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Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series


Spring 2021

Talks are usually scheduled for 3pm on Friday afternoons and require registration 24 hours before the event. Please check individual talk webpage for date/time/location details as they may change.

Talks are co-sponsored by CMES and MENAS.


“An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove”: Afterlives of Police Reforms in Turkey

Presenter: Hayal Akarsu

Friday, February 5th


The Search for Qur'anic Laws: Insights from a Yemeni Qur'an Commentary

Presenter: Scott Lucas

Friday, February 12th


Oil-Gotten Gains: Petrodollars, Abscam, and Arab American Activisim, 1973-1981

Presenter: Salim Yaqub

Friday, Febrary 26th


Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer, and Poetry in Iran

Presenter: Niloofar Haeri

Friday, March 5th


Music as a Vector of Political Engagement

Presenter: Amal Guermazi

Wednesday, March 31st, 1-2pm (AZ)



Presenter: Shamiran Mako

Friday, April 16th


Visit the MENAS Colloquium Series archives.


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