"Unbroken Glass" a film by Dinesh Sabu dealing with mental health issues

Posted Sun, 16 Apr 2017

Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute offering 2017 summer language and study abroad programs

Posted Wed, 05 Apr 2017

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute is still accepting applications on a rolling basis, for its 2017 summer language and study abroad programs until May 10th.

CLI offers intensive courses in 10 critical languages and study-abroad programs in 6 locations. Participants earn 8--13 credits and cover a minimum of 2 semesters of material. 

Participants pay a flat fee of $900 (plus study-abroad fees if applicable) instead of tuition.

Visit http://cli.asu.edu for details.
Deadline: May 10, 2017

Languages include:Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Hebrew, Indonesian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Uzbek

AIIS Book Prize: Announcing 2017 Recipients and Call for Submissions Item Title

Posted Tue, 04 Apr 2017

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Silva and Sinha Publish Cultural Landscapes of South Asia

Posted Mon, 06 Mar 2017

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.

New Director for CSAMES

Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2017

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.

Book Published by Dr. Robert McKim on Religious Perspectives

Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017

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 named art and architecture editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam.

Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017

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.

Book Review by Dr. Jessica V. Birkenholtz published

Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2017

"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.

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Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi reflects on death row experience in post-revolutionary Iran

Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016

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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Dr. Francis Boyle joins Tamil Peoples’ Council Team

Posted Fri, 17 Jun 2016

Francis A Boyle, Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois, has joined the Tamil Peoples’ Council’s team to fight for an international Judicial Mechanism to investigate and try war crimes cases in Sri Lanka, the New Indian Express reported. Dr. Boyle is also a a renowned expert on human rights, war crimes, genocide, and the Right to Self-Determination. In a statement announcing the induction of Prof.Boyle on Sunday, the TPC said that in a situation in which the Lankan government has ruled out foreign judges in the proposed Judicial Mechanism, and the international community and the “Tamil leadership” are part of a plot to ensure that investigations into the “genocide” of Tamils do not take place, Boyle’s entry will come as some relief to the Tamils and pose a major challenge to those conspiring to deny justice to them.

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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.

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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."

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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