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Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East & Muslim Civilizations


Upcoming Events

February 2018

Omar Offendum in Concert

February 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Auditorium, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
Omar Offendum

Omar Offendum is a Los Angeles-based Syrian-American hip-hop artist, activist and architect. His music and poetry, which he performs in both Arabic and English, are infused with historical, geographical and religious references and intermixed with personal accounts of faith, politics and growing up in Washington, D.C. Offendum’s focus on Syria and uprisings in the Middle East expose American audiences to a little-understood region. His poetry and music build on American hip-hop and compel diverse audiences to consider issues of identity,…

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Jennifer Gates-Foster, ‘Achaemenids, Royal Power and Persian Ethnicity’

February 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This lecture explores the way that the Achaemenid concept of cosmic, kingly rule engaged with the ethnic and cultural identity of the diverse peoples subject to their imperial control. These ideas worked at both the metaphorical and practical level, as the imperial administration was faced with the task of governing an almost infinitely varied landscape in its far-reaching satrapies. Using examples from Persepolis and the Achaemenid heartland, as well as from the provinces, this lecture considers the diversity of peoples…

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