2013 - 2014

The Indian Elections: What Will Change?

Speakers: Professors Yogesh Chandrani, Partha Chatterjee and Sudipta Kaviraj

Panel Moderated By: Professor Mahmood Mamdani

Thursday, November 20th

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

208 Knox Hall

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The Department of Middle Eastern Studies
University of Texas at Austin


Friday, Oct 10, 2014
SAC 2.302 - Legislative Assembly Room

10:00 Breakfast

10:30 Opening Remarks, Assoc. Dean Richard Flores, COLA, UT Austin

10:45 Panel
Moderator: Prof. Barbara Harlow, UT Austin

-“Chronicle as Cascade: The Subaltern Sublime in Fadhil Al Azzawi’s The Last of the Angels,” Rachel Green, MES, UT Austin
-“Anfal: Sherko Bekes and the Poetry of Genocide,” Seerwan Hariry, MES, UT Austin

11:45 Break

12:00 Talk
Moderator: Prof. Yoav Di-Capua, UT Austin

Post-Occupation Iraqi Narrative:
ISIS Lexicon and its Counterculture

Muhsin al-Musawi
Columbia University

This talk explores ISIS lexicon, syntax, physique, and flowning black robes as part of a deliberately drawn medieval Asian site of hordes, not only to dismantle the last remnants of Arab nation state, and its core in the fertile crescent, but also to image Islam in a conservative orientalist light. The talk situates this within a broader accommodating historical context of conflict, coercion, fracturing of identities and ideologies, and the pilfering of privatized religion. It locates the movement within a strategy to initiate a new Middle East as a playground for global politics. A growing Iraqi narrative shows how the sordid and the macabre transmute into a normative practice that opens the gate for invading hordes.

Muhsin al-Musawi is Professor of classical and modern Arabic and comparative studies at Columbia University. Described by Chronicle for Higher Education as “the leading Arab critic,” he is the author of twenty-eight books and over sixty articles. He has been the editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature since 2000. His books include: The Society of One Thousand and One Nights (2000); The Postcolonial Arabic Novel (2003); Arabic Poetry: Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition (2006); Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict (2006); Islam on the Street (2009). His forthcoming book from Notre Dame UP is Politics of the Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters. He’s currently working on a book entitled, Arab Struggle with the Past.


Sponsored by the Shaibani Houston Donors Fund




Aijaz Ahmad in Conversation

with Hamid Dabashi

September 29, 2014

6:30 PM

509 Knox Hall



Swahili Studies Workshop and Film Screening

May 8, 2014

6:00 PM

403 Knox Hall

Film Screening Flyer

Swahili Studies Workshop

Honors Thesis Projects Presentation

April 17, 2014

4:00 - 6:00 PM

403 Knox Hall

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African Language Night

April 17, 2014

6:00 PM

Earl Hall Auditorium

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Fatwas, Social Media, and the Authority of Islam

April 19, 2014

10:30 - 4:00 pm

219 Aaron Burr

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The Struggle for Syria

April 30, 2014

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Schapiro Hall, Davis Auditorium

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MESAAS Open House

March 13, 2014

4:00 - 5:30 pm

208 Knox Hall

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MESAAS Graduate Conference 2014

February 27 - 28, 2014


Ruth Marshall

"Global" Christianity in the Postcolony: Reflections on the Politics of Knowledge

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Surplus of Fatwas, Social Media, and the Authority of Islam

February 13 - 14, 2014


Muhsin al-Musawi and Tarek El-Ariss

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The Bodies of Virgins and God's Will: Holy Women in Early Eastern Christianity

December 12, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30 pm


Valentina Calzolari Bouvier

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Survivor Meaning: After the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, and Hiroshima

December 4, 2013, 7:30 pm


Robert Jay Lifton, Marianne Hirsch, and Peter Balakian

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Arts & Sciences in Islam

November 25, 2013, 8-9:30 pm

Hamilton 517


George Saliba

and Aisha Holland

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LIFE AGAIN: Photography Exhibition

October 24 - November 21, 2013, 6-8 pm

With artist

Hoda Rostami

and Prof. Hamid Dabashi

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Arabic Literature: Migration, Diaspora, Exile, Estrangement

November 7-9, 2013

Led by

Professor Muhsin al-Musawi

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Shariah, Morality & Modernity

November 7, 2013, 8 pm

A dialogue with

Professor Wael Hallaq

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Raphael Lemkin and the Armenian Genocide

October 8, 2013 7:00 PM

Led by

Dr. Donna-Lee Frieze

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Beautiful Rowdy Prisoners

September 28, 2013

A hip-hop set by Chee Malabar

Followed by a Q&A with Manan Ahmed

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Terror and Taboo: Going to Turkey

September 25, 2013

An informal talk led by

Professor Peter Balakian

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