Past Events

Rawad Wehbe's Dissertation Defense

Structures of Feeling at the Threshold of Islam: the Mukhaḍram in Arabic Poetry
Jun 21, 2024 at -

Please join us for Rawad Wehbe's defense of his dissertation,Structures of Feeling at the Threshold of Islam: the Mukha

Weston Bland's Dissertation Defense

Communal Liberalism: Representative Politics and the Transformation of the Coptic Sphere in Egypt, 1927--1961
May 3, 2024 at -

Join us at Weston Bland’s defense of his dissertation, Communal Liberalism:…

Second Annual Arabic Language Program Talent Show!

May 1, 2024 at -

Please join us for the Second Annual Arabic Language Program Talent Show on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM in DRLB A8. 

Our incredibly talented Arabic language students will sing, recite poetry…

The Henriyah Translation

The Earliest Persian Translation of the 1001 Nights
Mahdi Ganjavi
Mar 25, 2024 at -

In this presentation, Mahdi Ganjavi will historicize and explore the lesser known Henriyah Translation

Metapoesis in the Late ʿAbbāsid Age

The Dove, the Crow, and the Camel in al-Maʿarrī’s Saqṭ al-Zand
Suzanne Stetkevych
Feb 26, 2024 at -

This talk takes examples from Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī’s (363–449/973–1057) use of animal imagery—doves, crows, camels—to conduct an exploration of the themes of mourning, longing, and of poetry…

The History of Popular Culture and the Entertainment Industry in Early Twentieth-Century Egypt

Elena Chiti, Carmen Gitre, Raphael Cormack
Dec 14, 2023 at

This event has passed. A recording of the panel and subsequent Q&A can be found here: The History of Popular Culture and the Entertainment…

Deciphering Violence and Resistance

This is Not a Poem
Fatemeh Shams
Dec 6, 2023 (All Day)

Iran: Deciphering Violence and Resistance is a curated interdisciplinary exhibition featuring 10 artists…

18th Annual Kolb Senior Scholars Colloquium

A Retrospective
Oct 13, 2023 at -

Join us in-person or virtually

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Aligning Heaven and Earth

Astrology and the Construction of Historical Knowledge in Early Islam
Antoine Borrut, Associate Professor of Islamic History, University of Maryland
Oct 10, 2023 at -


A Global Gender Protest
Sep 29, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 at -

This hybrid international conference has been organized by two Penn faculty members, Profs. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (History Department) and Fatemeh Shams (NELC Department), and PhD Candidate,…