New Book: Arabic Shadow Theatre 1300-1900

Author: Sherry Reichold

Li Guo, Professor in the Program of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies has authored a new book entitled, Arabic Shadow Theatre 1300-1900.

This handbook aims mainly at an analytical documentation of all the known textual remnants and the preserved artifacts of Arabic shadow theatre, a long-lived, and still living, tradition — from the earliest sightings in the tenth century to the turn of the twentieth century. The book consists of three main parts and a cluster of appendixes. Part One presents a history of Arab shadow theatre through a survey of medieval and premodern accounts and modern scholarship on the subject. Part Two takes stock of primary sources (manuscripts), published studies, and the current knowledge of various aspects of Arabic shadow theatre: language, style, terminology, and performance. Part Three offers an inventory of all known Arabic shadow plays. The documentation is based on manuscripts (largely unpublished), printed texts (scripts, excerpts), academic studies (in Arabic and Western languages), journalist reportage, and shadow play artifacts from collections worldwide.…

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MELC 13184 Introduction to Islamic Culture

Author: Sherry Reichold

MELC 13184: Introduction to Islamic Culture is a History University Seminar being offered in Spring 2021, MW 12:45-2:00 p.m. by Professor Hussein Abdulsater

Islamic culture rose from its humble origins in 7th-century Arabia to become the sole premodern global culture. But how was this astonishing transformation accomplished?

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New course for Spring 2021: Formation of the Modern Middle East

Author: Sherry Reichold

MELC 20055: Formation of the Modern Middle East
Professor Hussein Abdulsater
MW 3:55-5:10

This course examines the history of the Middle East from the late eighteenth century to the Arab uprisings of 2011. We will approach cultural, social, political and intellectual  transformations in the Middle East. We will pursue a number of themes including  engagements with modernity; reactions to Western colonial expansion; religious and secular  reform movements; nationalism and revolution; changes in gender and family experiences;  the Arab-Israeli conflict; the impact of oil and the Cold War; postcolonial state-building; the rise of political Islam and piety movements; globalization and economic disparities; and movements for democracy and social justice. 

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The Robert D. Nuner Award

Author: Sherry Reichold

The prestigious Robert D. Nuner Modern and Classical Language Award was bestowed upon Elizabeth Kolb, Arabic Major in the Department of Classics.  The Robert D. Nuner Modern and Classical Language Award is presented to a graduating senior in the College of Arts and Letters with a first or second major, in any classical or modern foreign language, who has earned the highest cumulative grade point average.  Congratulations, Elizabeth!…

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Truman Scholarship

Author: Sherry Reichold

Patrick McCabe, a Political Science and Arabic double major and AL/SC Honors Program and Peace Studies minor received the prestigious Truman Scholarship.  Congratulations, Patrick!…

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New Course: The 1001 Nights

Author: Sherry Reichold

The Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights, is a collection of tales originated in the Arab lands that has become a masterpiece of world literature. These enchanting stories, framed by the tale of Scheherazade (or Shahrazad), have enjoyed a widespread and varied reputation over the centuries and across cultures.

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Book: Shi'i Doctrine, Mu'tazili Theology al-Sharif al-Murtada and Imami Discourse

Author: Sherry Reichold

New in Paperback

Shi'i Doctrine, Mu'tazili Theology

al-Sharif al-Murtada and Imami Discourse

Hussein Ali Abdulsater

Published by Edinburgh University Press

This book presents the contribution of al-Sharif al-Murtada (d. 1044) of Baghdad, the thinker most responsible for this irreversible change, which remains central to Imami identity. It analyses his intellectual project and establishes the dynamic context which prompted him to pour the old wine of Shi'i doctrine into the new wineskin of systematic Mu'tazili theology.…

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"C.J." Pine '17

Author: Sherry Reichold

CJ Pine

"C.J." Pine, an Arabic and peace studies major, was named Valedictorian '2017.  CJ is currently serving as Peace Process and Programming Specialist with the  U.S. Department of State.

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