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Dina Khoury presents research on "Martyrdom in Iraq"

As part of the Spring Lecture Series on Women and Gender in Islam, the Ali Vural Ak Center hosted historian Dina Rizk Khoury from George Washington University on April 8 for a guest lecture discussing the effects of war on Iraqi society over the past three decades, emphasizing the contentious issue of "martyrdom" and the debates surrounding it.

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"Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean" Curriculum Now Online

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, with a grant from the British Council’s and Social Science Research Council’s “Our Shared Past” initiative, has developed a set of six teaching modules entitled "Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean: A World History Curriculum Project for Educators".

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Lara Deeb starts Lecture Series on Women and Gender in Islam

The Ali Vural Ak Center’s Spring 2014 Lecture Series on Women and Gender in Islam launched on February 20 with a presentation by Lara Deeb from Scripps College titled “Piety and Pleasure: Youth Negotiations of Leisure and Morality in South Beirut”. The series is meant to highlight nuanced emerging scholarship that examines the issues and dynamics surrounding gender, particularly women, in Muslim communities around the world.

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Expert scholars discuss "Islam and Mobilization in the Arab World"

The Ali Vural Ak Center hosted the “Islam, Mobilization, and Social Change: Historical and Comparative Perspectives” conference on October 24-25, bringing together scholars to discuss their research on social mobilization in Islamic history and contemporary politics. The conference ended with a panel discussion on October 25 addressing the role of Islam in current events taking place throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

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