Upcoming Events: 11/28/16 & 11/30/16

Please join the MEHAT Workshop for two exciting events:

Lecture 11/28/16 – Prof. Sarah Stroumsa (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)—co-sponsored event with the Jewish Studies Workshop *Harper 130, 4:30-6:00 PM

“The Literary Genizot: A Window to a Mediterranean Republic of Letters.”

Workshop 11/30/16 – Madeleine Elfenbein (NELC)

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Wednesday, November 30th, at 3:00 PM in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

Our speaker is Madeleine Elfenbein (NELC) who will present the paper,“Namık Kemal and the Quest for a New Ottoman Sovereignty.” The discussant is Mohsin Rao (NELC).

The paper will be distributed via our listserv. Please try to read it in advance for an informed discussion.

Food and beverages will be served. We hope to see you all there!!

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Workshop 11/16/16 – Süleyman Dost

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Wednesday, November 16th, at 3:00 PM in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

Our speaker is Süleyman Dost (NELC) who will present the paper “Enigma Revisited: A Re-evaluation of the al-Shajara al-Nu‘māniyya Through the Commentary of al-Ṣafadī.” The discussant is Carlos Grenier (History).

The paper will be distributed via our listserv. Please try to read it in advance for an informed discussion.

Food and beverages will be served. We hope to see you all there!!

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Upcoming Events: 11/2/16 & 11/4/16

Please join the MEHAT Workshop for two exciting events:

Workshop 11/2/16 – Carol Fan

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Wednesday, November 2nd, at 3:00 PM in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

Our speaker is Carol Fan (NELC) who will present the paper “Studying Ming-Timurid Relations: Sources and Scholarship in Chinese.” The discussant is August Samie (NELC).

The paper will be distributed via our listserv. Please try to read it in advance for an informed discussion.

Food and beverages will be served. We hope to see you all there!!

*Workshop 11/4/16 – Prof. Rebecca Johnson (Northwestern)*

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Friday, November 4th, at 11:30 AM in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

We will be joined by Prof. Rebecca Johnson before her CMES lecture at 4:30 in order to discuss her article “Importing the Novel: The Arabic Novel in and as Translation,” and conduct a close reading of an English translation from Aḥmad Fāris al-Shidyāq’s Al-sāq ‘alā l-sāq (Leg over Leg). 

The article, primary source, and an optional reading from Dr. Johnson about Al-sāq ‘alā l-sāq will be distributed in advance. Please try to read some of these materials in advance for a productive workshop.

Food and beverages will be served. We hope to see you all there!!

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Workshop 10/19/16 – Kyle Longworth

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Wednesday, October 19th, at 3:00 PM in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

Our speaker is Kyle Longworth (NELC) who will present the paper “Islamic Sources and the Syriac Historical Tradition.” The discussant is Süleyman Dost (NELC).

The paper will be distributed via our listserv. Please try to read it in advance for an informed discussion.

Food and beverages will be served. We hope to see you all there!!

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Workshop 10/5/16 – Zachary Schuyler

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Wednesday, October 5th, at 3:00 PM in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

Our speaker is Zachary Schuyler (CMES) who will present the paper “Ironing Out National Ideology: Amir Temür in Karimov’s Functionalist Reconstruction of Uzbek History.” The discussant is August Samie (NELC).

The paper has been distributed via our listserv. Please try to read it in advance for an informed discussion.

Food and beverages will be served. We hope to see you all there!!

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Fall 2016 Workshop Schedule

The Middle East History and Theory Workshop (MEHAT) is pleased to announce our schedule for Fall 2016.                                                                                                                        All meetings will be held on alternate Wednesdays from 3:00-4:20pm in Pick 218 unless otherwise noted. Food and beverages will be served. Papers will be circulated a week before the workshop meeting via our listserv. If you have any questions, please contact mehat.workshop@uchicago.edu.

October 5 – Zachary Schuyler (CMES)

“Ironing Out National Ideology: Amir Temür in Karimov’s Functionalist Reconstruction of Uzbek History”

Discussant: August Samie (NELC)

October 19 – Kyle Longworth (NELC)

“Islamic Societies and the Syriac Historical Tradition”

Discussant: Süleyman Dost (NELC)

November 2 – Carol Fan (NELC)

“Studying Ming-Timurid Relations: Sources and Scholarship in Chinese”

Discussant: August Samie (NELC)

November 4 – Prof. Rebecca Johnson (Northwestern University)

Workshop in conjunction with the CMES Friday lecture titled “Translated Publics: Print Culture and the Novel during the Nahda”

*Please Note: The MEHAT Workshop will take place from 11:30-12:50 on this day.

November 16 – Süleyman Dost (NELC)

“That Time Ibn Arabi Predicted the Ottoman Conquest of Syria and Egypt: The Mysterious World of al-Shajara al-Nu’maniyya”

Discussant: Carlos Grenier (History)

November 28 – Prof. Sarah Stroumsa (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)—co-sponsored event with the Jewish Studies Workshop *Harper 148

“Jewish and Muslim Philosophy and Theology in Islamic Spain”

November 30 – Madeleine Elfenbein (NELC)

“Namık Kemal and the Quest for a New Ottoman Sovereignty”

Discussant: Mohsin Rao (NELC)

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2016-2017 Call for Papers

The Middle East History and Theory Workshop (MEHAT) is excited to solicit your participation for the 2016–17 academic year. Its aim is to provide a forum for campus scholars to present new work, receive feedback, and generate discussion across the disciplines. As an area studies workshop, we are eager to hear from historians, anthropologists, sociologists, musicologists, linguists, theologians, political scientists, and beyond, whose work engages with the Middle East—broadly defined to include South and Central Asia, the Mediterranean and North Africa, over a time span extending from Late Antiquity and the advent of Islam to the present.

Drafts of dissertation proposals, chapters, and master’s theses are especially welcome, along with other works in progress. Papers are generally circulated a week prior to the workshop on the MEHAT listhost to encourage attendance and informed academic discussion. If you are interested, please send an email to mehat.workshop@uchicago.edu.

Please email abstracts to mehat.workshop@uchicago.edu if interested. Our Fall meeting dates are scheduled for:
October 5 (reserved)
October 19 (reserved)
November 2
November 16
November 30
We will also be placing papers during Winter and Spring Quarters. Please indicate in which quarter you would prefer to present, and we will try to accommodate your request.

The workshop will meet on alternate Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 PM in Pick 218. There will always be food and beverages.

With best wishes,
MEHAT 2016–17 coordinators
Chelsie May and Alexandra Hoffmann

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MEHAT Workshop 2016-2017

Rachel and I would like to thank all of those who attended workshops and events this year. We believe that MEHAT in 2015-16 was one of the most successful in recent years in terms of quality of scholarship and attendance.

We are pleased to announce the workshop’s new coordinators for 2016-17. Chelsie May and Alexandra Hoffmann are third-years in the NELC Department, and Rachel and I know we are leaving the workshop in extremely capable hands!

Be on the lookout for the CFP by early September, and if you have any questions, please email mehat.workshop@uchicago.edu.

See you in the fall!

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"Will We Talk About ISIS?"

The formal roundtable participants are:

Oya Topcuoglu, U of C, NELC
Esra Tasdelen, North Central College, Modern and Classical Languages
Alireza Doostdar, U of C, Divinity School
Holly Shissler, U of C, NELC
Noha Forster, U of C, NELC
Richard Payne, U of C, NELC
Annie Greene, U of C, NELC
Madeleine Elfenbein, U of C, NELC
Jessica Sylvan Mutter, U of C, NELC
Timothy Gutmann, U of C, Divinity School
Mariam Sheibani, U of C, NELC

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Workshop 4/14/2016 – Ekin Enacar

Please join the Middle East History and Theory Workshop on Thursday, April 14th, at 12:00 Noon in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room).

Our speaker is Ekin Enacar (NELC) who will present her paper entitled “Political Satire, Cartoons and the Limits of Press Freedom during the First Months of the Young Turk Revolution.” The discussant is Maddy Elfenbein (NELC).

The paper will be distributed on our listserv on Monday. If possible, please try to read the paper in advance for informed discussion.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

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