Graduate student Rachel Winter presented at the Getty Graduate Symposium and received a grant from the Center for Craft.

Rachel Winter (Ph.D. Candidate, History of Art and Architecture) presented her paper titled, “Exhibiting British Society at the 1976 World of Islam Festival,” at the Getty Graduate Symposium in February 2021. The third annual symposium showcased the work of many promising art history scholars. Rachel also received a Craft Research Fund Project Grant from the Read More …

Event Highlight | The Transnational Impact of the Syrian Mahjar

Inaugurating the 2020-21 CMES speaker series, Dr. Stacy Farenthold virtually visited UC Santa Barbara in October to discuss her award-winning book Between the Ottomans and Entente: The First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora, 1908-1925. The lecture focused on the transnational nodes and micro historical accounts of Syrian migration to the western hemisphere Read More …

Professor Dwight Reynolds sheds light on the evolution of Andalusian music in the Iberian Peninsula

UCSB Religious Studies Professor Dwight Reynolds book The Musical Heritage of Al-Andalus is now published with Rutledge! Exploring the history of first and second millennia Andalusian music in Islamic Iberia, Reynolds illuminates the incredible fusion of various musical traditions that occurred throughout cultural evolutions during the period. Often neglected in analysis by scholars of Muslim Read More …

Prof. Daniel Masterson has articles in the Washington Post and The Economist

Masterson makes a straightforward case for a compassionate response to Syrian refugees. UCSB Political Science Professor Daniel Masterson received significant buzz this past month after publishing articles in both the Washington Post and The Economist. Associated with the Center for Middle East Studies, Masterson studies migration, displacement, and humanitarian policy. An expert on the refugee Read More …

Event Highlight | Refugee Regime in the Ottoman Middle East with Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky (Global Studies, UCSB)

Refugee Regime in the Ottoman Middle East January 14, 2021 Dr. Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky’s (Global Studies, UCSB) talk examined the making of the Ottoman refugee regime between the 1860s and World War I. The presentation challenged the conventional wisdom that refugee regimes are the products of the contemporary nation-state order, which go back to the 1951 Read More …

Faculty Spotlight | Stuart Tyson Smith (Anthropology)

Professor Stuart Smith brings ancient Egyptians and Nubians to Zoom at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center Professor Stuart Tyson Smith’s (Anthropology) research seeks to unravel the historic relationship between ancient Egyptians and Nubians. His latest contribution to the region’s history is presented below in an inaugural W.E.B. Du Bois Virtual Lecture at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center Read More …

2020 | CMES Affiliated Graduate Student News

UC Santa Barbara has a vibrant graduate student community invested in Middle East focused research. Below are highlights of CMES affiliated graduate students’ scholarship.  Amy Fallas (History) published several reviews: “Researching Modern Egypt Online,” Digital Archives Review, HAZINE; “The Chaldeans: Politics and Identity in Iraq and the American Diaspora,” Book Review, Arab Studies Journal 28, Read More …

Shadow and Light (virtual exhibit)

In partnership with Beau Beausoleil and Heather Hughes, Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies) co-curated a virtual exhibition of The Shadow and Light Project that honors Iraqi academics killed in Iraq between 2003-2012. The exhibit is hosted by the UCSB Library and has just gone live: https://spotlight.library.ucsb.edu/starlight/shadow-and-light About the Exhibit The Shadow and Light project compiled by Beau Read More …

Fall 2020 | CMES Affiliated Faculty News Part II

Continuing from CMES Affiliated Faculty News Part I, we celebrate and congratulate CMES affiliated faculty on their recent accomplishments. Ahmad Atif Ahmad (Professor, Religious Studies) published a series of articles on Harvard’s Islamic Law Blog titled “From Punishment to Restitution”: 1 2 3 4. Professor Ahmad also tackled the translation of a 15th century manuscript Read More …