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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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 ... ...
Fall 2020 | CMES Affiliated Faculty News Part I

Fall 2020 | CMES Affiliated Faculty News Part I

CMES affiliated faculty have been busy in 2020. Here are a few highlights of their work. We will be highlighting more in part II! Peter Bloom (Chair, Film and Media Studies) co-convened a workshop at the Getty Research Institute entitled Narration and Perception in the Archive of Optical Mediation Workshop that was held Feb 20-21, Read More ... ...
Professor Stephen Humphreys (History) publishes on adaptation to Muslim rule in a Syrian Orthodox community

Professor Stephen Humphreys (History) publishes on adaptation to Muslim rule in a Syrian Orthodox community

Professor Stephen Humphreys (History) has a new article out about adaptation to Muslim rule in a Syrian Orthodox community. The paper titled “Adapting to Muslim Rule: The Syrian Orthodox Community in Twelfth-Century Northern Syria and the Jazira” is available in the edited volume Syria in Crusader Times: conflict and Coexistence (Edinburgh Univ Press, 2020), pp. Read More ... ...
Laila Shereen Sakr has a solo exhibition and two installations in group exhibitions

Laila Shereen Sakr has a solo exhibition and two installations in group exhibitions

Assistant Professor Laila Shereen Sakr (Film & Media Studies)  has had a busy and creative year. February to March, 2020, Laila’s solo exhibition at the American University of Cairo’s (AUC) Tahrir Cultural Center, Beit Um Amel /بيت ام امل X“, shared a virtual archive of “Pixelated self-portraits, digital archives of social media activity in the Read More ... ...
Paul Amar (Director of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies) receives two prestigious grants

Paul Amar (Director of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies) receives two prestigious grants

Congratulations to Professor Paul Amar (Director of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, Professor of Global Studies) and the Orfalea Center for receiving $240,000 from the Ford Foundation and $175,000 from the Carnegie Corp. Read more about these grants and the projects they will fund HERE. ...
Faculty Spotlight: Elliot Wolfson (Religious Studies)

Faculty Spotlight: Elliot Wolfson (Religious Studies)

Professor Elliot Wolfson (Religious Studies) publishes several chapters and articles on Kabbalah (part of Jewish tradition that deals with the essence of God) in 2020. A few highlights are below. “Ṣimṣum, Lichtung, and the Leap of Bestowing Refusal: Kabbalistic and Heideggerian Metaontology in Dialogue.” In Tsimtsum and Modernity: Lurianic Heritage in Modern Philosophy and Theology, edited by A. Read More ... ...
James White (History) successfully defended his PhD dissertation, “Bows and Spears in Achaemenid Persia”.

James White (History) successfully defended his PhD dissertation, “Bows and Spears in Achaemenid Persia”.

James White of the UCSB History Department successfully defended his PhD dissertation, Bows and Spears in Achaemenid Persia, on Friday, 28 August.  Combining Greek and Near Eastern textual, visual, and material evidence with insights from archaeological reconstruction of ancient military equipment, this dissertation makes a groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of warfare and culture in the Achaemenid Read More ... ...
Faculty Spotlight: Adam Sabra (History)

Faculty Spotlight: Adam Sabra (History)

Admar Sabra (History) publishes Kitāb Dustūr al-gharāʾib wa-maʿdan al-raghāʾib and Related Texts with Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Publishers. This is the first publication of the official correspondence of the leading religious scholar and literary figure, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abi al-Hasan al-Bakri al-Siddiqi al-Shafi‘i Sibt Al al-Hasan. It provides a window into the world of an influential Read More ... ...
Faculty Spotlight: Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies)

Faculty Spotlight: Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies)

Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies) has a book in press with Routledge/Taylor & Francis titled The Musical Heritage of al-Andalus that deals with music in medieval Iberia from the Muslim conquest in 711 CE to the final expulsion of the Moriscos (Muslims converted voluntarily or involuntarily to Christianity) in 1609-14. This volume documents the various cultural Read More ... ...
CMES Adopts the Middle East Studies Association’s Statement Against Systematic Racism and Anti-Blackness

CMES Adopts the Middle East Studies Association’s Statement Against Systematic Racism and Anti-Blackness

On June 29, 2020, the Board of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) released a statement in solidarity with the uprisings against systemic racism and anti-Blackness. The Executive Board of UCSB’s Center for Middle East Studies enthusiastically supports the below statement from MESA, with emphasis on the need for action above rhetoric. “Black lives matter. Read More ... ...
Faculty Spotlight: Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies)

Faculty Spotlight: Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies)

Professor Mona Damluji, in the Film and Media Studies Department, focuses on media in the Middle East and the history of the oil industry’s relationship to cinema in the region. She is the first to say that her path to UCSB has been anything but conventional. She first studied architecture at Tufts University with a Read More ... ...
Meet Middle East Studies Major: Maribelle Boutros

Meet Middle East Studies Major: Maribelle Boutros

Maribelle Boutros has a knack for language.  Learning Arabic and Spanish is central in her studies at UCSB. Boutros — a fourth-year Global Studies and Middle East Studies double major — is an Arabic tutor at CLAS, a translation studies minor, and plans to either teach English abroad or work as a translator. “I love Read More ... ...
Welcome to our three interns!

Welcome to our three interns!

CMES gained three interns.  From left to right they are: Katherine Schwartz, Matthew Ross and Clare Doyle. Katherine Schwartz will be masterminding our newsletter and interviews. Matthew Ross will be leading our social media and events planning. Clare Doyle will be working on our K-12 programming. We are thrilled to have them join our team! ...
CMES Faculty, Mona Damluji, receives NEH fellowship

CMES Faculty, Mona Damluji, receives NEH fellowship

Mona Damluji (Department of Film & Media Studies) has received a NEH fellowship in support of her writing about the nexus of cinema culture and the oil industry. To learn more see this article in The Current. Congratulations Professor Damluji! ...