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In collaboration with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

OCTOBER 1, 2016
We will kick off our fall Dialogues series by putting two great Middle Eastern cities, Tehran and Istanbul, into conversation with each other. Omid Safi will use Tehran as a backdrop for a discussion ofthe significant changes that have taken place in the 20th and 21st century contexts.  Next, Banu Gökarıksel will take us through Istanbul and discuss the shifting role of religion within the Turkish context where Islam, secularism, gender, and consumer capitalism are fiercely contested. The seminar will conclude with an extended panel discussion where Dr. Safi will briefly present on Istanbul and both of our scholars will discuss the future of these Great Cities

Topics and Speakers

Tehran and Modern Iranian Historyistanbul
Omid Safi, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Director, the Duke Islamic Studies Center,
Duke University

Istanbul: Religion, Culture and Urban Life
Banu Gökarıksel, Associate Professor of Geography and Global Studies, UNC- CH

The Future of Istanbul and Tehran

A panel discussion with our speakers


9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016. The tuition is $65 or register for all 3 Dialogue seminars for $150.00. A meal will not be offered with this seminar.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.