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Roundtable Assesses Annapolis Meeting

On December 6, The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies hosted a timely roundtable event to analyze and assess the Annapolis meetings sponsored by the United States. Speakers included H.E. Dr. Imad Moustapha, Syrian Ambassador to the US; Ambassador Phillip Wilcox, Jr., President, Foundation for Middle East Peace; Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, Director, Center for the Global South, American University; and Mr. Nathan Guttman, Washington Bureau Chief for The Jewish Daily Forward. CCAS Director Dr. Michael Hudson provided introductory comments that framed the ensuing discussion.

Inauguration of the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair

Inauguration of the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies Draws Hundreds

A standing-room-only audience attended the inauguration of the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies on October 23rd. The evening event introduced Dr. Fida J. Adely, the first holder of the Chair established by friends of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in honor of Ambassador Clovis Masoud and his late wife Hala Salaam Maksoud.

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Dr. Sherene Seikaly Named the 2007-2008 Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellow at CCAS

Dr. Sherene Seikaly has been named the 2007-2008 Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. She is also the co-editor of the Arab Studies Journal. Dr. Seikaly received her doctoral degree in September 2007 from the Departments of History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.

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A New Year, and New Faces, at CCAS

The offices and common areas of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies are once again abuzz with students, faculty and staff now that the 2007-08 academic year is in full swing. CCAS welcomes 31 new MAAS students this fall — the largest-ever incoming class. This academic year also sees the return of Dr. Michael Hudson, Saif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies, to the CCAS directorship.

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Making Hummos bi Tahini in School

Hummos is the word for chick peas in Arabic. Hummos bi Tahini means chick peas with tahini. Tahini is sesame seeds ground up into a paste; it is available at Middle Eastern food stores and at many supermarkets. Be sure to mix tahini well before adding, as the solids in it tend to settle to the bottom of the jar if it is not used often.

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Inaugural Year of Interfaith Arts Festival

From April 17-21, 2007, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies joined other campus groups to launch the inaugural year of the Children of Abraham Interfaith Arts Festival.

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Iraq Remembrance Week

On the morning of March 19, 2007, Red Square was covered with chalk tracings of more than fifty human bodies and large block letters spelling out “Iraq Remembrance 2007,” while the names of lost Iraqi civilians and US troops were posted on the walls on large red posters. Iraq Remembrance Week had officially started.

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Arabic Flashcards

One of my classmates here in Qatar often asks me, “Why do you know such random words?” She can’t understand how I came to know the Arabic word for “rowing.” It’s true, I never thought to ask Professor Baccouche, before I graduated in 2006, what the word for rowing was in Arabic.

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Abu-Lughod counters stereotypes of Arab women

With wire-framed glasses atop her nose, a halo of brown curls framing her face, and her right arm in a sling, Columbia Professor Lila Abu-Lughod captivated a crowd of almost 200 who had ventured out into sub-freezing temperatures on February 15th to hear the noted anthropologist discuss the topic of “Do Muslim Women Have Rights?” as this year’s speaker at the Kareema Al-Khoury Annual Distinguished Lecture Series in Arab Studies.