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1 The Loneliest Revolution: A Memoir of Solidarity and Struggle in Iran Ali Mirsepassi in conversation with Stephanie Cronin about his new book Ali Mirsepassi, Stephanie Cronin 06 Jun 2024
2 Israeli Public Opinion and Political Options after 7 October Professor Yuli Tamir considers Israeli public opinion following the 7 October 2023 attack and the constraints that public opinion imposes on the political options moving forward. Yuli Tamir, Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab 30 Jan 2024
3 Modern Arab Kingship - Remaking the Ottoman Political Order in the Interwar Middle East Adam Mestyan argues that post-Ottoman Arab political orders were not, as many historians believe, products of European colonialism but of the process of "recycling empire." Adam Mestyan, Eugene Rogan 25 Jan 2024
4 Stories to Connect: The Reza Hosseini Memorial Lecture Series on the past and present of the Middle East Join Professor Ghassan Salamé for his Lecture on 'Lessons from 2003 Iraq: Twenty Years Later.' Ghassan Salamé, Eugene Rogan 23 Jan 2024
5 Reconsidering the 60s generation in the Arab world and beyond Professor Yoav di Capua offers a comprehensive empirical, theoretical, and methodological reassessment of the Arab 60s as a global pursuit with lessons that transcend the geography of the Middle East - the fruit of a decade of research on Arab thought. Yoav di Capua, Eugene Rogan 23 Jan 2024
6 Creative Commons Book Launch: Locked Out of Development: Insiders and Outsiders in Arab Capitalism Dr Hertog presents the key arguments of his new short monograph “Locked Out of Development: Insiders and Outsiders in Arab Capitalism” published by Cambridge University Press. Steffen Hertog, Neil Ketchley 23 Mar 2023
7 Creative Commons Clerics in the time of Tishreen The evolution of religion-civil society relations in post-2003 Iraq. Marsin Alshamary, Maryam Alemzadeh 03 Mar 2023
8 Creative Commons Algeria: Politics and Society from the Dark Decade to the Hirak Dr Michael Willis' new book offers an explanation of this unexpected development known as the Hirak Movement, examining the political and social changes that have occurred in Algeria since the ‘dark decade’ of the 1990s Michael Willis, Eugene Rogan 10 Feb 2023
9 Creative Commons In the Shade of the Sunna: Salafi Piety in the 20th-Century Middle East Aaron Rock-Singer presents their latest book "In the Shade of the Sunna: Salafi Piety in the 20th-Century Middle East". Aaron Rock-Singer, Usaama al-Azami 06 Dec 2022
10 Creative Commons The Making of the Modern Middle East A vivid and authoritative account of the making of the modern Middle East, from the BBC’s long-serving correspondent in the region. Jeremy Bowen, Eugene Rogan 23 Nov 2022
11 Creative Commons Nemir Kirdar Memorial Event Memorial event for the late Mr Nemir Amin Kirdar (1936-2020). Roger Goodman, Margaret MacMillan, Eugene Rogan, Serra Kirdar 15 Nov 2022
12 Creative Commons Religion II Professor Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Northwestern University) speaking on 'Decolonizing the category of religion' and Dr Rushain Abbasi (Stanford University) speaking on 'Regulating Religion in Premodern Islamic Governance'. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Faisal Devji, Usaama al-Azami 15 Jul 2022
13 Women's Rights Research Seminar: Threatened motherhood in the Israeli welfare state: The discourse and the practice behind the disqualification of disadvantaged women's motherhood Prof. Esther Hertzog gives a talk on the vulnerable situation of motherhood in the Israeli welfare state. Esther Hertzog, Soraya Tremayne 19 May 2022
14 Law Professor Mohammad Fadel speaking on ‘The Protean Sovereign of Sunni Law’ and Professor Lena Salaymeh speaking on ‘Reconsidering the Political in Premodern Islam.' Mohammad Fadel, Lena Salaymeh 28 Apr 2022
15 Violence Nesrine Badawi speaking on ‘Debating Militancy in the Modern World’ and Murad Idris speaking on ‘Theorizing Colonialism, Capitalism, and Violence in an Islamist Key.' Nesrine Badawi, Murad Idris, Faisal Devji, Usaama al-Azami 08 Apr 2022
16 Creative Commons The Global Merchants: The Enterprise and Extravagance of the Sassoon Dynasty Professor Joseph Sassoon in conversation with Dr Michael Willis about his recent book, The Global Merchants: The Enterprise and Extravagance of the Sassoon Dynasty (Allen Lane, Penguin Group, 2022). Emeritus Professor Avi Shlaim joins them. Joseph Sassoon, Michael Willis, Avi Shlaim, Eugene Rogan 24 Mar 2022
17 Creative Commons All Jihad Is Local: the Micro-Politics of Militant Islamism in 1980s Lebanon and Beyond Dr Raphaël Lefèvre in conversation with Dr Neil Ketchley about his recent book, 'Jihad in the City: Militant Islamism and Contentious Politics in Tripoli' (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Raphael Lefevre, Neil Ketchley 16 Mar 2022
18 Sovereignty Neguin Yavari speaking on ‘Islamic imperatives and Islamic rulers’, Samy Ayoub speaking on ‘Law and the Exercise of Power: Debates on Political Legitimacy and Authority in the 19th - 20th centuries Egypt’. Neguin Yavari, Samy Ayoub, Faisal Devji, Usaama al-Azami 02 Mar 2022
19 The Career and Communities of Zaynab Fawwaz: Feminist Thinking in Fin-de-siècle Egypt Marilyn Booth speaking on her new book. Marilyn Booth 02 Mar 2022
20 Creative Commons Religion Madawi al-Rasheed speaking on ‘Islamic Reform in Saudi Arabia between “the Violence of the Minority and the Apathy of the Majority”. Pascal Menoret speaking on ‘Graveyard of Clerics’. Madawi al-Rasheed, Pascal Menoret, Faisal Devji, Usaama al-Azami 02 Mar 2022
21 Creative Commons The Fate of Colonial Elites in Post-Colonial Regimes: Evidence from the 1952 Egyptian Revolution Dr Neil Ketchley in conversation with Professor Walter Armbrust about his current research. Neil Ketchley, Walter Armbrust 03 Feb 2022
22 Islam and the Arab Revolutions – the Ulama between Democracy and Autocracy Join us as we listen to Dr Usaama al-Azami (Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford) in conversation about his new book, 'Islam and the Arab Revolutions, the Ulama between Democracy and Autocracy'. Usaama al-Azami, Michael Willis 31 Jan 2022
23 Creative Commons What does political ecology tell us about the environmental crises in the Middle East? This is a recording of a live webinar held on Friday 3rd December 2021 for the Middle East Centre Christian Henderson, Walter Armbrust 08 Dec 2021
24 Creative Commons Afghanistan and the Middle East This is a recording of a live webinar held on Thursday 25th November 2021 for the Middle East centre. Ibrahim al-Marashi, Michael Willis, Kate Clark 06 Dec 2021
25 Creative Commons Failing Flows: The Politics of Water Management in Southern Iraq This is a recording of a live webinar held on Friday 19th November 2021 for the MEC. Michael Willis, Michael Mason 01 Dec 2021
26 Creative Commons Air Pollution, Toxicity, and Environmental Politics in the History of Iranian Oil Nationalisation This is a recording of a live webinar held on Friday 12th November 2021 for the MEC. Dr Mattin Biglari (SOAS, University of London) presents “Air Pollution, Toxicity, and Environmental Politics in the History of Iranian Oil Nationalisation”. Stephanie Cronin, Mattin Biglari 01 Dec 2021
27 The Tunisian Political Crisis; the end of Democracy? On 25 July 2021 Tunisian President Kais Saied dismissed the government and suspended parliament, subsequently employing the army and security forces around government buildings to thwart any opposition to his power grab. Youssef Cherif, Anne Wolf, Michael Willis 25 Nov 2021
28 Environment Discounted: Energy and Economic Diversification Plans in the Gulf Oil price volatility and accelerated energy transitions away from hydrocarbons to meet climate change mitigation measures have presented existential threats to the economies of hydrocarbon-dependent welfare states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Manal Shehabi, Walter Armbrust, Michael Willis 22 Nov 2021
29 The Blue-Clad Fennec: Authoritarian Environmentalism in Tunisia, and its afterlives This is a recording of a live webinar held on 29th October 2021 for the MEC Friday Seminar Michaelmas Term 2021 series on the overall theme of The Environment and The Middle East. jamie furniss, Walter Armbrust 17 Nov 2021
30 The Politics of Water Scarcity in the Case of Jordan Dr Hussam Hussein investigates the construction of the discourse of water scarcity in Jordan, and the political economy of the water sector. Hussam Hussein, Neil Ketchley, Michael Willis 11 Nov 2021
31 Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema Join us for Booktalk Episode 9, Professor Deborah Starr (Cornell University) in conversation about her new book, Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema, published by California Press. Deborah Starr, Walter Armbrust 21 Oct 2021
32 Women's Rights on The Altar of a Strategic Stake: The New Population Policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Professor Marie Ladier-Fouladi (CNRS)/ CETOBaC) gives a talk for the MEC Women's Rights Research Seminars. Chaired by Soraya Tremayne (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology). Marie Ladier-Fouladi 18 May 2021
33 The Tinderbox documentary film discussion Gillian Mosely (Film Director and Producer) joins Dr Anne Irfan, Professor Eugene Rogan and our Middle East Centre webinar audience to talk about her documentary film, The Tinderbox - Israel and Palestine: time to call time? Gillian Mosely, Anne Irfan, Eugene Rogan 20 Apr 2021