When Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week, the elephant in the room is likely to be what weighs more: the issues the two men agree on or the ones that divide them.
1.The British Association for Islamic Studies invites you to the Association’s Sixth Annual Conference for the will be held at the University of Nottingham from 15-16 April 2019.
With nearly 150 presentations covering the full range of Islamic studies and showcasing the latest developments in the field, we invite you to register online as soon as possible.
For information and to register, see : http://www.brais.ac.uk/conferences/brais-2019
2. The Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies (TIMES) Forum invites proposals for individual papers on any aspect or sub-discipline of Islamic and/or Middle Eastern Studies for its 3rd Annual Symposium on Wednesday 12th June 2019 at the University of Birmingham, supported by the Theology & Religion Department, UOB. The keynote speaker will be Prof Charles Burnett, professor of the History of Islamic Influences in Europe.
TIMES Forum was set up in 2015 by researchers from a range of disciplines at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University. Our membership has steadily grown since, with members from different disciplines and institutions in the Midlands and beyond meeting to share their research. With the aim of promoting and providing a platform for post-graduate research on Islam and the Islamic world (broadly conceived), we invite proposals for papers that will be 20 minutes in length. We welcome papers from PhD candidates and ECRs on a wide variety of subjects relating to the Islamic and Middle Eastern world including, but not limited to the following:
CfP forms can be downloaded from: https://timespgforum.com/times-symposium-2019
All completed forms should be sent by email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 27th February 2019.
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3. Call for Papers: “Persian as a lingua francain the Ottoman Empire” (Workshop)
University of Hamburg, 12-13 July, 2019
Deadline: February 28, 2019
We are pleased to announce that Hamburg University will host the Workshop: “Persian as a lingua francain the Ottoman Empire” on 12-13 July 2019. This workshop aims to bring together scholars with expertise in Persian and Turkish language contacts, who are interested in the manifold facets of the language, literature and history underlying the knowledge production of the respective traditions. Moreover, it aims to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration between scholars of Ottoman, Iranian and Arabic Studies.
The theme of the workshop is the circulation of Persian knowledge in the Ottoman realm, which was near ubiquitous. It is widely acknowledged that from the 11 to 19 century, Persian was an important and highly influential language of literature, education, partly also of administration and diplomacy, in large regions of theEastern Islamic world. The dynamics and dissemination of Persian knowledge as a language of literature, and a lingua franca, and its surprising vitality and continuity, have not yet been studied sufficiently.
Workshop papers could address the following questions, among others:
Why/how and in which contexts was Persian used in the Ottoman Empire?
What was the importance of Persian for the cultural identity of ‘experts of knowledge’ and Ottoman poets?
Should Persian language and literature be considered as a part of “cultural transfer” or rather as an inalienable part of Ottoman culture?
What was the role of Persian for the ‘transfer of knowledge’ within the Ottoman Empire and beyond?
We encourage inter-disciplinary submissions, including but not limited to history, literary studies, manuscript studies etc.
Abstracts should address one or more of the issues and questions mentioned above. The working language of the workshop will be English. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words for paper presentations of 20 to 25 minutes.
The selection of papers will take place until the end of March; applicants will be informed by early April.
Ahmet Baris Ekiz
Middle East Studies
University of Michigan
4. Fixed-term Arabic Teaching Associate Position in Cambridge (UK), for 12 months from September 2019.
5. The Dr. Shawky Salem Conference Grant (SSCG)is an annual grant established by Dr. Shawky Salem and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
The aim of the grant is to enable one expert in library and information sciences from the Arab Countries (AC) to attend the Annual IFLA Conference.
What does the grant cover?
The grant is to meet up to a maximum of USD 1,900 the cost of travel (economy class air transportation) to and from the host country of the conference, registration, hotel costs and a per diem allowance.
How to apply?
Download the 2019 application (available in Arabic & English) below. Additional information is available on the Dr. Shawky Salem Conference Grant (SSCG) webpage.
IFLA will act as administrator to the grant and will provide the Secretary of the jury.
The deadline for receiving applications is 31 March 2019.
The selection of a grantee will be made by 30 April 2019 by a jury consisting of members appointed by Dr. Salem and by IFLA. The grantee will be informed of his or her selection by the Secretary of the Jury in May 2019.
For more information and to apply, visit:
Deadline for application:*31 March 2019*.
7. The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, Hartford Seminary’s Interim Academic Dean and Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, will present a five-part series on Islam at the John P. Webster Library at First Church, West Hartford, in March and April, 2019.
For further information, see: https://www.hartsem.edu/2019/02/interim-academic-dean-david-d-grafton-to-present-series-on-islam/