Recent Faculty Activity

Chad Kia's paper "The Paradox of Reform ...

Chad Kia's paper "The Paradox of Reform in Ahmad Kasravi" on the scholarly reception of the controversial 20th century Iranian intellectual, which was first presented at the Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Faculty Seminar in Nov. 2013 has been accepted for publication at the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, under the title, "The Scum of Tabriz: Ahmad Kasravi and the Impulse to Reform Islam." 

William Granara completed a week-long visit to Amman Jordan...

William Granara recently completed a week-long visit to Amman Jordan, where he was invited by the Qasid Institute for the Teaching of Classical and Modern Arabic to review its programs, conduct teaching workshops, and deliver a lecture.  Prof. Granara held three workshops on:  “Teaching Language and Culture from the Elementary to the Advanced Levels,” “Curriculum Development for Classical Arabic,” and “Assessing Proficiency and Achievement for non-native Speakers of Arabic.

William Graham will give the keynote address for a conference...

William Graham will give the keynote address for a conference in Erlangen, Germany on February 20-22, 2014.  The conference is entitled:  "Exegetical Crossroads: Understanding Scripture in Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Medieval Orient".  Professor Graham gave a paper, "Light as Image and Concept in the Qur'an and Other Early Islamic Sources", at the 5th biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art in Palermo, Italy, 9-11 November 2013.

James Russell lectured on the image of Zoroaster...

James R. Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, lectured on the image of Zoroaster at the conference at the Univ. of London opening "The Everlasting Flame" exhibition at the Brunei Gallery. He organized and chaired the first joint workshop of the European and American societies for Armenian studies, on Armenian folklore and mythology, at Harvard in September, reading a paper on the Shvot, a house spirit.

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