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Summer 2017


The CMES office is closed for the summer. We will reopen at the beginning of the Fall Quarter 2017. In the meantime, we can be reached via email.


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Fall 2017



Jerusalem, on the Moving Edge of Israeli Colonial Rule

Dr. Thomas Abowd (Tufts University)

Wednesday, October 10th, 5:00 pm, HSSB 4080

My presentation will analyze how colonialism and colonial urbanism remain a crucial component of contemporary Palestinian and Israeli realities. I seek to illuminate everyday life as well as the broader institutional forces that comprise and enable Israeli urban policy in Jerusalem. What kinds of barriers—physical, legal, and discursive—operate to keep Israeli-occupied Jerusalem a city of immense separation and inequality? I will also address some of the multiple expressions of anti-racism and resistance to colonial and military rule in the city most contested by Palestinians and Israelis since 1948.

Thomas Abowd is an urban anthropologist and historian who received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. He teaches in the Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora Program at Tufts as well as American Studies and Anthropology. His book on spatial politics and colonial urbanism in Israeli-occupied Jerusalem is entitled Colonial Jerusalem. He has been involved in activist and scholarly projects related to the Middle East for more than 20 years and is currently writing about neo-liberal urban space, environmental racism, and  in Flint and Detroit.


Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism:
Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy

Daanish Faruqi
(Duke University)

Tuesday, October 17th


The Feasibility of the Two State Solution

Hamed Qawasmeh 
(Hebron International Resource Network)

Tuesday, October 24th, 5:00pm, HSSB 4080



This Vast Earth: Ibn 'Arabi's Ecology of Consciousness

Annual Conference of the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society


Registration now open for the 2017 annual conference of the Ibn 'Arabi Society at UC Santa Barbara, California, November 10 & 11

Free for UCSB faculty and students (registration required)

For more information and registration please visit: Facebook or Eventbrite


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Dr. Ahmad Ahmad's recent interview on his recent and upcoming publications!

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