The Middle East Institute of Columbia University, founded in 1954, has helped to set the national pace in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the present, with a primary focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. Fostering an inter-regional and multi-disciplinary approach to the region, the Institute focuses on the Arab countries, Armenia, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Central Asia, and Muslim Diaspora communities.
The Institute sponsors approximately 30 lunch-time talks per year on topics ranging from art and literature to current events, hosts conferences, and provides a neutral atmosphere for scholarly and student exchanges of views on issues concerning the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. It offers courses and outreach seminars to teachers and adult education groups, briefs journalists, and generally acts as a clearing-house for requests for information on the region and its peoples by the media, educational professionals, and the interested public, drawing upon the expertise of its own staff and the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia University.
War on Gaza: Military Strategy and Historical Horizons
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University
Noura Erakat, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Moderated by Nadia Abu El-Haj, Professor, Barnard College
Sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies and the Middle East Institute
North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS) presents the 43 RD Annual Conference The Concept of Authority in Muslim Societies: Political, Religious, Social and Literary
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Room 1501 International Affairs Building
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