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Congratulations to Professor Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi on the publication of her book What the Persian Media Says: A Coursebook.

What the Persian Media Says: A Coursebook is a comprehensive and stimulating course for intermediate to advanced students of Persian. Presenting many exercises based on authentic Persian newspaper texts, the course thoroughly introduces students to the language of the news in Iran. Real cultural content is featured throughout and there is a strong focus on enabling students to gain familiarity with day-to-day modern Persian discourse.

For more information and to purchase the book, please see here.

 

Congratulations to Ms. Dima Ayoub

The Institute of Islamic studies would like to congratulate Ms. Dima Ayoub on her successful PhD Oral defense on June 19, 2015, entitled Translatability in Contemporary Arab Women’s Literature.

 

 


Visiting Delegation from the Embassy of Kuwait

Dr. Fahad AlNaser, H.E. Ali Al-Sammak, Prof. Rula J. Abisaab, Prof. F. Jamil Ragep

 

On June 11, 2015 the Institute welcomed a visiting delegation from the Embassy of the State of Kuwait to Canada. His Excellency Ambassador Ali Al-Sammak and Dr. Fahad AlNaser, Cultural Attaché were greeted by Prof. Rula J. Abisaab, Director of the Institute and Prof. F. Jamil Ragep, past Director of the Institute during a meeting at the Institute.


New Director Appointed

Professor Rula Jurdi Abisaab has been appointed Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies effective June 1, 2015 for a one-year term.


Congratulations to our Most Recent MA and PhD Graduates

2015-convocation

Congratulations to PhD graduates, Dr. Sally Ragep and Dr. Alberto Tiburcio Urquiola, and to MA graduates, Mr. Jonathan Dubé  and Mr. Elliot Montpellier who convocated on June 1, 2015.


Congratulations to Professor Michelle Hartman

Ali and his Russian Mother cover imageThe Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Michelle Hartman on the publication of her newest translation Ali and His Russian Mother.

Alexandra Chreiteh's Ali and his Russian Mother is at once an ordinary and extraordinary story of two young people in Lebanon. At the outbreak of the July War in 2006, the novel's unnamed young protagonist reconnects with her childhood friend and develops a little crush on him, as they flee the bombs unleashed upon their country by Israel. Displaced, along with a million others across the country, she and her Russian mother have joined an evacuation for Russian citizens, when she again meets up with Ali, her former schoolmate from the South, who also has a Russian (Ukrainian) mother.

For more information and to purchase the book, please see here.


Congratulations to Professor Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim on the publication of his book Pragmatism in Islamic Law.

In Pragmatism in Islamic Law, Ibrahim presents a detailed history of Sunni legal pluralism and the ways in which it was employed to accommodate the changing needs of society. Since the formative period of Islamic law, jurists have debated whether it is acceptable for a law to be selected based on its utility, rather than weighing conflicting articulations of the law to determine the most likely expression of the divine will.

For more information and to purchase the book, please see here.


Congratulations to Professors Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professors Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab on the publication of their latest book The Shi‘ites of Lebanon. Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists.

The complex history of Lebanese Shi‘ites has traditionally been portrayed as rooted in religious and sectarian forces. The Abisaabs uncover a more nuanced account in which colonialism, the modern state, social class, and provincial politics profoundly shaped Shi‘i society.

For more information and to purchase the book, please see here.


Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata on the publication of Three Treatises on the I'jaz of the Qur'an. Qur'anic Studies and Literary Criticism (al-Khattabi, al-Rummani and 'Abd al-Qahir al-Jurjani). The book is edited by Muhammad Khalaf-Allah Ahmad and Muhammad Zaghlul Sallam, and translated by Issa J. Boullata.

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Congratulations to Mr. Jeffrey Sachs

The faculty and staff at the Institute of Islamic Studies would like to congratulate Mr. Jeffrey Sachs on his successful PhD Oral Defense on November 25, 2014, entitled Law and Structure of Authoritarian Rule: Knowledge, Sovereignty, and Judicial Power in Sudan, 1898-1985.


Congratulations to Mr. Alberto Tiburcio Urquiola

The Institute of Islamic Studies would like to congratulate Mr. Alberto Tiburcio Urquiola on his successful PhD Oral Defense Convert Literature, Interreligious Polemics, and the 'Signs of Prophethood' Genre in Late Safavid  (1694-1722): The Work of ʿAlī Qulī Jadīd al-Islām (d. circa 1722) on November 11, 2014.


Congratulations to the Canada Research Chair in the History of Science in Islamic Societies!

Professor F. Jamil Ragep received the title of Canada Research Chair in the History of Science in Islamic Societies in October 2014.

The Canada Research Chairs program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. The Canada Research Chairs Program invests approximately $265 million per year to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

More about the Canada Research Chairs program


Congratulations to Professor F. Jamil Ragep

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor F. Jamil Ragep on the publication of The Herbal of al-Ghafiqi, which he co-edited with Faith Wallis. It is a facsimile edition with critical essays by eminent scholars that discuss the physical features and history of the manuscript, the philological complexity of the text, al-Ghafiqi’s sources, the Andalusian and larger global contexts of the Herbal, and the illustrations accompanying the text.

For more information and to purchase the book, please see here.


Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata

The Institute of Islamic Studies is proud to congratulate Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata on the publication of his memoir, Bells of Memory, which has been nominated for the Quebec Writers Federation Mavis Gallant prize for non-fiction.

Book | Shortlist for QWF Awards 2014


Congratulations to Mrs. Sally Ragep!

The Institute of Islamic Studies would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Mrs. Sally Ragep on her successful PhD Oral Defence 'Maḥmūd ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar al-Jaghmīnī's al-Mulakhkhaṣ fī al-hay'a al-basīṭa: An Edition, Translation, and Study' on October 1st, 2014.


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.

http://syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu/spring-2014/native-tongue-stranger-talk.html