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Spring 2015

The 2015 Palestine & Law Lecture Series

The Center for Palestine Studies is proud to present a Palestine & Law lecture series at Columbia Law School in February and March 2015.

This series is free and open to the public.


This event has been postponed. New date forthcoming.

Contested Normality: Bedouin "Citizens" Under the Supreme Court of Israel

Wednesday March 4, 2015, 6:00-7:30PM
Jerome Greene Hall 101, Columbia Law School
Columbia University

Suhad Bishara, 2014-2015 Palestine & Law Fellow at the Center for Palestine Studies, will speak about the role played by the Israeli Supreme Court in 'normalizing displacement' of Palestinian citizens of Israel in the Naqab (Negev) desert, and facilitating recent re-construction of space.

Bishara is a senior attorney and Head of the Land and Planning Unit of Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. She has litigated numerous constitutional rights cases before the Israeli Supreme Court concerning the land rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). She co-authored a report in 2011 about the State of Israel's attempt to expel Arab Bedouin citizens of the state from their village in the Naqab.

Moderated by Professor Katherine Franke, Isidor & Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law; Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, the Middle East Instutie, and Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

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A Festival of three Palestinian plays over three nights

Drawn from the newly published anthology Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora

March 25, 26, and 27, 2015
Earl Hall, Columbia University
Details forthcoming.

The Center for Palestine Studies presents staged readings of three plays from Palestinian theater over three nights. Curated by playwright Ismail Khalidi. This ambitious drama programming is coordinated with the release of Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora, a landmark in the study of Palestinian theater, co-edited by Ismail Khalidi and award-winning playwright Naomi Wallace, and introduced by noted writer, poet and adjunct CU faculty member, Nathalie Handal.

Najwan Darwish: a reading and discussion with the acclaimed Palestinian poet

Monday April 13, 2015
Details forthcoming.

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This event has been cancelled.

Ex-Libris: Chronicles of Theft, Preservation, and Appropriating at the Jewish National Library - The Case of the Palestinian and Yemenite Looted Books

Monday February 23, 2015, 12:00-1:30PM
Room 208, Knox Hall
Columbia University

Gish Amit, Mandel Leadership Institute (Jerusalem) has been involved in non-formal education for some twenty years. He taught cinema and literature at the Arab Democratic School in Jaffa, and lectured in philosophy and critical theory at Tel-Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Amit is a co-author (with Gadi Avidan and Chen Lampert) of The Unheard Voice: A Different View on Children at Schools (in Hebrew, HaKibbutz HaMeuchad, 2005), and author of Ex-Libris: the Jewish National and University Library 1945-1955 (in Hebrew, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute). Amit holds a BA and an MA from Tel-Aviv University in philosophy and literature, and a doctorate from the Hebrew literature department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He was recently a post-doctoral fellow at "The Middle East in Europe" program in Berlin.

During the 1948 war, the staff of the Jewish National and University Library at the Hebrew University collected some 30,000 books, manuscripts and newspapers that were left behind by the Palestinian residents of western Jerusalem. About 6,000 of those book were "loaned" to the National Library's Eastern Studies Department. Furthermore, the Custodian of Absentee Property gathered some 40,000-50,000 books from the cities of Jaffa, Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth and other places.

Many Jews from Yemen who arrived in the fledgling state of Israel in the late 1940s and early 1950s brought with them hand-written books, scrolls, and other precious possessions. On arrival they were asked to deposit these objects with state officials who promised that their belongings would be returned. Most of these artifacts were subsequently appropriated by the state via the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and its library. Owners were later told that the artifacts had unaccountably disappeared or been destroyed by fire; still later some of these objects were put up for sale by book dealers; some continue to appear in unlikely places.

The untold story of the fate of both Palestinian and Yemenite 'abandoned' books will be discussed in this lecture. Both cases demonstrate how occupation and colonization is not limited to the taking over of physical space, but also to the occupation and control of cultural spaces.

Co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute, the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University.

For more information and full details of the event.

    SPRING 2015

    Wednesday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 62048
  • ARABS IN LITERATURE & FILM, Nathalie Handal, CSER W3970
    Monday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 20866
  • FALL 2014

  • MODERN HISTORY OF PALESTINE, Rashid Khalidi, G9713
    Tuesday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 69394
  • SPRING 2014

    Thursday 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM, Call Number: 24581
  • ARABS IN LITERATURE & FILM, Nathalie Handal, CSER W3970
    Monday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 27392
    Tuesday 9:00 AM - 10:50 AM, Call Number: 71647
  • NATIONALISM IN THE ARAB WORLD, Rashid Khalidi, History G9701
    Tuesday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 11742
  • FALL 2013

  • THE COLONIAL ENCOUNTER, Ahmad Sadiya, Middle East W3250
    Tuesday & Thursday 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM, Call Number: 64036
  • PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL 1948-2013, Ahmad Sadiya, Middle East G4256
    Friday 11 AM - 12:50 PM, Call Number: 63149
  • SPRING 2013

  • THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF PALESTINE, Mayssoun Succarrie, Anthropology V3887
    Monday 11am-12:50pm, Call Number: 23322
  • ISLAMIC MOVEMENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, Rashid Khalidi, History G8701
    Tuesday 2:10-4:00pm, Call Number: 62841
    Tuesday 11:00am-12:50pm, Call Number: 77356
  • THE LAW OF OCCUPATION, Katherine Franke & Dean Spade, Law L8993
    Tuesday 4:20pm-6:10pm, Call Number: 60797
    Monday 4:20pm-6:10pm, Call Number: 80537
  • FALL 2012

  • MODERN HISTORY OF PALESTINE, Rashid Khalidi, History G9713
    Tuesday 2:10-4:00 PM, Call Number: 72343
  • HISTORY OF THE MOD MIDDLE EAST, Rashid Khalidi, History W3719
    Tuesday/Thursday 8:40-9:55 AM, Call Number: 20904
  • PARADIGMS: GENDER, CULTURE, Lila Abu-Lughod, Women's Studies G6001
    Monday 4:10-6:00 PM, Call Number: 23766
  • THRY & METHODS-MID EAST & ASIA, Timothy Mitchell, Middle East G4000
    Monday 4:10-6:00 PM, Call Number: 18453
  • THEORY,HIST,PRAC OF HUM RIGHTS, Mahmood Mamdani, International Affairs U8172
    Tuesday 4:10-6:00 PM, Call Number: 91199
  • THE INTERPRETATION OF CULTURE, Brinkley Messick, Anthropology V1002
    Tuesday/Thursday 10:10-11:25 AM, Call Number: 74178
  • WRITTEN CULTURE, Brinkley Messick, Anthropology W4172
    Wednesday 2:10-4:00 PM, Call Number: 61450
  • THEORIES & CULTURE: MID EAST/S, Gil Anidjar, Middle East W3005
    Wednesday 2:10-4:00 PM, Call Number: 19762


    Spring 2012

  • Anthropology V3887
    The Anthropology of Palestine, Section 001, Call Number: 87282, Points: 4
    Instructor: Rhoda A Kanaaneh
    Day/Time: W 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Anthropology G6602
    Questions in Anthropological Theory II: Texts, Section 001, Call Number: 03136, Points: 3
    Instructor: Nadia Abu-El-Haj
    Day/Time: R 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Asian Civilization: Middle East V2008
    Contemporary Islamic Civilization, Section 001, Call Number: 88397, Points: 4
    Instructor: George Saliba
    Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
  • Religion V2305
    Islam, Section 001, Call Number: 27646, Points: 3
    Instructor: Peter Awn
    Day/Time: MW 5:40pm-6:55pm
  • Religion V3314
    The Qur'an: A Comparative Perspective, Section 001, Call Number: 00350, Points: 3
    Instructor: Najam Haider
    Day/Time: MW 1:10pm-2:25pm
  • Anthropology W4282
    Islamic Law, Section 001, Call Number: 19699, Points: 3
    Instructor: Brinkley Messick
    Day/Time: F 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Comparative Literature: Middle East G4228
    Revolution In Arabic: Lit-War, Section 001, Call Number: 72750, Points: 3
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi
    Day/Time: W 11:00am-12:50pm
  • Comparative Literature: Middle East G4228
    Islamic Context Arabian Nights, Section 001, Call Number: 13450, Points: 3
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi Day/Time: R 11:00am-12:50pm
  • History W3705
    Modern Egypt, Section 001, Call Number: 70952, Points: 3
    Instructor: Marwa Elshakry
    Day/Time: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
  • History W47555
    Oil & History of Arab Gulf States, Section 001, Call Number: 28252, Points: 4
    Instructor: Rosie Bsheer
    Day/Time: R 11:00am-12:50pm
  • Middle East G4760
    Shi'ites and Shi'ism, Section 001, Call Number: 92898, Points: 3
    Instructor: Hamid Dabashi
    Day/Time: W 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Religion W4335
    Shi'ism, Section 001, Call Number: 07862, Points: 4
    Instructor: Najam Haider
    Day/Time: W 4:10pm-6:00pm
  • Comparative Literature: Middle East G6020
    Colonialism, Section 001, Call Number: 63534, Points: 3
    Instructor: Timothy Mitchell
    Day/Time: F 11:00am-12:50pm
  • International Affairs U6712
    Political Islam, Section 001, Call Number: 96598, Points: 3
    Instructor: Ousmane Kane
    Day/Time: T 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Middle East G6600
    Postcolonial Theory, Section 001, Call Number: 77201, Points: 3
    Instructor: Hamid Dabashi, Mamadou Diouf
    Day/Time: W 11:00am-12:50pm
  • Fall 2011 Anthropology W4277
    ANTHROP OF THE MID EAST (Call No. 04002). 3 points.
    Thursday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 307 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
    Instructor: Nadia Abu El-Haj
  • Fall 2011 Anthropology V3465
    WOMEN, GENDER POL-MUSLIM WORLD (Call No. 88447). 3 points.
    Monday/Wednesday, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM, 413 Kent Hall
    Instructor: Lila Abu-Lughod
  • Fall 2011 Middle East W3000
    THEOR-CULTURE: MID EAST/S ASIA (Call No. 87097). 4 points.
    Tuesday/Thursday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 313 Fayerweather
    Instructor: Gil Anidjar
  • Fall 2011 Religion W4330
    SEMINAR ON CLASSICAL SUFI TEXTS (Call No. 53346). 4 points.
    Friday, 11:00-12:50 AM, 401 Hamilton Hall
    Instructor: Peter Awn
  • Fall 2011 Political Science W4445 (Barnard)
    PLTCS MID EAST & NORTH AFRICA (Call No. 02425). 3 points.
    Tuesday/Thursday, 10:35-11:50 AM, 504 Diana Center
    Instructor: Mona El-Ghobashy
  • Fall 2011 Middle East W3923
    CNTRL QUESTIONS IN ISLAMIC LAW (Call No. 96099). 3 points.
    Tuesday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 103 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Wael Hallaq
  • Fall 2011 CSER W3970
    Instructor: Nathalie Handal
    Tuesday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 420 Hamilton Hall
    This course explores contemporary Palestinian culture, history, and society through literature and theater produced by Palestinian writers and playwrights, including those in the West Bank, Israel, other Arab countries, and the West. The course will examine Palestinianess, looking at the various cultural and socio-political issues prevalent in plays, poetry, non-fiction and fiction. Discussions revolve around styles and aesthetics as well as identity and cultural politics. Students will also read critical and theoretical works in order to better help them understand the works. Some of the writers the class will cover include, Mahmoud Darwish, Faqwa Tuqan, Sayed Kashua, Mourid Barghouti, and Naomi Shihab Nye.
  • Fall 2011 History W3719
    HISTORY OF THE MOD MIDDLE EAST (Call No. 53496). 3 points.
    Tuesday/Thursday, 9:10-10:25 AM, 417 International Affairs Building
    Instructor: Rashid Khalidi
  • Fall 2011 History G8712
    U.S.,MID EAST & THE COLD WAR (Call No. 27779). 4 points.
    Tuesday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 208 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Rashid Khalidi
  • Fall 2011 Anthropology - Middle East G6406
    THE MOD ST & THE COLONIAL SUBJ (Call No. 71502). 4 points.
    Monday, 4:10-6:00 PM, 963 Schermerhorn
    Instructor: Mahmood Mamdani
  • Fall 2011 Anthropology V3933
    ARABIA IMAGINED (Call No. 60800). 4 points.
    Friday, 10:00-12:00 PM, 467 Schermerhorn Hall
    Instructor: Brinkley Messick
  • Fall 2011 Middle East W3260
    RETHINKING MIDDLE EAST POLITCS (Call No. 92597). 3 points.
    Monday/Wednesday, 2:40-3:55 PM, 103 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Timothy Mitchell
  • Fall 2011 Middle East G4261
    ISLAM ON THE STREET (Call No. 84700). 3 points.
    Wednesday, 11:00-12:50 PM, 403 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi
  • Fall 2011 Middle East G4228
    REVOLUTION IN ARABIC:LIT-WAR (Call No. 62283). 3 points.
    Thursday, 11:00-12:50 PM, 403 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi
  • Fall 2011 Middle East V2003
    INTRO TO ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION (Call No. 61497). 4 points.
    Monday/Wednesday, 2:40-3:55 PM, 501 Schermerhorn Hall
    Instructor: George Saliba
  • Spring 2011 Middle East W4053
    Instructor: Salim Tamari
  • Spring 2011 Middle East G6225
    Instructor: Salim Tamari
  • Spring 2011 Anthropology V3887
    Instructor: Rhoda Kanaaneh
  • Spring 2011 English BC3149
    Instructor: Bashir Abu-Manneh
    Tuesday & Thursday, 2:40-3:55 PM, Room TBA The significance of colonial encounter, statehood, and dispossession in Palestinian and Israeli cultures from 1948 to the present, examined in a range of cultural forms: poetry, political tracts, cinema, fiction, memoirs, and travel writing. Authors include: Darwish, Grossman, Habibi, Khalifeh, Khleifi, Kanafani, Oz, Shabtai, Shalev, and Yehoshua.
  • Fall 2010 History G8716
    POLTICS OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST; Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in the Middle East; 4 points
    Instructor: Thomas Hill
    W 2:10-4, 311 Fayerweather.
  • Spring 2010 History G9713
    Instructor: Rashid Khalidi
    Tuesday 2:10pm-4:00pm 208 KNOX HALL.