Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Professor Yasir Suleiman Talks

The Center for the Study of the Middle East announces the upcoming visit of Professor Yasir Suleiman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies and a Fellow of King's College.
 
Professor Suleiman's research covers the cultural politics of the Middle East with special focus on identity, conflict, diaspora studies and modernization in so far as these issues relate to language, modern Arabic literature, translation and memory. He also conducts research in Arabic grammatical theory and the Arabic intellectual tradition in the pre-modern period.

Prof. Suleiman will present two public talks during his visit to Indiana University:

Language, Conflict and Inter-cultural (Mis)Communication
                Monday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m.
                Maple Room of the Indiana Memorial Union

Contextualising Islam in Britain
                Wednesday, April 27 at noon
                The Bridgwaters Lounge of the Neal-Marshal Black Culture Center

Please join us for light luncheon refreshments in conjunction with this noon lecture which is made possible with the assistance and support of West European Studies and the Center for the Study of the Middle East.

Professor Suleiman’s many published works include the following books: Arabic, Self and Identity: A study in Conflict and displacement (forthcoming, 2011), A War of Words: Language and Conflict in the Middle East (2004), The Arabic Language and National Identity: A Study in Ideology (2003), The Arabic Grammatical Tradition: A Study in Tal'liil (1999), Living Islamic History: Studies in Honour of Professor Carole Hillenbrand (editor 2010), Literature and Nation in the Middle East (editor with Ibrahim Muhawi, 2006), Language and Society in the Middle East and North Africa (editor, 1999), Arabic Grammar and Linguistics (editor, 1998), Language and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa (editor, 1996) Arabic Sociolinguistics: Issues and Perspectives (editor, 1994), and Living Islamic History (editor 2010). Professor Suleiman is working on two books (under contract): Arabic in the Fray: Constructing Languages, Constructing Identities (2012) and Being Palestinian (editor, 2012). He is a member of the editorial boards of a number of journals and book series.
Professor Suleiman acted as project leader for Contextualising Islam in Britain: Exploratory Perspectives (http://www.cis.cam.ac.uk/http://www.cis.cam.ac.uk/).  A second phase of this project, funded by the British government, is underway.  Professor Suleiman lectured internationally, including in the Middle East, US, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.
Professor Suleiman is Chair of the Panel of Judges, British-Kuwaiti Friendship Society Book Prize on Middle Eastern Studies. He serves as Trustee on the Boards of the following organisations: Arab-British Chamber of Commerce Charitable Fund, International Prize for Arab Fiction (in association with the Man-Booker Prize), Banipal Trust for Arab Literature and Gulf Research Centre-Cambridge. He is also Board Member of the Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA).Professor Suleiman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, formerly Head of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies.

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