Faculty News

2014-2015

Professor Joseph Massad

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December 2015

Professor Joseph Massad's latest book, Islam in Liberalism, was selected as one of the top 10 best academic books of 2015 by Flavorwire.com.

Prof. Samuel Sudanandha

November 2015

Following his earlier exegesis of the Tamil classic Maduraik Kanchi, Prof. Samuel Sudanandha has now come out with an excellent work of the same kind on another long poem of the Sangam corpus, Mullaip Pattu. While the earlier poem is the longest of the ten poems known as Pattuppattu, this one is the shortest. Running to a hundred and three lines, this poem is rated among the most refined poetic works in Tamil. Authored by Napputanar, it talks about the pangs of separation of a heroine, who is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her beloved who is engaged in warfare. Sudanandha's exegesis is as usual aimed at the student and the common reader, and an appreciation of the original text. However, in an introduction that explicates the poem, he guides the reader into understanding the poetic structure of the work and, in particular, its place in the overall tinai framework that forms the basis of the Sangam classics.

Professor Wael Hallaq's The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament wins Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award

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September 2015

Wael Hallaq’s The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament wins the first annual Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award, sponsored by the Press itself and the Office of the Provost. “The Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award is given to the Columbia University faculty member with a book published by the Press in the two years prior that brings the highest distinction to Columbia University and Columbia University Press for its outstanding contribution to academic and public discourse.”

Professor Hamid Dabashi's Persophilia and Can Non-Europeans Think? are published

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September 2015

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Professor Samuel Sudanandha's exegesis of the poem Maduraik Kanchi, authored by Mankudi Maruthanar, is published

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March 2015

Maduraik Kanchi, authored by Mankudi Maruthanar, is one of the ten long poems known as Pattuppattu in the Sangam corpus of early Tamil literature. Prof. Samuel Sudanandha's exegesis of the poem, the first of its kind, is meant for the students and common readers, particularly aiming at a direct exposure to the original text rather than the medieval scholarly commentatorial traditions and their modern versions. Sudanandha's work also includes an introduction that guides the reader in understanding the poem and an appendix that essays the relationship between Tamil education and colonial modernity.

Professor Joseph Massad's Islam in Liberalism is published by the University of Chicago Press

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March 2015

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Prof. Sheldon Pollock receives India Abroad Friend of the Year Award 2014

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June 2014

Video of Professor Pollock's speech

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Prof. Sheldon Pollock elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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June 2014

See this link for a list of all members of the Academy.

Prof. Muhsin al-Musawi publishes Al-Kamil

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May 2014

Al-Kamil [Perfect for Advanced Arabic Classes], edited and supervised by Muhsin al-Musawi with a group of the College of Arts Faculty Members, the University of Qatar. ( Beirut: Dar al-Ilm lil-Malayin, 2014, ISBN: First volume: 978614630019-8 Second volume: 978614630018-1).

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Prof. Gil Anidjar publishes Blood

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April 2014

Blood, according to Gil Anidjar, maps the singular history of Christianity. As a category for historical analysis, blood can be seen through its literal and metaphorical uses as determining, sometimes even defining Western culture, politics, and social practices and their wide-ranging incarnations in nationalism, capitalism, and law.

Prof. Rashid Khalidi recieves Lionel Trilling Book Award

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April 21, 2014

The Academic Awards Committee of the Columbia College Student Council has awarded The 39th Lionel Trilling Book Award to Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Literature Department of History, for his book Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East.

Prof. Allison Busch recieves ACLS 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowship

Prof. Allison Busch

March 26, 2014

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowships. The eight teams of scholars that were selected for funding cross boundaries of discipline, methodology, and geography to undertake new research projects that will result in joint publications. The program, which is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate the creative potential of collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences.

“The 2014 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellows put on display the wide range of collaborative projects that scholars pursue in the humanities and related social sciences today,” said ACLS Program Officer Matthew Goldfeder. “The program will support some joint projects that are possible only due to the different specializations each collaborator brings to the project, and others where team members will work to synthesize viewpoints and explanations across disparate fields.”

The diversity of this year’s collaborations includes projects that combine deep expertise in fields such as linguistics, geography, history, literature, and visual studies. That diversity also extends to modes of dissemination, with several of this year’s collaborations foreseeing both print and digital outcomes.

Literature scholar Allison Renée Busch (Associate Professor, Columbia University) and art historian Molly Emma Aitken (Associate Professor, City University of New York, City College) will combine insights from literary and visual depictions of ideal women to shed new light on the overlapping Muslim and Hindu cultural realms in sixteenth- through nineteenth-century India in their co-authored monograph, Aesthetic Worlds of the Indian Heroine.

See the ACLS website for further information about this year’s eight funded projects.