News & Announcements

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

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1651-revolution-in-the-age-of-social-media

Statement from the CSAMES Executive Committee on the firing of Dr. Steven Salaita

Posted Mon, 11 Aug 2014

https://illinois.edu/lb/files/2014/08/14/53478.pdf

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 on http://issuu.com/amitasinha/docs/ghats_of_varanasi_report_small.

 

Linda Herrera, Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East

Posted Wed, 18 Jun 2014

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Measuring and Sustaining the Impact of Less Commonly Taught Language Collections in a Research Library

Posted Wed, 14 May 2014

http://crl.acrl.org/content/early/2014/04/29/crl14-613

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

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415853941/

Sarah Lazare has a co-authored chapter in Mobilized Identities: Mediated Subjectivity and Cultural Crisis in the Neoliberal Era

Posted Wed, 16 Apr 2014

http://onglobalization.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.213/prod.3

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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My short essay on Wendy Doniger by Rini Bhattacharya Mehta

Posted Wed, 26 Feb 2014

http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?289648 

TV Interview with Rajmohan Gandhi, Research Professor Emeritus with CSAMES

Posted Mon, 24 Feb 2014

https://illinois.edu/lb/files/2014/02/24/50783.html

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Rajmohan Gandhi

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.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-14-219536-Rajmohan-Gandhi-on-the-Frontier-Gandhi

http://tribune.com.pk/story/641780/non-violence-rajmohan-gandhi-pays-tribute-to-bacha-khan/
http://amankiasha.com/detail_news.asp?id=1254
http://www.fccollege.edu.pk/rajmohan-gandhi-speaks-at-fcc


http://www.thehindu.com/books/india-pakisan-should-resolve-issues-through-consensus-rajmohan/article5456863.ece

http://www.dawn.com/news/1061862/dr-gandhi-for-promoting-people-to-people-contact


http://www.dawn.com/news/1060866/let-bygones-be-bygones

http://www.dawn.com/news/1060591/indian-professor-goes-down-the-history-lane

http://www.dawn.com/news/1072161/understanding-undivided-punjab-vital-for-comprehending-india-pakistan

Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten by Rajmohan Gandhi

Posted Mon, 16 Sep 2013

http://www.rajmohangandhi.com/punjab-history-aurangzeb-mountbatten

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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

http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766062.001.0001/acprof-9780199766062

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Radio Interview--Ken Cuno and Francis Boyle on the Question of Attacking Syria

Posted Tue, 03 Sep 2013

http://www.logicconsortium.org/Syria.mp3

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"Midwife for a Pregnant Egypt" by Asef Bayat

Posted Mon, 15 Jul 2013

See Professor Asef Bayat's recent article on events in Egypt.

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Professor Asef Bayat quoted in article, "Iran election: why Tehran mayor's popularity may harm his chances"

Posted Thu, 30 May 2013

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Commentary by Professor Feisal G. Mohamed: "In Syria and Beyond, the Tyrant as Target "

Posted Tue, 14 May 2013

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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.

Art Spots

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.

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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.

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Title VIa and Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) Grants

Posted Wed, 07 Nov 2012

Click here for news on Title VIa award.

Click here for news on SQCC award.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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."

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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.

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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.

Click here for more details.

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

http://silmw.linguistics.uiuc.edu

 

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.

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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 mkmishra@illinois.edu

Department of Linguistics

More information/application http://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/?go=saoWCAindia

 

Istanbul, Turkey

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 ebalci@illinois.edu

Department of Linguistics

More information/application http://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/?go=saoWCATurkey

 

Jerusalem, Israel

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 kedem@illinois.edu

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

Adil Khan
adilkhan@illinois.edu

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

dyweiss@illinois.edu

http://www.religion.illinois.edu/people/dyweiss

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.

View all CSAMES members' interviews and articles on the Members & Media webpage, and their awards and achievements on the Members Highlighted page.

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.

View all CSAMES members' interviews and articles on the Members & Media webpage, and their awards and achievements on the Members Highlighted page.

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.

View all CSAMES members' interviews and articles on the Members & Media webpage, and their awards and achievements on the Members Highlighted page.

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.

View all CSAMES members' interviews and articles on the Members & Media webpage, and their awards and achievements on the Members Highlighted page.

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.

View all CSAMES members' interviews and articles on the Members & Media webpage, and their awards and achievements on the Members Highlighted page.

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.

View all CSAMES members' interviews and articles on the Members & Media webpage, and their awards and achievements on the Members Highlighted page.

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.

View all CSAMES members' interviews and articles on the Members & Media webpage, and their awards and achievements on the Members Highlighted page.