Middle East

"Rethinking the History of Plague in the Time of Coronavirus" by Nükhet Varlık

May 29, 2020

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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2019 Mar 26

Celebrate Nowruz

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Semitic Museum, 3rd Floor

On March 26, 2019, the Alwaleed Program co-sponsored a celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year that takes place on the day of the spring equinox and is celebrated throughout the Persianate world, most of which consists of Muslim-majority countries. 

The event featured a vibrant haft sin table that displayed seven items beginning with the letter sin that symbolize concepts such as abundance, prosperity and new life to usher in the new year. Over 200 guests also enjoyed fresh fruit and Iranian sweets alongside live performances...

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2019 Mar 28

Seminar: City and Countryside as Understood in Medieval Arabic-Persian Dictionaries

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102

On March 28, 2019, Harvard's own Professor Roy Mottahedeh, Gurney Research Professor of History, presented his new philological research on terms for city and countryside in medieval Arabic-Persian dictionaries for the Alwaleed bin Talal Seminar in Islamic Studies. This lecture was co-sponsored and hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. 

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