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March 23: Emerging Political and Religious Paradigms in Yemen

Please join us on Wednesday, March 23, at 5 p.m. for “Emerging Political and Religious Paradigms in Yemen,” a presentation given by Sama’a Al-Hamdani. Wednesday, March 23 The Sherwood Room, Levering Hall Johns Hopkins University, Homewood campus 5:00-6:15 p.m. Registration (recommended): jskelto2@jhu.edu Sama’a Al-Hamdani is an analyst and researcher focusing on politics and women’s affairs in […]


Feb. 5: Encounters Among Faiths: The Morris W. Offit Symposium on Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the Medieval Mediterranean

During the medieval era, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish populations debated, worshiped, and traded among one another. How did peoples of different faiths conceive of one another? What made this period unique, and what is its legacy today? This symposium addresses such questions, focusing especially on the Middle East and Mediterranean.


Nov. 8 – Jan. 31: Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts

The great Mughal, Safavid, and Ottoman empires flourished during a time of artistic innovation in the Islamic world, as people, ideas, and technologies spread across Europe and Asia. At the heart of the empires’ courts were networks of individuals—writers, poets, artists, craftsmen. From November 8, 2015, through January 31, 2016, the Walters Art Museum will present Pearls […]


Nov. 16-17: Texts in Practice, From Mediation to Action

This 2-day conference brings together scholars around questions of textual engagement. The Keynote address will be given by Charles Malamoud. Other contributors include Caroline Block (JHU Anthropology), Anouk Cohen (CNRS France & JHU), Amrita Ibrahim (Independent Scholar), Romain Simenel (IRD France), and Andrew Brandel (JHU Anthropology).


Monday, Nov. 16: The Rojava Revolution in the Context of War in Syria

Amid the violent political conflict and against the Islamic State’s (ISIS) attacks, Rojava, located in north and northeastern Syria, is governed by democratic-self-rule since 2013. Sinam Mohamad was the co-president of the People’s Council of Rojava, which is the main political body working for the liberation of Rojava since the beginning of the civil war […]


Wednesday, Oct. 28, Levering Great Hall: A Muslim Mosaic

Presented by the JHU Muslim Association (JHUMA) with the support of the Program in Islamic Studies, this event will give participants an opportunity explore the diverse cultures, garments, and cuisines of the Muslim World. All are welcome! This event is one of several activities for JHUMA’s 2015 Islamic Awareness Week.


Friday, April 24: Public Lecture by Michael Sells (University of Chicago)

Michael Sells, the John Henry Barrows Professor of Islamic History and Literature at the University of Chicago, will be delivering his lecture, Moses & Pharaoh, word & staff: The poetic, dramatic, and narrative dimensions of Qur’anic discourse. Please join us in Gilman 50 from 5-6 p.m. Click here to learn more.


New Minor in Islamic Studies to Launch in 2015

Artwork by Hamid Rahmananian

The new minor in Islamic studies is scheduled to launch in the 2015–2016 academic year. Learn more and view a list of courses that will be offered in the near future here.