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Graduation July 2017

CAIS - news - Wed, 2017-07-12 14:15
12 July 2017 Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies Jess and C.jpg Dr Jessie Moritz with ANU Chancellor Professor The Hon. Gareth Evans

Congratulations to all CAIS graduates receiving their awards today.

Three CAIS students received the award of Doctor of Philosophy: Dr Jessie Moritz, was awarded a doctoral degree for her thesis entitled, 'Slick Operators: Revising Rentier State Theory for the modern Arab Gulf States', and Dr Caroline Ladewig who completed work on, ‘Power, Epistemology and Pedagogy: Critical Thinking and Female Teacher Education in Oman’.

Image gallery Amin Nelson and Huda.jpg Caroline.jpg Jim and Ran.jpg Image 1: Professor Amin Saikal, Dr Brendan Nelson and Dr Huda Al-Tamimi; Image 2: Dr Caroline Ladewig; Image 3: Prof. James Piscatori and Ms Ran Guo.

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CAIS Courses - Semester 2

CAIS - news - Tue, 2017-07-04 13:56
04 July 2017 Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies Postgraduate Courses

MEAS8102 Islamic Radicalism
Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
MEAS8111 Islam, the West and International Terrorism
Professor Amin Saikal
MEAS8115 Islam in World Politics
Professor James Piscatori
MEAS8116 Islam and Democracy
Professor James Piscatori
MEAS6504 Turkish Politics and Foreign Policy
Dr M. Murat Yurtbilir
MEAS8126 Contemporary Issues in Islamic Banking
Professor Rabee Tourkey

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A Century of Revolutionary Change: 1917–2017

CAIS - news - Fri, 2017-06-30 12:47
30 June 2017 Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies DSC00874.jpg Keynote Speaker: Dr Andrey Kazantsev with Dr Kirill Nourzhanov and Prof. Amin Saikal

Day 2: Image Gallery

Image 1: Alexey Volegov from National Chengchi University presenting his paper: ‘“…It Will Destroy    Itself…”: The Way of the Russian Revolution in Fyodor Sologub’s  Last Collection of Short Stories’.

Image 2: Key members of AACaPS: Kirill Nourzhanov and Graeme Gill (University of Sydney).

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Member of Iraqi parliament - Dr Farah al-Siraj - at CAIS

CAIS - news - Tue, 2017-06-20 12:44
20 June 2017 Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies DSC00814.JPG HE Hussain Mahdi Al-Ameri, Iraqi Ambassador to Australia, with Dr Farah al-Siraj, Iraqi parliamentarian for the city of Mosul, in a roundtable with CAIS Director Professor Amin Saikal, CAIS staff and students

Dr Al-Siraj is an elected member of Iraq’s federal parliament, the Council of Representatives. She also sits on the influential Legal Committee of the parliament, which is responsible for managing legal reforms in Iraq.

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in their words l in our words

CAIS - events - Wed, 2017-06-07 10:38
Date and time:  Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 09:15 - Friday, November 24, 2017 - 17:15 Conference & symposium Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies Iran_2016_election_poster_(2).jpg Image: Hamed Malekpour. Source: Wikipedia Commons Contact person:  Jon Norling Contact email: Contact phone:  612 54928 Introduction

The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (ANU) is proud to convene its third conference for postgraduates and early career researchers. This two day interdisciplinary conference is open to scholars, students, professionals, and the general public with an interest in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
Conference theme

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Award for Teaching Excellence

CAIS - news - Thu, 2017-05-25 13:41
25 May 2017 Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies huda jordan.jpg Huda with her Applied Arabic students in Jordan, January 2017.

CAIS Director, Amin Saikal and all CAIS staff offer their warmest congratulations to Dr Huda Al-Tamimi for her great achievement in winning the VC's Teaching Excellence Award.

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Beyond Veiled Clichés – The curiosity of Arab women

CAIS - events - Fri, 2017-04-21 19:45
Date and time:  Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 17:30 - 18:30 Lecture Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies Amal-Awad.jpg Location or Venue:  Contact Us Australian Centre on China in the World, Building 188, Fellows Lane ., ANU. Speakers:  Amal Awad Contact person:  CAIS Contact email:

Amal Awad was tired of seeing books that explored the lives of Arab women from a western perspective. She set out to interview women of Arab heritage from both the Middle East and in Australia, as a Palestinian-Australian woman herself.

Amal Awad talks about the fascination with Arab women and their lives; the misconceptions that abound; and how Arab women respond in her upcoming book, Beyond Veiled Clichés – The Real Lives of Arab Women.

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CAIS Arabic students compete in international debating comp

CAIS - news - Mon, 2017-04-10 10:08
10 April 2017 Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies debaters.jpg The CAIS Arabic team are in the front row on the left. Our congratulations to them for being there and taking part in the most challenging of all debates.

The ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies is extraordinarily proud of the small group of Arabic students who have travelled to Qatar to take part in the International University Arabic Debating Championship. The team of experienced Arabic scholars from CAIS have their work cut out for them, competing against native Arabic speakers. Despite this obvious handicap, the team are courageously putting all their efforts into each debate. While they don't have the advantage of the locals they are able to show their great skills and knowledge of Arabic in this international forum.

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