1. Starting from 2016, Koç University’s Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center and the University of Cambridge’s Skiliter Centre for Ottoman Studies agreed to start a joint three year project on the Socio-Economic History of Anatolia in the Ottoman Period. The Project consists of three symposiums on three themes; Disease and Disaster (both man-made and natural disasters), Trade and Production and Social and Cultural Life.
The first symposium was held at University of Cambridge on 18-19 March 2016. The second thematic symposium Trade and Production in Ottoman Anatolia was held in Ankara by Koç University VEKAM and the final thematic symposium on Social and Cultural Life in Ottoman Anatolia will be held on Decemver 12-13, 2018 at the premises of VEKAM in Ankara Turkey.
We are pleased to announce the symposium and believe that it will be helpful to researchers, academicians and interested people.
For details, see: https://vekam.ku.edu.tr/sites/vekam.ku.edu.tr/files/program_4.pdf
2. L’institut Français de Recherche en Iran (IFRI) propose pour l’année 2019 des bourses d’aide à la mobilité internationale destinées : à des jeunes chercheurs, doctorants et post-doctorats inscrits dans un établissement français d’enseignement supérieur ou de recherche.
Ces bourses, d’une durée d’un à trois mois, visent à couvrir les frais de transport et de séjour de doctorants (allocation mensuelle de 800 €, à laquelle s’ajoute le cas échéant le remboursement – plafonné à 600€ – des frais de transport) ou de chercheurs détenteurs d’un doctorat, âgés de moins de 35 ans (allocation mensuelle de 1000 € plus, le cas échéant, des frais de transport – plafonné à 600 €-) et poursuivant des recherches sur le monde iranien.
3. Open Access Database: Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI)
4. BRAIS 2019
The Sixth Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies
15 April – 16 April 2019
(Arrival and Registration from 14 April)
University of Nottingham
The deadline for abstracts has been extended until 6 January 2019
Call for panels and papers
Following BRAIS’s successful conferences in Edinburgh (2014), London (2015 and 2016), Chester (2017) and Exeter (2018), the organisers invite proposals for whole panels or individual papers for the Sixth Annual Conference of BRAIS. Islamic Studies is broadly understood to include all disciplinary approaches to the study of Islam and Muslim societies (majority and minority), modern and premodern.
Plenary sessions at the conference
The conference committee is very pleased to announce that plenary lectures at the conference will be delivered by Maribel Fierro (CSIC, Madrid) on ‘Rulers as Authors in the Medieval Islamic West’; Khaled Fahmy (University of Cambridge) on ‘Implementing Shari’a in Modern Egypt: A Medical Perspective’, and Alison Scott-Baumann (SOAS, London) and the ‘Re/presenting Islam on Campus’ team.
Abstract Deadline: Sunday 6 January 2019.
For details on how to submit an abstract, see:
5. We are writing to invite you to contribute a chapter to our co-edited volume
titled, Sex and Marriage in the Medieval Islamic World: Women, Family, and
Love, under contract with I. B. Tauris. This is the second of six volumes in
the book series, Sex, Marriage and the Family in the Middle East.
In this volume, we hope to explore the dynamics of family life, the
institution of marriage, and the significance of love in the Medieval Islamic
era. Your chapter may address any variety of topics related to these broad
subject headings—sex, marriage, gender, family, and love—such as divorce,
widowhood, inheritance, concubinage, polygamy, procreation and birth control,
and the nature of social hierarchies in marital relations, life experiences of
children, romantic love, gender norms and transgression, spousal rights and
responsibilities, domestic violence, marriage to non-Muslims, advice on
choosing a spouse, court cases involving spouses, masculinities, etc. Our aim
is to publish a volume wherein scholars explore the complex and multifaceted
phenomena related to these normative practices across the Islamic world during
the medieval period. Further reflecting this diverse approach, we also welcome
contributions utilizing interdisciplinary methodologies, including
Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, History, Religious Studies, Gender
Studies, Literature, Philosophy, and Media Studies.
If you are interested in contributing to this volume, we ask that you submit a
brief abstract of your proposed chapter to us by January 31, 2018. Please give
your proposed chapter a title and provide a 300 – 500 words long abstract
explaining the general scope of your chapter and the methodologies you will
employ. Completed chapters (7000 words) will be due to us on April 1, 2019.
All chapters will undergo a blind peer-review process conducted by the
publisher before they are published.
We very much hope that you accept our invitation. If so, please send us a note
at firstname.lastname@example.org stating your intention to contribute to the volume
at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Claudia Yaghoobi and Aisha Musa, Co-editors
6. Open Access newspapers: Ankara University
7. Applications for HIAA’s Grabar Travel Grants and Post-docs are due on Saturday 15 December. Please check the HIAA website for details on the awards, including eligibility and how to apply.
8. The Textile Museum at The George Washington University is excited to announce the publication of volume 45 of The Textile Museum Journal.
Titled Draping the Middle Ages and guest edited by Patricia Blessing, assistant professor of Medieval and Islamic Art History at Pomona College, The Textile Museum Journal 45 focuses on the mobile nature of textile patterns in the East and West during the Middle Ages and investigates the question of cultural specificity in the use of textile imitations in a range of media. As coveted objects of trade and diplomatic gift exchange, textiles were widely distributed using the cross-cultural networks between Byzantium, the Islamic world, and East Asia. Within this broader world of medieval textile exchange, the notion of textile patterns that are adapted in architecture, ceramics, metalwork, and manuscripts stand at the center of the four articles in this volume:
For subscriptions to the The Textile Museum Journal 45 and access to earlier issues, please visit https://museum.gwu.edu/tmjournal/subscribe. For submissions, more information, or questions, please check https://museum.gwu.edu/tmjournal or contact The Textile Museum Journal editorial team at email@example.com.
9. The Mawlana Rumi Review (MRR) is an annual academic journal (est. 2010) devoted to the poetry, life, thought, and legacy of Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273), the Islamic Sufi poet who authored some 60,000 lines of poetry, lectures, sermons, and letters in Persian and Arabic, and founded the Mevlevi (Mawlawiyya) dervish order.
The Mawlana Rumi Review was founded in 2010 as a publication of the Rumi Institute of Near East University, Cyprus, and the Rumi Studies Group of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. Eight issues of MRR have appeared to date, edited by the late and much missed Leonard Lewisohn (1953-2018) of Exeter University, advised by an international board of scholars and editors, and published by Archetype.
The editorial board of the Mawlana Rumi Review is now calling for submissions for Issue 10 (edited by Franklin Lewis) and beyond. MRR publishes original articles, translations of Rumi’s poetry done from the original languages, book reviews, and reports. The editors welcome articles in English, as well as in French, and from Issue 10 will also entertain submissions in Persian or Turkish. Topics covered in MRR include: Historical biography of Rumi and his circle, based on original sources; analysis and interpretation of Rumi’s poetry; his adaptation of the literary and Sufi traditions; his narratology and story-telling techniques; hermeneutics; theology and prophetology; theosophy and mysticism; spiritual psychology; erotic spirituality; metaphysics and cosmology; epistemology; ethics; pedagogy; the history of the Mevlevi order; the commentary and interpretative tradition on his works (The Masnavī, Dīvān-i Shams-i Tabrīz, Fīhi mā fīh and Majālis al-sabʽa ; and the reception and translation of Rumi’s thought in modern and medieval literary history and thought.
To submit an article for consideration or to contact the editors, please write to: Mawlanarumireview@protonmail.com and for submissions of translations of Mawlana Rumi’s poetry, please write the Poetry Consultant, Paul Losensky, at: Poetry-MMR@protonmail.com .
10. VEKAM- Symposium on “Social and Cultural Life in Ottoman Anatolia”, Ankara, 12-13 December 2018
Symposium on the intellectual and cultural life, material culture, representations, order and violence in Ottoman Anatolia. See program at https://vekam.ku.edu.tr/en/content/social-and-cultural-life-ottoman-anatolia-symposium (English program at the end; simultaneous translation Turkish-English available)
11. International Conference: “Claiming and Making Muslim Worlds: Across and Between the Local and Global”, ZMO, Berlin, 3-5 April 2019
The conference concludes the 12-year research program: “Muslim Worlds – Worlds of Islam?”
See program at http://www.zmo.de/veranstaltungen/2019/Conferences/ConferenceProgramme_ClaimingAndMakingMuslimWorlds_Final.pdf; for registration contact MuslimWorlds2019@zmo.de
12. International Symposium: “The Ottoman World during the Reign of Fatih Sultan Mehmet”, Fatih Sultan Mehmed Vakif University, Istanbul, 12-13 April 2019
A series of symposiums is aiming to reveal the period of Fatih Sultan Mehmed in every aspects from the texture used to the currency, from the problems of the public to their entertainment, from benevolentness to stinginess, from warfare to peace, from the religious life to the daily life, and from its institutions to its legislation.
13. International Workshop: “Gender, Fashion, and Embodiment in Islam”, University of Hamburg, 29-30 June 2019
The aim is to bring together research on the changing practices of gendered clothing in Muslim contexts. We want to compare the dynamics in the so-called “Islamic center” (the Arabian Peninsula) with developments in the “Muslim Periphery” and problematize the lived interactions between gender, fashion, spirituality, religion, class, and ethnicity.
Deadline for abstracts: 19 January 2019. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/3132582/call-papers-international-workshop-%E2%80%9Cgender-fashion-and
14. Conference: “Rethinking Genre in the Islamicate Middle East”, Asia-Africa-Institute, University of Hamburg, 5-6 September 2019
The conference aims to bring together scholars with expertise in Arabic, Persian and Turkish narrative traditions who are interested in the manifold facets of the history, sociology and poetics of genre and generic structures underlying the literary production of the respective traditions.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2019. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/3284420/cfp-%E2%80%9Crethinking-genre-islamicate-middle-east%E2%80%9D
a) Full Professorship for “Islamic Intellectual History of the Post-Classical Period (1200-1800)”, Humboldt University Berlin
Position is starting 1 October 2019 and initially limited to a 5-year contract. The successful candidate will focus on the significance of the post-classical intellectual history in his or her research and teaching, especially in the areas of Kalām, philosophy and mysticism, with a special emphasis on different doctrinal currents (especially Sunna and Shia).
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2019. Information: https://www.personalabteilung.hu-berlin.de/stellenausschreibungen/full-professorship-for-islamic-intellectual-history-of-the-post-classical-period-1200-1800-201d-w3
b) Full Professorship for “Comparative Theology from an Islamic Perspective”, Humboldt University Berlin
Position is starting 1 October 2019 and initially limited to a 5-year contract. The successful candidate will focus on the relationship between Muslim religiosity and other religious communities and worldviews in his or her research and teaching. He or she will undertake research in entangled history, particularly with respect to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and will compare the interaction of actors of various religious origins with regard to religious doctrine and practice.
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2019. Information: https://www.personalabteilung.hu-berlin.de/stellenausschreibungen/full-professorship-for-comparative-theology-from-an-islamic-perspective201d-w3
c) Postdoctoral Fellows at the American University of Beirut
The positions are open to recent recipients of the PhD degree whose research and teaching interests involve one or more of the following disciplines: Arabic (Mamluk or Ottoman Arabic Literature); Philosophy (Ancient Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy); History and Archaeology (Prehistory of the Levant, Islamic Archaeology, Egyptology)
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2019. Information: https://f-origin.hypotheses.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1460/files/2018/10/CAH_Postdoctoral_Fellows_2019.pdf
d) Assistant Professor of Health Studies in the Middle East and North Africa, University of Arizona
We are interested in a broad range of historical and/or social scientific approaches to the study of health and health care in the Middle East and North Africa. Proficiency in at least one Middle Eastern language is highly desirable (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish or a related language).
Review of applications begins 21 January 2019. Information: https://uacareers.com/postings/34011
e) Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World (non-Western), Texas A&M University
The successful candidate must possess a PhD in History with a specialization in the Islamic World, any period or region, and must demonstrate experience teaching in higher education.
Deadline for application: 22 January 2019. Information: https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TAMUC_External/job/Commerce-TAMUC/Assistant-Professor_R-014623
16. New Online Database to Facilitate Research in the History of the Exact Sciences in the Islamic World
The Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI) website at https://ismi.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de covers the period to ca. 1350 CE. The mission is to make accessible information on all Islamic manuscripts in the exact sciences (astronomy, mathematics, optics, mathematical geography, music, mechanics, and related disciplines), whether in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or other languages.
17. Job Opportunity: Project Officer for Support to the Yemeni Peace Process – Constitutional Dialogues
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics.
International IDEA develops, shares and enables the use of comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise: electoral processes, constitution-building, political participation and representation, democracy and development and democracy assessments.
As part of International IDEA’s Africa and West Asia Region, the Tunis sub-regional office has been implementing a project since 2016 to provide support to Yemen’s peace negotiations. From 2016 to October 2018, the project mainly consisted of dialogue sessions and expert meetings, and focused on Yemen’s constitutional future.
International IDEA is looking to recruit a project officer to support this work in Yemen. The position is full time, and based in the Tunis office, working very closely with the project team.
The deadline to apply is 17 December 2018. For full project details, terms of reference, and directions to apply, visit: https://www.idea.int/sites/default/files/tenders/EOI%20Reference%20No%20258-18-106-%20%20%20TOR%20Final.pdf