On May 6, 2020, Christopher Rose, Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at University f Texas at Austin, delivered a webinar as part of our Director's Series on the previously-overlooked history of the devastating 'Spanish' influenza in Egypt in 1918 and how it contributed to peasant participation in the 1919 Egyptian Revolution.
On April 30, 2020, Nükhet Varlık, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University - Newark and the University of South Carolina, delivered a timely webinar discussing the plague in European and Ottoman historiography, questioning Eurocentric narratives and epidemiological Orientalism, and reflecting on how we can understand this history in light of the current pandemic.
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In a Director's Series lecture co-hosted by the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, presented on his recent book, Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today (2019). The lecture was followed by a discussion moderated by Faculty Director, Professor Tarek Masoud, about the meaning of religious freedom in Muslim-majority countries and its challenges and opportunities.
At the end of the Fall 2019 semester, Professor Shady Nasser convened a conference in which leading experts in Qurʾānic studies from North America and Europe shared their recent and impactful work related to the history of the reception of the Qurʾān.