Current Schedule


Kamel Center Program Fall 2018

September 25: Philosophical Commentaries in Postclassical Islam:  A Theoretical Investigation

Asad Ahmed, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California at Berkeley

October 23: Just, False and Discrediting Witnesses: Evidence in Sharia Courts

Brinkley Messick, Professor of Anthropology and MESAAS, Columbia University

November 9 (Friday): Fifty years after Marshall Hodgson and the Idea of a Discernible Islamic Civilization

9:30 am – 12:00 pm:  The interaction of Islam with other traditions, cultures, religions, and civilizations

Panelists: Ahmed El-Shamsy, University of Chicago; Carole Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh; Richard Bulliet, Columbia University; Wael Hallaq, Columbia University

Moderator: Frank Griffel, Yale University

Keynote: David Nirenberg, University of Chicago

2:30 – 5:00 pm: Is the distinction between a “core” and a “periphery” within Islam a useful idea or an obstacle to understanding?

Panelists: Bruce Lawrence, Duke University; Intisar Rabb, Harvard University; Nile Green, UCLA; Richard Eaton, University of Arizona

Moderator: Hedayat Heikal, American University in Cairo

Unless otherwise noted, the Kamel Lectures begin at 4:15 pm in the Faculty Lounge