Religion

Water in the Middle East & Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation and Conflict

Water experts from around the world will gather at UCLA to discuss the shared resource challenges facing Africa and the Middle East as well as the cutting-edge policy and technology solutions being used and developed to overcome them.
Complete information on the conference and speakers is available on the conference website MidEastAfrica-Water.org

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.

Ula Taylor, “The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam”

Ula Taylor will speak about her new book, The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam (UNC Press, 2017). Taylor will discuss the significance of women’s politics within the Nation of Islam (NOI), one of the most significant African American religious and political organizations of the twentieth century. She analyzes the complexities of members’ gender consciousness and women’s political activities within the NOI, which promised protection and empowerment under the guise of patriarchy.

Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea

Jaeeun Kim will talk about her award-winning book Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016).

Scholars have long examined the relationship between nation-states and their "internal others," such as immigrants and ethnoracial minorities. Kim shifts the analytic focus to explore how a state relates to people it views as "external members" such as emigrants and diasporas.

Poetry Reading by Don Mee Choi: "Hardly War"

Don Mee Choi is the author of The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond Press, 2014), and a pamphlet of essays, Freely Frayed, ㅋ=q, Race=Nation (Wave Pamphlet #9, 2014). She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her most recent translation of Kim Hyesoon’s poetry is Poor Love Machine (Action Books, 2016).

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.

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