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Upcoming Events

"Upholding Gender Peace in a Time of War"
3/31/2017, 12:00 pm
CSAMES Brown Bag Lecture: “A Seat at the Table? – Muslim Acts in the American Political Landscape”
4/5/2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
"Malcolm X from Mecca to Cairo: A Journey through the Arab Cold War"
4/6/2017, 4:00 pm
"The Critique of Failing International Relations Theories in Middle Eastern and African Tests"
4/7/2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
CSAMES: “No Arab-American Spring into the Arab Spring? A Study of Literary and Non-literary Contributions”
4/11/2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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News & Announcements

Silva and Sinha Publish Cultural Landscapes of South Asia

Cultural Landscapes of South Asia: Studies in Heritage Conservation and Management, edited by Amita Sinha and Kapila D. Silva has been published by Routledge. It has chapters on six countries--Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka--of the region.

Dr. Sinha is a professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois and a CSAMES Affiliated Faculty member.

Posted Mon, 06 Mar 2017

New Director for CSAMES

Hadi Esfahani, Professor of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Illinois, is the new Director of the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Esfahani is a distinguished scholar and educator in economics with a long and successful career at Illinois. He also was Director of the center from 2009 to 2011. Esfahani will succeed Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, who has served as Interim Director for the past year and a half. We sincerely appreciate Behrooz’s work for the center and his able leadership of its programs.

Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2017

Book Published by Dr. Robert McKim on Religious Perspectives

CSAMES affliated faculty member, Dr. Robert Mckim has edited a new book, Religious Perspectives on Religious Diversity.

Religious Perspectives on Religious Diversity addresses fundamental and controversial questions raised by religious diversity. What are members of religious traditions to say about outsiders, their views, and their salvific status? And what are they to say about the religions of outsiders – about, say, whether those religions are inspired or salvifically effective or worthwhile or legitimate?

Robert McKim, Ph.D. (1982), Yale University, is Professor of Religion and of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017

Dr. D. Fairchild Ruggles named art and architecture editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam.

Dr. D. Fairchild Ruggles has been named art and architecture editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam. For over a century, EI has set out the present state of knowledge of the Islamic World. With over 13,000 articles on Middle Eastern and Islamic topics and now in its third edition, EI3 is a reference tool for understanding the world of Islam, from its origins to the present, from both humanistic and social science perspectives. Dr. Ruggles is Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture, Program in Art History in the School of Art and Design and also Professor of the Medieval Studies Program at the University of Illinois. She is a CSAMES faculty affiliate.

Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017

Book Review by Dr. Jessica V. Birkenholtz published

"Birkenholtz on Davis, 'Maithil Women's Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border'"

Coralynn V. Davis. Maithil Women's Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. 272 pp. $55.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-252-03842-6.

Reviewed by Jessica V. Birkenholtz (University of Illinois)
Published on H-Asia (December, 2016)
Commissioned by Sumit Guha

The full book review can be found online at this link.

Dr. J.V. Birkenholtz is a CSAMES affliated faculty member.

Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017

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