Oct 2017

23 Sep 2017


Islamic Pyrography

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am to Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm
Few of a Kind Store/ Community Gallery

Umar Abdul-Ghaffar is a local Muslim artist who creates one-of-a-kind pyrography art with an Islamic message. Pyrography literally means "fire writing" in the original Greek. A collection of both functional and decorative items works will be on view at the Community Gallery. Join us to celebrate an Islamic twist on the art of decorating wood with a painted metal tool and heat!

29 Sep 2017


Festival of Friendshp

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 5:00pm
Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig Street

Our theme for the 2017 Convivium Festival is the same one chosen for the 2017 Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples.

03 Oct 2017


Five Broken Cameras

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Barco Law Building, University of PIttsburgh, Room 107
Sponsored By: 
Student For Justice in Palestine

Beginning in 2005, Palestinian Emad Burnet records his village's resistance to the encroachment of Israeli settlements.
Release date: May 30, 2012 (New York City)
Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Cast: Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, MORE
Editors: Guy Davidi, Véronique Lagoarde-Ségot
Nominations: Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Producers: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi, Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey


09 Oct 2017


American Middle East Institute's Transformational Technologies Conference: Changing Lives & Markets

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 9:00am to Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:00pm
Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsored By: 
American Middle East Institute

​Celebrating our 10th annual business conference in Pittsburgh, showcasing​ a survey of life-changing technologies, and welcoming dignitaries and decision makers from the Middle East & North Africa for business, investment, and educational opportunities.

DAY 1 - MONDAY, ​OCTOBER 9, 2017

9AM - Business Conference
Fairmont Ballroom - Downtown Pittsburgh

DAY 2 - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 , 2017

Private site visits to view path-breaking technologies
(Dignitaries, Sponsors & VIP Ticket Registrants)


mwagley@americanmei.org or 412-995-0076

11 Oct 2017


Novel Ideas: International Day of the Girl

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Downtown Pittsburgh YW
Sponsored By: 
YWCA Pittsburgh

Calling all book lovers and social justice changemakers! Join Novel Ideas, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s interactive, insightful book club with a focus on diverse, thought-provoking writers and subjects. Titles include non-fiction, fiction, graphic novels, and memoirs. Most are readily accessible, in various media forms, through our amazing regional libraries. Topics will range from current events and social movements to more personal glimpses of life and diverse people.

11 Oct 2017


Supporting Muslim Students

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 4:30pm
Africa Room, Duquesne Union, Duquesne University
Sponsored By: 
Consortium for Christian–Muslim Dialogue and Turkish Cultural Center of Pittsburgh

Professors Laura Mahalingappa, Terri Rodriguez, and Nihat Polat will discuss and sign their newly published book, Supporting Muslim Students: A Guide to Understanding the Diverse Issues of Today’s Classrooms (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Copies of the book will be available for a discounted price.


12 Oct 2017


Genies, Islamic Law, and Wine-Soaked Romance: Culture and Contradiction in Pre-Colonial Central Asia

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Cathedral of Learning Room 602
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center

James Pickett (Department of History) will give a compelling, multidisciplinary speech about genies, Islamic Law, and romance that focuses on the culture of pre-colonial Central Asia and its contradictory tendencies. Dr. Pickett's research at Pitt focuses on Central Eurasian history, Russian and Soviet history, and Islam and Communism. This event features responses by Dr. Neil Doshi (Department of French and Italian) as well as Jeanette Jouili (Department of Religious Studies).

13 Oct 2017


Europe's Muslim Question?

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (all available online)
Sponsored By: 
European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, CERIS

October 13th, 2017
9 am - 5 pm
4130 Posvar Hall

In this one-day symposium, invited scholars will discuss the “Muslim Question” in contemporary Europe. Since 9/11, European public debates have increasingly casted local Muslim populations not only as a security threat, but also in opposition to the secular and liberal values considered foundational for a European identity.

Allyson Delnore, delnore@pitt.edu

13 Oct 2017


Muslim and Anti-Muslim Extremism in the U.S.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 12:30pm
Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Room 2432
Sponsored By: 
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Sociology

Charles Kurzman is a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. He is a leading scholar of the Middle Eastern region and Arab world, Islam, revolutions, and comparative and historical
sociology. His will share his research on the many different social facets of Muslim Extremism in addition to the American response. Join us for lunch from 12:30 to 2:00 this Friday to experience this relevant and exciting talk!

18 Oct 2017


NCUSAR Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 5:00pm
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
Sponsored By: 
National Center for US-Arab Relations

Register now for the 26th Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference! The event will be held 18-19 October in Washington, DC. Since 1992, NCUSAR's annual conference has gathered internationally renowned specialists to analyze, discuss, and debate issues of over-arching importance to the American and Arab people's needs, concerns, interests, and key foreign policy objectives.