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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.

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Event Celebrating Naguib Mahfouz’s Work

Join the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, in collaboration with the Egyptian Embassy in Washington DC, the American University in Cairo, Georgetown University’s Lannan Literary Programs of the Department of English, Georgetown University’s Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, and the Georgetown University Library to celebrate the life and work of Egyptian author and Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz

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One Student’s Experience in Qatar

Qatar is not a tropical fruit. It’s not a musical instrument, and it has nothing to do with sewage systems. And if you take into account how active the country is these days in international affairs, education, the organization of conferences and international sporting events, it is truly shameful that not more people have heard of it.

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Drs. Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer Present Working Paper

On Wednesday, September 20th, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies hosted Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer as they presented their recent working paper, “The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy.” The presentation was moderated by Dean Emeritus Peter Krogh of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.

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Ambassador Dobbins calls for greater nuance in foreign policy

On September 28th, 2006 the Honorable James F. Dobbins gave a lecture in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies entitled, “Moral Clarity & the Middle East: Longer, Wider War, or Peace?” Former Ambassador Dobbins, a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, spoke on the necessity of international cooperation in nation building and the historical lessons to be found in previous attempts at post-war reconstruction by the United States. Ambassador Dobbins opened the lecture with a reminder of the broad international support that the United States enjoyed for its foreign policy following both Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and the American intervention against the Taliban immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks. He contrasted this with the standing of world opinion now, what this means for the prospect of a successful Iraqi reconstruction, and the status of Afghanistan before and after the invasion of Iraq. According to Amb. Dobbins, the initial success against the Taliban and the quick progress made towards establishing a viable democracy for Afghanistan were the combined result of an indigenous resistance movement already in place and a shared interest among Afghanistan’s neighbors in the replacement of the Taliban regime with a democratic government. He listed the contributions of the Iranian government to the reconstruction process as particularly significant; he noted that this cooperation ended after the “Axis of Evil” State of the Union address in 2002. Moving on to Iraq, Amb. Dobbins noted that the foreign policy statements and actions of the Bush administration caused the international community to shy away from fully supporting Iraqi reconstruction. Thus the nation with the most experience in stability operations achieved only poor results, a result that he stated was caused by a calculated ignorance on the part of the reconstruction’s planners. Instead of looking to the American occupation of Germany and Japan post-World War II, he indicated that better historical tests of the nation-building effort would have been the interventions in Bosnia and Kosovo. Purposeful ignorance of these historical precedents, neighboring countries that are distrustful of our aims, and a martial foreign policy language that hinders policy options are, according to Ambassador Dobbins, the chief hindrances to a successful nation-building effort in Iraq. Before taking questions from the attendees, he closed with this message: “What our diplomacy needs is a little more nuance and a little less certainty, a little more sophistication and a little less simplicity, a little more cooption and a little less coercion, a little more realism and a little less faith.”

On September 28th, 2006 the Honorable James F. Dobbins gave a lecture in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies entitled, “Moral Clarity & the Middle East: Longer, Wider War, or Peace?” Former Ambassador Dobbins, a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, spoke on the necessity of international cooperation in nation building and the historical lessons to be found in previous attempts at post-war reconstruction by the United States.

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CCAS Offers Grants and Study Opportunities

Interested in deepening or sharing your knowledge of the Arab world? The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is pleased to offer a range of scholarships, fellowships, and awards to Georgetown and non-Georgetown academics who are interested in Arab studies.