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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



MENA Lit Chat: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

Reading - Literary: MENA Lit Chat | April 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Michael David Lukas, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Join bestselling author and CMES Program Coordinator Michael David Lukas for a conversation about his new novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, "a beautiful, richly textured novel" centered around a thousand-year old synagogue in Cairo.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



Islamic Texts Circle: Muhammad in the Qur'an

Workshop: Islamic Texts Circle | April 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Asad Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue....   More >


RSVP by calling 5106428208, or by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City

Lecture: Lecture Series | April 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Nora Fisher-Onar; E. Fuat Keyman

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Panelists will discuss their new volume Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City (Rutgers University Press, 2018) which asks: What does Istanbul teach us, for better or for worse, about living with the Other? The interdisciplinary group of contributors hail from politics, international studies, area studies, urban studies, sociology, anthropology, and geography. Chapters examine...   More >

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



Reimagining Morocco's Cultural Heritage for the 21st Century

Lecture: Lecture Series | April 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Ashley Miller, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


In July of 2011, King Mohammed VI of Morocco (r.1999-present) endorsed a constitutional referendum that acknowledged his country’s plural identities and histories in an unprecedented way, describing a Moroccan national identity “forged through the convergence of its Arab-Islamic, Amazigh, and Saharan-Hassanic components, nourished and enriched by its African, Andalusian, Hebraic, and...   More >

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



State of Emergency and State of Lawlessness: Turkey’s Contemporary Political Predicament

Lecture | April 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Hüseyin Levent Köker

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


A substantially significant aspect of constitutionalism is to limit state power even under states of emergencies. Accordingly, “emergency rule” under constitutionalism is not “exceptional”, “extralegal”, therefore “unlimited” form of rule. Turkey, with its relatively long albeit troubled tradition of constitutional government is no exception. Thus, according to the Turkish Constitution (1982),...   More >

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



MENA Salon: IDF Fires on Palestinians at the Gaza Border

Workshop: MENA Salon | April 13 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Contemporary Armenian Writing and the Parameters of the Literary

Conference/Symposium | April 14 | 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Siranush Dvoyan, Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia; Myrna Douzjian, Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley; Hayk Hambardzumyan, Associate Professor, Department of Armenian Literature, Yerevan State University; Vahram Danielyan, Lecturer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia; Talar Chahinian, Lecturer, Department of Comparative World Litearture and Classics, California State University, Long Beach; Krikor Beledian, Author, Former Associate Professor of Armenian Literature, National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations; Hagop Gulludjian, Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles; Marc Nichanian, Visiting Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program


Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Stephan Astourian, Department of History and William Saroyan Director of the Armenian Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley

Morning Session - Literature in Armenia
9:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
“Repression, Rehabilitation and Silence: An Uknown Episode from the Soviet-Armenian Experience” | 9:45 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Siranush Dvoyan,...   More >

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



The Question of Judeo-Arabic: Nation, Partition, and the Linguistic Imaginary: CMES Distinguished Visitor Lecture

Lecture | April 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Ella Shohat, New York University

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Professor Ella Shohat, 2018 CMES Distinguished Visitor, teaches at the departments of Art & Public Policy and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at New York University. She has lectured and written extensively on issues having to do with post/colonial and transnational approaches to Cultural studies. Her writing has been translated into diverse languages, including: French, Hebrew, Arabic,...   More >

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



MENA Salon: A Chemical Attack and Airstrikes in Syria

Workshop: MENA Salon | April 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Events in Syria over the past two weeks have ignited a diplomatic firestorm and raised a number of questions about action against the Syrian government. What were the airstrikes meant to accomplish? Will they alter the course of Syria’s Civil War? Will they have an impact on international relations and law? We will consider these and other questions in this week’s MENA Salon.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Cal Day 2018: Berkeley Students Respond to Syria

Panel Discussion | April 21 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Berkeley students

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


As we enter the 8th year of the war in Syria, how are UC Berkeley students engaging with this humanitarian catastrophe? This panel will discuss research opportunities on critical issues of public health and human rights, the challenges of studying and writing about Syria, and participation in student organizations and activism on campus and beyond.

Rahma Arafa, Public Health, 4th...   More >

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

Lecture | April 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Alexander Bevilacqua, Associate Professor of History, Williams College

Department of History, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a pioneering community of Christian scholars laid the groundwork for the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization. These men produced the first accurate translation of the Qur’an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote Muslim history using Arabic sources. The Republic of Arabic Letters...   More >

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran

Lecture: Lecture Series | April 26 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in date


Nahid Siamdoust, Yale University

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies (San Francisco State University)


Music is an alternative and revealing way for studying post-revolutionary Iranian society and politics. In this book talk, Nahid Siamdoust discusses music as a potent cultural register that facilitates political expression and communication, while tracing the evolution of cultural and social policy making in Iran. Drawing on over five years of research in Iran, including the 2009 protests, she...   More >

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



MENA Salon

Workshop: MENA Salon | April 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic.



Rape as a Weapon of War: Yazidi Women Break the Silence: Keynote Address at the 2018 Near Eastern Studies Graduate Student Conference

Conference/Symposium: Special Events | April 27 | 5-8 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


miriam cooke, Duke University

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Keynote Address by miriam cooke, Duke University, at 5:00 pm.
Reception to follow at 6:30 pm, with music by Fathi Al-Jarrah.

Day 1 of the Near Eastern Studies Graduate Student Conference
Hard Times: Critical Approaches to Crisis and its Aftermath

Saturday, April 28, 2018