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Public Talks at the Centre of Islamic Studies in Lent 2020

Here is the list of public talks at the Centre in Cambridge for this coming term – I have attached an A4 flyer version of this information for convenience.

All talks are free to enter and open to all interested parties.

January 23, 2020 – MERCEDES VOLAIT

Art at the Bayt al-Sadat: on local engagement with photography and interior refurbishment in Khedival Cairo

Mercedes will look at issues of patronage, materiality, and consumption in connection with the production of Mamluk-style architecture and design in nineteenth-century Cairo.

Mercedes Volait is CNRS Research professor at INHA (Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris) and heads its digital research unit on architecture, antiquarianism, and applied arts in the modern Mediterranean. Her education has been in architecture, Middle Eastern studies, and art history.

February 6, 2020 – YAEL NAVARO

“Minoritized Arabic: Turkification Practices in the Making of ‘Hatay'”

Yael will address the targeting of the Arabic language for elimination in Turkey’s process of transforming Liwa Iskenderun (the Sanjak d’Alexandrette) into ‘Hatay’ via annexation and re-territorialization onwards from 1939.

Yael Navaro-Yashin is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Newnham College. She is the author of Faces of the State: Secularism and Public Life in Turkey.

February 20, 2020 – MICHAEL FARQUHAR

Policing Infitah: Economic Liberalisation, Security and Social Order in Egypt

This paper draws on a previously unexplored trove of writings authored by Egyptian police officers since the mid-twentieth century to shed new light on how policing has figured in the consolidation of late capitalist social order in the Global South.

Michael Farquhar is a Lecturer in Middle East Politics at King’s College London. His first book, Circuits of Faith (SUP 2016) explored Saudi state-funded efforts to extend Wahhabi influence abroad. He is currently undertaking research on policing and social order in Egypt.

March 6, 2020 – HUSSEIN OMAR

‘The Great Islamic State’ in English-Occupied Egypt, 1882-1922

Hussein A H Omar is a cultural and intellectual historian of the Modern Middle East and is currently an AHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Pembroke College and the History Faculty, as part of the ‘First World War and Global Religions’ project

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