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The Apocalypse and the End of History: Modern Jihad and the Crisis of Liberalism

Tue, Oct 26, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

On October 26, please join Suzanne Schneider for a discussion of her new book, The Apocalypse and the End of History: Modern Jihad and the Crisis of Liberalism, which delves into the politics and the ideology of the Islamic State (or ISIS as colloquially known).

The Crisis in Afghanistan: America’s Involvement and the Implications of its Imminent Withdrawal

Thu, May 13, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Afghanistan is potentially on the verge of another civil war and Kabul might fall to the Taliban. The recent bombing of a girls’ school is perhaps a tragic foretaste of what is in store.

The Past and Future of the Iraqi city of Mosul

Tue, Apr 20, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

The city of Mosul has had a complex and contested history in modern times and no more so than in the recent decade. This talk will describe the rich and diverse social, political and religious makeup of Mosul’s society before its fall to the Islamic State in 2014 and then the multiple ruptures this group caused in its fabric.

An Arabian Port in Global Perspective: Jeddah, the Gate to Mecca from the mid-19th to mid-20th Centuries

Thu, Apr 15, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

In this presentation, Ulrike Freitag introduces her recent book, A History of Jeddah (CUP 2020). The city is characterized by a specific brand of cosmopolitanism which resulted from its unique position as a hub of trade and Muslim pilgrimage. Before the oil boom, this was reflected in the population, but also in the urban fabric and...

The History of Jihadism in Europe and its Evolution, 1989-2021

Tue, Apr 13, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Recent jihadist attacks have roiled a number of European Union countries and made newspaper headlines. Little attention, however, has been paid to the specific history of jihadism in Europe or to the social and political geography that its followers occupied as they joined jihadist movements in Syria and Iraq in the last decade.

The Iranian Revolution: A Precursor to Worldwide Populism?

Wed, Apr 7, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Forty years ago, the Islamic Republic was taking shape in Iran. The outcome of this process was far more than a regime change: it upended Iran’s social order. The country’s new rulers prided themselves on their provincial non-elite background, and they have been pursuing nativist populist policies ever since.

Politics at the Periphery: Local Governance and Regime Consolidation in Postwar Lebanon

Wed, Mar 31, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

This talk will examine the local dimensions of order and disorder in contemporary Lebanon. Despite extraordinarily regressive social policies and poor public goods provision, Lebanon's postwar regime has remained in power and withstood recent anti-government mobilization.

CANCELLED: The Last Shah: America, Iran, and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty

Wed, Mar 17, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Author Ray Takeyh will speak on his recent book, The Last Shah: America, Iran, and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty (Yale University Press, 2021) that tells the history of America and Iran from the time the last shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was placed on the throne in 1941 to the 1979 revolution that brought the present Islamist...

Global Jihad and Movements of Rage

Tue, Feb 9, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Author Glenn Robinson will speak on his recent book, Global Jihad: A Brief History (Stanford University Press, 2021) that provides an interpretive history of the phenomenon of global jihad. Robinson argues that global jihad has had four distinct iterations, each with its own initiating crises and each with its own distinctive...

Public Lecture with Ambassador Samantha Power

Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Amb. Samantha Power is the former U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and the William D. Zabel ’61 Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School.

Humor and Social Mobilization in the Maghrib: The Case of Algeria

Tue, Nov 17, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

This presentation suggests that humor plays a critical role in the building of social non-movements. It will do so through an analysis of the role of humor in the Middle East and North Africa’s first mass uprising resulting in a move towards democracy: Algeria’s October 1988 Revolution.

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Vision and Implementation: The Political Economy of Development in the GCC

Jessie Moritz
Postdoctoral Research Associate, TRI

Tuesday, April 10, Noon
102 Jones Hall


Sectarianism and Conflict in the Middle East

Hanin Ghaddar
Washington institute for Near East Policy

and

Karim Sadjadpour
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Thursday, April 12, 12:30 PM
Aaron Burr Hall, room 219


The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Can the “Outside-In” Approach Get the “Ultimate Deal” Done?

Salam Fayyad
Visiting Senior Scholar and Daniella Lipper Coules '95 Distinguished Visitor in Foreign Affairs, WWS

Tuesday, February 27 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Jihadi Culture: the Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists

Thomas Hegghammer
Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo

Robyn Creswell
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University, and poetry editor of The Paris Review

Bernard Haykel
Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12 Noon
102 Jones Hall


Diplomatic Front Lines: Syria and Iraq under Bush and Obama

Ambassador Ryan Crocker
Diplomat in Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School
Executive Professor at Texas A&M University

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12 Noon
102 Jones Hall


Royal Revolution in Saudi Arabia

Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi journalist, columnist, and author

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 12 Noon
219 Aaron Burr Hall


Journalism and Gender in the Contemporary Middle East: Reporting on Women’s Issues in Authoritarian Contexts

Katherine Zoepf
Journalist and author of "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World"

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 12 Noon
102 Jones Hall


Syria's Disappeared: The Case Against Assad

Mouaz Moustafa, Executive Director
Syrian Emergency Task Force

Mazen Al Hummada
Activist & Torture Victim

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 12 Noon
102 Jones Hall


Saudi Arabia: From Defense to Offense but How to Score?

Karen Elliott House
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12 Noon
102 Jones Hall


Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West

Gilles Kepel
Paris Institute for Political Science, SciencesPo

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12 Noon
102 Jones Hall


Visions from Abroad: Historical and Contemporary Representations of Saudi Arabia

Mona Khazindar
Cultural Advisor to the President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 12 Noon
219 Aaron Burr Hall


Loving (and Hating) for the Sake of God in Salafi Islam

Daniel Lav
Postdoctoral Fellow
The Transregional Institute, Princeton University

Wednesday, April 26, Noon
102 Jones Hall


Nadia’s Story: Yazidi Genocide and ISIS Crimes Against Ethno-Religious Minorities in Iraq and Syria

Nadia Murad
Human Rights Activist

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
McCosh Hall, Room 50; 6:00 pm


Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis: A Syrian Civil Society Perspective

Massa Mufti-Hamwi
Co-founder and Chair
Sonbola Group for Education & Development

Friday, April 7, Noon
102 Jones Hall


The Dawn of Printing in the Middle East -- Hurdles and Practice

Ami Ayalon
Professor Emeritus of Modern Middle Eastern History
Tel Aviv University

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
12:00 noon, 202 Jones Hall


“Partners in the United Nation”: Islamist Attitudes towards Coptic Egyptians in Post-Revolutionary Egypt (2011-2013)

Anna Hager
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University

Tuesday, December 6
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


Violence against Women as a Social Determinant of Health: The Case of Saudi Arabia

Hala Aldosari
Visiting Scholar
The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

Thursday, November 17
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


Syria’s Crucible and Lebanon’s Potential Future

Joseph Bahout
Visiting Scholar, Middle East Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Thursday, November 10
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


The Role of Shiite Militias and Iran’s Policies in the Middle East

Hanin Ghaddar
Inaugural Friedmann Visiting Fellow
The Washington Institute

Tuesday, October 25
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


How is the Syrian Regime Constituted? The Enigma of a Security State

Daniel Gerlach and Naseef Naeem
Zenith Council, Berlin

Friday, October 14
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


Moderation, Radicalization or Both? The Trials and Tribulations of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan

Joas Wagemakers
Assistant Professor of Islamic and Arabic Studies at Utrecht University

Tuesday, October 4
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


The Roman, Jewish and Christian Past of the Maghreb: Colonial Legacy or National Heritage?

Slimane Zeghidour
Senior Editor at TV 5 Monde, France

Tuesday, April 12
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


Reflections on “the State” in Arabia

Michael Crawford
Former Senior British Foreign Service Officer

Tuesday, April 5
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


The Current State of Egyptian Islamism

Samuel Tadros
Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom

Tuesday, September 22
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


The Copts of Egypt: A Community under Siege

Samuel Tadros
Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom

Monday, September 21
4:30 pm, 102 Jones Hall


The Arab Exception?

Max Rodenbeck
Middle East Bureau Chief
The Economist

Tuesday, March 31
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


Politics of identity or language policies? From Erdogan to Atatürk

Emmanuel Szurek
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Insitute of Transregional Studies, Princeton University

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


ISIS – Daesh Now: Notes from the Underground

Sadik J. Al-Azm
Visiting Fellow, TRI

Tuesday, March 3
12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


Syria: Snapshots of History in the Making
(Syria, 2014, 53”)

The Abounaddara Film Collective
Screening and discussion with Charif Kiwan
Founder of Abounaddara

Monday, February 16, 2015

7:00 pm, 100 Jones Hall


Ibn Taymiyya as a Philosopher in Contemporary Islamic Discourses

Prof. Dr. Georges Tamer
Lehrstuhl für Orientalische Philologie und Islamwissenschaft
FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


Sectarian Apocalypse: The Syrian Civil War Explained by Islamic Prophecies of the End Times

William McCants
Director, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World
The Brookings Institution
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


The Political Islam Problem: Is the Middle East Exceptional?

Shadi Hamid
Fellow, Project on U.S.-Islamic World Relations
Saban Center for Middle East Policy
The Brookings Institution

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


The Israel-Hamas Conflict and Palestinian National Reconciliation

Hussein Ibish
Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

12:00 noon, 202 Jones Hall


Family Trees, Ancestor Shrines, and the Aesthetics of Politics in the Arab Gulf

Nadav Samin
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
SSRC-Princeton University

Wednesday, April 23

12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


 

Identity in a Global Era

Amin Maalouf
Novelist and member of the Académie française

 

Wednesday, April 9

4:30 PM, 100 Jones Hall


Muslim Jurists, the Modern Nation State, and Fatwas in a Time of Revolution

Mu'taz Alkhatib
Producer, Al-Jazeera’s “Sharia and Life” Program

 

Thursday, February 27

12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


Trouble and Strife: Resolving Decades of Conflict over the Sovereignty of the Western Sahara

Samir Bennis
Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief
Morocco World News

 

Thursday, February 20

12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


Syria in Revolt

Sadik Jalal al-Azm
Visiting Scholar
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

4:30 pm, 100 Jones Hall


The Ottoman Dynasty's Legal Claims and the Rise of the Imperial State Madhhab

Guy Burak
The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Librarian
Bobst Library, New York University

 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

12:00 noon, 102 Jones Hall


Syria, What's Next?

Joshua Landis
Director for the Center of Middle East Studies and
Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

12:00 Noon
102 Jones Hall


 

The Arab Uprisings and the Persistence of the Old Order

Hisham Melhem
Washington Bureau Chief, Al-Arabiya Television
Correspondent of Beirut's Al-Nahar Newspaper

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

12:00 Noon
102 Jones Hall


Cronyism in Egypt

Ishac Diwan
Lecturer on Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

12:00 Noon
102 Jones Hall


Syria: from uprising to regional conflict? The Explosive Interplay of Local Dynamics and Regional Politics

Emile Hokayem
Senior Fellow for Regional Security
International Institute for Strategic Studies

Thursday, October 24, 2013

12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Oil for Food: The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East

Eckart Woertz
Senior researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

12:00 Noon
102 Jones Hall


In the Shadow of the Syrian War: Sectarianism in the Arab Gulf States

Frederic Wehrey
Senior Associate in the
Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
12:00 Noon
102 Jones Hall


Syria, the United States, and the Future of the Middle East

Jon Alterman
Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Director,
Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
4:30 PM
100 Jones Hall


The Evolution of Intellectual Production in the pre-Ottoman Middle East: Empirical Evidence from Hajji Khalifa's Kashf al-Zunun

Eric Chaney
Assistant Professor of Economics
Harvard University

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Arab Businesses and the Revolution

Giacomo Luciani
Princeton Global Scholar and The Transregional Institute

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
4:30 PM
100 Jones Hall


Offshore Citizenship: A Market Solution to the "Problem" of Migrant Incorporation

Noora Anwar Lori
Research Fellow, International Security Program
Harvard University

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Expat/Expert Camps: Toward a New Ethnography of Gulf Labor Migration

Neha Vora
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Lafayette College

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Resource Blessed: the GCC Development Experience

Giacomo Luciani
Princeton Global Scholar and the Transregional Institute

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Is There a Conception of the Political in Sunni Fiqh? A Bottom-Up Perspective

Mohammad Fadel
Associate Professor of Law
University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
4:30 PM
100 Jones Hall


On Autocracy and the Transition Towards Democracy in the Arab Region

Samir Makdisi
Professor Emeritus, American University of Beirut

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
4:30 PM
100 Jones Hall


Islam and Exile in the 18th Century Indian Ocean

Michael Laffan
Professor of History
Princeton University

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Talk Therapy - Yemen, the National Dialogue and Prospects for Transition

Barbara Bodine
Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, WWS
Director, Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Sufis and Politicians in Sixteenth Century Egypt

Adam Sabra
Professor of History and King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Bombay Parsis and the Rediscovery of Ancient Iran, 1850-1900

Daniel Sheffield
Link-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts
Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Debating Women's Mosque Access in Sixteenth-Century Mecca

Marion Katz
Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies
New York University

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Military Monolith or Subcontractor State? The Politics of Privatization in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Kevan Harris
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Hezbollah Facing the Lebanese State: a Special Case of Political Islam (1982-2012)

Aurélie Daher
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Transregional Institute, Princeton University

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall

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A Familiar Presence: Muslims in Europe (16th-18th Century)

Lucette Valensi
Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Turkish Foreign Policy: The Promise and Peril of Neo-Ottomanism

Michael Reynolds
Associate Professor Near Eastern Studies

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


The Cultural Politics of the Syrian Revolution

Max Weiss
Assistant Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


Rightsizing America's Role in the Middle East

Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer
S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
12:00 Noon
202 Jones Hall


The Gulf States' Response to the Arab Spring Uprisings

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi
Columnist from the United Arab Emirates

Monday, November 5, 2012
12:00 Noon
102 Jones Hall


Azerbaijan: Crossroads of a Region in Flux

Ambassador Elin Suleymanov
Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
12:00
202 Jones Hall

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Of Empires and Citizens: Pro American Democracy or No Democracy at All?

Amaney Jamal
Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Workshop on Arab Political Development at Princeton University

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
12:00
202 Jones Hall


The Arab Spring and the New Arab Public Sphere

Marc Lynch
Associate Professor of political science and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
12:00
202 Jones Hall


If Rice were a Man: Twelver and Ismaili Reception of an early Shi’i Hadith

Samer Traboulsi
Associate Professor of History of the Middle East and the Muslim World at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and Research Fellow at TRI, Princeton University

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
12:00
202 Jones Hall


A Woman in the Crossfire

Samar Yazbek
Novelist, journalist and author of “A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution”

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
4:30 p.m.
219 Aaron Burr Hall


Syria: State of Barbarism

Bernard Haykel
Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Director, Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, Princeton University

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
12:00
202 Jones Hall


The Struggle for Syria Revisited

April 25, 2012, 12:00
102 Jones Hall

Carol Hakim
Visiting Associate Research Scholar
Princeton University


Political Economy of Arab Revolutions: Analysis and Prospects for North-African Countries

April 18, 2012, Noon
102 Jones Hall

Elias Mouhoub Mouhoud
Professor of Economics
Université Paris Dauphine


Will Economics Derail the Arab Spring: the Case of Tunisia

April 17, 2012, 12:00 p.m.
Jones 102

Francis Ghilès
Senior Research Fellow
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs


The Redirection of Saudi Aramco's Investment Strategy and Its Global Implications

April 12, 2012, 12:00
102 Jones Hall

Giacomo Luciani
Princeton Global Scholar


The Military and the Arab Springs

March 29, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Jones 100

Robert Springborg
Department of National Security Affairs
Naval Postgraduate School


Economic Challenges Facing Egypt’s New Order

March 28, 2012, 12:00 p.m.
102 Jones Hall

Robert Springborg
Department of National Security Affairs
Naval Postgraduate School


Sudan after the Secession of the South: Missing Petrodollars and the Quest for an “Agricultural Renaissance"

March 14, 2012, 12:00 noon
Jones 102

Eckart Woertz
The Transregional Institute & Princeton Environmental Institute
Princeton University


Structural Inefficiencies of Islamic Courts: Ottoman Justice and Its Implications for Modern Economic Life

February 21, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Jones 100

Timur Kuran
Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies
Duke University


Lebanese-Syrian Relations in a Time of Revolution: Blurred Lines and Cross Purposes

February 15, 2012, 12:00 noon
Jones 102

Andrew Arsan
Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University


Seminar on "Whither the Arab State?"

January 11-13, 2012

Al-Ghat, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

co-sponsored with the Abdulrahman Al-Sudairy Foundation

Participants: Paul Salem, Gregory Gause, Nathan Brown, Asli Bali, Samer Shehata, Lisa Anderson, Abdulkhaleq Abdallah, Joshua Landis, Saud al-Sarhan, Marina Ottaway, Abdulwahid Humaid, Stephen Walt, Lama Al Sulaiman, Ziad Al-Sudairy, Bernard Haykel


Workshop on "Weak Dollar, Expensive Oil"

December 4, 2011

Participants: Muhammad Al Jasser, Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, Giacomo Luciani, Princeton Global Scholar, Ed Morse, Citi, Harold James, and others


From Popular Uprisings to Political Transition: Reflections on the Tunisian Revolution

November 22, 2011

100 Jones Hall, 5:00 PM

Malika Zeghal, Harvard University


Workshop on the Arab Spring Revolutions

November 18-19, 2011

Participants: Olivier Roy, Amaney Jamal, Farhad Khosrokhavar, Teije Donker, Virginie Collombier, Sari Hanafi, Marwa Daoudy, Rabab El Mahdi, Carol Hakim, Bernard Haykel


Lengthening Shadows: Implications of US Military Withdrawal from Afghanistan

November 15, 2011

102 Jones Hall, 12:00 Noon

Michael Barry, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University


La transition démocratique en Tunisie, ses enjeux au miroir de la société civile

(lecture in French with live translation)

November 8, 2011

102 Jones Hall, 12:00 Noon

Abdelhamid Larguèche, Professor of History, University of Tunis-Manouba