Contact: Christopher Denbow T:202-466-9500 Wednesday, 2 July 2014 Washington, DC – The Institute for Gulf Affairs released a comparative analysis on sectarianism and marginalization in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. This 20-page analysis takes into consideration the recent allegations of sectarianism and marginalization against the Iraqi government made by the Saudi Foreign Minister Saud AlFaisal, ironically, one of the most sectarian Saudi officials.
1.FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS | SYMPOSIA IRANICA
FOURTH BIENNIAL PG AND EARLY CAREER SCHOLARS’ CONFERENCE ON IRANIAN STUDIES
Hosted by the University of Cambridge at St John’s College, Cambridge, UK, 9-10 April 2019
***Final Submissions by Midnight, Friday 25 January 2019***
We welcome proposals that engage with any aspect of Iranian studies within the arts, humanities and social sciences. These include but are not limited to prehistory through to the ancient and post-antique, modern, and contemporary histories; historiography; art and architecture history; anthropology; archaeology; cultural heritage; film and cinema; music and musicology; new media and communication studies; the performing arts; poetry and literature; languages and linguistics; Diaspora and migration studies; diplomatic studies, international relations and political science; social and political theory; law and legal studies; economics, philately and numismatics; sociology; philosophy; religions and theology.
Comparative themes and interdisciplinary approaches are also very welcome.
Proposals are open to early career scholars at postgraduate and post-doctoral levels from any disciplinary background within the arts, humanities and social sciences:
Persons falling into any of these categories are eligible to submit a proposal for an individual paper or pre-arranged panel. Submission is conducted electronically through the website. For any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The language of the conference is English. All submissions undergo double-blind peer review.
2. The Aga Khan Library, London, is hosting Seminar on Islamic Studies Librarianship: Past, Present and Future on 31 January 2019 (10-00-5.30 pm).
Speakers: Leif Stenberg, Walid Ghali, Arnoud Vrolijk, Paul Auchterlonie, David Hirsch, Gregor Schwarb, Waseem Farooq and Sarah Savant
Address: Atrium Conference Room, Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside Street, London N1C 4DN
For further details and registration link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seminar-on-islamic-studies-librarianship-past-present-and-future-tickets-53442200059
4. Music, Sound, and Architecture in Islam(University of Texas Press, March 2018).
Edited by Federico Spinetti (U. Cologne) and Michael Frishkopf, with a foreword by Ali Asani (Harvard), this interdisciplinary collection comprises 14 chapters, representing multiple regions of the Muslim world, by scholars offering diverse perspectives on the multifaceted relations between sound and the built environment.
The volume includes 16 full color plates, some 70 b&w figures, and an accompanying website (in progress) at archnet.org, which will ultimately provide accompanying AV for every chapter.
ِContributors (in order) include Ali Asani, D. Fairchild Ruggles, Nina Ergin, John Morgan O’Connell, Irene Markoff, Michael Frishkopf, Jonathan H. Shannon, Samer Akkach, Cynthia Robinson, Glaire D. Anderson, Paul A. Silverstein, Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Saida Daukeyeva, Anthony Welch, and Federico Spinetti.
University of Oslo – PhD Fellowship: Biopolitics in the Middle East
National Chengchi University – Full-time Faculty Position (Tenure
Track) in Arabic Linguistics/ Arabic Culture/ Computer Science/
Information and Communication Technology in Learning/ or relevant
University of California – Berkeley – Academic Coordinator II-Center
for Middle Eastern Studies
6. 3rd Annual International Conference on Middle Eastern and North African Studies on: “Feminism in the MENA Region: Women’s Rights in a Post-Globalist World”, Kenitra, Morocco, 20-21 March 2019
The Takamul Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies and Research in cooperation with the Hanns Seidel Foundation invites you to participate in this Conference.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 January 2019. Information
7. Conference: “Geography and Religious Knowledge in the Medieval World (1150–1550) – Including Arab-Islamic Geography”, University of Tübingen, 11-12 April 2019
The comparative perspective is intended to capture traditional peculiarities as well as transcultural exchange processes between the Arab-Muslim and the Latin-Christian world.
a) Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellowship for Transregional Studies “Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME)”, Berlin, 2019/2020
The prize consists of a post-doctoral research fellowship of up to ten months and the possibility to participate in the scholarly activities of the Forum.
Deadline for applications: 31 January 2019. Information: https://www.forum-transregionale-studien.de/ausschreibungen/irmgard-coninx-2019.html
b) Fellowships at the American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo
Applications are invited to conduct independent humanities research in Egypt. Doctoral, postdoctoral, early career and senior humanities scholars are eligible to apply. Most awards require American citizenship.
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2019. Information: https://www.arce.org/fellows
c) Assistant Professor in Islam, Florida International University
The Department of Religious in the School of International and Public Affairs is pleased to announce a search for a faculty colleague with a specialization in Islam of the late medieval or early modern period, preferably with a focus on the Ottoman Empire. Candidates should becompetent in either Turkish, Arabic or both. A Ph.D. is required.
Deadline for applications: 31 January 2019. Information: https://facultycareers.fiu.edu/?posting=516574
d) Assistant Professor on Islam of the Late Medieval or Early Modern Period, Florida International University
Candidates should have a specialization in Islam of the late medieval or early modern period, preferably with a focus on the Ottoman Empire.Candidates should be competent in either Turkish, Arabic or both.
Qualified candidates should apply to Job Opening ID (516574) at https://facultycareers.fiu.edu/
9. Summer School on “Cultures of Documentation in Persianate Eurasia (15th-19th Centuries)”, Institute of Iranian Studies, Vienna, 2-7 June 2019
The basic requirement is knowledge of Persian and one Turkic language (Ottoman Turkish or Chaghatay).
10. Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Iranian Studies
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, in conjunction with the Program of Iranian Studies, at UCLA, invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the history and culture of modern Iran, effective July 1, 2019.
The Amuzegar Postdoctoral Fellowship aims at promoting the work of exceptional scholars at an early stage of their careers whose presence at UCLA would strengthen the study of modern Iran. Applicants from all fields of humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply. The Department is particularly interested in candidates whose research and teaching engage broader cultural and intellectual traditions, are transdisciplinary in scope, and grounded in philological expertise and archival work.
Applicants are required to have completed their PhD before the beginning of their tenure at UCLA. Preference is given to candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree more recently. Postdoctoral fellows may not hold concurrent fellowships or positions during their appointment.
Applicants should apply online via UCLA Academic Recruit. Applications require submission of (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae and list of publications; (3) synopsis of proposed research project, and why it may be successfully conducted at UCLA, including publication goals; (4) sample syllabi for introductory courses and graduate seminars for a 10 week quarter; and (5) names of three referees.
Deadline for applications is February 15, 2019 and the Search Committee will begin reviewing the applications on March 1st.
Pakistan is traversing minefields as it concludes agreements on investment, balance of payments support and delayed payment oil deliveries with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates worth USD$13 billion that are likely to fawn growing distrust in its relations with neighbouring Iran.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Two people were killed and others arrested in a “preemptive” security operation in Saudi Arabia’s eastern Qatif province, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Tuesday. Violence in the area has become more rare since security forces largely flushed out Shi’ite Muslim gunmen in a 2017 campaign that left much of the town’s old quarter flattened.
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
Anahita Alavi Date: 14 January 2019 Time: 6:30 PM Finishes: 18 March 2019 Time: 8:30 PM Venue: MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square Room: MBI Al Jaber Seminar Room Type of Event: Workshop Please note that the course will commence on 14 January 2019 and not 7 January 2019 as previously advertised and that it will run until 18 March 2019 instead of 11 March 2019.
31 December 2018 – Today, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld the five-year sentence issued against leading human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, for his critical comments on social media. Rajab has now exhausted all legal remedies. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) condemns today’s decision in the strongest term and urges the Bahraini authorities…