Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture

Sexagon book cover

Mehammed Mack will give a talk on his recently published book, Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture. “Engaging the nexus of race, gender, nation, and sexuality, Sexagon studies the broad politicization of Franco-Arab identity in the context of French culture and its assumptions about appropriate modes of sexual and gender expression, both gay and straight” [Fordham Univ. Press]. Mack is Assistant Professor of French Studies at Smith College.

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm | Sawyer Library, Mabie Rm.

* Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, French, Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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The Arabic Cooking Club

The Arabic Cooking Club invited the members of the Moroccan and Indonesian Think Tanks to dinner. They were on campus for the Ghana ThinkTank – WCMA collaboration, and the three Moroccans, Nadia, Mariam and Mehdi, immediately jumped in to prepare couscous, almond biscuits, and Moroccan mint tea with students.

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Mapping the Realm of Islam / تصوير مملكة الاسلام

Map of Mekka

Professor Zayde Antrim (Trinity College) will introduce in this lecture the earliest and most enduring mapping tradition devoted to representing a superregion shaped by Islamic civilization. Emerging from the context of early Arabic geographical writing, the maps that make up this tradition were simultaneously a product of and argument for the diversity of the “realm of Islam” as consolidated by Muslim rulers between the eighth and tenth centuries, as well as its internal and external connectivity.

Griffin Hall, 7 | Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Sponsored by Arabic Studies, History, Global Studies, Religion, Spanish, and Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Arabic in a Changing World: Cultural and Pedagogical Implications

A talk by Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal
University of Texas, Austin
Co- author of Alif Baa and Al-Kitaab fii tacallum al-cArabiyya

This talk will discuss the changes and challenges within the Arabic teaching profession in the US in the past fifteen years. It will also highlight some of the linguistic and cultural changes that Arabic is currently undergoing in the Arab world and the implications of these changes for the learning and teaching of Arabic as a world language.

Thursday, March 2 at 4:00pm | Schapiro 129

Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Asian Studies, the Davis Center, Anthropology and Sociology, Romance Languages, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

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Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

Arabic Calligraphy Workshop, Williams College

In a workshop on Sunday, January 15, 2017, Elinor Aishah Holland introduced the participants to the basics of Arabic script calligraphy, its rich cultural context, as well as the techniques involved in this classical art form.

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Therí Pickens, Politics and Poetics of Breath: The Poetry of Suheir Hammad

Therí Pickens

A Talk by Therí Pickens, Associate Professor of English, Bates College
Suheir Hammad, spoken word poet & actress, builds upon the poetic traditions of Black feminist poetry and hip-hop to articulate a vision for Palestinian identity. She mobilizes the specificity and mechanics of breath to analyze and mark existence. What does it mean when you breathe in a world that won’t let you be?

Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00pm | Hollander 241 Center

Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Lecture Committee, Comparative Literature, Romance Languages, Africana, English and Davis Center

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Trump Travel Ban

Trump Travel Ban

Arabic Studies invites you to attend a special roundtable on the recent travel ban that President Trump imposed on predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. In this informal roundtable, Professors Jacqueline Hidalgo (Latina/o Studies), Magnus Bernhardsson (History), Diala Al-Masri (CDE), and Zaid Adhami (Religion) will lead an interdisciplinary debate about the legal and ethical ramification of this executive order and its significance in the larger geopolitical and cultural landscape of borders, race, immigration and refugees as well as US domestic and foreign policy towards the Arab and the Muslim worlds.

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Screening of Roshmia (Salim Abu Jabal, 2014)

Salim Abu Jabal, a Ramallah-based Syrian filmmaker from the occupied Golan Heights, will present the film and offer a Q & A session afterwards. This first feature-length documentary is recipient of the “Special Jury Prize” at the 2014 Dubai International Film Festival.

May 5, 7pm in Paresky Auditorium
In Arabic with English subtitles.

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The Arab Caliphate Remade: Writing Vizier Culture from Iran to the Red Sea

Conscious of the increasing use of the word caliphate today, Professor Samuel England will attempt to shed light on the caliph’s dynamic historical identity in Classical Arabic. He will focus on the political, geography-themed literature that proliferated in the tenth century to sharpen our definition of the caliphate as a cultural space rather than a modern revival of a medieval state.

Samuel England is Assistant Professor of African Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin. His research interests focus on classical Arabic poetry, medieval court cultures of the Middle East and the western Mediterranean, and al-Andalus and Spain.

Sawyer Library, Mabie Room | Tuesday, March 15 at 4:15pm-5:30pm

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Arabic Script History: From Musnad to Jazm

Saad Abulhab

Talk by Saad D. Abulhab, an internationally known Arabic type designer.

Thursday, April 30, 4:30, Griffin 7

Sponsored by Program in Comparative Literature

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