Sectarian Triangles: Salafis, the Shi’a, and the Politics of Religious Affiliations in Northern Nigeria | Politics and Religion | Cambridge Core
“Sectarianization”-the political instrumentalization of sectarian identities-is a profitable strategy for many state and non-state actors. This paper presents a theory of sectarianization, as well as an accompanying typology. The paper does not seek to explain the causes of sectarian conflict; rather, the paper examines how third parties respond to exogenous instances of such conflict.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been agreed between the University of Tehran College of Farabi and the Islamic University of Italy. “The MoU meeting was hold in a virtual platform on Tuesday , July 28 and the MoU document was signed by the president of both sides.”
Liyakat Takim McMaster University, Ontario, Canada Keywords: double-minority, American Shi’is, Twelver Shi’ism, Black Shiʿi, Shi’i Islam In a country that claims to be founded on Judeo-Christian values, the experiences of minority groups such as Muslims are often relegated to the margins of discourses on religion.
1.Open Access Newspaper Archive: Lebanon
2. Virtual AGYA Workshop “Media Representations of Law and Justice: Middle Eastern Perspectives”, 19-21 August 2020, 2:00 – 5:30 pm CEST
Scholars from different regional sites, including Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, and Turkey, will present and discuss they research on legal dramas and movies with experts from law, media and communication studies, as well as Middle Easter Studies.
The workshop is open to a limited number of engaged listeners. For further information, program and registration until 10 August see https://tinyurl.com/y2c9wou3
3. One‐day Workshop:” HTRising Ottoman Manuscripts”, Institut für Orientalistik, University of Vienna, 18 December 2020
The workshop aims to discuss the possibilities of automatic text recognition for Ottoman manuscripts. The workshop intends to present the first findings of working with the tool Transkribus (transkribus.eu) and further discuss other tools as well as the potentials and challenges of HTRising Ottoman manuscripts.
Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2020. Information: https://orientalistik.univie.ac.at/aktuelles/detailansicht-artikel/news/call-for-applications/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=76f7252190c4b22eb9d17ff3377a9c28
4. 2nd Biennial Symposium “Connectivity Across Borders: Global Borderlands in Historical & Modern Perspective”, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, 26-27 March 2021
We welcome proposals dealing with the role of borders and borderlands in shaping global narratives of connectivity across time and place.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2020. Information: https://mesana.org/resources-and-opportunities/2020/04/23/cfp-global-borders-borderlands-symposium
5. POSTPONED: Panels on “Materiality of Languages: Epigraphy, Manuscripts, and Writing Systems in Byzantium and Early Islamic Near East (324-1204)“ during the 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 13-16 May 2021 – Postponed until 2022
In this period, the Eastern Mediterranean witnessed greater linguistic transformations that affected the entire regions and cultures, including their popular and elite levels. The purpose of the sessions is to examine whether this situation led to consolidating associative links between certain languages and particular types, methods, and styles of writing regarded as their “proper” or “preferred” mediums; and to what extent modern scholars can detect these links today, studying epigraphy, manuscripts, and writing systems.
6. Postdoc Assistant Lectureship in Middle Eastern Studies in Social Anthropology, Social or Political Sciences (Tenure Track), Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Bern
Prerequisites for application are a completed PhD and a promising research project aiming for a habilitation. Applicants should have excellent abilities in at least one Middle Eastern language, be engaged in innovative research and be prepared to cooperate with representatives of other disciplines and institutions.
Deadline for applications: 16 August 2020. Information: https://ohws.prospective.ch/public/v1/jobs/1822ed5f-52a8-41ca-8028-4e6705927685
7. Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies (Grade 7), School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds
Qualification: A PhD in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, International Relations or other relevant discipline with a Middle East focus; track record of producing research outputs of internationally excellent quality, including as single or main author of recent refereed publications; competency in Arabic, Persian or Turkish; etc.
Deadline for applications: 15 August 2020.
8. Full-time Arabic Instructor, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota
Preferred qualifications: Experience teaching intensive language courses; ability to teach vernacular Arabic courses in addition to Modern Standard Arabic; demonstrated commitment to materials and course development, innovative teaching methods, integration of culture into the curriculum, and mentoring students.
Deadline for applications: 3 August 2020. Information: https://mesana.org/resources-and-opportunities/2020/07/23/full-time-arabic-instructor
9. Up to 12 Scholarships from the MESA Global Academy for Displaced Scholars from the MENA Region Currently Located in North America
Applicants must 1) hold a PhD in social sciences or humanities; 2) have been primarily affiliated with an institution in the MENA region prior to displacement; and 3) have a publication record indicating scholarly productivity (in English, French, their native MENA language).
Deadline for application: 7 August 2020. Information: https://mesana.org/advocacy/2020/07/08/global-academy-scholarship
10. Three Post-Doctoral Fellowships for 2021-2024, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Princeton University, New Jersey
Applications are invited for two Open Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences and one Fellowship in Humanistic Studies.
Deadline for applications: 4 August 2020. Information: https://sf.princeton.edu/about-us/news/call-applications-postdoctoral-fellowships-2021-24
11. Online Graduate Student Writing Workshop of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), 7 November 2020
Doctoral or Master candidates will present, discuss, and receive valuable feedback on work related to North Africa. Accepted applicants will circulate an abstract of their project, a primary source of approximately 3-5 pages or 5-10 minutes, and a brief analysis of their primary source, raising questions or challenges to be discussed with the group.
Deadline for submissions: 1 August 2020. Information: https://aimsnorthafrica.org/annual-dissertation-workshop/
12. Studies and Observation for Online Collection of on “Corona Crisis: Local Perspectives of a Global Challenge”, Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)
Scholars engaged in studies on the Middle East, North Africa and the Muslim world are invited to publish their thoughts, observations, and first reports on the impact of this crisis.
Further information: https://www.zmo.de/en/knowledgetransfer/corona-experiences
13. Articles for “Diyâr. Journal of Ottoman, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies“
Diyâr is a new, interdisciplinary and interregional academic journal concerned with research on Turkey, the Ottoman Empire and its successor states, Iran, Central Asia and the Caucasus. We accept articles of a variety of research topics and areas in the field of the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences written in German, English, and French.
Deadline for articles: 15 March 2021. Information: https://www.diyar.nomos.de/index.php?id=7418&L=1
14. Call for chapters: Marriage and Forced Migration: New Understandings of Conjugal Relationships in the Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has experienced, since the beginning of the 21st century, large-scale forced movement of populations who fled wars in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. The absorption of millions of these refugees, including (un)recognised asylum seekers, in neighbouring countries creates a number of significant socio-economic and political challenges. This massive forced population movement also resulted in ruptures of traditional understandings of family structures and gender roles defined by religio-cultural norms and values of both new-comers and of receiving societies.
This edited volume seeks to analyse conjugal relationships and matrimonial practices (marriage and divorce) as they are being debated and developed in theory and practice in the MENA region. We aim to explore to what extent the conflict- and crises-induced displacement of people contribute to the emergence of new understandings of family structures and relationships and their wider religious and socio-economic context. While there is a growing body of research on gender and sexuality in the MENA region and legislative or judicial approaches towards questions of Islamic family law, fewer studies have given attention to the impact of the significant refugee flows on the emergence of new conjugal relationship norms and practices in the MENA region.
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 September 2020
Abstracts of 300-500 words need to specify the empirical research and/or methodological and conceptual discussions the chapter is based on and the broader questions addressed. We also need a short bio of up to 200 words. The abstract and the bio need to be sent as one email attachment in MS Word format to Yafa Shanneik: firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘abstract and bio’ and your last name in the subject heading.
Further information at:
15. Open Access Newspaper Archive: Syria
In Praise of the Few: Studies in Shiʿi Thought and History is a selection of Etan Kohlberg’s research on Shiʿi Islam over a period of fifty years. It includes previously published articles, revised dissertation chapters, and a full bibliography of the author’s work.
1. Instructional Professor (open rank) in Persian
The University of Chicago: Humanities Division: Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Location: Chicago, IL
Open Date: Jul 22, 2020
Deadline: Aug 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College of the University of Chicago invite applications for appointment to a one-year open-rank position as Instructional Professor in modern Persian. Start date of the appointment will be September 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Instructional Professor, Associate Instructional Professor, or Instructional Professor, depending on qualifications and educational background. This is a non-renewable, one-year appointment to fill an immediate curricular need.
Responsibilities include both teaching and service duties. Teaching consists of six courses in Persian language across three quarters, both elementary and intermediate, as well as a seventh topical Advanced Persian course (Persian of the Media, Persian Literature, Iranian History, etc.). Service duties may include assistance with student placement, programmatic assessment, coordination of the Persian Language Circle, Conversation Table, or other program-specific duties. Instructional Professors of all ranks are required to engage in regular professional development.
Applicants should demonstrate previous language teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level. An M.A. degree or equivalent is required. Candidates with specialized training in second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, and/or assessment are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency for teaching Persian in a university context, e.g. through an ACTFL-certified result at the Superior level or higher, or through receipt of an advanced degree earned in a Persian-language context.
To apply for this position, please submit your application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at http://apply.interfolio.com/77441. An application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, one sample syllabus for elementary or intermediate Persian, and the names and contact information of three potential recommenders. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit a video demonstrating classroom teaching,
Application deadline: All applicant materials must be received by August 24, 2020 at 11pm central time.
This position is contingent upon budgetary approval. The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. For information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, please go to https://nelc.uchicago.edu. For questions about the position, please contact Amanda Young at email@example.com.
2. Graveyard of Clerics: Everyday Activism in Saudi Arabia,
Pascal Menoret, Stanford University Press, 2020.
3. Islamic Manuscript Basics
This site holds basic information and resources relating to the study of Islamic manuscripts. If you are new to thinking about the material aspects of Islamic manuscripts or are simply curious and want to know more, then this site is for you!
At the bottom of each page (except Notes) is a link to a short exercise that will let you test your knowledge. You can also access any of the exercises from the Exercises page.
Finally, the Glossary page has photos of additional aspects of manuscripts that may be of use to you, the References page has a short bibliography which will help you get started on further research, and the SIMS Resources page has explanations of tools and resources at The Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies which may be of use to you.
Things to Know
As you work through these pages, keep in mind that manuscript making was a team effort and included papermakers, scribes, and binders at the very least. Fancy, or deluxe, manuscript production would also include (teams of) illustrators and illuminators.
You can find digital collections of Islamic manuscripts used on this website in OPenn, which hosts over 500 open-access, high-resolution digitized Islamic manuscripts from Philadelphia area collections and Columbia University. All images on this site are open access under Creative Commons licenses and have been taken from OPenn, unless otherwise stated.
Where to Start
If you are unfamiliar with Perso-Arabic script, please start with the Basics page, if you are familiar with it, then choose any other page to begin. We recommend beginning with Binding and working your way through the pages in order.
4. SINARC, the Arabic language and culture program at the Lebanese American University (LAU), offers intensive courses in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and the Levantine dialect at all levels. The program’s unique success is underpinned by academic rigor, cultural immersion and personalized attention.
Study Arabic Online is a new SINARC program that simulates a classroom setting using all the latest tools for effective virtual language acquisition. The program provides a number of credit-based and non-credit based course options on various levels for students interested in Arabic as a second language only and not toward earning a degree at LAU. All courses are organized and divided according to ACTFL standards and are delivered using various online learning platforms.
Registration for the 8-week Online Program (October 5–November 27, 2020) is open. For more details, check our website.
Register online by September 28
5. SOAS Racialisation of Islam lecture series
The final two lectures in the Racialisation of Islam lecture series will take place on:
To register, please click here.
6. Open Access – Iraqi Newspapers
7. Jean Aubin (ed. Denise Aigle): Études sur l’Iran médiéval: géographie historique et société. (Studia Iranica. Cahier 60.) 365 pp. Paris: Association pour l’avancement des études iraniennes, 2018. ISBN 978 2 910640 46 0. https://www.orient-mediterranee.com/spip.php?article3490&lang=fr
Al-Mahdi Institute is offering three fully funded scholarships for its Four-year Hawza Programme, starting in September 2020. The Hawza Programme offers students the opportunity to engage in an in-depth study of religion, theology and language through the integration of traditional Islamic sciences taught at seminaries of Qom and Najaf, with modern approaches and theories. On completion, students are awarded a postgraduate MA in Islamic Studies by the University of Birmingham. The scholarship, available to UK/EU students, includes on-campus accommodation, monthly stipends of £200 and the full MA course fees in the final year. Find out more or apply now here. The deadline for applications is Monday 31st August 2020.
Exploring Bahrain’s modern history through the lens of repression, this concise and accessible account work spans the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, looking at all forms of political repression from legal, statecraft, police brutality and informational controls.
July 16, 2020 by Routledge
660 Pages – 62 B/W Illustrations
The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy of Persian offers a detailed overview of the field of Persian second language acquisition and pedagogy. The Handbook discusses its development and captures critical accounts of cutting edge research within the major subfields of Persian second language acquisition and pedagogy, as well as current debates and problems, and goes on to suggest productive lines of future research.
The book is divided into the following four parts: I) Theory-driven research on second language acquisition of Persian, II) Language skills in second language acquisition of Persian, III) Classroom research in second language acquisition and pedagogy of Persian, and IV) Social aspects of second language acquisition and pedagogy of Persian.
The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy of Persian is an essential reference for scholars and students of Persian SLA and pedagogy as well as those researching in related areas.
2. CHANGED TO VIRTUAL EVENT: 54th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Washington DC, 5-17 October 2020
The original meeting days of 10-13 October 2020 are reserved for MESA plenary events such as the presidential panel and awards ceremony, as well as some late-breaking sessions. The preliminary program is available at https://mesana.org/annual-meeting/program. Details on registering for the virtual conference will be posted soon.
3. 3rd “International Conference on Advanced Research in Social Sciences and Humanities (ICARSH)”, (Including MENA Studies), Stockholm, 9-11 October 2020
The event is designed for members of the academia and non-profit, public, and private sector members who are interested in the latest research and academic developments in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, including Middle Eastern History, Religion, Political Relations, Sociology, Anthropology, Law & Politics, etc.
Deadline for submission of papers: 14 September 2020. Information: https://www.icarsh.org/
4. POSTPONED: International Conference: “Musical Sources and Theories from Ancient Greece to the Ottoman Period”, Ruhr-University Bochum, 19-23 November 2020. New Date: 10-12 June 2021
Papers will focus on Arabic, Persian and Byzantine music theory, instruments and ways of transmission, with their roots in Ancient Greece and an outlook onto Ottoman and Safavid music. Call for Papers closed. Guests are welcome!
5. 3rd “International Conference on Research in Social Sciences (RSSCONF)”, (Including MENA Studies), Dublin, 27-29 November 2020
Research in Social Sciences is a leading conference in politics, humanities, communications, law, education, and other areas of social sciences, including Middle Eastern History, Religion, Political Relations, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication, Geography, Arts, Law & Politics, etc.
Deadline for submission of papers: 31 October 2020. Information: https://www.rssconf.org/
6. Colloque international : « Les représentations paysagères dans les littératures du monde arabe et du Proche-Orient » — Inalco (Paris), 30 novembre et 1 décembre 2020
Ce colloque a donc pour ambition de rassembler des chercheurs en littérature arabe mais également en littérature hébraïque, persane et turque d’époque médiévale et moderne autour. Langues de communication : français, arabe, anglais.
7. Conférence internationale « Islam et Pudeur », Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique, 3-4 décembre 2020
La conférence se centrera sur le thème de la pudeur (hayâ’) dans l’Islam, ses conceptions, ses réceptions et ses perceptions dans le monde musulman et le monde occidental. Comment comprendre les tensions majeures qui surviennent aujourd’hui sans une compréhension plus précise et mieux ancrée de la tradition islamique et de ses contextes?
Information: Dr. Ayang Utriza Yakin firstname.lastname@example.org
8. 3rd ANU Religion Conference: “Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy”, Australian National University, Canberra, 8-10 December 2020
Forms of human movement including global immigration, asylum-seeking, climate migration, and the internal migration accompanying mass urbanisation, have radically altered religious cultures around the world, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. The aim of this conference is to explore the various phenomena related to religion and migration; the political and social transitions impacting upon the transnational religiosity of contemporary communities.
9. Postdoctoral Researcher in Religion and Extremism, University of Groningen
Qualification: A PhD from a relevant field, including Theology, Religious Studies, Political Science and International Relations, Security Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology.
Deadline for applications: 15 September 2020.
10. Fully Funded European Research Council (ERC) Collaborative PhD Studentship “The European Qu’ran”, in Collaboration with the University of Copenhagen and the British Library, London
The PhD studentship is fully funded and embedded in the six-year international research project “The European Qur’an: Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion (1150-1850)” (EuQu). The project studies the ways in which the Islamic Holy Book is embedded in the intellectual, religious and cultural history of Medieval and Early Modern Christians, European Jews, freethinkers, atheists and European Muslims.
Deadline for application: 15 September 2020. Information: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CAQ489/fully-funded-european-research-council-erc-collaborative-phd-studentship-the-european-quran-in-collaboration-with-the-university-of-copenhagen-and-the-british-library-london?uuid=664a07cb-c57e-11ea-8705-064da8edb92a&campaign=jbew20200714&source=jbe
11. Doctoral Scholarship in the Research Project “Historicity of Democracy in the Arab World”, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Amman,
The profile sought is that of a doctoral student at the start of his/her dissertation, working on the theme of the historicity of democracy in the Middle East from a historical, sociological, anthropological or political science perspective. Excellent language skills in Arabic and English are required. Knowledge of German or French is valued.
Deadline for applications extended to 31 August 2020. Information: https://www.zmo.de/fileadmin/Karriere/ZMO_PhD_Amman_English_updated.pdf
12. Assistant Director of the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), Amman
Candidates with a post-graduate degree and professional experience in Middle East/North Africa studies are preferred. This could include cultural anthropology, sociology, history, MENA studies, political science, archaeology, ancient or modern languages, etc. A working knowledge of Arabic is useful, and English speaking/writing fluency is required.
Deadline for applications: 8 August 2020. Information: https://mesana.org/resources-and-opportunities/2020/07/15/assistant-director-in-amman
13. Humanities Research Fellowships for the Study of the Arab World, NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute
Distinguished scholars with an established reputation and promising scholars who are at the beginning of their career can apply for a research fellowship. The program awards one-year senior fellowships and one- / two-year postdoctoral fellowships.
Deadline for application: 1 October 2020. Information: https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/research/centers-labs-and-projects/humanities-research-fellowship-program.html
14. Proposals for Research Groups 2022/23 at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), University of Bielefeld
Do you have an exceptional interdisciplinary research idea? Do you want to join forces with international colleagues from various disciplines? The ZiF provides funding (up to 500,000 € for a research group with a duration of 10 months), support by a research group coordinator, and a professional infrastructure.
Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2020.
15. Research Grant for Omani Studies at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin for 3 Months
We are seeking an outstanding postdoctoral scholar who is engaged in Omani Studies. The Grant is sponsored by the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science and comprises funding for a research stay, starting in late 2020 or in 2021 at ZMO, as well as travel costs to Berlin.
Deadline for applications: 10 September 2020.
16. Articles on “Governing and Living Amid COVID-19 in the MENA” for Special Issue of the Jounal “Middle East Law and Governance”
This special issue will take a broad look at how the MENA – the state, governments, and societies of the region — are governing and/or living amid COVID-19. It encourages papers from a wide range of disciplines and methodological approaches in the social sciences and humanities.
Deadline for manuscripts: 1 December 2020. Information: https://brill.com/view/journals/melg/melg-overview.xml?contents=editorialContent-17621
17. Articles on Islam in the Widest Sense for Journal „Waikato Islamic Studies Review“, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Submissions are invited on any topic or theme, including religion, philosophy, history, politics, sociology, culture, and law, within the broad field of studies on Islam and Muslim societies.
Information and past Journals: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/fass/UWISG/review.shtml
18. Articles on “Children and Political Agency: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives from the Middle East” for Special Issue of “International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES)”
We seek original historical and empirical case studies delineating the political subjectivity and agency of children in the Middle East, North Africa, Muslim South East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Our definition of political agency does not only include participation in social, political and revolutionary movements or institutional political processes. From a methodological point of view, we prioritize children’s perspectives within their socio-political and cultural contexts, and thus doing research with children, not about or on children.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 August 2020.
19. New “Digital Library of the Middle East Platform (DLME)” by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Stanford Libraries
DLME aims to become one of the world’s largest online archives of MENA artifacts. It aggregates 127,443 digital records of published materials, documents, maps, artifacts, audiovisual recordings, and more from the MENA region. It also provides an array of applications, tools, and descriptions that enrich the content and facilitate browsing, search, and interpretation. The DLME is intended to serve as a resource for teachers, students, and researchers, as well as for the general public.
20. Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Volume 2: Field Reports, ed. by Adelheid Otto, Michael Herles and Kai Kaniuth; Islamic Archaeology, ed. by Lorenz Korn and Anja Heidenreich. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag 2020, ISBN 978-3-447-11367-0
The majority of the volume contains papers given in the section on “Field Reports” at the XIth ICAANE in Munich 2018. Besides, it gathers fifteen out of thirty-six papers given in the section on “Islamic Archaeology”, demonstrating that the Islamic period, while touching the fringe of modernity, has become a firm part of the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East and that, in the reality of archaeological fieldwork, the periods before and after the Arab-Islamic conquests have become inextricably connected.
21. Podcasts organized by the French Institute of the Near East (IFPO):
Une histoire des épidemies au Proche et Moyen Orient” (A History of Epidemics in the Near and Middle East)
Have epidemics changed the history of the Near and Middle East? How did societies from this region react to this phenomenon? This serie of podcasts wants to look back at the history of epidemics in a region which has been regularly affected during the past, relying on the work of historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, linguists and philosophers.
Episodes are mostly in French, but do not miss episode #4 in English (with Lara Meneghini): “The Black Death: Venice and the Creation of the Lazzaretto”, which discusses about how the city of Venice, leader of the Mediterranean trade during the Middle Ages and Early Modern History, reacted to the threat of the plague in order to guarantee its economic interests in the Eastern Mediterranean. Lara Meneghini discusses about the creation of the lazzaretti and their role in preventing the spread of epidemics. Through an historical and archaeological perspective, she presents the material evidence of these quarantine structures and of the passage of goods and merchants coming from the Near and Middle East.
In the early 1400s, Iranian elites began migrating to the Deccan plateau of southern India. Lured to the region for many reasons, these poets, traders, statesmen, and artists of all kinds left an indelible mark on the Islamic sultanates that ruled the Deccan until the late seventeenth century.