Tag: Middle East Studies

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

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Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is sponsored by FIU’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, the Muslim World Studies Program and the Green School Arts & Humanities Initiative. The exhibition features the artwork of Turquoise Mountain artisans, which was commissioned by the Green School for this project. This exhibition was produced under the guidance of the Turquoise Mountain Trust and the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The original exhibition opened on March 5, 2016 and runs until October 29, 2017.

Turquoise Mountain was founded by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and former President of Afghanistan H.E. Hamid Karzai to restore historic areas and traditional crafts and to provide jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride.

The Green School would like to acknowledge the people and organizations that played a critical role in the original exhibition at the Sackler Gallery: the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Along with Turquoise Mountain, we acknowledge His Royal Highness Prince Al Waleed bin Talal and Alwaleed Philanthropies for their long-term support of the Turquoise Mountain project.

All the videos in this exhibition were filmed on location in Afghanistan by Lalage Snow.

Muslims and the Elections in the Age of Islamophobia

Hasan Web

Middle East Studies Program

Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Muslims and the Elections in the Age of Islamophobia

Lecture by Mehdi Hasan, Al Jazeera English

Friday, October 28, 2016 | 3 PM | FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | SIPA 100

Generously sponsored by the Mohsin & Fauzia Jaffer Foundation Fund

Join the Middle East Studies program as renowned journalist and commentator, Mehdi Hasan, examines the role of Muslims in the upcoming U.S. presidential elections. Mr. Hasan will explore what the Muslim vote is and why it matters in an age of rising Islamophobic hysteria.

Mehdi Hasan is the award-winning presenter of UpFront and Head to Head on Al Jazeera English, born and  brought up in the U.K. but now based in Washington, D.C. He is the former political director of The Huffington Post U.K., a regular contributor to the New York Times and The Guardian and the author of two books. Mr. Hasan has been included in the annual list of the 500 ‘most influential’ Muslims in the world and his Oxford Union speech on Islam and peace went viral in 2013, amassing more than 2 million views online. He has interviewed, among others, Edward Snowden, Hamid Karzai, Imran Khan and Ehud Olmert.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-348-7266.

Co-sponsored by the Initiative for Muslim World Studies, Department of Politics and International Relations and the Department of Religious Studies

Muslim Community of Miami: Growth and Contribution to the Development of South Florida

Mirsad Web

Initiative for Muslim World Studies
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Muslim Community of Miami
Growth and Contribution to the Development of South Florida

Lecture by Mirsad Krijestorac, Florida International University

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 12:30 PM | FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | SIPA 100

Muslim communities in the greater Miami area have diversified and expanded significantly from the 1960s to the post 9/11 era today. As the city and its population has grown, we have come to ask ourselves: what does it mean to be a Muslim in a Hispanic-majority community of South Florida? In this conversation, Ph.D. candidate Mirsad Krijestorac reveals the difficult maneuvering of identities among Muslims who are progressively rationalizing their living in this part of the new world where categories of national ‘majority’ and ‘minority’ are blurred. His lecture will provide a historical account of the Muslim community’s growth and adaptations of their public sphere to the realities of the ever-changing ethical and political landscape of South Florida. Join the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs as we discuss the developing role of Muslims in South Florida.

Mirsad Krijestorac is an advanced Ph.D. candidate at the Green School and a Graduate Fellow of the Middle East and Asian Studies program. He recently published a chapter about the Muslim community of South Florida in the book Crescent over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA (University of Texas Press, 2015). Mirsad has presented on this topic, as well as his other research throughout the country. He is currently teaching two courses in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Mirsad is continuing to research and document the history of the Muslim community of South Florida for a possible future book project. His presentation will also discuss some lesser known contributions of Muslims to the development of South Florida over the past 50 years.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here
For more information, please call 305-348-7266.

Co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program.

Global Terrorism, ISIS and the Emerging Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

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Global Terrorism, ISIS and the Emerging Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

Lecture by Dr. Bradford McGuinn, University of Miami
Monday, October 24, 2016 | 12 PM | FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | Viertes Haus 131

Join us as Dr. Bradford McGuinn explores and analyzes the connection between global terrorism, the rise of ISIS and the growing catastrophic crisis in Syria. How did we get here and what can be done?

Dr. Bradford R. McGuinn holds a Ph.D. in international studies, with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies, from the University of Miami. Dr. McGuinn is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Political Science and Director of the Master of Arts in International Administration program at the University of Miami. His fields of research and teaching include Middle Eastern studies, international security, civil-military relations and political violence. He has contributed recent book chapters dealing with security questions in Latin America, West Africa, the Middle East and the Caucasus.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-348-7266.

The Economy of Iran after the Islamic Revolution

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Middle East Studies Program
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
The Economy of Iran after the Islamic Revolution
Lecture by Dr. Morteza Afghah, Shahid Chamran University
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 9:30 AM | FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | CP 117 (Chemistry & Physics)

Dr. Afghah will present an overview of the economy of Iran with a focus on the development of the country post the 1979 Islamic revolution.  He will examine, in particular, the economic and non-economic factors in Iran’s development.

Dr. Morteza Afghah is an assistant professor of economics at Shahid Chamran University (formerly Jondi Shapour University) in Ahvaz, Iran. He obtained his Ph.D. in the field of economics in 1998 from the University of Birmingham, UK.  Dr. Afghah’s main area of research is economic development with a focus on developing countries, in particular Iran. Defining the term “development,” analyzing the condition of developing countries, and studying the effects of socio-cultural values (chiefly religious ones) on economic growth are topics that he has concentrated on.  Dr. Afghah has written several books and articles on these subjects in English and Persian.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-348-7266.

Iran and the Moral Economy

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Middle East Studies Program
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
Iran and the Moral Economy
Graduate Talk by Dr. Morteza Afghah, Shahid Chamran University
Monday, September 12, 2016 | 2 PM | FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | SIPA 502

Dr. Afghah will give a graduate talk on his current research on the non-economic factors that impact the Iranian economy.  He will examine what role Islam plays in the development and economy of contemporary Iran.

Dr. Morteza Afghah is an assistant professor of economics at Shahid Chamran University (formerly Jondi Shapour University) in Ahvaz, Iran. He obtained his Ph.D. in the field of economics in 1998 from the University of Birmingham, UK.  Dr. Afghah’s main area of research is economic development with a focus on developing countries, in particular Iran. Defining the term “development,” analyzing the condition of developing countries, and studying the effects of socio-cultural values (chiefly religious ones) on economic growth are topics that he has concentrated on.  Dr. Afghah has written several books and articles on these subjects in English and Persian.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-348-7266.

By the Rivers of Babylon

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By the Rivers of Babylon

Music of the Iraqi and Indian Jewish Diasporas

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and Coral Gables Congregational Church–United Church of Christ

present a special performance by

George Mordecai

with accompanying musicians Sam ThomasRajneesh Bandhari • Eylem BasaldiJohn Murchison

Monday, March 7, 2016  |  7 PM  |  Coral Gables Congregational Church  |  3010 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables

George Mordecai is the cantor at Temple Israel Center of White Plains, New York. Born in Sydney, Australia, to Iraqi and Indian Jewish parents, Cantor Mordecai was immersed from an early age in the rich musical and cultural traditions of his family. He received a B.A. in history from the University of New South Wales and his Cantorial and Master’s degrees in sacred music from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has previously worked as the Cantor at Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel in Philadelphia, Temple Emanu-El in Miami, and Temple Beth El in Stamford, Connecticut. Outside of the synagogue, Cantor Mordecai has performed Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Middle Eastern liturgical music at concert halls and synagogues in various cities around the US, as well as in England, France and Israel. He has performed with Miami’s own Seraphic Fire, which brings together singers from across the country for cutting-edge concerts of rarely heard classical music.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-348-7266.

Sponsored by the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs Program in the Study of Spirituality • Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series • Global Jewish Studies Program • Middle East Studies Program • Initiative for Muslim World Studies

in collaboration with Coral Gables Congregational Church–United Church of Christ

Co-sponsored by the FIU Office of Global Learning Initiatives and Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment