<< April 2019 >>

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Robert Morrison: Scientific Exchange at the Courts of Mehmed II and Bayezid II

Lecture: Lecture Series: MENA Lit Chat | April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Robert Morrison, Bowdoin College

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The courts of the Ottoman sultans Mehmed II (d. 1481) and Bayezid II (d. 1512) were, on one hand, the site of significant developments of earlier scientific traditions inherited from Iran and Central Asia. On the other hand, scholars at the Ottoman court were more interested than their predecessors in the scientific culture of non-Islamic societies. Important science came east while the science...   More >

Friday, April 5, 2019

MENA Salon: The Christchurch Massacre and responses from MENA

Workshop: MENA Salon | April 5 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.
On March 15th 2019, a self-claimed white nationalist walked into a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand killing and wounding scores of worshippers during the Friday prayer. As the massacre sent shockwaves around the world, leaders responded with condolences and grief,...   More >

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Dimitri Gutas | The Qur'an of the Elite: Avicenna's "Isharat" and the Development of Paraphilosophy as "Islamic" Philosophy

Lecture: Lecture Series | April 9 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dimitri Gutas, Yale University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies

Avicenna's Isharat constitutes a turning point in the history of philosophy in Islam. It was at one point labeled as "the Qur'an of the elite," and Avicenna himself was dubbed as "the seal of the philosophers." The significance of these developments and the contents of the Isharat are analyzed in an effort to understand the direction which scientific thought took after Avicenna toward the...   More >

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Exhibit Opening: "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here"

Reading - Literary | April 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is hosting a selection of pieces from "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" through the end of the semester. Join us for the Opening of the exhibit, where curator and co-editor of the anthology of the same title, Beau Beausoleil will speak about this project. He will be accompanied by a selection of readings from the 2012 anthology "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts...   More >

Kabul, City in the Wind

Film - Feature | April 11 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The deep-seated effects of decades of conflict in Afghanistan are memorably revealed through the lives of three Kabul residents in Aboozar Amini’s mesmerizing observational documentary. In this deeply personal and resonant film, the resilience of Abas, a sensitive bus driver whose meager livelihood is jeopardized when his vehicle breaks down, is juxtaposed with the situation of two young...   More >

Friday, April 12, 2019

MENA Salon: Turkey's Municipal Elections - A New Beginning?

Workshop: MENA Salon | April 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Turkey held municipal elections on Sunday March 31st after a highly polarized campaigning process, spearheaded by the People’s Alliance of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party and Devlet Bahceli’s Nationalist Action Party. Being the first elections after the new...   More >

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Islamic Texts Circle: Moses and Jesus in the Qur'an

Workshop: Islamic Texts Circle | April 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 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 emailing cmes@berkeley.edu by April 16.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Michael Cook: "Muslim Sectarianism: Past and Present"

Lecture: Lecture Series: MENA Lit Chat | April 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Michael Cook, Princeton University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Michael Cook, Class of 1946 Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University

Tehran, City of Love

Film - Feature | April 18 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Three Tehran residents, unlucky in love, make attempts to change their solo status in this wistful and poignant film. A bodybuilder, a funeral singer, and a woman who works in a beauty clinic—each character finds that the pursuit of their respective dreams puts them in sight of a real emotional connection, yet something intervenes. By examining the circumstances that derail his protagonists...   More >