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Film: Fish and Cat

Thursday, February 11, 2016 • 7:30 PM

AFS Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin

With a nod to the continuous single shot of RUSSIAN ARK, the temporal strategies of Richard Linklater, and the meat cleavers of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, Mokri’s film places kite-flying students within easy reach of some sketchy restaurant butchers.

Fish and Cat

5 Years Later: Egypt After the Arab Spring

Thursday, February 11, 2016 • 5:00 PM

CLA 1.302E

This panel will address the future of Islamist politics, secular political parties, and military hegemony over the political process in Egypt, asking: what is Egypt's future following the Arab Spring?

Egypt After the Arab Spring

Palestine in Shadows: A Counter-history of American Racial Politics

Friday, February 5, 2016 • 2:15 PM

Gordon White Building (GWB) Multi-purpose Room

Black Panthers and Palestinian delegations at the first Pan-African Cultural Festival, 1969.

Islamic Studies Graduate Colloquium: What is Islamic about Cholera in 19th Century Egypt?

Friday, February 5, 2016 • 2:00 PM

CAL 516

This colloquium presentation will focus on a portion of my dissertation prospectus describing how Islamic understandings of disease, its spread, and prevention provide a new lens into the social disturbances that accompanied the cholera outbreaks of 1883 and 1885 in Egypt.

Egyptians fleeing the cholera outbreak of 1883 at the port of Boulaq. (Wellcome Collection)

Film: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Thursday, February 4, 2016 • 7:30 PM

AFS Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin

In a time of Palestinian suicide-bombers boarding Israeli buses and an ongoing exchange of bombardment for rockets, a young Israeli girl chooses to reach out to someone “on the other side.”

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Film: Whisper If I Forget

Friday, January 29, 2016 • 6:30 PM

MEZ B0.306

(Unutursam Fısılda, 2014), dir. Çağan Irmak (125 min)

Whisper If I Forgot

The Esotericism of the Talmud: The Sacred Divorce and the Doom of Jerusalem

Thursday, January 28, 2016 • 4:00 PM

CLA 2.402

Professor Kovelman is a distinguished scholar and the author of, among other works, Between Alexandria and Jerusalem: The Dynamic of Jewish and Hellenistic Culture.

UT on ISIS: UT on ISIS: Who are they? What do they want? Why should you care?

Thursday, January 28, 2016 • 12:00 PM

CLA 1.302B

A panel discussion on the history, theology and politics of ISIS.

Islamic Studies Graduate Colloquium: Late Ottoman Nationalist Musical Thought Before Gökalp

Friday, January 22, 2016 • 2:00 PM

CAL 516

Ziya Gökalp's formula for Turkish music in his 1923 book "The Principles of Turkism" is frequently cited by scholars as the primary blueprint for the Turkish music revolution. While not rejecting this view outright, I analyze a collection of late-Ottoman writings on folklore and national music to expose lines of thought that Gökalp appropriates in his formula and that emerge in the Turkish music revolution.

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