Select Faculty News Asad Ahmed, Near Eastern Studies Asad Ahmed published two co-edited volumes, Islamic Cultures Islamic Contexts and Rationalist Disciplines in Islam, and several articles: “Motion in 12th-century Falsafa” in Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 26.2; “The Problem of Conversion to Islam in Post-Classical Legal Theory” in Empires of the East; “The Sullam of Bihari” in Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy. He additionally wrote three entries for the Encyclopedia of Islam 3. Asad was the recipient of the Mellon Project grant for Sunni Sectarianism in South Asia, delivered the Pakistan Distinguished Lecture at the Institute of Business Administration in Pakistan, and was elected the Chaire Secable at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He gave a number of lectures and papers at various institutions.
Mia Fuller, Italian Studies Mia Fuller was elected to the board of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, a three-year term. She chairs the faculty advisory of CMES.
Emily Gottreich, History and International and Area Studies Emily Gottreich began her official tenure as CMES Chair on July first after spending the previous academic year as Acting Chair. While directing the Center has kept her busy, she was able to participate in a conference at UCLA, “On the Margins of the Holocaust: Jews, Muslims, and Colonialism in North Africa during the Second World War” and give a pop-up lecture at the Magnes museum on “Moroccan Jews and the Ornaments of Acculturation.” This spring, she is teaching her History/MES lecture course, “Jews and Muslims,” and she continues to be an active member of MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom, North America. This group wrote several letters in defense of academic freedom recently, including to the president and regents of our own university protesting the conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism in the report of the Regents Working Group on Principles Against Intolerance. See the full text of the letter here.
Rita Lucarelli, Near Eastern Studies Rita Lucarelli was nominated Faculty Assistant Curator of Egyptology at the Phoebe E. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, where she is working on a project involving 3D models of ancient Egyptian coffins. The project is funded by a Collaborative Research Grant from Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley and the Mellon Foundation.
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