The Michael E. Marmura Lecture Series in Arabic Studies is an interdisciplinary and multi-perspectival endeavor by faculty members of the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. The series is devoted to explorations of culture, history and politics in the Arab world, its diasporas, and their transnational itineraries. We use “Arabic” studies rather than “Arab” studies to gesture towards a field based on a common language context rather than on an ethnicity.
It is dedicated to the memory of our late colleague, Michael E. Marmura, F.R.S.C. Professor of Medieval Islamic Philosophy, who was born 1929 in Jerusalem, Palestine, and died 2009 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The lecture series seeks to promote public education, scholarly collaboration, and intellectual engagement among students and scholars in the Greater Toronto Area.
A Laudatio of Professor Michael E. Marmura, F.R.S.C
By Jens Hanssen
On the occasion of the Launching of the Michael E. Marmura Lecture Series in Arabic Studies
at the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
University of Toronto, January 14th, 2021
Fridays 3 - 5 PM
(For now, we are planning on holding the series on zoom and will re-assess in early October.
In order to respect the CAUT censure, the lecture series will only feature faculty from the University of Toronto.
And given the Palestine speech exception in the Azarova affair, this year’s series will have a strong focus on Palestine.)
Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST)
“Genetic Research and Territorial Occupation: Palestine, Sinai, and the Aden Emergency”
AMTD Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo
Architectural of Statehood: Investigating Palestinian State Structures
Visual Studies, UTM; Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, UTSG
Reading the Friday Mosque: Architecture and Nostalgia in Medieval Damascus and Cairo
Oscar Lӧsgren and Renata Traini. Arabic Manuscripts in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Italy: Neri Pozza, 1975. Vol. 1, Plate XIV
The Nature of a Gentleman’s Dominion:
al-Jāḥiẓ on Slavery and Human Difference
Image @Ismail Shammout
University of Toronto
Against Acts of Elimination:
Making Palestinian Resistance Culture from the Frontiers
Fridays 3 - 5 PM
(Videos only available to the University of Toronto community)
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Scarborough
“Judicial Crisis in Damascus on the Eve of Baybars’ Reform: The Case of the Orphan Girl and Her Cunning Guardian (654–55/1256–57)”