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The NYUAD Institute is a center of advanced research, scholarly and creative activity, and public workshops. Institute programs facilitate discussion between academics, students, professionals, and leaders from the UAE and from around the world.

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Global Water Security Challenges Threats And Solutions For A Thirsty Planet

June 15, 2022 06:59 - 1 hour - 94.2 MB

Every part of existence is fueled by water. It supports the most important industries in society including the energy sector, agriculture, and transportation. Water resources are under increasing strain as the world’s population rises and the economy grows, resulting in decreased river flows, the loss of lakes and wetlands, and declining ground-water levels. This panel explores the main threats to water security, shares insights, and identifies actions to tackle water-related security risks, ...

Sense and Intuition: A Conversation with Adonis

May 31, 2022 09:49 - 1 hour - 72.5 MB

This conversation with Adonis, the greatest living poet of the Arab world, focuses on questions regarding the intersection of visual art and poetry in theory and practice. This gathering is timed to coincide with the publication of a new English-language translation of a remarkable series of dialogues between Adonis and Syrian artist Fateh al-Moudarres (trans. Rula Baalbaki) hosted by Mouna Atassi in Damascus in 1998. There will be a screening of rare archival video footage from that dialogue...

The Role of Innovation in Scientific Research in the UAE

May 31, 2022 09:49 - 59 minutes - 54.4 MB

This talk highlights the vital role of innovation in boosting and enhancing the mechanism of scientific research in the UAE from various areas, including entrepreneurship and start-ups. How can we convert research and development into applied commercial projects with potential profits? This would help all society members contribute toward scientific research through multiple approaches. Speakers H.E Hussain Almahmoudi, Chief Executive Officer, American University of Sharjah Enterprises; Chie...

Fear of Black Universe

May 31, 2022 09:49 - 1 hour - 64.3 MB

Great physics requires us to think outside the mainstream—to improvise and rely on intuition. This talk explores three principles that shape all theories of the universe—the principle of invariance, the quantum principle, and the principle of emergence—as well as some of physics' greatest mysteries, from what happened before the big bang to how the universe makes consciousness possible. Drawing on his experience as a Black physicist, Stephon Alexander makes a powerful case for diversifying ou...

Epigenetics: The Immortal Kiss of Our Grandparents

May 31, 2022 09:48 - 58 minutes - 53.7 MB

As humans, we have evolved and survived because we are curious and critical thinkers. How do these traits shape our lives and science, and lead us to understand the world around us? Epigenetics, a new area of science, is the weaving of our genetics and environment that shape who we are. This talk explores the impact of trauma and war on our bodies and what we can do about it. Speakers Rana Dajani, Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova International Scholar, University of Richmond; Rita Hauser Fellow, ...

Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China

May 31, 2022 09:48 - 1 hour - 71.3 MB

It is conventional wisdom that America and China are running a “superpower marathon” that may last a century. But the sharpest phase of that competition will be a decade-long sprint, and the moment of maximum danger could be just a few years away. America will still need a long-term strategy for competing with China. But first, it needs a near-term strategy for navigating the danger zone ahead. Speakers Michael Beckley, Associate Professor of Political Science, Tufts University; Author, “Unr...

Sites of Suffering and Trauma: What to Remember and What to Forget

May 31, 2022 09:46 - 1 hour - 83.1 MB

This conversation explores how communities connect with places of suffering, like former prisons that have been turned into museums—specifically Esma, the former clandestine center of Detention, Torture, and Extermination under Argentina’s Junta, and Robben Island, South Africa’s detention center for anti-Apartheid activists, including Nelson Mandela. How does this connection impact the development of local and international narratives? How does memory interlink with the social-economic uses ...

How Physics Answers Gauguin’s Questions About the Universe

May 31, 2022 09:45 - 57 minutes - 52.4 MB

In a famous painting, Paul Gauguin posed three fundamental questions about our place in the Universe: “What are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?” A physicist interprets these questions as follows: “What are we made of? What happened early in the Universe? What is the future of the Universe?” Particle physicists are seeking scientific answers to these questions, in particular through experiments with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Researc...

User Interfaces for the Complexity of Nature

May 31, 2022 09:45 - 56 minutes - 51.3 MB

Quantum information theory has given us a new and interesting twist on the old problem of quantum gravity: the Universe as a Computation. As the computation proceeds, reality unfolds. Information theory allows us to study the behavior of a system without committing to a particular story about it, for example, the story of spacetime. We can go beyond the point where the old story is no longer useful. Information theory comes with a new style of stories about how the world works, stories of com...

The Steed, the Night and the Desert

May 31, 2022 09:44 - 1 hour - 63.8 MB

Why do many consider al-Mutannabi the first Arab poet? Why is his poetry still pulsing with life, modernity, uniqueness, and Arabness as if it was written in the recent past? This conversation discusses Dr. Ali bin Tamim's personal experience with al-Mutannabi and the reasons behind his interest of al-Mutannabi's poetry. This special talk includes readings of al-Mutannabi’s poetry and distribution of some publications from the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language. Simultaneous English In...

A Brief History Of The Universe

May 31, 2022 09:43 - 1 hour - 73.7 MB

A roller coaster through cosmic time, this talk truncates the 13.7 billion years of life of our Universe into 60 minutes. Starting from a very hot cosmic soup, the Universe evolved from tiny initial perturbations to the large variety of structures we can observe today. The talk also explores the biggest mystery in modern physics: the dark side of the Universe. Speakers Andrea Valerio Macciò, Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics,...

How Gen Z Can Get Stronger, Smarter, And Happier

December 08, 2021 07:24 - 1 hour - 80.7 MB

Rates of depression, anxiety, and self-harm are far higher for those in Gen Z (born after 1996) than any previous generation, including the Millennials. Employers report that Gen Z employees are often more fragile and lacking in life-skills. This talk explores three terrible ideas, interacting with new technology, that have weakened Gen Z, and discusses how young people can put themselves on a path to becoming stronger, smarter, and happier by rejecting these ideas and embracing ancient, time...

“Migrants Through Time”; An Insight Into The Female Diasporic Voice

December 08, 2021 07:23 - 1 hour - 58.8 MB

This talk discusses the role of place in diasporic literature and the universality of women's voices. Who can speak for whom? What role do distance and diasporic privilege play? Does nostalgia take on dangerous potential, and does it really matter if writing is about the confluence of one's imagination and memory? Speakers Saba Khan, Author, "Skyfall" (Bloomsbury, 2020); Instructor of Social Science, NYUAD Sabyn Javeri, Author, "Hijabistan" (Harper Collins, 2019); Senior Lecturer of Writing...

Pride & Future- Cultural Heritage In Afghanistan

December 08, 2021 07:22 - 1 hour - 76.2 MB

With the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan, many may remember the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001. Since then, Afghans in the culture sector have established many cultural heritage development initiatives, which highlight the country’s diverse regional identities. Although heritage might not seem to be the highest priority during times of uncertainty, in the past 20 years it has proven to be a basic need and an effective tool for peace and development. This conversation...

A Paper Trail Across The Lands Of Islam

December 08, 2021 07:22 - 1 hour - 68.1 MB

Paper, perhaps the most common manufactured item in everyday use, was invented in China over 2,000 years ago. One thousand years later, Muslims learned of it after they conquered Central Asia in the early eighth century. They quickly carried it and the techniques of manufacturing it across Eurasia and Northern Africa to the shores of the Atlantic. There, some 1500 years after its invention, Europeans started using and manufacturing it themselves. This talk presents the largely-unknown history...

Five Days That Shaped The UAE

December 08, 2021 07:21 - 1 hour - 59.4 MB

The five days between November 28 and December 2, 1971 saw Abu Dhabi mark the fifth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed as Ruler, an invasion by Iran, and a never-to-be-forgotten appearance by the Star of the East herself—Umm Kulthum. This talk reflects on this period of celebration, turmoil, and anticipation. Speaker James Langton, Journalist, Writer & Editor In Collaboration with NYUAD Cultural Engagement - Student Life

A Map Of Many Cities; The Making Of Building Sharjah

December 08, 2021 07:21 - 1 hour - 74 MB

This talk explores the collaborative research efforts to produce “Building Sharjah,” the first book--not only in the UAE but in the region--to document the history of a Gulf city. The panelists share the driving force behind the book and describe the journey of documenting the rise of the city through stories from its citizens, residents, and immigrants. Speakers Todd Reisz, Author, "Showpiece City: How Architecture Made Dubai" (Stanford University Press, 2020); Co-Editor, "Building Sharjah...

Heritage Futures Oceans Of Connectivity

December 08, 2021 07:20 - 1 hour - 73.7 MB

Western paradigms of history about East and West, North and South, have enjoyed a privileged position in the global marketplace of ideas. However, the long-term rise of China and India, together with cultural discourses of regionalism in West Asia, Africa, and elsewhere, is fundamentally altering this situation. Non-Western countries are increasingly reconstructing their pasts, and their place in world history, to build their “imagined communities” of the future. This talk considers how, and ...

Space Exploration And Extraterrestrial Mining

December 08, 2021 07:19 - 1 hour - 69.1 MB

As population and pollution increase, humans are looking at high frontiers. Potential benefits of extraterrestrial mining are immense. For example, NASA has identified an asteroid, 16 Psyche, to be worth more than 10,000 quadrillion dollars, while the economy of our planet is about 80 trillion dollars. But there are also challenges, including: mining in Space (planets and asteroids); exploration, transport, manufacture, waste management of space; effects on humans; optimal design of tests; bi...

How Beauty Leads Physics Astray

December 08, 2021 07:17 - 58 minutes - 53.8 MB

To develop fundamentally new laws of nature, theoretical physicists often rely on arguments from beauty. Simplicity and naturalness in particular have been strongly influential guides in the foundations of physics ever since the development of the standard model of particle physics. This talk demonstrates that arguments from beauty have led the field into a dead end and considers what can be done about it. Speaker Sabine Hossenfelder, Research Fellow, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studi...

Caste, Class And Race Writing, Rights And Violence

December 08, 2021 07:17 - 1 hour - 80.5 MB

Sujatha Gidla, the author of Ants Among Elephants:An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India, in conversation with Toral Gajarawala, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at NYU, about caste, class and race, and their relationship to rights, violence and writing. Speakers Sujatha Gidla, Author, "Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India" ( Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017) In conversation with Toral Gajarawala, Associate Professo...

Natq A Live Audiovisual Essay About Impossible Speech

December 08, 2021 07:16 - 1 hour - 81.1 MB

Lawrence Abu Hamdan presents "Natq," a live audiovisual essay on the politics and possibilities of reincarnation. Through listening closely to “xenoglossy” (the impossible speech of reincarnated subjects), this performance explores a collectivity of lives who use reincarnation to negotiate their condition at the threshold of the law—people for whom injustices and violence have escaped the historical record due to colonial subjugation, corruption, rural lawlessness, and legal amnesty. In the p...

Improving Education for Refugee Children: Insights from Rigorous Research

July 05, 2021 04:03 - 1 hour - 79 MB

By the start of 2018, 25 million refugees fled across international borders to seek protection. Over half of these refugees are under the age of 18. Little rigorous evidence exists on strategies to promote refugee children’s academic learning and socio-emotional development. What role can universities play in helping to close this critical gap in evidence? This panel describes the state of education for refugee children broadly, zeros in on the conditions of refugee children in Lebanon and Ni...

Can We Predict Virus Emergence?

July 05, 2021 03:59 - 1 hour - 83 MB

Predicting novel emerging viruses that could cause a pandemic is the ultimate challenge. But even at an epidemic scale, predicting new virus strains—such as influenza and now SARS-CoV-2—is of great public health relevance. This talk provides an overview of worldwide ongoing surveillance for emerging viruses and the ways novel technology can accelerate these efforts. This talk also addresses how immune status, respiratory tract location, and cell type can shape virus diversity, and how infecte...

The End of the Western Model

July 05, 2021 03:58 - 1 hour - 75.5 MB

Recent earthquakes, ranging from Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to the pandemic, have terminated the role that the United States and its Western allies assumed after 1945 as political teachers and role models to the rest of the world. This talk discusses the likely consequences of this epochal transformation. Speakers Pankaj Mishra, Literary and Political Essayist; 2014 Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction; Author, "Age of Anger" (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2017) In Collaboration...

Making Social Spaces

July 05, 2021 03:56 - 1 hour - 83 MB

How do architectural design and users’ practices inform the creation of social space? In which spaces and through which modalities do people come together and “make” space in a city as diverse as Abu Dhabi? How are these processes approached by various disciplines—from architecture and urban design to the social sciences and the arts? This talk brings together scholars and practitioners to discuss urban planning, public spaces, and social and cultural practices in Abu Dhabi. Speakers Ji Youn...

The Musical Citizen

July 05, 2021 03:55 - 1 hour - 79 MB

The making of citizens in and through music is a 19th-century commonplace. But the ground of this longstanding musicological discussion has shifted with globalization, mobility, and the parlous condition of nation and state today. What does it now mean to label a musician an “ideal citizen”? This talk looks at the question of musical “multi-citizenship in multiple places” (Parlati/Chamoiseau) from a postcolonial perspective, and reflects on Turkish crooner Zeki Müren and French-Lebanese slam ...

Stories We Continue to Tell: The Many Returns of the Thousand and One Nights

July 05, 2021 03:55 - 1 hour - 83.3 MB

The Thousand and One Nights has been fueling the imagination and craft of storytellers since the 18th century. This conversation between two winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award traces the returns and afterlives of the Nights until today, and discusses why these tales continue to inspire and affect the stories of writers from all over the globe. Speakers Richard van Leeuwen, Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Amsterdam; Winner of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Arabic Cultur...

How to Make a City: Dubai Circa 1960

July 05, 2021 03:54 - 1 hour - 82.1 MB

Even before its shores claimed an ounce of steel, Dubai was a modern city whose residents plied sea and desert routes to sustain it. This talk charts how some of these global links generated the city we know today. Speaker Todd Reisz, Author, "Showpiece City: How Architecture Made Dubai" (Stanford, 2020)

Scientific Research and Development in the UAE: Challenges and Prospects

July 05, 2021 03:53 - 1 hour - 83.4 MB

The UAE has built an instrumental ecosystem of research around the local, governmental, and independent academic institutions, research and technology industrial organizations, and scientific innovation parks, among others. This talk discusses current efforts to improve research and development infrastructure, expand its capacity, and influence impactful research outcomes and productions globally. It addresses the challenges that persist and how they can be addressed to build a robust local s...

Sport in the Middle East: Promoting Gender Equality

July 05, 2021 03:52 - 1 hour - 63 MB

Women and women's sport are playing a growing role in promoting equality and cooperation across business and society in the Middle East. From the grassroots level to professional ranks, sport is being used to break down barriers, unite people, and contribute to a tolerant and diverse society. Why does sport--and the rising prominence of women's sport, in particular--have such power to help transform society? What examples are having an impact today? What work lies ahead if we are to continue ...

What to Do When the Sun Turns Violent in 2025?

July 05, 2021 03:51 - 1 hour - 70.2 MB

The Sun generates huge magnetic storms with some regularity and streams billions of tons of charged particles. These storms are supposed to reach their peak activity in 2025. With it comes the likelihood of large impact on the Earth, with potential damage to our communications systems and power grids, causing enormous strife and financial loss. We missed a few such storms in the last 25 years. Will we be lucky and miss them again? This talk discusses what happens inside the Sun that leads to ...

Science Diplomacy in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities

July 05, 2021 03:51 - 1 hour - 81.8 MB

With all eyes on the Middle East, global leaders have recognized that science diplomacy is an extremely important mechanism for working toward stability in the region. This talk introduces the Malta Conferences Foundation’s “Frontiers of Science: Innovation, Research, and Education in the Middle East” series which brings together representatives from 15 Middle East countries, Morocco, and Pakistan to identify unique opportunities for cross-border collaboration on scientific and technological ...

Liminal Spaces: Art and Migration Narratives of Women of the Guyanese Diaspora

July 05, 2021 03:50 - 1 hour - 78.7 MB

Grace Aneiza Ali’s recently-published Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora (OpenBook Publishers) is an intimate exploration into the art and migration narratives of 15 women of Guyanese heritage. In this talk, Ali expands on the book’s four-part journey tracing the migration path of Guyanese women from their moment of departure, to their arrival on diasporic soils, to their reunion with Guyana. One of the only studies published on the Guyanese diaspora, this is an impo...

(Re)imagining Borders: The Performing Arts in Global Dialogue

July 05, 2021 03:50 - 1 hour - 82.1 MB

At a moment when we are confronted by the changing nature and conditions of borders and borderlands, can the performing arts serve as a catalyst for (re)imagining current border logics, shaped not only by long-standing territorial and political disputes but also by the effects of globalization? This panel engages with the meaning of borders not only as physical sites of conflict and contestation but also as cultural and imagined spaces, where competing interests, ideologies, and narratives ar...

Constitutional Trilemma of Large Scale Migration Flows

July 05, 2021 03:47 - 1 hour - 82.4 MB

According to surveys conducted by Gallup, 750 million people would migrate to another country if they could. This talk explores how migration on this scale is impossible under existing laws and international agreements. Discussions about new political arrangements that could accommodate this many migrants typically presume that they will support (i) Large Scale Immigration, (ii) Equal Treatment under the Law, and (iii) Local Political Control. Unfortunately, this violates the Constitutional T...

Privacy in a Globally Interconnected World

December 22, 2020 09:31 - 1 hour - 67.8 MB

November 8, 2020 In 2019 it was estimated that more than 20 billion internet-of-things (IoT) devices were active around the world. This includes all computational devices capable of holding and processing personal data, such as smartphones, fitness trackers, smart bulbs, cleaning robots, etc. The wealth of data collected and processed by IoT devices raises questions about privacy since much of the data collection and processing takes place through the public internet and in servers around ...

Nature's Shapes and Patterns and the Instabilities That Create Them

December 22, 2020 09:22 - 1 hour - 73.5 MB

November 22, 2020 It could be argued that mathematics was born with the purpose of making sense of nature's patterns. The mathematics of simple and regular shapes was developed first, and with great success, so much so that predictable regularity and mathematics have become somewhat synonymous in common speech. But, unbeknownst to most of the general public, mathematicians have long been working at conceptual tools for making sense of nature’s irregular, never-repeating, and time-changing pa...

COVID-19: The Future of Globalization and Development

December 22, 2020 09:19 - 1 hour - 76.5 MB

November 10, 2020 Globalization has been the most progressive force in the history of humanity, bringing more progress, more quickly, to more people than anything preceding it. And yet, globalization appears more unpopular than ever as it leads to more risks. COVID-19 will not kill globalization; on the contrary it will accelerate its growth and transformation. Globalization will increasingly be centered on East Asia, which accounts for half of the world’s population and the fastest growin...

The Right to the Ruins: Fictional Media Production and the Syrian Conflict

December 22, 2020 09:18 - 1 hour - 82.8 MB

November 16, 2020 Part of "Art and Power in the Middle East: Past and Present" In Syria media creators have manipulated a limited, ambiguous autonomy to produce a thriving transnational television drama industry—one that has survived by responding to, and often challenging, the very conditions that have generated and sustained it. This talk explores the political, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions of fictional media production during and about the Syrian conflict that began in 2011. Exami...

A Monument to All Species

December 22, 2020 09:17 - 1 hour - 84.2 MB

November 18, 2020 Monuments commemorate moments or figures of public victory or sorrow. Some protect significant lands or mark noteworthy geographic features. Most have historically tended to foreground the human species and to avoid sticky subjects and non-dominant histories, including the histories of other species. This panel explores multispecies monuments to the Anthropocene, to the techno-human’s capacity to alter the earth at a geological scale, by starting with a modest example: Hab...

Conceptions of Justice in the 1001 Nights

December 22, 2020 09:16 - 1 hour - 82.1 MB

December 7, 2020 In this talk, Enass Khansa examines both the meaning and application of justice in The Thousand and One Nights (Alf Laylah wa-Laylah). She shows that the opening story, or frame tale, as well as the two immediately following stories, "The Merchant and the Genie" and "The Fisherman and the ‘Ifrīt," engage in a cohesive debate about the coincidence of successful interpretation and just rulership. In doing so, the stories broach a question of ethics frequently encountered in ad...

The Worlds Freshwater Resources Challenges And Opportunities

November 01, 2020 13:08 - 1 hour - 71.2 MB

October 6, 2020 Freshwater is vital for human and environmental health, industrial activities and food production, the production and use of energy, and much more. As human populations and economies grow, pressure on limited water resources are also growing, leading to a variety of challenging problems, including water scarcity and pollution, water-related diseases, ecological disruptions, and even social and political conflict. This presentation provides an overview of current challenge...

Plague And Contagion In The Premodern Muslim Mediterranean

November 01, 2020 13:07 - 1 hour - 72.1 MB

September 22, 2020 Muslims have been familiar with infectious disease since the time of the Prophet in the seventh century. This talk reviews the diversity of Muslim views on contagion and plague within the context of Islamic law, Sufism, and medicine. What did Muslim scholars say about how one should respond to the challenge of a pandemic, how did Muslims actually respond, and how do we know? These questions have clear contemporary relevance in this time of the coronavirus and throw the...

As Far As Isolation Goes A Conversation With Tania El Khoury

November 01, 2020 13:07 - 1 hour - 68.6 MB

September 29, 2020 Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury is known for her genre-bending interactive live artworks performed in unique spaces and concerned with the ethical and political potential of such encounters. El Khoury discusses her latest micro-theater work, As Far as Isolation Goes (Online), which explores the mental health of asylum seekers through one-on-one zoom performances, as well as other works that redefine the role of the audience as an active participant. Speakers Tania El Kh...

What On Earth They Saying

November 01, 2020 12:58 - 1 hour - 83.5 MB

October 4, 2020 Award-winning author and journalist Charles Siebert discusses his many experiences visiting with, and writing about, non-human animals, and what they reveal to us about themselves and us. Through his interludes with everyone from a former cellist in an all-chimpanzee circus orchestra; to an octopus escape artist; to elephant and whale ventriloquists; to traumatized orphaned parrots who heal equally traumatized war veterans, Siebert introduces us to the animal within all hum...

The US Election And The Future Of Global Populism

November 01, 2020 12:58 - 1 hour - 82 MB

October 20, 2020 Donald Trump was elected in 2016 riding a wave of global populism. His first term has marked a turn toward isolationism, nationalism, and attacks on domestic and international institutions. How will the COVID-19 epidemic and racial protests in the US affect the outcome of the upcoming US election, and what implications will this have for geopolitics? Speaker Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Mosbacher Dire...

How And Why Immigrant Muslim Communities Are Losing Women

November 01, 2020 12:58 - 1 hour - 82.2 MB

September 27, 2020 Nearly half of Muslim Americans never attend the mosque and have very few Muslim friends. How and why does “unmosquing” happen and to whom? Eman Abdelhadi traces second-generation immigrants’ engagement with Muslim communities using life history interviews and presents four trajectories that emerge from these data. Abdelhadi finds that while most Muslim Americans are heavily embedded in Muslim communities during childhood, the majority wander away during adolescence and ...

Oceans Under Climate Stress- Warming Up, Losing Breath, Turning Sour

November 20, 2019 06:05 - 48 minutes - 44.1 MB

2019.10.30 Our oceans are becoming increasingly acidic as a result of rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide. Simultaneously, more than 90 percent of the warming caused by human carbon emissions is absorbed by the world’s oceans. As they warm up, oceans lose oxygen, essential for marine life. Together, these effects amplify one another and put marine species and ecosystems under great stress, threatening a vital source of food and income for human societies. This talk discusses ...

The Magic Of Arab Shadow Theater

November 20, 2019 06:05 - 1 hour - 62 MB

2019.10.22 Shadow play, known as khayāl al-ẓill, karagöz, or li‘b, is a performing art with a long and rich history in the Arab world. Like Aladdin’s magic lamp that transforms the real world into a fantasy land, the shadow master’s lantern projects fairytales and spectacles with intricate, cartoonish figures onto a screen for enchanted audiences to enjoy. This talk surveys this enduring tradition—from its earliest sighting in the tenth century, to its gradual decline on the eve of modernity...

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