Arabic Studies

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The concerns of this seminar are interdisciplinary and humanistic. In addition to Arabic language and literature, the range of interests includes topics of significance for Islamic studies: religion, philosophy, science, law and history of the Muslim world, and modern social and cultural history. The seminar affords an opportunity to members and guest speakers to discuss research in progress. Because the members come from several disciplines, the substantive discussions draw upon various fields to expand the sources, help reformulate questions, and anticipate future publications.

Professor Muhsin Al-Musawi

Mohamed Wajdi Ben Hammed

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.




09/28/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
ماذا الذي تكتبه القصيدة اليوم ؟
Mohammad Bennis, Mohammed-V Agdal University

10/26/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
On Iraqi Writer Muhammad Khudayyir and the Short Story
Chip Rossetti, Library of Arabic Literature

11/30/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Mayy Ziyadah's Salon as a 'Modernity' Dynamic
Boutheina Khaldi, American University of Sharjah

02/22/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Kutub al-lugha as World Literature: The Case of the Arabic Names of the Lion
David Larsen, New York University

03/29/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
8:00 PM
The Oriental Difference in Foucault’s Thought: An interpretation
Marnia Lazreg, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

04/26/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Surrealism, Internationalism and the Afro-Asian in Edwar al-Kharrat’s texts
Hala Halim, New York University