Events AY 2007-2008
SMSC welcomed journalists and authors Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Brysac to Boston University to discuss their new book Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East. During the talk, they traced the history of British and American political involvement in the Middle East (specifically Iraq) and how decisions made in the early 20th century are affecting the geopolitical realities of the 21st century. In addition to the historical analysis, Meyer and Brysac added some personal stories of their experiences covering news in the Middle East. A book signing followed the talk.
SMSC, in coordination with the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, co-hosted a lecture titled, “”Political Legitimacy and Economic Resources: An Anthropological Perspective on the Reconstruction of Afghanistan” by anthropologist Alessandro Monsutti.
SMSC, together with the BU Dept. of Anthropology and the Humanities Foundation welcomed author, journalist, and expert Geneive Abdo to the Castle. Her talk, titled “Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America after 9/11,” highlighted some of the findings of her study of Islam in America published in her new book of the same name.
SMSC co-hosted a lecture with the South Asian Consortium by BU Professor Frank Korom. His talk, titled “Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and the Making of a Transnational Sufi Family” highlighted the history of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen in both Sri Lanka and Philadelphia.
SMSC welcomed Dr. Enes Karic, member of the Faculty of Islamic Studies at the University of Sarajevo and former Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports for Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dr. Karic’s lecture, titled “Islamic Bosnia,” highlighted the spread of Islam into Bosnia, the spiritual institutions of Bosnian Muslims, folk religion, and Ilahiyas and Qasidas in contemporary Bosnia.
SMSC resumed its lecture series with a talk hosted by Dr. Adnan Onart titled “Four Gates & a Gate Keeper: Reflections on Anatolian Sufism Through the Poetry of Yunus Emre.” It reviewed those poems and sought to establish whether his pervasive poetic rhetoric, its ethos, logos and pathos, can serve as a scaffold for access to the reconstruction of Islam in the 21st century America.
SMSC and the ILEX Foundation were pleased to present Professor Emeritus Daud Rahbar for an evening in which he presented a collection of music recordings and poems. The event was made possible by further contributions from the Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts, the School of Music, the Department of Religion, and the School of Theology.
SMSC was pleased to invite renowned Islamic Art Historian Walter Denny of UMass-Amherst to Boston University. His lecture “Court Patronage in the Three Late Islamic Empires: Royal Art under the Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals.”
SMSC resumed its doctoral candidate series with a presentation by Stephen Young of the University Professors Program. In a lecture titled “Sex, Work, and the Hijab: Islamic Ideals and American Realities,” Young highlighted some of his own ethnographic research conducted with American Muslims living in greater Boston.
SMSC filmed an exclusive performance at the 2007 Mysticism and Monotheism Conference.