1.Gerlach Press titles on many current topics are available as eBooks from JSTOR, the leading and eBook provider.
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2. Deadline extended
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:
3. The Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize was established jointly in 1986 by the Leigh Douglas Memorial Fund and BRISMES in memory of Dr Leigh Douglas who was killed in Beirut in 1986. The prize is awarded annually to the writer of the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the Social Sciences or Humanities awarded by a British University in the previous calendar year.
The current value of the prize is £600 for the winner and £150 for the runner up. We require:
A copy of the thesis (electronic) and a letter of endorsement/support from your supervisor.
Entries should be sent to email@example.com .
Deadline | 31 January 2019.
15-16 April 2019
University College London- Qatar
“The fascination of work with Islamic manuscripts lies in its direct contact with history, reviving it in the moment of studying it…Manuscripts reveal cultural exchanges across the borders of regions and times defined by ethnic, political, social, and language patterns” (Brinkmann & Wiesmuller, 2009, p. 15). The present day scholarly study of manuscripts – addressing their texts, contexts, and material form – has also produced new cultural exchanges. Through their study, preservation, collection, and digitization, latter day manuscript cultures of readership and engagement have arisen, cultivated by networks of scholars, archivists, librarians, conservators, students, and collectors, who make and make re/use of digital libraries, databases and social media in dynamic ways.
Archivists have argued that historical records are “recontextualized throughout every stage of the records life” and that they are constantly being activated with each interaction, interrogation and interpretation they undergo over time (Ketelaar, 2001, p.137). In this symposium, we intend to make explicit the ways in which modern day interactions with Arabic-script manuscripts are contributing to the formation and elaboration of contemporary manuscript cultures of reception, readership and engagement.
We would like to examine the multifaceted aspects of these living* Arabic script manuscript cultures wherever they exist, be they in North and West Africa, South (East) Asia, the Levant, the Gulf, or the Americas and Europe.
In this vein, we invite papers that explore the dynamics of modern day Arabic-script manuscript cultures. This could include, but should not be limited to:
*By “existing” we are not referring to the ongoing production/craft of manuscripts.*
Presenters whose papers are accepted will have their costs covered for transportation to and accommodation during the symposium.
Please submit an abstract no more than 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org . The abstract should sufficiently detail the topic of the paper and the research approach that will be taken to address it. Also included should be the presenter’s name, affiliation (if any) and email address.
Abstracts must be submitted no later than: 18 January 2019
Abstracts accepted and presenters notified no later than: 15 February 2019
Symposium takes place 15-16 April 2019
As part of the ERC-funded project, “Embedding Conquest, Naturalising Muslim Rule (600-1000)”, at Leiden University, this conference aims to bring together both senior and junior scholars to present research which illuminates the structures and mechanisms that allowed the early Islamic empire to function.
The conference will take place 2-6th December, 2019.
Please send an abstract of around 300 words to email@example.com by January 31st 2019.
Subsidies for travel and accommodation will be available.
For a detailed description of the conference see the EmCo project website:
6. Registration is open for the conference on Leadership, Authority and Representation in British Muslim Communities to be held at Cardiff University on 21st January 2019. The conference fee is £30 (including a vegetarian lunch and refreshments) with a concessionary rate of £15 is available for imams, students and the unwaged. The registration deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 9th January; we will not be accepting payment on the day so the only way to register attendance is through the online portal ahead of the deadline.
We are also pleased to share the conference programme which, alongside a series of Pecha Kucha style presentations, includes panels titled ‘Training Muslim Leaders in the West’ and ‘Changing Loci of Authority in British Islam’. Additionally, Professor Ataullah Siddiqui (Markfield Institute of Higher Education) and Shaukat Warraich (Faith Associates) will deliver keynote lectures and a discussion panel on ‘The Future Role of Imams in Britain’ will feature Dr Shuruq Naguib, Dr Atif Imtiaz, Mufti Dr Abdur Rahman Mangera, Dr Myriam François-Cerrah, Imam Qari Asim MBE and Rehanah Sadiq (chaired by Saleem Kidwai OBE, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales). We hope you can join us!
The 2019 Public Seminar series which will kick off on 6th February with Dr Anabel Inge’s session titled: ‘The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion’.
7. Annual Conference of the “Middle East and Islamic Studies Association of Israel (MEISAI)”, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 30 May 2019
Scholars from all areas of study of the Middle East, Islam and Middle Eastern languages, with no limitation concerning discipline, period or sub-region, are welcome to send proposals.
Deadline for abstracts: 24 February 2019. Information: https://www.meisai.org.il/en/
8. Conference: “Pilgrimage and the Senses”, University of Oxford, 7 June 2019
This interdisciplinary conference hosted at the University of Oxford aims to shed light on how sensory perception shapes and is shaped by the experience of pilgrimage across cultures, faith traditions, and throughout history.
Deadline for abstracts: 20 January 2019. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/3112523/cfp-pilgrimage-and-senses-conference-oxford-7-june-2019