Monograph Author Flagg Miller Discusses His Work with Bin Laden Audiotapes

Miller thumbnaile-CMES sits down with Flagg Miller, a recent Monograph Series author. His interests have led him to a study of never before released tapes of Bin Laden. The tapes, from Bin Laden’s Kandahar compound, were procured, through CNN and the FBI, by Williams Afghan Media Project. The project called Professor Miller.

Harvard College Library Digitizes Iranian Oral History Interviews

Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Habib Ladjevardi, MBA '63, while working as a research associate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, launched the Iranian Oral History Project (IOHP) to preserve eyewitness accounts of the upheaval before they were lost.

Moroccan Studies at Harvard: Fresh Leader, Refreshing Aims

Granara photoRecently appointed as director of the Moroccan Studies Program at CMES, William E. Granara distinguishes the Kingdom of Morocco as a historical “crossroads, a real intermediary between North-South, East-West relations.” This concept of connectedness is reflected in his aspirations for the future of the program, which include bringing more interdisciplinary character and student involvement to Moroccan studies at Harvard.

Graduate Research Workshops: Understanding Islam in the West

Participants in the IITW workshop After anthropologist Zahra Jamal presented her doctoral research to the Islam in the West research workshop last November, one of her peers, sociology student Pete Dewan, admitted he had not fully followed her analysis. At first perplexed, they soon realized their fields employ different definitions for a term. After comparing terminology, Jamal laughed and said, “This is why interdisciplinary discussions are so valuable.” This article is reproduced with the permission of the Winter 2007 Colloquy , the GSAS Alumni Magazine.

How Not to Devote Oneself to the Study of Food

 "A colleague once accused me of not being enough of a gourmet to justify writing a dissertation entitled 'Food as a Window into Daily Life in Fourteenth Century Central Anatolia.' While I believe this harsh accusation (which, translated in my native French language, would amount to nothing short of slander) is rather inaccurate, it would miss the point of my project even if it were true: my project is, in fact, simply not about food." Nicolas Trépanier gives us food for thought.


Women’s Days at the Saudi Janadriya Festival with Musical Musings

 For the past 21 years, the government of Saudi Arabia has been sponsoring the annual Janadriya Heritage Festival, a two week cultural event featuring regional artisans, food, costumes, architecture, wedding rituals, and traditional music and dance. Lisa Urkevich takes us inside.

Kendi Kendine Ermenice: Teach Yourself Armenian

 Kendi Kendine Ermenice [Teach Yourself Armenian] by H. SÜKRÜ ILICAK and RACHEL GOSHGARIAN (The Armenian Patriarchate, Istanbul, 2006; pp. 260; $14).By Hannah Louise Clark The publication of Kendi Kendine Ermenice is a major accomplishment for two CMES students, H. Sükrü Ilicak and Rachel Goshgarian.

Interview with Professor Eric Davis on social and political developments in modern Iraq

 Professor Eric Davis of Rutgers University is an acknowledged expert on modern Iraq, focusing his research not only on the current political situation, but also on the relationship between state power and historical memory. In a telephone interview with AM candidate Julia Buchmann on January 5, 2006, Professor Eric Davis responded to questions on his latest book Memories of State: Politics, History, and Collective Identity in Modern Iraq (see about the book below) as well as on the current social and political situation in Iraq.

The Arab Education Forum (AEF): Building on what is beautiful, inspiring, healthy, and abundant in the Arab world

 Munir Fasheh, Director of the Arab Education Forum, overviews the program and highlights some of its recent activities.

Crossing Boundaries: Remapping the Study of Middle East History

Cemal Kafadar"Doing Middle East history" means "doing" much more than the Middle East, strictly defined, and "doing" much more than history, strictly defined. Professor Cemal Kafadar, Vehbi Koc Professor of Turkish Studies, explores the changing field of History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard.

Muhammad Ali: A View from the New World

 "A nation is known by its heroes. And in the Egyptian case there can be no doubt that the choice of Muhammad Ali Pasha as the founder of modern Egypt says many things about how Egyptians chose to understand themselves in the twentieth century." Professor E. Roger Owen, Director of the Contemporary Arab Studies Program and the A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, explores the impact of Mohammad Ali Pasha on modern Egypt.

"A Golden Thread of Continuity": Barbara Henson and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

 Barbara Henson never imagined that she would remain at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies for thirty-eight years. In an interview with Hannah-Louise Clark (AM '05), she reflects on the past and the present of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.