Dr. Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi Recognized for Excellence in Teaching
Posted Fri, 29 Apr 2016
CSAMES Interim Director Dr. Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi was among those honored April 26 for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising at the University of Illinois. Faculty and staff members, and graduate teaching assistants were each recognized during a reception at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. Behrooz Ghamari, Associate Professor of History, has a unique teaching philosophy and personal attentiveness that make him a favorite among the students who have taken his courses. He believes it is his responsibility to “create a space in the classroom in which students feel completely safe in speaking their minds.” Earlier this year, Dr. Ghamari-Tabrizi, was chosen as a recipient of the LAS Humanities Council Teaching Excellence Award.
Spring 2016: Persian Poetry Classes taught by Dr. Richard (Dick) Davis
Posted Wed, 30 Dec 2015
We have been fortunate to have Richard Davis, Emeritus Professor of Persian at Ohio State University on campus for the duration of the Spring 2016 semester. Dr. Davis is a George A. Miller Visiting Professor. He has been teaching two courses on Persian literature, one using texts in Persian (SAME 490) and the other using texts in English.(SAME 199). Dr. Davis is a stellar scholar and expert translator of classical Persian poetry and is a poet in his own right. He manages to translate classical Persian poetry into beautiful English poetry, without losing any of the flavor and idiom of the original Persian—a very difficult task. CSAMES brought him to our campus to give a lecture in February 2013, and we have never seen an audience as enthralled as that one. He was also part of CSAMES' "Celebration of Persian Poetry" held this past October, and presented a CAS/MillerComm lecture April 12 on "Say, man, what do you love?, Persian Poetry and the Varieties of Amorous Experience."
Professor Eric Calderwood wins NEH Fellowship (2016-2017)
Posted Wed, 30 Dec 2015
Professor Eric Calderwood Is a recipient of a National Endowent for the Humanities Fellowship for 2016-2017 for his project “The Memory of Al-Andalus and Spanish Colonialism in Morocco, 1859-1956.” Dr. Calderwood is Assistant Professor of Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois and CSAMES-affiliated faculty. Congratulations to Dr. Calderwood!
Dr. Kenneth Cuno Book wins Hourani Prize
Posted Fri, 04 Dec 2015
The Middle East Studies Association has awarded the 2015 Albert Hourani Book Prize to Kenneth M. Cuno’s Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt.
The book takes up a fundamental question for political, social, legal, and cultural history: how did we become moderns?
Dr. Cuno is Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois and CSAMES-affiliated faculty.
Two CSAMES Grad Students Receive Boren Fellowships
Posted Fri, 10 Jul 2015
University of Illinois graduate students Eduardo Alvarez-Gutierrez and Ambar Flores have received Boren Fellowships from the National Security Education Program (NSEP). Alvarez-Gutierrez and Flores are master’s students in South Asian and Middle Eastern studies. Details here.
Umair Rasheed Publishes report on Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan
Posted Wed, 08 Jul 2015
Umair Rasheed, SAMES Graduate student, recently published a news report in the Express Tribune on the latest developments in the Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan. The report focuses just on the decision to integrate minority communities, the revamp of Jamaat's training program, plus changes in organizational structure and expansion of membership.
University News Bureau highlights Professor Ken Cuno's book on Egyptian marriage
Posted Wed, 24 Jun 2015
Mention traditional marriage and family and it’s easy to think you’re talking about age-old customs. Those “traditional” ideals and practices, however, are more likely a product of the last two centuries, says University of Illinois history professor Ken Cuno. Read more...
CSAMES receives two-year grant (Oct.1, 2014-Sept. 31, 2016) from the U.S. Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program to promote South Asian studies on our campus.
Posted Thu, 14 May 2015
To read about the new grant, click here.
CSAMES-affiliated Faculty win Sheth Award
Posted Wed, 25 Mar 2015
Two CSAMES-affiliated faculty members have won the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement: Dr. Prasanta Kalita, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Dr. Mohammad Babadoost, Professor of Crop Sciences.
"The work that these two scholars have done is tremendously important, and we are proud to call them our colleagues. Please join me in congratulating Professors Kalita and Babadoost on this award, which recognizes the international significance of their endeavors," said Dr. Valerie Hoffman, CSAMES Director.
For more information, click here.
CSAMES affiliate Rini Bhattacharya Mehta, Assistant Professor of Comparative and World Literature and of Religion, publishes new book
Posted Fri, 23 Jan 2015
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Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology, Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, has published an article titled “Revolution and Despair” in Mada Masr
Posted Thu, 08 Jan 2015
Why the US Threatened to Cut Off Aid to the Palestinians if They Pursued and Were Granted Observer Status at the UN--An Interview With Professor Francis Boyle
Posted Thu, 08 Jan 2015
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi receives Conrad Humanities Scholar award
Posted Tue, 09 Sep 2014
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New book by Professor Linda Herrera--Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet. Published by Verso, 2014.
Posted Tue, 12 Aug 2014
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Statement from the CSAMES Executive Committee on the firing of Dr. Steven Salaita
Posted Mon, 11 Aug 2014
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Varanasi ghats report
Posted Fri, 01 Aug 2014
Amita Sinha and her students in Landscape Architecture did a site workshop in Varanasi in January 2014 on the restoration of ghats and developed their proposals in the spring semester studio. The goals of the project are to assess the cultural heritage of the ghats and to develop a socially and environmentally sustainable vision for their landscape conservation.
For the complete report, click here.
Linda Herrera, Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East
Posted Wed, 18 Jun 2014
Measuring and Sustaining the Impact of Less Commonly Taught Language Collections in a Research Library
Posted Wed, 14 May 2014
Herrera, Linda (Editor) (2014) Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East. (Critical Youth Studies Series) New York: Routledge.
Posted Fri, 09 May 2014
Sarah Lazare has a co-authored chapter in Mobilized Identities: Mediated Subjectivity and Cultural Crisis in the Neoliberal Era
Posted Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Illinois International Review, "Discovering Oman, Ibadi Islam, and the Indian Ocean," by Valerie J. Hoffman, Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Religion; Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Posted Fri, 04 Apr 2014
My short essay on Wendy Doniger by Rini Bhattacharya Mehta
Posted Wed, 26 Feb 2014
TV Interview with Rajmohan Gandhi, Research Professor Emeritus with CSAMES
Posted Mon, 24 Feb 2014
Posted Wed, 18 Dec 2013
Rajmohan Gandhi, emeritus professor and Research Professor of CSAMES, recently visited Pakistan. Click on the links below to view articles about his trip.
Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten by Rajmohan Gandhi
Posted Mon, 16 Sep 2013
Professor Asef Bayat has a new edited collection published by Oxford University Press, "Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam"
Posted Wed, 04 Sep 2013
Radio Interview--Ken Cuno and Francis Boyle on the Question of Attacking Syria
Posted Tue, 03 Sep 2013
"Midwife for a Pregnant Egypt" by Asef Bayat
Posted Mon, 15 Jul 2013
Professor Asef Bayat quoted in article, "Iran election: why Tehran mayor's popularity may harm his chances"
Posted Thu, 30 May 2013
Commentary by Professor Feisal G. Mohamed: "In Syria and Beyond, the Tyrant as Target "
Posted Tue, 14 May 2013
Dr. Sullivan, Professor Emerita, Department of English, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award
Posted Tue, 23 Apr 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Zohreh Sullivan! Dr. Sullivan, Professor Emerita, Department of English, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award for the 2013-14 academic year in Amman, Jordan where she will be teaching at the University of Jordan and conducting research on a project called Writers and the Battlefield of History. The project will reflect on how contemporary Arab writers think through problems of location, dislocation, and historical loss.
Posted Mon, 18 Feb 2013
Seven films on Islamic art, architecture, and gardens, written about and presented at the NEH Muslim bookshelf project by Professor Fairchild Ruggles, released.
University of Illinois Professors Write on Egyptian Politics
Posted Tue, 18 Dec 2012
Click here for ElBaradei's Gandhi Moment? by Linda Herrera, Magdy Alabady, and Adel Iskandar.
Click here for The constitutional amendment: Lessons from Iran by Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi.
Click here for a discussion of recent protests and referendum vote by Ken Cuno.
Illinois International Interview with New Middle East Conference Participant Prince Moulay Hicham
Posted Wed, 14 Nov 2012
Click here to listen to New Middle East conference keynote speaker Moulay Hicham ben Abdallah, Prince of Morocco, Consulting Researcher at Stanford, as he is interviewd on Illinois International: The Changing Middle East, hosted by Nicole Tami, Associate Director for International Engagement, IPS.
Dr Stefanos Katsikas' book, "State-Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey: Orthodox and Muslims (1830-1945)," published by Routledge
Posted Mon, 12 Nov 2012
Click here for book description and table of contents.
Title VIa and Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) Grants
Posted Wed, 07 Nov 2012
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CSAMES M.A. student Sarah Lazare has published an article in Jadaliyya called Marketing Agency, Branding Hope: War, Kony, and Three Cups of Tea,
Posted Tue, 23 Oct 2012
Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois Outstanding Achievement Award Given to Francis A. Boyle
Posted Mon, 15 Oct 2012
At their annual banquet in downtown Chicago on October 10, 2012, the Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois gave its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award to Francis A. Boyle in recognition of his service to international law. He then gave a speech on Palestine's application for admission to the United Nations Organization and its request for U.N. Observer State status. He serves as legal adviser to the Provisional Government for the State of Palestine on these matters.
Bruno Nettl is awarded the Haskins Prize
Posted Mon, 08 Oct 2012
Bruno Nettl, Professor Emeritus of Music and Anthropology and a specialist in the music of Iran, Israel and India, as well as the music of the Blackfoot and many other groups around the globe, has been awarded the prestigious Charles Homer Haskins Prize by the American Council of Learned Societies.
Professor Mark Dressman taking group through Andalusia and Morocco.
Posted Thu, 20 Sep 2012
Professor Linda Herrera's article, "Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: A View From Egypt," is being featured in the Fall Issue of The Harvard Educational Review
Posted Wed, 19 Sep 2012
On October 2, 2012, Professor Asef Bayat to be invested as Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor in Global and Transnational Studies.
Posted Wed, 05 Sep 2012
Professor Herrera has Video Interview published in Jadaliyya
Posted Tue, 04 Sep 2012
Linda Herrera, Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, has a video interview published in Jadaliyya.
Feisal G. Mohamed, Professor of English, has an interview with KhaIed Abou El Fadl
Posted Mon, 16 Jul 2012
Feisal G. Mohamed, Professor of English, has an interview with KhaIed Abou El Fadl on the Egyptian courts, the military, and the dissolution of parliament in Dissent.
Conference on The New Middle East
Posted Thu, 05 Jul 2012
Please see our new website devoted to the upcoming Conference on The New Middle East to be held October 18-20, 2012. More information will continue to be added as it becomes available.
Professor Kalita Leads Project in Lebanon
Posted Thu, 05 Jul 2012
Professor Prasanta Kalita (Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering) is part of an Illinois research team working to enhance agricultural production in dry areas of Lebanon.
Professor Ken Cuno Interviewed about Current Events in Egypt
Posted Thu, 31 May 2012
Professor Ken Cuno (History) was featured on "A Minute with Expert on the MIddle East."
Professor Ken Cuno Interviewed on WILL Focus 580 about Current Events in Egypt
Posted Thu, 31 May 2012
Professor Ken Cuno (History) was interviewed by David Inge on WILL Focus 580.
Professor Valerie Hoffman's book, The Essentials of Ibadi Islam, is now available.
Posted Mon, 21 May 2012
Valerie Hoffman, Professor of Religion and Director of the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, has a new book published by Syracuse University Press.
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Professor Behrooz Ghamari-Tarbrizi's Book Receives Outstanding Review
Posted Fri, 18 May 2012
Professor Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's book, Islam & Dissent in Postrevolutionary Iran: Abdolkarim Soroush, Religious Politics and Democratic Reform (London: I. B. Tauris, 2008), receives an outstanding review in the International Journal of Middle East Studies.
To read review, click here.
Rajmohan Gandhi, Reserach Professor in the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Academic Director of the Global Crossroads International Liveing/Learning Community, featured in two articles.
Posted Thu, 03 May 2012
To read the article, "Gandhi's Grandson Sees Causes for Hope," click here.
To read the article, "Monroe Students Interview Gandhi's Grandson," click here.
SILMW 2012 (Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World)
Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012
The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies , Center for African Studies, CIBER, Center for Global Studies, European Union Center and REEEC is pleased to host the 4th Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World in summer 2012 (June 11 - August 4, 2012).
SILMW is offering intensive courses in a variety of Muslim world languages, including Arabic, Arabic Translation, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Wolof and Urdu.
SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World and interact with experts in this region. In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW will offer a variety of extracurricular activities designed to enhance classroom instruction, provide additional channels for language contact and practice, and expose learners to the traditions of the Muslim World communities. These extracurricular activities include research forums, picnics, conversation tables, cooking classes, music & dance performances, movie screenings, field trips, lectures and other cultural activities.
CSAMES Faculty Member Francis Boyle Publishes New Book
Posted Wed, 09 Nov 2011
Clarity Press has published The Palestinian Right of Return Under International Law by noted author and scholar, Francis Boyle. See http://www.claritypress.com/BoyleVIII.html for details.
Study abroad in the Middle East or South Asia!
Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2011
Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a Global Studies course over winter break in India, Israel or Turkey.
New Delhi and Ranchi, India
Experience the impacts of globalization on India, with special focus on its diverse languages and cultures, in both urban and rural contexts. Examine the challenges that transnational cultural integration brings to the Indian identity through debates on maintenance and shift of the local traditions.
Contact: Mithilesh Mishra email@example.com
Department of Linguistics
More information/application http://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/?go=saoWCAindia
Probe the complexities of Istanbul, a city known as the crossroads between the East and the West. Learn about the historical flows of people that have shaped today’s cultural and urban landscape, as well as contemporary challenges of diversity and integration into the EU.
Contact: Ercan Balci firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Linguistics
More information/application http://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/?go=saoWCATurkey
Discover the cultural diversity of Israel and how it is managed within educational, social, and government sectors. Learn about immigration flows into Israel and engage with community leaders and NGOs to understand the policies and practices that support immigrants’ local integration.
Contact: Yore Kedem email@example.com
Department of Religion
More information/application http://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/?go=saoWCAIsrael
CSAMES Welcomes New Faculty Affiliates in Religion
Posted Thu, 18 Aug 2011
Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Religion. Dr. Khan completed his PhD in 2009 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He has also obtained an MA in Philosophy from the University of Houston and a BS in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Khan recently concluded a postdoctoral research project in which his research explored aspects of contemporary Islam in Europe. He is currently preparing a monograph which looks at the role of religion and politics on 19th century reform movements in South Asia.
Dov Weiss, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion. Dr. Weiss received his PhD in the History of Judaism from the University of Chicago Divinity School in June, 2011, specializing in rabbinic theology and rabbinic biblical interpretation. Weiss’ dissertation, “Confrontations with God in Late Rabbinic Literature.” examines the history of rabbinic theology and biblical exegesis in the Byzantine period. Prior to attending the University of Chicago, he served as an Instructor of Talmud and Jewish Law at the YCT Rabbinical School in NY.
Q&A with CSAMES Faculty Member Asef Bayat
Posted Mon, 15 Aug 2011
With the one-year anniversary of the start of Egypt’s revolution approaching, many are questioning whether the revolution has succeeded or failed, and how to situate the events of the past year in the context of other revolutions. Egypt Independent recently discussed these issues and more in an extensive online conversation with Bayat entitled "Not yet a full-fledged revolution." View the interview at http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/613106.
CSAMES Faculty Member Asef Bayat's, Life as Politics, Recommended as a Must Read Book
Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2011
Middle East Scholar, Marc Lynch, recommends Life as Politics, by Asef Bayat, as one of the five must read books on the Origins of the Arab Uprising. Read the interview from The Browser.
CSAMES Faculty Member Linda Herrera Identifies Another Face of Egypts Youth Movement
Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2011
Linda Herrera, Professor of Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership, published an article in Jadaliyya. View the article,"V for Vendetta": The Other Face of Egypt's Youth Movement", from May 30, 2011.
CSAMES Faculty Member Ken Cuno Discusses a Two State System for Israel and Palestine
Posted Tue, 31 May 2011
Ken Cuno, Professor of History, was interviewed on the WCIA Morning Show. View the video for the May 26, 2011 interview.
CSAMES Director Hadi Salehi Esfahani Publishes Book
Posted Mon, 09 May 2011
Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Professor of Economics and Director of CSAMES, published a book co-edited by Roksana Bahramitash, Research Director of the Chair of Islam, Pluralism, and Globalization at the University of Montreal. The book, Veiled Employment: Islamism and the Political Economy of Women’s Employment in Iran, focuses on the evolving role of women’s employment in Iran and is published by Syracuse University Press.
CSAMES Faculty Member Asef Bayat Discusses "The Sacred and the Secular"
Posted Mon, 09 May 2011
Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology, published an opinion article in Al Jazeera. View the article, "The Sacred and the Secular," from May 9, 2011.
CSAMES Faculty Member Asef Bayat Discusses the Death of Bin Laden
Posted Fri, 06 May 2011
Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology, was interviewed in UIUC's "A Minute With" feature on the impact of the May 1 death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. View the article "A Minute With Middle East Expert Asef Bayat," from May 4, 2011.
CSAMES Faculty Member Mahir aul Discusses Turkey
Posted Fri, 15 Apr 2011
Mahir aul, Professor of Anthropology, was quoted in an article entitled "Africans Suffer Discrimination in Turkey Despite Contributions" in the Hürriyet Daily News. View the article from April 13, 2011.
CSAMES Faculty Member Francis Boyle Discusses Libya
Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011
Francis A. Boyle, Professor of Law, was interviewed about the US involvement in Libya on "The Power Hour" with Joyce Riley on February 6, 2011. Listen to the archived interview. (Dr. Boyle's interview begins about 30 minutes into the show.)
Dr. Boyle was also interviewed on this topic on "Black Agenda Radio" on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. Listen to the interview from March 28, 2011.
CSAMES Director Hadi Salehi Esfahani Discusses Iran on WCIA
Posted Sat, 19 Mar 2011
Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Professor of Economics, was interviewed on the WCIA Morning Show, on the topic "Examining Iran." View the video from March 10, 2011.
CSAMES Faculty Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera Discuss the Recent Middle Eastern Protests
Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011
Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology, and Linda Herrera, Associate Professor of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, were interviewed in UIUC's "A Minute With" feature on the revolutions, protests, and crackdowns roiling the Middle East. View the article "A Minute With Middle East Experts Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera," from February 25, 2011.
Ken Cuno, Asef Bayat, and Linda Herrera Give Insight on Egypt
Posted Wed, 16 Feb 2011
Ken Cuno, Associate Professor of History, and Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology, were interviewed about current events in Egypt on Focus580. View the video from February 10, 2011.
Linda Herrera, Associate Professor of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, was interviewed on WCIA-3's The Morning Show on the topic "Examining Egypt's Upset." View the video from February 9, 2011.