1.Narrative Illustration on Qajar Tilework in Shiraz
Author: Atefeh Seyed Mousavi
Publisher: Verlag für Orientkunde
Publication date: December 2018
Series: Beiträge zur Kulturgeschichte des Islamischen Orients” (Contributions to the Cultural History of the Islamic Orient).
Paperback: Vol. 1, 335 pages (Texts); Vol. 2, 268 pages (Images)
Price for two volumes: 79 €
Tilework illustration of the Qajar period has received comparatively little scholarly consideration. This applies specifically to Shiraz, where the art was abundantly practiced. My book, the first of its kind, presents a detailed analytical study of Qajar tile painting in Shiraz. The material has been collected during two extensive fieldwork trips. Having collected more than 5,000 photos, I have chosen 42 historical buildings in Shiraz with tile work decoration for a detailed analysis, supplying minute descriptions for each and every image together with a solid documentation of the tiles’ respective location in the buildings. My study identifies, classifies and analyzes the depicted themes and the craftsmanship behind it. Particular attention has been devoted to a detailed discussion of the prominent themes, their argument and motivation, as well as to popular artists of the period. In addition to the study, my work contains ample visual documentation.
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This book was published with the financial support of The Barakat Trust.
2. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Arabic or Visiting Assistant Professor of
Arabic College of Arts and Humanities, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
The Arabic Program in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at
the University of Maryland, College Park invites applications for a full-time
appointment as Assistant Professor (non-tenure-track) for the 2019-20 academic
year, with possibility of extension. The Program includes a major, a minor,
and an Arabic Flagship Program and draws interested students from majors
across campus. It uses the integrated approach in teaching Arabic, i.e. Arabic
dialects and the formal register are taught side by side, based on different
linguistic and cultural functions.
Strong candidates will have a passion for teaching Arabic as a second language
at all levels and for developing new curricular content in Arabic and English
in an area of specialization that engages students with life in the
contemporary Arab World from varying perspectives. Possible areas of
specialization include, but are not limited to, contemporary literature,
visual culture, digital communications and media, migration and refugee
studies, environmental studies, international relations, and anthropology. The
successful candidate will be expected to actively participate in academic and
extracurricular events sponsored by the Program, to pursue an active research
agenda, to teach four courses per year (a 2-2 load), and to play a dynamic
role in curriculum development and outreach in interdisciplinary studies and
Qualifications: PhD in hand by August 20, 2019; evidence of exceptional
scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching; native or near-native
fluency in Arabic and English; a strong command of Modern Standard Arabic.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience; research travel
This position will be filled as either an Adjunct Assistant Professor or as
Visiting Assistant Professor. There is no tenure associated with this
position. For best consideration, materials should be received by Wednesday,
March 6, 2019. To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, sample syllabus,
and contact information for three references who will be asked to provide a
confidential letter of recommendation, all through the University of Maryland
online employment application system at: https://ejobs.umd.edu. This position
is contingent on the continued availability of funds.
The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures seeks to investigate and
engage with the linguistic, cultural, cinematic, and literary worlds of
speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as questions
surrounding language learning itself. Its 15 units are organized into 6
Departments (East Asian Languages and Cultures; French and Italian; Germanic
Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Russian; Spanish and Portuguese) and three
independent programs (Central European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Film
Studies; and Second Language Acquisition); 2 Centers (the Center for East
Asian Studies; the Roshan Center for Persian Studies); the Language House
Living-Learning Program, and the Summer Institute. To learn more about the
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3. Sacred Kingship in World History: Between Immanence and Transcendence
Hosted by the Oxford Centre for Global History and the University of Texas
Date: 25-26 May 2019
Location: Brasenose College, University of Oxford
Registration: £50 standard, £25 student
Includes entry to all conference sessions, tea/coffee and lunch on both days, and a drinks reception on 25th May
For more information: https://global.history.ox.ac.uk/event/conference-sacred-kingship-world-history-between-immanence-and-transcendence
4. Classical Central Asia in the Digital Age: Three Newly-Digitised Navoiy Manuscripts at the British Library
Thanks to a partnership between the British Library and the Tashkent State University of Uzbek Language and Literature named Alisher Navoiy, three manuscripts including the poetical works of Alisher Navoiy are now available online. These three items are the first Chagatai-language texts to be uploaded to the Library’s digitised manuscript holdings, a sample of the more than 110 Chagatai and Central Asian Turkic manuscripts held by the British Library as part of its Turkish and Turkic collections.
All three works contain Divans, or poetical compendia, of the work of Alisher Navoiy, also known as ‘Ali Shīr Navā’ī. Navoiy was born in 1441 CE in Herat, Afghanistan, at a time when it was part of the Timurid Empire, and died in the same city in 1501 CE. He is the national poet of Uzbekistan and is regarded as one of the great poets of the mediaeval Turkic world. His broad oeuvre is a testament to the cultural, intellectual and social flowering of Khorasan in the 15th century CE, and to the importance of Herat in the broad mosaic of Turkic cultural production. The works are also an introduction to classical Chagatai, the literary language of Turkic Central Asia and Siberia. Little known or studied today outside of specialist circles, Chagatai was also the language of the Mughals, who established their reign over parts of the Indian Subcontinent in 1526.
5. Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies
Royal Holloway University of London
2nd Annual Conference on Islam, the West, and Radicalism
20 February 2019
For further information and to register see: https://ciwas2.eventbrite.com
6. The Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies is currently accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position starting in September 2019.
Application Link: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/10521
Deadline for Application: 03/31/2019
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7. Lecture: Comparative Philosophy Colloquium by Mohammad J. Esmaeili “Reading Aristotle’s Physics Today.”
11 February 2019
15:15 – 17:00 hrs
Mohammad J. Esmaeili obtained his doctorate in philosophy at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran in 2011 with a dissertation on Aristotle’s dynamics in the Greek, Arabic and Latin commentary traditions. At present he is a senior researcher at the Institute. His research focuses on Aristotelian philosophy and science and their impact on the Islamic world, roughly until the end of the seventeenth century CE. Apart from the articles that he published so far on this subject, he also edited a number of books on Islamic philosophy. These days he is finalizing his editio princeps of the natural philosophy section of Abu ʼl-ʿAbbās al-Lawkarī’s (fl. ca. 500/1106) comprehensive philosophical encyclopaedia Bayān al-ḥaqq bi-ḍamān al-ṣidq, in eight books: 1) Lectures on physics, 2) de Caelo et Mundo, 3) de Generatione et Corruptione, 4) de Mineralibus, 5) Meteorologica, 6) de Anima, 7) de Plantis, and 8) de Animalibus.
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