Santa Barbara City College

721 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93109




~ Fourth Annual IQSA Conference ~

"Harem: Perception and Reality of Life in Ottoman and Qajar Courts"

Conference Site: SBCC West Campus, Fé Bland Forum, Business/Communications Building

Conference Date: Friday July 23 and Saturday July 24, 2004

Registration: July 23 9:00 am to 9:45

Conference Start: July 23 10:00 am Conference End: July 24 5:00 pm


Conference Program for Friday July 23rd and Saturday July 24th


Friday July 23rd

Registration and Book tables: 9:00 - 9:45

10 a.m. -- Greeting by President Romo and Welcome of Participants

10:10 am -- Opening Remarks: Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar, Conference Chair; President, IQSA

10:20 a.m. -- Fawzia Rosina Al-Rawi: Polygyny, the Harem and the Hijab in the Koran, the Sunna and under Islamic Rule

11:10 a.m. -- Guity Nashat: Gender Roles and the Position of Women in Qajar Persia ***

11:45 a.m. -- Walk across campus from the West side to the East side of campus for lunch

12 - 1pm Lunch for all conference participants

1:15 p.m. -- Alev Lytle Croutier: The Harem in the Orientalist's Mind

2:00 p.m. -- Tania Kamal-Eldin: Hollywood Harems: Visions of Harems in Tinsel Town

2:45 p.m. -- 3: 10 Coffee Break

3:15 p.m. -- Nadine Sultana: Structure of the Ottoman Harem and Personal Recollections of Life in the Harem

4:00 p.m. -- Sonia Tamar Seeman: Roma (Gypsy) Professional Entertainers in 19th century Ottoman Empire

4:45 pm -- 5:15 Questions and Answers from Panelists

End of Friday session

Evening Free

*** Paper read by proxy



Saturday July 24th

9:00 - 9:45 Book tables; Registration, Coffee

10:00 a.m. -- Introduction Ferydoun Barjesteh, VP of IQSA

10:10 a.m. -- M.M. Eskandari-Qajar: On Harems Actual and Ideal

11: 00 a.m. -- Bahram Osqueezadeh: Qajar Era Court Music

12 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch / Buffet provided

1:15 p.m. -- Jackson Armstrong-Ingram: The Shah, the Skirt, and the Ballet: A Ménage a Trois, or Just Ill-Founded Gossip?

2:00 p.m. -- Alexandra King: Dance at the Qajar Court

2:45 - 3:10 pm -- Coffee Break

3:10 pm -- Lydia Susan Khan: Beautiful, but Bunk: The Harem in Art

4:00 pm -- Niloufar Kasra: The Harems of Fath Ali Shah and Nasser-ed-Din Shah Qajar ***

4:45 - 5: 15 p.m. Panel discussion on Harem in Qajar Era and Conclusion of Conference

*** Paper read by proxy


5:30:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner for Conference Participants and Guests at Endless Summer Restaurant, Harbor Marina, Santa Barbara (across from College)


Concert and Dance Performance, Fé Bland Forum, SBCC

8:00 -10:00pm -- Dance and Music Performance: -- Alexandra King and dancers; Alaleh Mohajerani and dancers, Bahram Osqueezadeh and musicians