Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

Maimonaides and the Merchant

The advent of Islam in the seventh century brought profound economic changes to the Middle East and to the Jews living there. The Talmud, written in and for an agrarian society, was in many ways ill-equipped for the new economy. In the early Islamic period, the Babylonian Geonim made accommodations through their responsa, through occasional taqqanot, and especially by applying the concept that custom can be a source of law.

Preliminary Reflections On Sectarianism and Intermarriage in Lebanon

Intersectarian and interreligious marriages frequently provoke strong social opposition from Lebanese of all sects and faiths. In this talk, Lara Deeb will describe her new research project that takes this social opposition as a lens to shed light on social sectarianism in Lebanon and its diaspora. The talk will describe the stakes of this project and its driving questions, and share some preliminary observations based on field research thus far.

Preliminary Reflections On Sectarianism and Intermarriage in Lebanon

Intersectarian and interreligious marriages frequently provoke strong social opposition from Lebanese of all sects and faiths. In this talk, Lara Deeb will describe her new research project that takes this social opposition as a lens to shed light on social sectarianism in Lebanon and its diaspora. The talk will describe the stakes of this project and its driving questions, and share some preliminary observations based on field research thus far.

The Damascus' Qubbat al-khazna find: the story of a discovery and its material

A lecture by Arianna D'Ottone Rambach (Sapienza University of Rome)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
12:30 PM
Charles E. Young Research Library, Presentation Room 11348

This lecture aims at illustrating the multilingual material found in the Umayyad Great Mosque’s Qubbat al-khazna. The particular way of preservation of this material, a clear case of Genizah-like practice in an Islamic context, offers an unique opportunity to deal with the Damascus cultural life, animated by different languages and identities, through many centuries.

Coup, Emergency and Constitutional Referendum: The Rule of Law Under Pressure in Turkey

In Turkey, the State of Emergency declared following the attempt of Coup d’Etat of July 2016 is still reigning. The constitutional amendment which were accepted by the Referendum of April 2017 and which has shifted the government from a parliamentary to a presidential system has been made under the conditions of this emergency. The real aim of the amendment seems to fortify President Erdogan’s capacity to govern the country solitarily in a case where his party cannot reach the majority in Parliament in the next elections.

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