Lecture Briefs

From Arab uprisings to the Syrian imbroglio: What has changed in Turkey’s Middle East Policy?
06 Sep 2018

On 4 September 2018, MEI held a seminar on Turkey’s Middle East foreign policy. Drawing from Turkey’s political history, Galip Dalay sought to...


Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism
29 Aug 2018

On the 28th of August, MEI, together with the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), hosted a lecture by Professor Sumatra Bose, Professor...


The Spectrum of Islamism in the Middle East and Southeast Asia
01 Aug 2018

MEI and RSIS jointly holds a panel to discuss Islamism in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. On 26 July 2018, MEI and...


Becoming Arab: Creole Histories and Modern Identity in the Malay World
30 Jul 2018

Professor Mandal delivers a lecture based on his new book. On 25 July, MEI and the Arab Association of Singapore hosted Sumit Mandal,...


The Writing on the Wall: Rethinking the International Law of Occupation
27 Jul 2018

On 23 July, 2018, Professor Aeyal Gross from Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law came to MEI to give a talk on his...


Black Beards and Blue Helmets: Jihad, Peace-keeping, and the Question of Universalism
25 Jul 2018

Professor Darryl Li delivers his talk based on his research on transnational jihad and peacekeeping in Bosnia.  On 18 July, Professor Darryl Li,...


Transformation of Saudi Arabia: Can MBS’ Economic and Religious Reforms Succeed?
25 Jul 2018

Professor Haykel delivers a lecture on Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s push for economic and social reform in Saudi Arabia.  On the 19th...


Revolution and Its Discontents: The Struggle for Reform in Post-revolutionary Iran
17 Jul 2018

Dr. Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi delivers a talk regarding his research on the reformist movement in post-revolutionary Iran.  On 12 July, Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, a Postdoctoral...


The Hijaz: The First Islamic State
13 Jul 2018

Malik R. Dahlan delivers his talk based on his new book “The Hijaz: The First Islamic State”. On 6 July Malik R. Dahlan,...


Placing the History of “Targeted Killing” in the Middle East
30 Apr 2018

On 19 April, Dr Markus Gunneflo, lecturer of law at the University of Lund, gave us an overview of the legal and political...


Against Prescription: Exploring Islam in Muslim Music-Making in Istanbul
09 Mar 2018

The Ney The Ney is one of the most beloved instruments of Ottoman music. In religious traditions, it is popularly known as Sufi...