By James M. Dorsey
When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently declared that Turkey was “the only country that can lead the Muslim world ” he probably wasn’t only thinking of Middle Eastern and other Islamic states such as Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Increasingly, there is evidence that Indian Muslims, the Islamic world’s fourth largest community after Indonesia and the South Asian states, is on Mr. Erdogan’s radar.
Mr. Erdogan’s interest in Indian Muslims highlights the flip side of a shared Turkish and Indian experience: the rise of religious parties and leaders with a tendency towards authoritarianism in non-Western democracies that, according to Turkey and India scholar Sumantra Bose, calls into question their commitment to secularism.
1.International Conference: “Untangling Popular Power: Rhetoric, Faith, and Social Order in the Middle East,” Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life and Columbia Global Center Amman, Jordan, 2-3 March 2019
This forum aims to explore the extent to which recently emerging populisms in the contemporary Middle East are illustrative of a new historical trend, and/or the extent to which they are a continuation of the diverse strategies for the mobilization of peoples that were deployed during international anti-colonial projects and civil rights movements.
Deadline for final papers: 15 January 2018. Information:
2. International Conference on Ιbadi Studies 2019: “Ibadism and the Study of Islam: A view from the edge”, Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto, 17-19 June 2019
The Conference will locate the study of Ibadism interdisciplinarily as we examine how the spatial metaphor of center and edge, when applied to the study of Ibadism, can gesture to new research orientations in the field of Islamic studies.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2019. Information: https://ibadistudies.org/index.php
3. Panel: “Beyond ‘Minorities’, Beyond Millet: Non (Sunni-)Muslim Groups and the Ottoman State in the “Post-Classical Age”, during the MESA Meeting in New Orleans, 14-17 November 2019
The panel aims to develop fresh and likewise philologically grounded perspectives on these communities, whose history in the Ottoman Empire is oftentimes misconstrued by outdated binaries, such as orthodoxy-heterodoxy, minority-majority, high-low-Islam etc.
Abstracts for papers may be sent to email@example.com until 1 February 2019
4. Visiting Fellowships at Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: “Law and Social Change” for 2019–2020 Academic Year
We welcome applicants with a JD, LLM, SJD, PhD or other comparable degree who are interested in spending from one month up to one academic year in residence at Harvard Law School working on an independent project.
Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019. Information: https://ilsp.law.harvard.edu/how-to-apply/
5. German Parliamentary Scholarship for Young Arab Graduates in Berlin, 1-30 September 2019
The scholarship program is aimed at highly-motivated, capable and talented young individuals from the Arab region who are open to new ideas, interested in politics and wish to play an active and responsible role in shaping the democratic future of their country. Very good knowledge of German is required.
Deadline for applications: 31 January 2018. Information: https://www.bundestag.de/en/europe/international/exchange/ips/arabian/250618
6. Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship is now available for the study of Kurdish(sorani) language – 1st year and 2nd year – in the 2019 summer Language Workshop at Indiana University-Bloomington.
IU Summer Language Workshop:
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship:
7. Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan
Fall 2019 Fellowship for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents – March 1, 2019
Program Overview: The Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (BULPIP-AIPS) is accepting applications for its Fall 2019 intensive Urdu language immersion program based at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan until March 1, 2019. Jointly administered by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and the Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (BULPIP) at the University of California, Berkeley, this Urdu language program offers daily classroom instruction, five days a week, for approximately fifteen weeks. Classes are small and individual tutorials provided. There are regular assignments outside of class and special emphasis is placed on connecting with the local speech community as well as self-management of learning. Participants need to take part in all program events, such as attending films, plays and other cultural activities. All admitted students, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, receive program fellowships.
Applications materials must be submitted on Tango by March 1, 2019, before 5 pm (Pacific Standard Time):
Please check for detailed requirements at:
8. A tribute to Ehsan Yarshater (Video)
Speaker: Shapour Rasekh
22nd annual Conference of Persian Arts and Letters
London, Dec. 2018
PERSIAN DUTCH NETWORK
9. Conference: “Politics of Religious Knowledge and Ignorance”, Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR), Toronto, 21-23 May 2019
Given the continued role of religion in the public realms of most societies, how might the anthropology of religion—alongside or distinct from theology and the natural sciences—articulate an equally public voice?
Deadline for abstracts: 21 January 2018. Information: http://sar.americananthro.org/activities/meeting/
10. International Conference: “Pilgrimages and Tourism”, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Re-search, Cambridge, 15-16 June 2019
This conference seeks to analyze the complex concepts of pilgrimages and tourism. What is a pilgrimage? Do pilgrimages contribute to the sense of community and belonging? Is tourism a transformative experience? How do souvenirs, memorabilia and travelogues facilitate imagination of other people and places? Etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2019. Information: http://tourism.lcir.co.uk/
11. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA),
New Orleans, LA, 14-17 November 2019
MESA is primarily concerned with the area encompassing Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab World from the seventh century to modern times. Other regions, including Spain, Southeastern Europe, China and the former Soviet Union, also are included for the periods in which their territories were parts of the Middle Eastern empires or were under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization. Comparative work is encouraged.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2019. Information: https://mesana.org/annual-meeting/call-for-papers
12. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on “Epidemics in the Middle East”, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo
The fellowship is part of the project “The Lifetimes of Epidemics in Europe and the Middle East” which sets out to analyze and understand the different temporalities of epidemics. Qualification requirements: PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in a field relevant to the project; specialisation in language-based Middle Eastern studies; etc.
Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019. Information: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/161101/post-doctoral-research-fellowship
13. Visiting (Research) Fellowships at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies 2019-20, University of Oxford
These Fellowships carry a stipend of £5000, with membership of the Common Room, office space and access to the resources of the Centre.
Deadline for applications: 13 January 2019. Information: https://www.oxcis.ac.uk/sites/www.oxcis.ac.uk/files/inline-files/Visiting%20Fellowships%20Poster%202018-19_4.pdf
14. Postdoctoral Position at SASNET for Religion and Politics in South Asia, Lund University
The position is full-time, divided as follows: 80% will be spent on research directly linked to religion and politics in South Asia, and 20% on teaching and other tasks related to education and administration.To be appointed as a postdoc you will need to have earned a PhD in the social sciences or other related subject.
Deadline for applications: 6 January 2019. Information: https://lu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:241035/type:job/where:4/apply:1?fbclid=IwAR2WRVzOMjeVlq2teQdbvJ_1fX4b6WpXAkaM30JP9AOxYj_lIi26blMVVoQ
15. Assistant Professor in the Study of Religions, University of Southern Denmark
Applicants must have a Ph.D.-degree in the study of religions (‘comparative religion’), and document research expertise in a field of specialization as well as a potential for teaching in this as well as in other fields.
16. Two AUC Summer Course for Islamic Studies in Cairo for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students
The general program (June 16 – July 12) covers Qur’an, Hadith, Islamic Law, and Sufism while the Islamic Law program (July 14 – August 8) covers origins, cases, criminal law, and post-colonial law
Deadline for application: 15 April 2019. Information: www.cairosummerinstitute.com
17. This year the University of Oxford 2019 Slade Professor is Finbarr Barry Flood, Director, Silsila: Center for Material Histories, New York University. He will be speaking on ‘Islam and Image: Beyond Aniconism and Iconoclasm’.
Wednesdays 5pm, Mathematical Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road OX2 6GG
16 January The Making of an Image Problem
23 January Mimesis and Magic: The Lives of Images Revisited
30 January Regulating the Gaze in the Medieval Mosque
06 February Economies of Imaging: Bowls, Baths and Bazaars
13 February Grammars of Defacement: Censure and Redemption
20 February Figuring for Piety: Strategies of Negotiation (Followed by a drinks reception)
27 February Statue Histories: Iconoclasm as Anti-Colonialism
06 March Beyond Enlightenment? Towards a Conclusion (Followed by questions and a discussion)
18. Other Posts:
Bard Graduate Center – Postdoctoral Fellowship in Islamic Art and
University of California Berkeley – Assistant Professor – Southeast
Asian Studies Modern or Pre-Modern Period
Emory University – South Asian Studies Librarian