Friday, February 15, 2013

Faiz Ahmed Joins Brown’s History Department | Middle East Studies

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Fwd: Save the Date: Online Open House (February 21) & Dialogue with Ramsey Clark (March 6)

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Date: February 15, 2013 12:09:00 PM EST
Subject: Save the Date: Online Open House (February 21) & Dialogue with Ramsey Clark (March 6)

Zaytuna College Online Open House - February 21
What Is Education? by Hamza Yusuf
What Is Education? by Hamza Yusuf

Dear Ebadur,  


Salam alaykum wa rahmatullah.

Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, aims to educate and prepare morally committed leaders of tomorrow. Three years after opening its doors, the college continues to receive an increasing number of applications for its undergraduate and summer programs.


Why Zaytuna? Join us for an online open house to hear directly from faculty, staff, and students about life in and out of the classroom.


"At Zaytuna College, we strive to embrace and preserve the religious and intellectual heritage of past centuries, then to refine and apply it to the complex realities that confront us individually and collectively in the modern world."
- Dr. Hatem Bazian, Co-founder


"A life must be lived well in order to be truly fulfilling. Our goal is to prepare students not only for a career but also for a lifetime of growth and learning." 
- Imam Zaid Shakir, Co-founder


Date: Thursday, February 21st 

Time: 4 to 5pm PST

Where: Online (the link will be provided upon registration)

To Register


For more information about our programs visit our Academics page.

The Limits of Power? 
A Conversation with Ramsey Clark- March 6
In more than fifty years of service in the public and private sectors, former attorney general Ramsey Clark has consistently challenged the abuse of power and taken up the cause of the oppressed. During his tenure at the Justice Department, which included a stint as U.S. Attorney General during the Johnson administration, Clark hastened an end to legalized segregation and played a historic role in the American civil rights movement. His many achievements include enforcing the court order protecting the march from Selma to Montgomery; leading the investigation of abuses by police and the National Guard following the Watts riots; and supervising the drafting and passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Civil Rights Act of 1968. He also opposed electronic surveillance and refused to authorize an FBI wiretap on Martin Luther King, Jr. 
In 1976 Clark left the public sector to provide legal defense to the disenfranchised. His controversial clients over the years included antiwar activist Father Philip Berrigan; Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier; and Sheikh Omar Abd El-Rahman, who was accused of masterminding the first World Trade Center bombing. An outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy, he has called for an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as a ban on depleted uranium weapons. He fervently opposes the escalating militarization of the United States and is a staunch advocate for victims of constitutional violations and legal travesties in post-9/11 America. 

Zaytuna College is greatly honored to present an evening with Ramsey Clark, who will share wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of service. Join us for what promises to be an informative and inspiring evening.


Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm PST

Location:  Zaytuna College (new campus), 2401 Le Conte Avenue,      
                   Berkeley, California, or attend the livestream (online) on   
                   Zaytuna College's Facebook page. (A Facebook account is
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NYT Op-Ed: 2/9/13, Spying on Law-Abiding Muslim Citizens -

Shaykh Hamza, Baseball, and Adler on Reading 'in the Flow'

"Sports is an interesting metaphor. I read a beautiful book called All Things Shining where they really use sports as a metaphor for this because one of the few things our culture really acknowledges is excellence in sports. But one of things about a great moment in sports - when a pitcher is having a perfect game in baseball, you know what happens to the team? Nobody talks to him. They completely, everybody just stays away. Because he's entered into a completely different zone. They call it 'the flow' in sports psychology. They're in the flow. And great athletes know this. And it's when everything becomes unified. They're not experiencing separateness. Everything is perfect. And that's when he pitches a perfect game. Shut-out, no-hitter. Just strike-out after strike-out. And nothing goes wrong. It's a perfect flow. This is the state of the saints, all the time. This is where they're at. This is where the awliya (saints) are at.. It's perfect flow. And that's why they don't get disruptive, they don't get disturbed, because they're aware. Now reading at the highest level is that. You're in a state of flow. That's why he's [Mortimer Adler] saying if you learn these rules, the more you work at them, you will begin to read in a state of flow where all of these things are making sense, they've coalesced and telescoped for you, but it's hard work." (from around 1:05 in the second lecture by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf).

I've been listening to this two-part  lecture Shaykh Hamza recently gave at Zaytuna on reading (based on Mortimer Adler's 1940 book How to Read a Book:The Art of Getting a Liberal Education and thought I would share:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Allah Knows by Zain Bhikha

Check out this video on YouTube:

Fwd: 2/11 HK Events: Egypt, Palestine, Iran and more

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Date: February 11, 2013 10:08:51 AM EST
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Subject: 2/11 HK Events: Egypt, Palestine, Iran and more


Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Hagop Kevorkian Center at 50 Washington Square South (enter at 255 Sullivan Street)

For a full listing of event details, please see

Upcoming Events for the Weeks of Feb 11 and Feb 18,  2013
2/15: The Skin That Burns  with Narges Bajoghli and Arang Keshavarzian
2/19: The Middle East from the Indian Ocean with Wilson Jacob
2/21: Elite Politics in Post-War Lebanon with Rola El-Husseini
2/22: The Future of Iraq with Eric Davis

Mon, Feb 11, 5-6:30pm, Seminar 
Alan Mikhail, History, Yale University

Wed, Feb 13, 12:30-2pm, Seminar 
Religion, Law and Urban Space in Ottoman Palestine
Michelle U. Campos, History, University of Florida

Thurs, Feb 14, 12:30-2pm, Seminar
Historicizing Sound in Interwar Egypt
Ziad Fahmy, Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University

Fri, Feb 15, 4-6pm, Iranian Studies, Visual Culture
THE SKIN THAT BURNS (21 minutes, 2012)
The untold story from a generation of survivors of chemical warfare.
with filmmaker Narges Bajoghli, Anthropology, NYU 
Moderated by Arang Keshavarzian, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU 
with the Iranian Studies Initiative

Tues, Feb 19, 12:30-2pm, Seminar
Regarding the Middle East from the Indian Ocean
Wilson Jacob, History, Concordia University

Thurs, Feb 21, 12:30-1:45pm, New Book
Elite Politics in Post-War Lebanon
(Syracuse University Press, 2012)
Rola El-Husseini, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC), CUNY Graduate Center

Fri, Feb 22, 12:30-2pm, Seminar
Sectarianism or Democratization?
Eric Davis, Political Science, Rutgers University


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