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Upcoming Events:

“The Question of Ontology in Islamic Philosophy: From Essence to Being”

A lecture by Prof. A. Hakeem Yousuf A Alkhelaifi, Dean of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies, Qatar University

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Morrice Hall, Room 328
3485 McTavish Street

A FREE Evening of Sufi Music Qawwali with Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad  

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Pollack Hall
555 Sherbrooke St. West

Seats are limited. In order to gain admission you must bring a printed copy of your reserved seating assignment. To reserve a seat, please RSVP per email

A 14th Century Revision of the Greco-Arabic and Indian Theories of the Humours: The Hybrid Model by Šihāb al-Dīn Nāgawrī.

A lecture by Dr. Fabrizio Speziale, Université Sorbonne nouvelle-Paris 3 – CNRS

Thursday, October 28, 2014
Morrice Hall, Room 328
3485 McTavish Street
17h30 Free Admission


Exhibition: The Persianate Literary Heritage

The current exhibition celebrating the Persianate collection at McGill University will be on display from 1 August 2014 - 31 January 2015 in McLennan Library. The exhibition highlights the significant Persianate collection held in Rare Books and Special Collections.

Alumnus Dr. Bilal Ibrahim wins Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Many congratulations to Institute alumnus Dr Bilal Ibrahim (Ph.D. 2013), who has won a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. Bilal will spend the 2014-15 academic year at the University of California - Berkeley, after which he will start a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of History, Brooklyn College, C.U.N.Y.

More about the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships can be found here.

Prof. Prashant Keshavmurthy is awarded SSHRC Grant

Congratulations to IIS Professor Prashant Keshavmurthy on being awarded an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for his project on ideas of the ethical and political in 17th and 18th century Mughal commentaries on Sa‘di's Gulistān (Rose Garden, 1258).

Prof. Ahmed Ibrahim receives two Grants

Congratulations to IIS Professor Ahmed Ibrahim on being awarded a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et Culture (FRQSC), as well as an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for his upcoming monograph-length study of custody in Islamic law.

Michelle Hartman's new book, Native Tongue, Stranger Talk, now published

Can a reality lived in Arabic be expressed in French? Can a French-language literary work speak Arabic? In Native Tongue, Stranger Talk Hartman shows how Lebanese women authors use spoken Arabic to disrupt literary French, with sometimes surprising results. Challenging the common claim that these writers express a Francophile or "colonized" consciousness, this book demonstrates how they actively question the political and cultural meaning of writing in French in Lebanon. Hartman argues that their innovative language inscribes messages about society into their novels by disrupting class-status hierarchies, narrow ethno-religious identities, and rigid gender roles. Because the languages of these texts reflect the crucial issues of their time, Native Tongue, Stranger Talk guides the reader through three key periods of Lebanese history: the French mandate and early independence, the Lebanese civil war, and the postwar period. Three novels are discussed in each time period, exposing the contours of how the authors “write Arabic in French” to invent new literary languages.


Congratulations to our most recent PhD Graduates!

The Institute would like to extend our congratulations to our most recent PhD and MA graduates, who convocated on June 3rd, 2014: Fariduddin Attar, MA, Dr. Faika Celik, Leila El-Murr, MA, Dr. Mohammad Hannan Hassan, Dr. Kamran Karimullah, Dr. Junaid Quadri, and Dr. Fatima Seedat.

Mohammad Hannan Hassan and Nasser Dumairieh

Dr. Fatima Seedat, Leila El-Murr, MA, and Dr. Junaid Quadri