UCLA professor Kara Cooney illustrates the parallels between six traditions across 12 cultures and 10 countries in a six-part Discovery Channel series airing this summer.
Hossein Ziai, professor of Islamic and Iranian Studies since 1988 and currently the director of the Program in Iranian Studies, has been named the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies. The chair, established in 2000, promotes innovative teaching and research on the traditions of Iran throughout the ages. Ziai has devoted his time to conducting research that encompasses Iranian intellectual and literary traditions with a focus on Illuminationist philosophy.
This spring, two centers under the UCLA International Institute went live with standalone, online courses on Azeri and the Iraqi dialect of Arabic and with a custom application that allows instructors to share web-based lessons. Meanwhile, the New Language Classroom has added videos for instructors, and the Language Materials Project launched a portal for K-12 schoolteachers on "less commonly taught" languages.
Bestselling author, columnist, and UC Riverside faculty member Reza Aslan has advice for the Obama administration on defeating transnational Muslim utopian radicals, or jihadists. Start, he says, by getting used to the idea of Islamists in politics.
Mara del Mar Logroo Carbona, Assistant Professor, History Department, Florida State University
Introduction by Professor Randal Johnson, Director of the Latin American Institute, April 3, 2009
In his contribution to an EU-backed project to study the impact of the European Court of Human Rights on selected countries, visiting professor Haldun Gulalp of Turkey's Yildiz Technical University observes the court preferring some models of church- and mosque-state relations to others. In "freedom of religion" cases, France and Turkey fare better than Greece and Bulgaria.
Dr. Reza Aslan, internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions
Lecture by Steven Heydemann, US Institute of Peace
The Tale of Anas al-Wujud and al-Ward fi-l-Akmam. An Oral Performance by Awadallah Abd al-Jalil Ali
At a conference that considered the impact of the French philosopher Michel Foucault on Middle East studies, visiting historian Janet Afary explains that the story of Iranian women since the Revolution is not entirely one of repression.
Rodrigo Garcia, director and executive producer of HBO's "In Treatment," discusses the background of the character Sophie, an anorexic teenage gymnast played by Mia Wasikowska.
In the national debate on whether the tactic of torture is warranted for the sake of national security, the experiences of the two former interrogators underscore the argument that torture is not an effective tool for unsealing secrets and getting at the truth.
Michael Meranze, UCLA
Foucault and Middle East Studies - Foucault and the Historiography of Nationalism in the Arab Middle East
James L. Gelvin, UCLA
Janet Afary, UCLA
Afsaneh Najmabadeh, Harvard University
Introduction by conference organizer, Professor James Gelvin, UCLA
Foucault and Middle East Studies - Population, governmentality and social medicine: some questions from 19th- century Egypt
Khaled Fahmy, NYU
Keynote Address by Professor Timothy Mitchell, Columbia University
A virtual model and digital resources help students and instructors to learn about the historic, sacred site.
Janet Afary, a visiting professor in the Department of History, will discuss her forthcoming book, "Sexual Politics in Modern Iran" (Cambridge University Press, 2009), at a public event on May 19. This related op-ed recently appeared in the Guardian newspaper.
A lecture by Anouar Majid, University of New England
Conferences on Women in Conflict Zones, Iranian-American Writers, and Foucault in the Middle East
Urban planning graduate student and Fulbright fellow T.H. Culhane introduces handmade solar water heaters in Cairo and thinks about how energy projects can address both poverty and environmental problems.
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