Conferences and Lectures


Divination, Astrology, and Prophecy

Miraculous Epistemologies in Islamic Alexander Legends

Featuring Professor Anna A. Akasoy (Hunter College and Graduate Center, CUNY)

Hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University

When: November 13, 2018, 3:00 pm

Where: New North 204



When: November 5, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Where: ICC 141 (Enter through 241)

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Silicon Valley has shown indifference to communities who use the Arabic script in many different languages. For Arabic characters are diminished by the computing industry standard of Unicode, which cannot account for the calligraphic legacy of Arabic with its complicated orthography and elaborate script rules.

Thomas Milo will present a new concept, independent of Silicon Valley restraints, that preserves the characteristics of Arabic-related script--and that has the potential to be developed into a comprehensive solution suitable for browser-based applications. This new concept is embodied in the Mushaf Muscat, the Omani electronic edition of the Qur'an, launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman.

This event is for Georgetown faculty, students, and staff interested in digital design, Arabic script, and/or the politicization of technology.

About Thomas Milo:

Thomas Milo is a linguist (Slavic, Turkic, Arabic), researcher, and pioneer of Arabic font technology, who works in a team with a designer-architect (Mirjam Somers), an aircraft engineer (Peter Somers), a mathematician (Stan Jesmanowicz) and a designer-artist (Lara Captan). Thomas Milo has been working to bridge the gap between scholarship and computer technology since the 1980s, with a focus on Cyrillic and Arabic text encoding and modeling traditional Islamic scripts. He holds the Peter Karow award for exceptional innovations in digital type and typography and represents the Sultanate of Oman as full member of the Unicode Consortium.

Co-hosted by:

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS)
The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies (AIS)
The Communication, Culture, and Technology Program (CCT)


Event in Arabic (Register here)

When: October 29, 2018, 12 pm

Where: ICC 270

Event in English (Register here)

When: October 29, 2018, 6:15 pm

Where: ICC 141

Saud Alsanousi is the author of the award winning novel The Bamboo Stalk, which takes an unflinching look at the lives of foreign workers in Arab countries and confronts the universal problems of identity, race, and religion.


Co-hosted by:

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS)

The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies (AIS)


Demonstration, Experience and Science in ancient and Medieval Philosophy

When: April 19, 2018, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Where: Baker Scholars Room, Regent's Hall, 5th floor

Speakers: Jean De Groot (The Catholic University of America), Ricardo Strobino (Tufts University), Jon McGinnis (University of Missouri, Saint-Louis), Gloria Frost (University of Saint-Thomas in St.Paul)

Organizers: David Bronstein, Emma Gannagé, Neil Lewis




Co-organized by the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies and the Department of Philosophy, Center for Medieval Philosophy at Georgetown University

For information, contact the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University (202-687-2735 or or the the Department of Philosophy at Georgetown University (202-687-7487 or


How L'Etranger Became the Stranger

Featuring Alice Kaplan (Yale University)

When: February 7, 2018 at 5:00pm
Where: Copley Formal Lounge


Saddam and al-jahiz - learn arabic in Basra

Featuring Samuel England (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

When: November 16, 2017 at 5:00pm
Where: ICC 462




“Byzantium, the Arabs, and the Rise of Islam” gathers leading scholars to explore areas that interested the late Irfan Shahîd. Within the broad framework of the relations between Byzantium and its Arab neighbors, speakers investigate a wide array of sources, from epigraphic and archaeological materials to the canon of Arabic poetry. Topics include the religion of the pre-Islamic nomads of Arabia, the Christian presence in the Arabian Peninsula and the Levant, and the possible pre-Islamic Arabic translation of the Bible.

When: October 13, 2017

Where: Georgetown University and Dumbarton Oaks

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Georgetown University, CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

 2:00–5:15 p.m. Dumbarton Oaks, The Oak Room 1700 Wisconsin Avenue NW

5:15–6:00 p.m. Reception in the Oak Room

Speakers: Ahmad Al-Jallad (Leiden University), Nadia Maria El Cheikh (American University of Beirut), Sidney Griffith (The Catholic University of America), Robert Hoyland (New York University), Walter Kaegi (University of Chicago), Maria Mavroudi (University of California, Berkeley), Jack Tannous (Princeton University), Alan G. Walmsley (Macquarie University/Dumbarton Oaks)

Organizer: Emma Gannagé, Georgetown University




Registration Required: Dumbarton Oaks Registration


Co-organized by the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University

and Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection


Cosponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Medieval Studies Program at Georgetown University


For information, contact the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University (202-687-2735 or or Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (202-749-8269 or



first millennium network

Apocalypse and Eschatology in the First Millennium

When: Friday April 28th Where: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)



Muriel Dubié (École pratique des hautes études, Paris)
Matthew Gabriele (Virginia Tech)
Annette Reid (University of Pennsylvania)
Stephen Shoemaker (University of Oregon)

With special thanks to:

Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University

Department of History, University of Maryland

CAS & AIS Co-sponsored lecture with Professor greg thomas

Please join us and CCAS for a lecture by Professor Greg Thomas on "George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine" with an introduction by Professor Elliott Colla, on October 4th, from 6:00-8:00pm in the CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241).


In Praise of the divine beauty: The Philosophy of Ptolemy and its Greek, Arabic and Hebrew Reception

When: May 3rd - 4th, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Where: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

Organizer: Emma Gannagé


Alain Bernard (Centre A. Koyré, Paris); Alan Bowen (IRCPS, Canada); Jacqueline Feke (University of Waterloo); Gad Freudenthal (CNRS, Paris); Emma Gannagé (Georgetown University); Damien Janos ; Alexander Jones (ISAW, New York); Maria Mavroudi (University of California at Berkeley); George Saliba (Columbia University, New York).




A Talk by Professor George Saliba

“Experimentation in Arabic Science and Philosophy: Exploring the Concept of I‘tibār.”
When: Wednesday March 5th, 6:00pm
Where: CCAS Board Room, ICC 241

This talk will focus on a representative sample of medieval Arabic texts which employ the term I‘tibār or its derivatives and try to explore the various meanings in which this term was understood. It will also explore its relationship to what we now call experimentation, in a variety of fields including literary, scientific, as well as philosophical domains.  

Book Launch with Professor Jonathan Brown: "Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy"

Professor Jonathan Brown will be discussing his new book, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy. Lunch will be provided.
When: Thursday February 5th, 12:30pm
Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

The Lady from Tel Aviv

The Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies and the Center for Contemporary Studies invite you to a reading event, Translation Workshop, of the "The Lady from Tel Aviv" by Raba'I Al-Madhoun  (Author) and Elliott Colla (Translator).
When: Feb. 26th, Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Sultan Qaboos Lecture:

"Irony, Teleology and 'Stopping at the Ruins' Al-Ma`arri's Luzumiyyat and the Poetics of 11th century Syria"

Please join us Thursday, October 30th at 6pm in the CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241) for the inaugural Sultan Qaboos Lecture with Dr. Suzanne Stetkevych.

Reception to Follow.