CAIS Lecture Series

The annual Council Lecture Series brings leading world scholars to the ASU community in order to explore timely, critical, and related topics surrounding Arabic and Islamic Studies. The Council has featured renowned world scholars such as Professor John L. Esposito, and prominent Muslim community leaders such as Daisy Khan, among others.

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2023-2024 Lecture Series Events

Stay tuned for updates on the 2023-2024 lecture series, according to ASU's transitional reopening plan. 

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Annual lecture series Journeys Towards Gender Equality in Islam flyer

Annual lecture series why the history of Africa matters flyer

Past Lecture Series Events

2022-2023 Lecture Series

Annual lecture series Julie Kaplan in Iraq flyer

Annual lecture series The Syrian diasporic imaginary of the U.S. Southwest flyer

Annual lecture series the new Middle East flyer

Annual lecture series Burning Desires: Zanzibari Women in the Throes of Concubinage and Forced Marriage flyer

Annual lecture series Piety, Ethics and Politics in the Friday Sermon of Islam flyer

2021-2022 Lecture Series

Annual lecture series Half A Century of Islam and Feminism flyer

Annual lecture series The Politicized Role of Arab Comics flyer

2020-2021 Lecture Series

Annual lecture series Diversity, Diplomacy, and Careers at the U.S. Department of State flyer

Annual lecture series The Subtle Pleasures of Hidden Treasures: Thoughts on Arabic Manuscripts in American Libraries flyer

Annual lecture series One World, Two Cultures: A Personal Journey flyer

Annual lecture series COVID-19 as a 'hinge event' and the implications for the U.S. security flyer

2019-2020 Lecture Series

Annual lecture series Structure & Function of Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Survivals of Modern Arabic flyer

Annual lecture series Roads to Revolution: Building Transnational Feminism Through Lessons from Iran, Tunisia and India flyer

2018-2019 Lecture Series

The Economic Underpinnings of Sudan's Militia State flyer

Will the Sudanese youth be able to resolve the Sudan's age old Afro-Arab identity issues and create a new nation? flyer

Muslim Modernities, Pop Culture, and Politics: Religion and Politics in the Post-Secular Age flyer

2017-2018 Lecture Series 

Annual lecture series Afghan Women: Do They Still Matter? flyer

Annual lecture series Governance Indicators: How We Measure Corruption and the Rule of Law and Why It Matters flyer

The Golden Age of Arabic-Islamic Culture: Politics and Religion in the Thought of Alfarabi flyer

Women and Local Pilgrimage in Iran: Insights from Letters to a Saint flyer

2016-2017 Lecture Series

Diversity in the New American University; ASU Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies flyer

Qur'an and Science: The Renewable Miracle flyer

Art: A Kuwaiti Experience Connecting Cultures flyer

The Tunisian Revolution and the Language of Dissent flyer

2015-2016 Lecture Series 

Islam & Democracy During Global Transitions flyer

Deconstructing ISIS's Notion of the Islamic State flyer

Understanding Islam, Arabs, Islamophobia & Terrorism flyer