1. Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies
Monday 6th-Tuesday 7th April 2020
The Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
10 Handyside Street, London, N1C 4DN
Call for Papers and Panels
Following the success of its conferences in Edinburgh (2014), London (2015 and 2016), Chester (2017), Exeter (2018) and Nottingham (2019), the British Association for Islamic Studies is delighted to invite proposals for individual papers, or whole panels, for its Seventh Annual Conference which will be hosted by the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London. Papers and panels may be proposed by senior and early scholars from Professor to PhD level.
Islamic Studies is broadly understood to include all topics and disciplinary approaches to the study of Islam and Muslim societies (majority and minority), across all time periods from the formative to the classical, and pre-modern to the contemporary. Though not an exhaustive list, papers are welcome, for instance, on the following:
An Inclusive Conference
BRAIS is committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity. We welcome papers from scholars of all backgrounds and will work hard to ensure that BRAIS 2020 is a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and supported.
Submitting Your Paper Proposal
Your paper proposal should be submitted via the online submission form which is available
In addition to information about yourself, you will need to provide a paper title and an abstract. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and must be written in English.
Submitting Your Panel Proposal
BRAIS particularly welcomes proposals for whole panels curated around certain themes or methodologies. Panels will ideally include four individual papers, but panels of three individual papers will also be considered.
Your panel proposal should be submitted via the online submission form which is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y6D7H7Q
We will require contact details, paper titles and abstracts for all papers submitted as part of the panel.
The panel should be submitted by the panel Chair who will be contacted by BRAIS once a decision has been made about your panel.
The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on Sunday 17th November 2019.
PhD Fee Waivers
A number of fee waivers will be available for UK-based PhD students whose papers are accepted for the BRAIS 2020 conference. Details of how to apply for fee waivers will be emailed to all those whose papers have been accepted for the conference.
If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee on: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan, is a non‑profit, 501(c)(3) academic institution dedicated to promoting research and publication in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular focus on issues related to Jordan and the broader region.
The ACOR Library holds a remarkable photographic archive related to its role in preserving and promoting the country’s heritage. The complete collection, estimated to number more than 100,000 images, provides primary visual documentation of Jordan, including the major archaeological and cultural heritage projects that the center has sponsored across the country over the decades.
Given its broad range of content and subject matter, the ACOR Library photographic archive has the potential to be a crucial resource for American, international, and Jordanian scholars involved in cultural and natural heritage preservation and management.
As a first step in making this extensive archival collection available to researchers, the ACOR Library is cataloging, digitizing, and making accessible online ACOR’s major institutional and donated photographic holdings.
The project is supported by a U.S. Department of Education, Title VI grant (2016-2020)
The ACOR Research Library Photographic Archive Project is made possible under a Fiscal Year 2016 American Overseas Research Centers grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Use ACOR Photo Archive Images:
Request to use images
Read more about our archive policies:ACOR Library Photographic Archive Notice and Takedown policy
3. A Guide to Online Visual Sources in Middle East, North Africa, and Islamic Studies by Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg the Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art & Architecture at the Harvard Fine Arts Library.
“Let’s face it: every publication is better with images. Whether it’s a presentation, a blog post, a book, or just a paper, images engage an audience instantly. The internet is flush with images from Islamic art, architecture, and society, but reliable sources (with credit information) are more difficult to track down. So we’ve done it for you! Here are some of the best sites for finding credited visual resources for Islamic, Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Feel free to suggest more in the comments and we’ll update the list!…
4. Call for Applications: 2 Postdoctoral positions (9 and 12 months respectively) for the project “Avicenna East & West I: Commentaries on the Qaṣīdat al-nafs” (FRS-FNRS; UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
The aim of this project on the commentaries on the Qaṣīdat al-nafs attributed to Avicenna is twofold: (1) to provide a better understanding of how Avicenna’s theory on the soul was received, interpreted and transformed in the Muslim East; and (2) to document the attitude towards Avicenna’s legacy, and falsafa in general, in Islamic society. The corpus chosen offers a particularly fruitful basis for such an inquiry: the poem is rather short and not technical (allowing a large diffusion in a non-philosophical milieu), while raising important questions about the congruence of some of the ideas it conveys with what we know to be Avicenna’s teaching.
(1) Edition and analysis of the commentaries by ʿAlī b. Sulaymān al-Baḥrānī (m. 672/1274), ʿAfīf al-Dīn al-Tilimsanī (610-690/1213-1291), Dāʾūd al-Qayṣarī (m. 751/1350)
(2) Comparative analysis of the commentaries by Dāʾūd al-Anṭākī (d. 1599) and ʿAbd al-Raʾūf al-Munāwī (d. 1621)
(3) General analysis of the commentary tradition on the Qaṣīdat al-nafs, exploring the various contexts and aims of these texts, the precise nature of the questions raised, and the types of arguments and references used in the debates emerging in the interpretation of the poem or between commentators.
The postdoctoral researchers will be responsible for sub-project 2 (commentaries by Anṭākī and Munāwī) and participate in the other sub-projects. They are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Institut supérieur de philosophie (ISP) and of the Institut orientaliste (INCAL/CIOL) at UCLouvain, and to spend part of her/his time to pursue her/his own intellectual interests and to work creatively to produce new exciting research.
PhD in Islamic studies, philosophy, history or another research area relevant for the research project; excellent knowledge of Arabic and proven expertise in the intellectual history of relevant periods. Candidates with experience in editing texts and/or the study of commentary traditions are particularly welcome. The capacity to teach portions of a BA course on pre-modern Islamic philosophy is a plus.
This position is funded by the Fonds de la Recherche scientifique, Belgium (FRS-FNRS), and is only available for candidates who hold a PhD for no more than 6 years at the time of appointment, and who were not resident of Belgium for more than 24 months in the three years immediately before the appointment. This position is not eligible for relocation assistance. Some funding for travel for research is available.
These two positions are available as soon as possible after Jan. 1, 2020 for a period of respectively 9 and 12 months. There is some flexibility in the starting date and in the duration of these positions. Candidates interested to apply for a shorter period or willing to discuss the starting date are invited to mention it in their cover letter. Candidates who are about to complete their PhD can apply but the PhD must be in hand at the start of the employment.
Working location: Institut supérieur de philosophie, UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)
Please send your application (letter of motivation, CV, names and contact information of two academic referees, and a sample of your writing) to email@example.com
Review of applications will start on Oct. 1, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled.
This call on Euraxess: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/443735
5. Hikmat International Institute is organizing a learning tour of Iran from 4 – 20 of April 2020 for professors, students, and anyone else who wants to explore the beautiful Iran and learn more about religions, culture, and history of the country. In this tour, the participants will see Iran’s most important tourist attractions in 6 major cities. In addition to three informative workshops about reliogion and politics in Iran there will also be friendly meetings and discussions with academics, religious leaders, scholars etc. The tour will be held with high standards and is an amazing opportunity. The group will include 15 to 20 participants.
The Early Bird Discount is a US$ 100 discount reserved for participants who register before October 31.
Registration deadline is January 1, 2020.
More information: https://hikmat-ins.com/iran-tour-6/
6. Leiden Conference: Negotiation in Conquest: Wars, Treaties and Recollections of the Rise of the Caliphate, 12 -14 September 2019
The programme for the 12 -14 September 2019 Conference is online:
The great conquests of the seventh and eight centuries brought under Arab-Muslim control an area that stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian subcontinent. Military conquests on this scale are remarkable enough; the establishment of a stable empire in the centuries that followed is even more so. How did a military minority succeed in asserting and maintaining durable political dominance over the diverse and dispersed territories of their conquest domains? In short, how was the establishment of the caliphate realised in the aftermath of the conquests?
This conference explores the dynamics of negotiation in the process of conquest and the subsequent building of the caliphate. How did the terms of conquest – the accommodations and agreements made with subjected cities, regions and their representatives – and the ways in which they were re-evaluated in subsequent centuries contribute to the establishment of short and long-term caliphal rule? In other words how were relations between the different stakeholders of the caliphate shaped by the experiences and memories of the negotiated conditions of the conquest?
7. La Chaire du Louvre lectures 2019
Technologies de dévotion dans les arts de l’Islam: pèlerins, reliques, et copies
A cycle of five lectures by Finbarr Barry Flood, New York University, followed by a round table discussion.
Musée du Louvre, Paris, 26th September – October 14th 2019.
Thursday, September 26th, 19:00 – Prendre la mesure
Monday, September 39th, 19:00 – Incorporer par la poussière
Thursday, October 3rd, 19:00 – Guérir avec des images et des mots
Monday, October 7th, 19:00 – Tracer les contours
Thursday, October 10th, 19:00 – Faire une impression
Round Table – Monday, October 14th, 19:00 – Corps et copies: de la dévotion à l’exposition
Discussion including Finbarr Barry Flood (NYU), Yannick Lintz (Musée du Louvre), Jérémie Koering (CNRS/Centre André Chastel), Walid Raad (Cooper Union School of Art).
All events take place in the main auditorium, Musée du Louvre.
The full program can be found at:
and a teaser at:
A book accompanying the series will be published on September 25th:
8. Re-Approaching Architecture of the Lands of Islam – Columbia University, 2019-20
Disrupting Unity and Discerning Ruptures
Re-Approaching Architecture of the Lands of Islam
A series of lectures to address the historiography of the field ‘Islamic Art’ by scoring the particular moments of ruptures that fractured its foundations or the methods that shaped its objects of study.
Organized by Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor, Arts of Islam, at the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University.
Rethinking the Friday Mosque: A Critical Enquiry of an Architectural Paradigm
Ruba Kana’an (University of Toronto Mississauga)
October 16 at 6 pm (612 Schermerhorn)
The Isolated Monument and the Making of Masterpieces
Ziad Jamaleddine (GSAPP, Columbia University)
November 20 at 6 pm (612 Schermerhorn)
Conservation and Restoration Documentation as a Source in Architectural History
Igor Demchenko (GSAPP, Columbia University).
February 10 at 6pm (612 Schermerhorn)
On Photographic Monumentalism in Qajar Iran and Ottoman Turkey
Ali Behdad (UCLA, California)
March 9 at 6 pm (612 Schermerhorn)
Perceived Through the Feet: Approaching Architecture on the Ground
Gerhard Wolf (KHI Florence, Max-Planck Institute)
April 6 at 6pm (612 Schermerhorn)
For further information, please click: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/arthistory/calendar/disrupting-unity-and-discerning-ruptures.html
9. 2019 – 2020 Harvard University Aga Khan Program Lecture Series
A Forum for Islamic Art & Architecture at Harvard University
September 26, 2019
“Representing Power at the Court of Ottoman Tunisia in the 19th Century”
Art Historian, Curator; Harvard CMES Fellow
Co-sponsored with The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University
October 17, 2019
“Qusayr ‘Amra: The Pandora’s Box of Early Islamic Aesthetics”
Faculty Fellow, Silsila: Center for Material Histories, New York University
November 21, 2019
“Re-thinking ‘National Style’: Actors, Tendencies and References”
Müjde Dila Gümüş
Researcher, Istanbul University; Harvard AKPIA Associate
December 5, 2019
“Towards an Understanding of Early Islamic Architectural Ornament: Ancient Near Eastern Influences at Samarra”
Independent scholar; Adjunct Assistant Professor, SUNY-FIT; Harvard AKPIA Associate
March 5, 2020
“Between Khurasan, Iraq, Egypt and al-Andalus: New Thoughts on the Processes of Commissioning Caliphal Works Under the Early Islamic Caliphates”
Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar
SUNIL KUMAR: SPECIAL GUEST LECTURES FOR THE AKPIA SERIES
Professor, History of Medieval India, History Department Head, Delhi University
Co-sponsors, Standing Committee on Medieval Studies; Inner Asian and Altaic Studies
Lecture 1: March 31, 2020
“The Creation and Representation of Order: Ghiyas al-Din Tughluq’s Tughluqabad”
Lecture 2: April 2, 2020
“Reconstituting the Archive of Hazrat-i Dehli: The Sultans, the Sufis and the Riverine Plain of Delhi”
These two lectures are held at 6:00pm, in the Sackler Basement Auditorium
April 9, 2020
“Habsburg Alba Amicorum in Ottoman Constantinople”
Assistant Professor of History, Central European University
Lectures are open to the public and held Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm, in the Arthur M. Sackler Building, Room 422, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA. The two Special Guest Lectures will be held in the Sackler Basement Auditorium.
For further information, call 617-495-2355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA