Arabic and Islamic Studies 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.


Book Roundtable on Islam without Europe: Traditions of Reform in Eighteenth-Century Islamic Thought by Ahmad Dallal

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



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

Mohammad Fakhreddine

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

When: October 31, 2018, at 12:30pm

Where: ICC 450

Abdullah Alaoudh

Title: "Quasi-Judicial Activism in Saudi Arabia"

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

Where: ICC 450


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

Book Discussion Roundtable

When: November 29, 2017 at 12:30

Where: ICC 450

Anny Gaul

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

When: November 15, 2017 at 12:30

Where: ICC 450

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

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

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

Faculty-led workshop on giving academic presentations

When: September 13, 2017 at 12:30

Where: ICC 450



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**

Roundtable on Shahab Ahmed's book What is Islam? The importance of being Islamic

When: Thursday, March 30th, 12:30pm
Where: Poulton Hall, Rm. 230


Marya Hannun

Title: "Islam and the Environment: an Untold History"

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

Where: Poulton Hall, Rm. 230

Tesneem Akiek

Title: "Ibn al-Qayyim's Aḥkām ahl al-dhimmah"

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

Where: ICC 462

Mike Raish

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

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

Where: Poulton Hall, Rm. 230

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**


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

When: Wednesday October 26th, 12:30pm

Where: ICC 450

2014 - 2015


Title: "Could There Be a Private Language? Ibn Taymiyyah Agianst the Ash'rite Conception of God's Speech"

When: April 23, 4:30 pm

Where: Poulton 230


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

When: March 19, 4:30 pm

Where: Poulton 230

POSTPONED: Robert Ricks

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

When: TBD

Where: TBD

**Lunch will be provided

Robert Ricks 

Title: "Assessing L2 Arabic Vocabulary Knowledge"

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

Where: Poulton 230


Title: "From God's Nature to God's Law: Theology, Law and Legal Theory in Islam"

When: Nov. 5th, 12:30pm

Where: ICC 450 


Enass Khansa

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

When: Nov 4th, 12:15pm 

Where: ICC 450

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

Lunch will be provided