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1st International Symposium Mediterranean Continuities: Material and spiritual paths

MOHA Research Center organized ‘Mediterranean Continuities: Material and spiritual paths’ symposium , that took place in 15 – 16 April 2016 at Imaret, in Kavala. This symposium predicated on the premise of shared cultural continuities around the Mediterranean between Islamdom, Christendom (Western Europe) and Byzantium. It argued that these three politico-cultural zones have shared, appropriated, and developed the late Antiquity heritage that they inherited, each within its own religious and cultural framework. Starting from this broad historical spectrum, the symposium posited the emergence of Islam in the seventh century not as a disruption of the classical culture in its late manifestations, but rather as a purposeful continuation of that culture. Within this event, the MOHA gathered scholars working on the theme of continuity between late Antiquity and the rise of Islam in a variety of fields that can fall under the two headings of material and epistemological domains. The ultimate aim was to reinforce the thesis of shared continuities around the Mediterranean and to further challenge the traditional intellectual and pedagogical approaches that have long emphasized cultural separation and insularity between Islamdom and Christendom. Two keynote speakers addressed the two domains of investigation and explored the analytical and methodological contours of the general theme of the symposium. Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan professor at MIT, explored instances of continuity and adaptation from the late antique to the early Islamic (or Umayyad) Architecture, with a special emphasis on Syria. Prof. Garth Fowden, Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths at University of Cambridge discussed the transition from the late antique to early Islamic thought worlds, represented respectively by Alexandria and Baghdad.

Kavala, April 15-16, 2016

3rd EUROPA Moot Court competition

MOHA Research Center organised, in cooperation with the chambers of First Advocate General Melchior Wathelet (Court of Justice of the European Union), the 3rd EUROPA Moot Court Competition that took place for a third consecutive time at the Imaret of Kavala and the Roman forum of Philippi on 21 and 22 March 2016. As in the previous years, the 3rd EUROPA Moot Court competition brings together law students and academics from the Universities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Liège, Nova de Lisboa, IE, Paris Dauphine, Sofia and Szeged, as well as legal practitioners and judges from Greece, Belgium and the EU institutions, who discussed current legal issues regarding intellectual property rights and price-fixing of medicines as well as questions of EU competition law that arise in this area.

Kavala, 21 - 22 March, 2016

Greek themes in the poems of the twelfth century Persian author Nezami of Ganja

Considering the current turning point that the coexistence of cultures of the West and Islam, and aiming at mutual cultural understanding, the Mohammad Ali Research Center organizes a series of academic activities for specialists and the wider audience. In the context of its research activities, the Mohammed Ali Research Center continues the monthly MOHA Lecture Series. Each lecture is given by a distinguished speaker and is aimed at familiarizing the public with the importance of the Golden Age of Islam (9th-13th c. AD/3rd – 7th c. A.H.) and the contribution of the Islamic civilization in every field of literature, arts and science internationally.

Friday, October 30, 2015, Kavala.

Speaker: Christine van Ruymbeke

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE: INTERCULTURAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION and ISLAMIC STUDIES

Intercultural Religious Education and Islamic Studies. Challenges and Prospects in Greece and Europe.

October 10 and 11, 2015, Kavala.

BYZANTIUM AND ISLAM

From the 7th century until the dusk of the Byzantine Empire, Islam was the main rival of Byzantium in the East. That did not prevent the population, especially the frontier, from having commercial, cultural and artistic relations during each conflict. Thus, the acritic cycle was born. Nostrums and diet recipes, musical instruments and folk entertainment of two great civilizations (Byzantine and Arab) that cooperate and compete with each other up to the end of the 11th century, passed on from one side to another. With the rest of Islam's tribes (Turks, Seljuks, Turkmen), Byzantium was mostly at war than spiritually connected. It is said that Byzantium is still, since it was the first to face the Jihad (sacred war of Muslims) which so much affects the Middle East today. You can see the entire lecture here

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Kavala.

Speaker: Helene Glykatzi Ahrweiler

THE BRIDGES OF SCIENCE AND THE LIGHT OF THE EAST

This lecture focuses on the evolution of meteorology from pre-Islamic times to the heyday of the Islamic Caliphate. Important personalities, specific trends in meteorology and the influence of the literary movement in Baghdad during the 9th century have contributed to the advancement and consolidation of meteorology amongst the sciences in Islamic times. Additionally the progress made at the time was of global scale and surpassed on some occasions the knowledge of western astronomers.

Friday, April 24, 2015, Kavala.

Speaker: Theodoros Kolydas, meteorologist, MEGA Channel, Athens.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "FRONTIERS IN ENVIROMENTAL AND WATER MANAGEMENT"

The conference was co-organized by the Water Institute for Research and Education - WIRE (formerly known as CREW) of the Mohammed Ali Research Center (MOHA) and the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (EMaTTECH) under the project " Utilizing Stream Waters in the Suppression of Forest Fires with the Help of New Technologies " that is funded under the EU INTERREG IV “Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2007-2013” framework and the project " Management and Prevention of Soil Erosion through an Integrated Information System.
The Conference focused on the current developments on environmental and water management with an emphasis on innovation and new technologies to enhance its effectiveness and efficiency. It provided an opportunity to meet scientists, decision-makers and stakeholders who promoted the cooperation in environmental and water research and management among countries from the Black Sea Basin, the Mediterranean Basin, Europe and worldwide.
The conference coincided with the International Day of Forests (March 21) and World Water Day (March 22) and provided an avenue to celebrate these important days.


The main scope of the conference was:
- To present new innovative environmental and water management methodologies
- To introduce demonstration projects on efficient and effective environmental and water management
- To discuss recent advances in scientific research and technical development in regards to environmental and water management
- To promote international collaboration for more effective and efficient management
- To bring together scientists and practitioners from various parts of the world working on different aspects of environmental and water management


For more informations visit the "Frontiers in Enviromental and Water Management" website.

 

ASPECTS OF ISLAMIC GARDENS: MULTI-MEANINGS OF PARADISE

International Conference on "Aspects of Islamic gardens: Multi-meanings of paradise", which took place on October 10th-12th 2014, at Kavala, Greece.


Organised by MOHA (Mohammed Ali Research Center) and EMATTECH (Eastern Macedonia & Thrace Institute of Technology), and supported by MOHA and Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah.


For more informations visit the "Aspects of Islamic gardens: Multi-meanings of paradise" website.

INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURTS AND EUROPEAN LAW CONFERENCES

Conference held yearly in Imaret and the ancient forum of Philippi, in cooperation with the law faculties of eight distinguished European Universities.

THE ROLE OF MOHAMMED ALI IN THE CREATION OF MODERN EGYPT

Prof. Khaled Fahmy of the New York University was the keynote lecturer in a series of round table discussions.

ALEXANDRIA THE CITY OF MEMORY

Lecture by Prof. M. Haag of King George University on Kavafi and Alexandria.

 

Cultnat – Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

An agreement was signed with CULTNAT / BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA aiming at the digitalisation of historical documents and architectural heritage from the time of Mohamed Ali in both Kavala and Egypt. The results will be published through a common web page that will be created with the initiative from the two parties.

 

INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURTS AND ROMAN LAW CONFERENCES

Conference held yearly in Imaret and the ancient forum of Philippi, in cooperation with the law faculties of eight distinguished European Universities.

 

KAVAFIA

A symposium in honour of the famous Greek poet K.P.Kavafi held every two years, between Cairo and Kavala. The festivity includes the ceremony of the Kavafi literature award, an exhibition of arts a music concert, and a literature conference with Egyptian and Greek scholars.

OTTOMAN KAVALA

Seminar organized in cooperation with Princeton University of New Jersey. The event was held as part of the Menoikion project of Princeton. Prof. Heath Lowry was the keynote lecturer.

63e Session de la Societe Internationale ''Fernand de Visscher'' pour l' histoire de l ' Antiquite

LE DROIT DE PROCEDURE DANS D'ANTIQUITE

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