Great Decisions 2016 spring lecture series to commence with discussion on Middle East alliances

Samer Traboulsi, associate professor of history at UNC Asheville. Photo courtesy of UNCA
Samer Traboulsi, associate professor of history at UNC Asheville. Photo courtesy of UNCA

Announcement from UNC Asheville:

Middle East alliances will be the first topic in the “Great Decisions 2016” spring lecture series, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center.

The Great Decisions 2016 series is sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville, and the university’s Department of Political Science.

Samer Traboulsi, associate professor of history at UNC Asheville who recently returned from a trip to Beirut, will deliver this World Affairs Council Talk. While completing his doctorate degree in Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, Traboulsi studied South Asian history at Harvard University and taught Arabic at Yale University.

Traboulsi is the editor the book, The History of the Ismaili Tayyibi Da‘wa up to the Da’udi-Sulaymani Schism (Dār al-Gharb al-Islāmī, 1999) and the author of several articles, including “The Ottoman Conquest of Yemen: The Isma’ili Perspective” in The Arab Lands in the Ottoman Era, (Minnesota, 2009), and “’I Entered Mecca… and Destroyed all the Tombs': Some Remarks on Saudi-Ottoman Correspondence,” in The Islamic Scholarly Tradition, (Brill, 2011).

Admission to World Affairs Council presentations at UNC Asheville is $10 for the public; free to members of the World Affairs Council and UNC Asheville students. For more information, visit OLLI’s website or call 828.251.6140.

 

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