CSAMES endorses the recent American Historical Association statement regarding the President's Executive Order provisionally barring refugees and visa-holders from seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States. The statement can be found here.
- CSAMES Brown Bag Lecture: “Reconstructing the Countryside: Labor Migration and Social Change in Rural Maharashtra, India”
- 2/21/2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
- CSAMES Brown Bag Lecture: “Sacred Geometries: Transformable Dome Designs for Indian Temple Cars”
- 3/2/2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
- Music and Conflict: A Discussion with Nili Belkind and Ted Swedenburg
- 3/9/2017, 4:00 pm
- CSAMES Brown Bag Lecture: "Olive Insurrections: Palestinian Survival in a Vanishing Landscape"
- 3/15/2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 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
News & Announcements
- Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017 Book Published by Dr. Robert McKim on Religious Perspectives
- Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017 Dr. D. Fairchild Ruggles named art and architecture editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam.
- Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017
- Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017
- Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016
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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.
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.
"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.
CSAMES Interim Director and UI Professor Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi waited 30 years to write a memoir based on his years of imprisonment and activism during Iran’s revolutionary period. He sought to tell a universal story of how revolutions are experienced “from below” and of life under intense circumstances.
In a new autobiographic novel or “novelistic memoir,” called “Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution, " Dr. Ghamari (the last name he uses with this book) contemplates on three years he spent on death row in the early 1980s in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison – years of torture, deprivation and indignities, during which he saw many cellmates marched off to executions, and thought more than once that his own time was near.
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Urvashi Butalia, Publisher and Co-Founder of Kali for Women and Founder of Zubaan Books, was the keynote speaker for CSAMES' Empire and Partitions Conference, Sept. 22-23, 2016. She gave a MillerComm lecture at Knight Auditorium, entitled Partition: Histories, Stories, Memories.
The imperial partitions of the twentieth century reverberate to the present, and inform contemporary insecurities of different regimes across the world. Present-day challenges to the postcolonial nationstate and its boundaries are often rooted in imperial partitions. Whether in Kashmir, Syria or Palestine, the legacies of partition form the everyday experiences of conflict and violence for millions of people. With these considerations in mind, CSAMES' Partitions conference explored the theme of partition and empire in global, comparative, and connective frames.
For details on Partitions speakers and topics, see the conference web site: http://publish.illinois.edu/partitionandempire/
This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in Cumhuriyet Kitap 1366 (21 April 2016): 14–15. It is a follow-up of their first public correspondence, “‘Our Revolution Is Civil’: An Interview with Asef Bayat on Revolt and Change in the Arab World,” that was published in The Hedgehog Review five years ago. Dr. Bayat is professor of Sociology at the Universit of Illinois.Ganga River Symposium 2015 examined the river's past and future
The Ganga (Ganges) River embodies the continuity of the Indic civilization, its religious ethos, and its rich cultural traditions. On October 9, 2015, CSAMES presented The Ganga (Ganges) River Symposium, which brought together presentations on the Ganga's multi-faceted heritage, threats to its sustenance, and planning initiatives to conserve it.
For full details on the symposium, click here
Middle East Expert Behrooz Ghamari-Tabriz discusses the view from Iran with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain: Click here for the story. Dr. Ghamari-Tabrizi is Interim Director of CSAMES.Updated List of Language Programs
Click http://www.csames.illinois.edu/resources/middleeastern/ and http://www.csames.illinois.edu/resources/southasian/ to see the CSAMES updated list of language programs.