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April 2015

Politics of Time, Material Culture and Islamic Religiosity

April 24 @ 8:00 am - April 25 @ 2:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Symposium organized by Amal Sachedina, 2014/15 Aga Khan Visiting Professor. Access livestream for Day 1 here >> Access livestream for Day 2 here >> About: This symposium brings together scholars who work on different regions of the historic and contemporary Middle East and Islamicate world in order to explore how history-making as a modern intervention has transformed the everyday lives of people through refiguring religious and political realities on the ground. It further seeks to interrogate the processes by which material culture, time and…

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“The East India Company: The Original Corporate Raiders”

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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  The Brown-India Initiative is pleased to welcome the Spring 2015 OP Jindal Distinguished Lecturer: William Dalrymple.   He will be presenting this semester’s series titled “Forgetting the past/Prefiguring the Present: Contemporary South Asian meditations on East India Company History.” Commentator: Maya Jasanoff, Harvard University

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Protective Edge and Human Shields in Gaza

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Speaker: Nicola Perugini, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies and Middle East Studies Registration is now open. Please be aware, that upon start of the event, unclaimed lunches and seats will be given to those on standby, even if you have registered. Priority will be given to the Brown community. This event is part of the Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar Series. Abstract: During Israel’s 2014 operation ‘Protective Edge’ in Gaza, human shielding became a central trope in the semiotic warfare…

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May 2015

“Afghanistan: Return of a King, Redux: Lessons of a 19th Century Catastrophe”

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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The Brown-India Initiative is pleased to welcome the Spring 2015 OP Jindal Distinguished Lecturer: William Dalrymple. He will be presenting this semester’s series titled “Forgetting the past/Prefiguring the Present: Contemporary South Asian meditations on East India Company History.” Commentator: Faiz Ahmed, Brown University  

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MES Senior Capstone/Thesis Presentations

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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End of Year Reception

May 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Maddock Alumni Center,
38 Brown St., Providence, RI United States
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Please RSVP at CMES@brown.edu.

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September 2015

“Sectarianism in Islam and Muslim Communities,” NAAIMS Annual Conference

September 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Sectarian difference and conflict has been part of Islamic history from early times, beginning in a tangible, if not fully established, way during the First Civil War in the mid-1st/7th century. By the late 3rd/9th century, Islamic heresiographers began to document a wide variety of real or reified sectarian identities within the Islamic community. This sectarian history has always been tempered, however, by a well-established Islamic principle that allowed for a certain degree of theological and legal pluralism within the Muslim community, and the…

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