish

Title: “Measuring the Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency of Written Arabic”

When: Thursday, January 26th, 12:30pm

Where: Poulton Hall, Rm. 230

Presenter: Tesneem Alkiek

Title: “Ibn al-Qayyim’s Aḥkām ahl al-dhimmah”

When: Thursday, February 9th, 12:30pm

Where: ICC 462

Presenter: Marya Hannun

Title: “Islam and the environment: an untold history”

When: Thursday, March 16th, 12:30pm

Where: Poulton Hall, Rm. 230

Presenter: Nick Mangialardi

Title: “Ṣawt-scapes: Sound and Song in Middle East Studies”
When: Thursday, April 20th, 12:30pm
Where: Poulton Hall, Rm. 230

**Food will be Provided**

Presenter: Richard Sutherland

Title: “A New Perspective on the Ottoman Safavid War of 1623-39”

When: Wednesday October 26th, 12:30pm

Where: ICC 450

Presenter: Mohammed Bushra

Title: “Dissection of a Digital Debate with Dāʿish: Muḥammad al-Masʿarī vs. Turkī al-Binʿalī on Tawḥīd, Shirk, and ʿIbādah”

When: Wednesday November 16th, 12:30pm

Where: ICC 241 (CCAS Boardroom)
**Food will be provided**

2014 – 2015

Presenter: Abdul-Rahman Mustafa

Title: “From God’s Nature to God’s Law: Theology, Law and Legal Theory in Islam”

When: Nov. 5th, 12:30pm

Where: ICC 450 

Presenter: Robert Ricks – POSTPONED

Title: “Hard Language or Hardest Language?: Moving Beyond the Myth of Arabic Difficulty”

When: TBD

Where: TBD

**Lunch will be provided**

Presenter: Robert Ricks

Title: “Assessing L2 Arabic vocabulary knowledge”

When: February 27, 12:15 pm (Lunch will be served)

Where: Poulton 230

Presenter: Tuve Floden

Title: “More Than Oneself: How Muslim Televangelists Empower Individuals to Change the World”

When: March 19, 4:30 pm

Where: Poulton 230

Presenter: Abdallah Soufan

Title: “Could there be a private language? Ibn Taymiyyah against the Ash’arite conception of God’s speech”

When: April 23, 4:30 pm

Where: Poulton 230

Arabic and Islamic Studies Symposium

Presenter: Enass Khansa

Title: “Conceptions of Authorship in 4th/10th c. Literature”.

When: Nov 4th, 12:15pm

Where: ICC 450

**Lunch will be provided**

Presenter: Nabil al-Hage Ali

Title: “Men of Mosques: Early Religious Education and Activism in Shi’i Lebanon (1969-1974)”

When: Nov. 20, 12:15pm

Where: Poulton 230