Islamic Studies Lecture Series

2017-2018

Wael Hallaq (Columbia University)

Title: "Conceptualizing the Human: Toward a New Theory of the Subject"

When: April 25, 6:00 PM

Where: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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Sohaira Siddiqui (Georgetown University in Qatar)

Title: "Certainty and Continuity: Epistemology, Law and Politics in al-Juwayni's Thought"

When: February 14th, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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Tony Street (University of Cambridge)

Title: "Reckoning and Recounting: Fakhr Al-Din Al-Razi's Philisophical and Quranic Commentaries"

When: January 31st, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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Guy Burak (New York University)

Title: "Prayers, Commentaries and the Edification of the Ottoman Supplicant (1500-1750)"

When: November 15th, 6:00pm

Where: Mortara Center (located at the corner of 36th and N Streets)

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Ahmet Targon Karamustafa (University of Maryland)

Title: “Vernacular Islam: Historical Perspectives on Muslim Identity.” 

When: October 18th, 6:00pm

Where: Mortara Center (located at the corner of 36th and N Streets)

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2016-2017

Sabine Schmidtke (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

Title: "Preserving, Democratizing, and Studying the World Heritage of Islamic Manuscripts: The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition"

When: 1 March, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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Robert Wisnovsky (McGill University)

Title: "Abduh and the Avicennian synthesis"

When: 2 February, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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A. Kevin Reinhart (Dartmouth College)

Title: “What to think about before we think about (Islamic) ritual”

When: 9 November, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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Fouad Ben Ahmad (Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania, Rabat)

Title: “The Arabic Reception of Averroes in Muslim Spain. New Findings in Ibn Ṭumlūs's Book of Logic”

When: 5 October, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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2015-2016

Asad Ahmed (UC Berkeley)

Title: "Patronage, Sectarianism, and the History of Rationalism in Post-Classical Islam"

When: 13 April, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Conference Room, ICC 241

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Maria Mavroudi (University of California, Berkeley)

Title: "Greek philosophical texts at the court of Mehmed the Conqueror"

When: 16 March, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Conference Room, ICC 241

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DIMITRI GUTAS (YALE UNIVERSITY)

Title: "The History of Science up to Avicenna and the Intentions of the Philosophers after him"

When: 3 February, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Conference Room, ICC 241

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Ahmed Ibrahim (McGill University)

Title: “Child Custody in Islamic and International Law of the 17th to 19th Centuries: A Comparative Legal Approach”

When: 28 October, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Conference Room, ICC 241

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Ahmed El Shamsy (University of Chicago)

Title: “The Epistemology of the Miraculous”

When: 30 September, 6:00pm

Where: ICC 450

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2014-2015

Rumee Ahmed (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Title: “Shari’a 2.0: Islamic Systematics and the Science of Islamic Legal Reform”

When: 22 April, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Joseph Lowry(University of Pennsylvania)

Title: "Law and the Fulfillment of the Law in the Qur'an."

When: 1 April, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Alexander Key (Stanford University)

Title: “Thinking about maʿnā after Richard Frank”

When: 18 March, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Nicolai Sinai (University of Oxford)

Title: “Interpreting the Medinan Qur’ān”

When: 11 February, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Suleiman Mourad (Smith College)

Title: “Why do we need Tafsīr? The Muʿtazila Perspective”

When: 21 January, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Thérèse-Anne Druart (Catholic University, DC)

Title: “Why music matters for language and interpretation: al-Fārābī”

When: 19 November, 6:00pm

Where: ICC 450

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Nadja Germann (University of Freiburg)

Title: "Words and their Meaning: The Problem of Signification (waḍʿ) in Early Islamic Thought"

When: 15 October, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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2013-2014

Michaelle Browers (Wake Forest University)

Title: "Democratic Citizenship and National Identity in Contemporary Arab Political Thought"

When: 14 November, 5:30pm

Where: ICC 462

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Charles Butterworth (University of Maryland)

Title: “Alfarabi on Politics and Legislators as opposed to Lawgivers”

When: 3 October, 5:30pm

Where: Mortara Conference Room 

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Ovamir Anjum (University of Toledo)

Title: "Ibn Taymiyya and the Islamic State"

When: 12 September, 5:30pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241


2012-2013

Fall 2012 - From Late Antiquity to Early Islam

Antoine Borrut (University of Maryland)

Title: "Memory and Power in Early Islamic Syria"

When: 28 November, 6:00pm

Where: Mortara Center

Nancy Khalek (Brown University)

Title: "John the Baptist in Medieval Damascus"

When: 7 November, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Robert Hoyland (ISAW, New York University)

Title: "Arab Conquests or Islamic Conquests?"

When: 24 October, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Jack Tannous (Princeton University)

Title: "What difference did Islam make? Christians, Muslims, and the End of the Ancient World"

When: 26 September, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Spring 2013 - Qur'anic Studies in memory of Barbara Stowasser

Ayesha Chaudhry (The University of British Columbia)

Title: "An Issue of Cosmological Proportions: Constructing Gender in Pre-Modern and Modern Tafsir"

When: 20 March, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Shahab Ahmed (Harvard University)

Title: "The Problem of the Satanic Verses and the Formation of Islamic Orthodoxy"

When: 27 February, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Karen Bauer (Institute for Ismaili Studies)

Title: "Who does the Housework? Interpretations of the Qur?anic Ethics and Etiquette of Marriage"

When: 30 January, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241


2011-2012

Louise Marlow (Wellesley University)

Title: "Between Wisdom and Philosophy: Exemplary Texts in a Tenth-Century Mirror for Princes"

When: 15 March, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Frank Griffel (Yale University)

Title: "Deism in Islam? The Context of al-Ghazali's Condemnation of the Position that God Doesn't Know Individuals"

When: 16 February, 6:00 pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Walid Saleh (University of Toronto)

Title: "Tafsir Studies and the Study of the Past"

When: 26 January, 6:00pm

Where: Mortara Building

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Wadad Kadi (University of Chicago)

Title: "Security Positions Under the Umayyads"

When: 3 November, 6:00pm

Where: Mortara Building

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Baber Johansen (Harvard University)

Title: "The limits of change and contingency in the history of Muslim Law"

When: 6 October, 6:00 pm

Where: ICC 462

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David Powers (Cornell University)

Title: "The Making of the Last Prophet"

When: 15 September, 6:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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2010-2011

Wilferd Madelung (Oxford University)

Title: Social Legislation in Sûrat al-Ahzâb

When: 14 April, 2011

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Jonathan Brockopp (Pennsylvania State University)

Title: "The Lost Manuscripts of Egypt: Reconstructing the Earliest School of Islamic Law"

When: 17 March, 2011

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Fred Donner (University of Chicago)

Title: "How Muhammad’s Movement Became Islam: The Qur’anicization of Early Islamic Political Terminology"

When: 24 February, 2011

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Michael Cook (Princeton University)

Title: "An Early Text of an Epistle of Muhammad b. ‘Abd al-Wahhab"

When: 4 November, 2010

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