The arrest by Thai authorities of Mr. Al-Araibi, acting on an Interpol red notice arrest warrant issued despite the fact that he had been granted political asylum in Australia, raises questions about the effectiveness of Interpol safeguards against exploitation of its powers.
1.The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) is pleased to announce that it will be offering its intensive summer Arabic programs in Beirut between June 19 and August 7, 2019. CAMES offers two separate programs:
Both programs provide intensive instruction and immersion in the language and culture through a rigorous academic program that is complemented by an integrated series of films, lectures, clubs, and community service activities.
The Summer 2019 CAMES Arabic Programs will be directed by Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal, Professor of Arabic at AUB, and will feature an outstanding team of instructors from AUB and other educational institutions in Lebanon, Europe, the US, and the Arab world.
The application deadline is March 29, 2019.
For detailed information about the academic content of the programs, application forms, cost, and financial support available, please visit our website: http://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/cames/sap/
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2. Funded PhD studentship (UK): Islamic Architecture and the Modern Museum
3. The “Religion in Pre-modern Europe and the Mediterranean” Unit within AAR is soliciting papers for the 2019 AAR Annual Meeting which will take place in San Diego on November 23-26, 2019. See the CFP below:
Religion in Premodern Europe and the Mediterranean Unit
Statement of Purpose:
This Unit aims to bring together scholars working on premodern Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam in order to create a venue in which religious
phenomena can be considered comparatively. Individual papers may be embedded
in a single tradition, but presenters should be interested in engaging this
material comparatively during the discussion period.
Call for Papers:
We welcome proposals on all topics related to the Unit’s subject matter,
broadly conceived. Proposals that are themselves comparative in nature or that
present novel approaches to the study of premodern religion are particularly
welcome. We encourage the submission of preformed panel proposals suitable for
90-minute time slots. We also encourage the submission of individual paper
proposals for panels on the following subjects:
● Author-Meets-Critics –
John Tolan, Faces of Muhammad: Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam
from the Middle Ages to Today (Princeton Univ. Press, June 2019). We seek
proposals from scholars in related fields who wish to respond to, engage with,
or offer a critique of the book, whose French edition has already been
published as Mohamet l’européen(Albin Michel, 2018). The author will respond.
To submit a proposal for this session, please include your name, describe your
scholarly background that relates to this text, and explain why you are
interested in responding to this text. In the abstract field, put “N/A.” (Co-
sponsored with the Religion in Europe program Unit)
● Material Cultural and Textual Representation of the Silk Road –
Papers might explore religious art, texts, or other objects of material
culture that come to Europe and the Mediterranean from geographic regions
along the so-called Silk Road. We are also interested in representations of
the route, the experience, history or expectations of traveling or living on
the route. Proposals that engage with theory relating to religious experience,
community, pilgrimage, economic exchange or religio-cultural interchange are
particularly welcome. (Co-sponsored with the Traditions of the East in Late
● Gendered negotiations of identity and authority in medieval cultures. We are
interested in all aspects of gender roles in relation to authority and
identity, particularly in and between various social and ethnic groups.
Potential areas of exploration include: How did medieval women negotiate
authority within and outside the family or, for Christian women, within and
outside the monastery? What roles did gender switching or gender ambiguity
play in these negotiations? How did interactions between social and ethnic
groups affect the dynamics of gender-based authority and identity?
● Religion, Medicine, and Healing Practices in Premodern Europe and the
Mediterranean – Papers might explore such topics as miraculous healings and
healing miracles; interpretations or adaptations of scriptural healing
narratives; religiously inflected healing magic, charms, or talismans; or
religiously specific approaches to medical training, practices, and/or
licensure. (Co-sponsored with the Religion, Medicine & Healing Unit)
Method of submission:
PAPERS – through the AAR website
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee
5. Cambridge Muslim College (UK)
6. A FIVE-WEEK COURSE
The Islamic City, Spirit and Identity, Past and Present
Time and Venue
Tuesdays 5 March-2 April 2019, 18.30-20.30
Aga Khan Centre,
10 Handyside Street,
London N1C 4DN
This course is free but booking is essential
For more information and to book a place, see:
7. Call for Papers: “Religion as a Changing Category of Muslim Practice”
One-day workshop on 24th May 2019 at Pembroke College, University of Oxford.
Deadline for proposals: 28th February 2019.
This workshop will focus on ‘religion’ as a changing category in modern Muslim practice. Participants are invited to share case studies from their research as a basis for discussion of the possible insights to be gained by bringing critical approaches to the category ‘religion’ to bear on our study of Islam.
The aim of the meeting is to support and encourage such fledgling studies, sharing both methods and findings in order to identify: effective methodologies; a useful conceptual vocabulary; common patterns among diverse case studies; degrees of variation across contexts; and potential new avenues for research. To this end, participation will be open both to researchers already focusing on these themes and those interested in exploring these aspects of their empirical work further. The workshop is co-sponsored by the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) and Pembroke College, Oxford.
For further details and submission guidelines, see here:
8. Cultural Complexity and Academic Clarity:
MA Programme in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the LMU Munich
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The MA programme starts:
In the winter term. Applications are accepted until June 15th, 2019.