Monthly Archives: November 2014

TAARII Receptions at ASOR and MESA

TAARII is pleased to announce that it will be holding receptions at both The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) or Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conferences this year. If you are attending either of those conferences, please stop by our reception! Members, non-members, and anyone who is interested in Iraq studies is welcome.

TAARII’s Reception at ASOR

When: Wednesday, November 19th at 5:30–6:30 pm

Where: Topaz/Broadway Terrace, 2nd floor of The Westin San Diego

TAARII’s Reception at MESA

When: Saturday, November 22nd at 4:00–6:00 pm

Where: Delaware B, Washington Marriot Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

Papers on Iraq at MESA, November 22-25, 2014

The Middle East Studies Association is hosting its 48th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel from November 22–25, 2014.

The following are a list of papers to be presented at MESA this year that have Iraq-related content. For more information on the presenters or the abstract of the papers, please click on the provided links.

A Genealogy of Aziz al-Sayyid Jasim’s Theorem by Muhsin J. Al-Musawi (Tuesday, 11/25/14 8:30am)

Al-Bāqillānī’s theological contribution to i‘jāz al-Qur’ān discourse by Rachel Friedman (Tuesday, 11/25/14 8:30am)

Al-Qaida in Iraq: Origins, Evolution and Peculiarities from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi till Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham by Andrea Plebani (Monday, 11/24/14 11:00am)

An Invitation to Create Meaning: The “Participating Reader” in Muḥammad Khuḍayyir’s Fiction by Chip Rossetti (Sunday, 11/23/14 2:00pm)

Are the Kurds Missing the Boat? by Mohammed M.A. Ahmed (Saturday, 11/22/14 5:30pm)

Assyrians in Hashemite Iraq: Mass Violence as State-Building by Russell Hopkins (Sunday, 11/23/14 11:00am)

Authoritarianism and Statebuilding in Iraq: Framing the role of Exclusionary Institutions by Shamiran Mako (Sunday, 11/23/14 8:30am)

Aziz al-Sayyid Jasim’s critique of Sufism in Modern Arabic Poetics by Boutheina Khaldi (Tuesday, 11/25/14 8:30am)

Ballots to Bombs: Elections and Cycles of Violence in post-invasion Iraq by Christina Sciabarra (Saturday, 11/22/14 5:30pm)

Breaking Taboos in Iraq – the Case of Gha’ib Tu’ma Farman by Hilla Peled-Shapira (Tuesday, 11/25/14 8:30am)

Cholera in the Time of Empire: Imperialism and Public Health in 19th Century Baghdad by Kearby Chess (Sunday, 11/23/14 11:00am)

Conceptualizing Sectarianism in Iraq by Zainab Saleh (Monday, 11/24/14 5:00pm)

Confusion and Consent: Land Tax Laws and Policies of the Early Islamic State (640-810 CE) by Najm al-Din Yousefi (Tuesday, 11/25/14 11:00am)

Contesting Charismatic Authority: Qadiri Sufism in Iraqi Kurdistan by Edith Szanto (Monday, 11/24/14 5:00pm)

Disputed territories in KRG: a national identity issue by Daniel Meier (Tuesday, 11/25/14 11:00am)

Fatima’s Khutba: An Early Case of Female Religious Authority in Islam by Alyssa Gabbay (Sunday, 11/23/14 2:00pm)

From Efendi to Mühendis: The Transformation of the Turkish Political Elite by Dale Stahl (Sunday, 11/23/14 2:00pm)

I Used to be a Communist: Re-Reading al-Sayyab’s Memoir by Elliott Colla (Tuesday, 11/25/14 11:00am)

Il Faut Defendre Saddam? Oil, State Racism, and Iraqi State Biopower in the 1980s by Michael Degerald (Sunday, 11/23/14 8:30am)

ILLUMINATING A STATE: State-building and electricity in occupied Iraq by Nida Alahmad (Monday, 11/24/14 5:00pm)

Impact of Imperialism: Gender in Syria and Iraq by Adi Greif (Monday, 11/24/14 8:30am)

Jews and “Apostates”: Geonic Literature on Conversion by Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman (Monday, 11/24/14 11:00am)

Just Keep the Sheep Thieves Away: Minority Challenges to Iraqi Nation-State Building, 1933-1945 by Sanket Desai (Sunday, 11/23/14 11:00am)

Mapping the Social: Kinship Networks and Ottoman Reform by Rachel Brown (Sunday, 11/23/14 11:00am)

Multilingualism and Multiple Modernities: Ma’ruf al-Rusafi, The Private Press, and the Iraqi Nahda by Annie Greene (Tuesday, 11/25/14 11:00am)

Nation and Identity Construction in Iraq by Mariam Georgis (Sunday, 11/23/14 8:30am)

Nation(s)-state(s): Competing sovereignties and sectarianism in post-invasion Iraq by Yousef Baker (Monday, 11/24/14 2:30pm)

Not Everyone Returns: The risks of travel in the novels of Taha Husayn and Mahmud Ahmad al-Sayyid by Valentine Edgar (Sunday, 11/23/14 2:00pm)

Political Competition, Insurgency, and Post-2003 Violence in Iraq by Jonathan Barsness (Saturday, 11/22/14 5:30pm)

Provinces for Minorities: Re-Mapping Iraq’s Internal Boundaries by Nicholas Al-Jeloo (Tuesday, 11/25/14 8:30am)

Remembering Karbalāʾ: The Construction of an Early Islamic Site of Memory by Antoine Borrut (Sunday, 11/23/14 4:30pm)

Restoring the Garden of Eden?: William Willcocks and the Remaking of Southern Iraq by Camille Cole (Sunday, 11/23/14 11:00am)

Sacred Defense: Islam and Nationalism in the Iran-Iraq War by Annie Tracy Samuel (Tuesday, 11/25/14 11:00am)

The (Un)makings of Iraq: The Campaign for an Independent Assyrian State (1921-1932) by Fadi Dawood (Saturday, 11/22/14 5:30pm)

The Advent of Psychology in Iraq: Nuri Jafar’s Theory of Originality by Aziz Shaibani (Tuesday, 11/25/14 11:00am)

The Creation of Husseini Ba’thism by Aaron Faust (Tuesday, 11/25/14 8:30am)

The Limits of Accommodation: Iraq, the Baath, and the Rise and Fall of Modernization Theory, 1958-72 by Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt (Sunday, 11/23/14 2:00pm)

The political and institutional role of charismatic bābs in 4th/10th century by Edmund Hayes (Saturday, 11/22/14 5:30pm)

The Political Anxieties of Iraqi Oil Since the 1920s by Arbella Bet-Shlimon (Monday, 11/24/14 8:30am)

The political economy of NGO Aid in the Middle East: a case study of Sadr City NGOs by Mehair Kathem (Tuesday, 11/25/14 1:30pm)

The Ṭālibid Syndics of Baghdad: Representatives of a Community in Transition by Mohammed Allehbi (Saturday, 11/22/14 5:30pm)

The United States, the Middle East, and the Imperialism Question by Matthew Kelly (Monday, 11/24/14 5:00pm)

The Visualization of an “Islamic State in Iraq and greater Syria” – Religio-political conflict mediatized by Christoph Guenther (Sunday, 11/23/14 4:30pm)

The “Ghulat Corpus” and its Authors by Mushegh Asatryan (Tuesday, 11/25/14 11:00am)

Toxic War in the Middle East by Toby C. Jones (Monday, 11/24/14 11:00am)

“Team Collusion” in Umayyad-era Flytings Poetry by Cory Jorgensen (Monday, 11/24/14 2:30pm)

For more information, please visit MESA’s website.