The Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students' Association at the University of Toronto proudly presents...
The 17th Annual NMCGSA Graduate Symposium

2013 Symposium Programme


Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
Graduate Students' Union
School of Graduate Studies
Centre for Comparative Literature
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students' Association
Department of Political Science
New College


Arshavez Mozafari


March 14, 2013


Conference Room (200B)
4 Bancroft Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 1C1

Thursday March 14, 2013

10:00 - 11:00 - Breakfast

11:00 - 11:10 - Opening Speech - Arshavez Mozafari (University of Toronto)

11:10 - 1:15 - Panel #1: Medieval and Contemporary Islamic Thought

Chair: Golbarg Rekabtalaei (University of Toronto)

The Philosopher and the Islamic Faith
By: Matthew Fallings (Stony Brook University [SUNY])

Avicenna (Ibn Sina) on Heavens
By: Seyed Hossein Hosseini Nassab (University of Toronto)

"The Reconciliation of Knowledge" - The Epistemology of Nasir-i Khusraw
By: Khalil Andani (Harvard University)

Flowing Fount: The Dynamic Use of the Near East as a Source of Thelmic Inspiration
By: Nate Schick (Arizona State University)

A Politically Liberal State for a Muslim Majority Society
By: Amir Abdul Reda (University of Toronto)

1:15 - 2:30 - Lunch

2:30 - 3:20 - Panel #2: The Ottomans

Chair: Dr. Murat Yasar (University of Toronto)

The intersection of Abbasid and Ottoman: The Caliphate comes to Istanbul
By: Mustafa Banister (University of Toronto)

The Ottoman Reaction to the Printing Press: An Empire in Change
By: Zainab Coovadia (University of Toronto)

3:20 - 3:35 - Break

3:35 - 4:50 - Panel #3: Topics in the Ancient World

Chair: Robert Martin (University of Toronto)

Searching for Assur
By Kyra Kaercher (Boston University)

North Syrian Textile Traditions and the Economies of the Early Iron Age
By: David Lumb (University of Toronto)

Science and the Occult in the Late Bronze Age in Canaan according to the Cuneiform Sources
By: Krzysztof J. Baranowski (University of Toronto)

5:00 - Reception