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The Politics of Gender and Islam

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New Approaches in Middle East & South Asia Studies Spring Symposium

10:00 AM: Welcome

10:05 AM: New Approaches in South Asian Studies

Katherine Lemons, McGill University: "The Politics of Divorce: Islamic Law and the Making of Indian Secularism"

Fareen Parvez, University of Massachusetts at Amherst: "Politicizing Islam: The Islamic Revival in France and India"

11:20 AM: New Approaches in Middle East Studies

Begüm Adalet, Cornell University: "Hotels and Highways: Modernizing Cold War Turkey"

Natalie Khazaal, Texas A&M University: "Pretty Liar: The Politics of Television, Language, and Gender in Wartime Lebanon"

12:30 PM: Roundtable Discussion

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Juanita Horan at 315.443.4927 or

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, the Moynihan Institute, the South Asia Center, the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, and the departments of History, International Relations, Religion, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.