Michael E. Marmura Lecture Series in Arabic Studies

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.

For further information, please contact Jeannie Miller or Nada Moumtaz

 


 

A Laudatio of Professor Michael E. Marmura, F.R.S.C

 

Michael Marmura photo
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

 

Read the full Laudatio

 


 

2020-2021 Lectures

Fridays 3 - 5 PM

 
(Videos only available to the University of Toronto community)

 

Mariam Sheibani

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)”

 

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Sara Pursley

Assistant Professor, New York University

 

“Familiar Futures: Time, Selfhood, and Sovereignty in Iraq”

 

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Sumayya Kassamali

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

 

“What is Kafala? An Account of Migrant Labour in Lebanon”

 

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Introduction by Jens Hansen, "A Laudatio of Professor Michael E. Marmura"

 

Aslıhan Gürbüzel

Assistant Professor, McGill Institute of Islamic Studies

 

“Arabic Philology in Ottoman Istanbul: Practices of Textual Edition in a Manuscript Culture”

 

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Hoda El Shakry

Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

 

“The Literary Qurʾan”

 

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