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October 2017

Searching for Scribal Curriculum in Ancient Israel

October 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Professor William Schniedewind will present the outlines of his research in progress—a book on Scribal Education in Ancient Israel. The research proposes that outlines of scribal curriculum in early Israel can now be reconstructed based on his interpretation of the recently fully published inscriptions from Kuntillet Ajrud and using parallels with Mesopotamian scribal curriculum and its adaptations into other Levantine scribal settings.   Please RSVP for Event    

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How much of a physician was Rashīd al-Dīn?

October 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Wolfgang Hemmann A lecture by Judith Pfeiffer (University of Bonn) Rashīd al-Dīn Faḍl Allāh Hamadānī (d. 718/1318) is often introduced as “ṭabīb,” or ‘physician,’ mostly to distinguish him from authors with similar names, notably the epistolographer Rashīd al-Dīn Waṭwāṭ (d. 578/1182). This paper discusses Rashīd al-Dīn’s scholarly persona as a physician. Starting from his epithet, ṭabīb, the paper explores his role as a medical practitioner, patron, and author of scholarly medical treatises, arguing that Rashīd al-Dīn’s name is henceforth to…

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Rashīd al-Dīn in the Eye of the Beholder: Proposing a Holistic Approach to Reception History

October 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Wolfgang Hemmann Central Asia in Transition Lecture by Judith Pfeiffer (University of Bonn) Recent scholarship has painted a rather dim picture of the Mongol-Ilkhanid vizier and historian Rashīd al-Dīn’s (d. 718/1318) historiographical impact in the Muslim world. This lecture proposes a holistic approach to Rashīd al-Dīn’s oeuvre that includes both his historiographical and theoretical works, and adduces evidence to revise the above statement by reviewing the reception of Rashīd al-Dīn in the Islamic world with a special focus…

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FBI – Information Session: Collegiate Hiring Initiative and Honors Internship Program

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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What Kind of Wine did Rudaki Fancy?

October 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A lecture in English by Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona). October 09, 2017. One of the earliest Persian poets, Rudaki (859–941), employed the word wine within a wide semantic register in his poems. However, his unicity is most manifest when the process of wine making is depicted within a highly allegorical poem entitled “Mother of Wine.” Through contextual, historical, and discursive analyses, it is argued that this poem—written in the form of a qasideh—was composed for the purpose of being performed…

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Sexuality and Cultural Change in Iranian Cinema

October 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian by Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona). October 8, 2017. The history of Iranian cinema adequately reflects the construction of gender in Iran. But the expression of sexuality is a problematic notion on a number of levels. In western societies, the preoccupation with human sexuality prompted reflection about human physiology, gender identity, and ethical considerations, resulting in the perception of sex as ontologically separate from mere reproduction, eventually facilitating sexual expression. In traditional segments of Iranian society,…

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Greater Glory: Darius I and Divinity in Achaemenid Royal Ideology

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Matthew Waters (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire) The close link between the king and the divine has deep roots in Near Eastern royal ideologies, and the Persian kings during the Achaemenid period (c. 550-330 BCE) followed this tradition. Exactly how close was the link? Recent studies suggest a blurred line between the two especially during at least some parts of the Neo-Assyrian period. However one chooses to answer that question for the Achaemenids, the king is to be considered a fulcrum.…

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September 2017

Fellowship Funding Workshop

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Interested in learning more about the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (GSRM), Graduate Research Mentorship (GRM), Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) and other extramural funding opportunities? Want to know what it takes to make a successful proposal? Funding Workshop hosted by Dr. Cherie Francis from UCLA Graduate Fellowships and Financial Services. 092917 Fellowship Funding Workshop — Dr. Francis

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Undergraduate Ice Cream Social/Open House

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come and learn about the different majors and minors offered by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Meet other students in the majors and minors and current faculty. non-dairy options will be avilable Event Flyer RSVP

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June 2017

Abbas Kiarostami: The Man and His Arts

June 11 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Kiarostami’s Poetic Landscapes Shiva Balaghi Abbas Kiarostami: The Belated Poet Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak The Artful Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami Hamid Naficy Take Me Home (2016) Film screening and remarks by Ahmad Kiarostami Roundtable discussion Moderated by Nayereh Tohidi *Presentations in English followed by a Roundtable Discussion in Persian Shiva Balaghi is a cultural historian, focusing on the visual arts of the contemporary Middle East. For nearly two decades, she taught history and art history at NYU and Brown University. Her…

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