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2005 Agenda


Friday, Feb. 18, 3-5 p.m.

Seminar: “Rethinking Intellectual History in Middle East Studies”

Israel Gershoni, Assoc. Prof. of Middle Eastern History, Tel Aviv University


Location: Garrett Hall Conference Room



Tuesday, March 1, 9:30-11a.m.

Seminar: "Slaving in the Islamicate: Muslims, Merchants, and Military Rulers"

Joseph Miller, Prof. of African History, UVA


Location: Garrett Hall Conference Room



Thursday, March 24, 7-9 p.m.

Panel: “The New Europe : How New Will It Be?”

Soli Özel, Prof. of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University

Lecture: “How Good a ‘Date’ Will It Be? Turkey and the European Union”

Arista Cirtautas, Asst. Prof of Politics, UVA

Comment: “The European Union in Eastern Europe ’s View”


Location: Kaleidoscope Room, Center for Cultural Fluency,

Newcomb Hall—3 rd floor




Friday, March 25, 11:30-5 p.m.

Symposium: “Democracy in the Middle East: Past, Present, and Future”

Session I: The Democratic Past ( 11:30 a.m. -- 1 p.m. )

Charles Kurzman, Assoc. Prof. of Sociology, UNC-Chapel Hill

“Parallels and Intersections in the Constitutional Revolutions of 1905-1912”

Comment: Elizabeth F. Thompson, Assoc. Prof. of History, UVA


Session II: The Present and Future of Democracy ( 2:30-5 p.m. )

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Prof. of Sociology, American University in Cairo

“Prospects for Democracy in the Arab World”

Soli Özel, Prof. of Politics, Istanbul Bilgi University

“Unlikely Democrats: The Turkish Republic and Islamic Parties”

Comment and Concluding Discussion:

William Quandt, Prof. of Politics, UVA

David Waldner, Assoc. Prof. of Politics, UVA


Location: Harrison-Small Auditorium (The new Special Collections Library)



Friday, April 8

Seminar: “ Pakistan’s Strategic Perception and History: The Problem of Linearity”

Ayesha Siddiqi, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad


Time and Location to be announced.



Tuesday, April 19, 9:30-11a.m.

Seminar: “The Moroccan State: Changing Conceptualizations Since Independence”

Mohammed Kenbib, Prof. of History, Mohammed V University , Rabat , Morocco


Location: Newcomb Hall Boardroom


Wednesday April 20, 7-9 p.m.

Lecture: “Muslims and Jews Living Together: The Moroccan Experience”

Mohammed Kenbib, Prof. of History, Mohammed V University , Rabat


Location: Minor Hall Auditorium



2004 Agenda

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Professor Mahmood Mamdani
Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Anthropology Department
Columbia University

Will give a talk on:

"Good Muslim, Bad Muslim:
America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror"

3:30pm - 5pm, McKim Hall


Friday, November 5, 2004

Professor Mahmood Mamdani
Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Anthropology Department
Columbia University

"Postcolonial Citizenship in Africa"

Workshop hosted by the Woodson Institute

11am-2pm Commonwealth Room, Newcomb Hall
(box lunches will be served)


Friday, October 15, 2004

Abdulaziz Sachedina
Department of Religious Studies
University of Virginia


Working Paper to be presented to The Workshop on Muslim Societies
(Not for citation without author’s permission)

12:00 - 2pm, Newcomb Hall Board Room


Friday, October 1, 2004

Juan R. I. Cole, Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan and author of the pre-eminent weblog on Iraq, www.juancole.com, delivered a presentation entitled “Shi’ite Religious Leaders and Politics in America-Dominated Iraq.” Professor Cole outlined the history of Shi’ite leadership in Iraq, and the historical role that the Shi’ite population has played in the country, providing some insights into the current political and religious movements influencing post-war rebuilding efforts and the American occupation.