MENA Past Events:
The Life and Afterlife of Tahirih:
Eastern and Western Perspectives
Sasha Dehghani completed his PhD in the Arabic Department of the Free University of Berlin, where his research was conducted as part of the DFG project, "Figurations of the Martyr in European and Middle Eastern Literature." He has also carried out graduate work in Islamic Studies, Political Science, and Protestant Theology/Religious Studies at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, following a DAAD fellowship at the Centre for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies of the American University of Beirut. Dehghani has been a research associate at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin, and has taught courses on Shiite Islam, Islamic intellectual history, and the Baha'i Faith at the Free University of Berlin and the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel, where he was a visiting assistant professor. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.
What is "Fair"? The Challenges of Reporting on Israel/Palestine
Christa Case Bryant will discuss her experiences in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, with particular focus on the challenges inherent in reporting on contentious issues in contested spaces. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Turkey and the War Against ISIS: a Reliable Ally?
Turkey has long been considered a critical ally in the ongoing fight against the forces
ISIS by the United States. That being said, Turkey's government has been reluctant to take an active and engaged posture up until very recently, after direct ISIS attacks on Turkish soil. It has even been suggested that Turkey provided logistical support and assistance to the terrorist organization, leading some in Washington (and beyond) to question Turkey's affinity towards, and even continued membership of NATO. What are the salient factors that determine Turkey's position towards ISIS; do Turkey and the United States have a joint plan on how to defeat ISIS, and what is the likely role that Turkey will play in the future stability of the Middle East?