1. The Center for Advanced Study “RomanIslam Center for Comparative Empire and Transcultural Studies” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), invites applications for Resident fellowships (Post Doc). The fellowships should start in 2021 and have a duration between 1 and 12 months.
Fellowships are available for scholars at all stages of their academic career who have completed their doctoral degree and established an independent research profile. Applicants should be engaged in a research project in any relevant discipline that is related to the Center’s interests in Romanization and Islamication in the period and area in question. The Center also welcomes applications from scholars working on comparative empire and transcultural studies in a broader historical (or contemporary) perspective whose research has a strong focus on theoretical and methodological issues. The second year (2021) theme is ‘Imperial Religions and Local Beliefs’, i.e. the relationship between state authority and religion. Which forms of local religious practice remained in place, despite the dominance of eastern salvation religions, and which forms changed as a result thereof?
Applications should be in English, including a CV, a research proposal for the project pursued at Hamburg, including the project’s relation to the topic (2000 words), and an indication of the months the applicant wants to spend at the Center and the kind of financial support they require. All materials should be sent in a single pdf document to Dr. Rocco Selvaggi firstname.lastname@example.org November 30, 2020.
For more information see: https://www.romanislam.uni-hamburg.de/center/fellowship-program.html
2. OPEN CALL FOR PAPERS “Occhialì -Rivista sul Mediterraneo islamico”is a semi-annualscientific journal concerned with the publication of studies, researchesand reflections on Islam and the Mediterranean.
Active since 2017, it has promoted over time a broad discussion on transversalthemes from different perspectives: historical, linguistic, political, economic, juridical, sociological, psychological or pedagogical, trying to represent the heterogeneity that characterizes its area of interest. For issue 7/2020, it has been decided not to limit the contributions to a specific theme, but to open it to the proposals of scholars, so as to leave an open space and cast light on emerging horizons of study and research. Therefore, essays, analyses and translations concerning the Islamic Mediterranean are all acceptable: from religious forms to histories, from institutions to languages, social movements, changes, cultural representations, migratory flows, in ancient times as well as today.
The articles, written in English, French, Italian or Spanish, must be sent by 15 December 2020 to email@example.com a format compatible with the procedure of blind review: a file will have to include the author’s name and surname, email address, a short biographical note, title and abstract (150 words in English), 3-5 keywords; the other file will have to include the contribution without any reference to the author or to their known works that might point back to them. The articles, formatted according to the norms indicated on http://phi.unical.it/wp34/occhiali/norme-redazionali/, shall not exceed 30,000 characters including spaces and excluding the bibliography.
3. Call for Papers – Online conference (Centering Race in History: Antiquity to the Present)
International Centre on Racism, Edge Hill University, UK.
MONITOR Global Intelligence on Racism magazine, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy (EUI).
Department of History & Civilization, EUI.
What should be the place of race in historiography and historical practice? The last few decades have witnessed a flowering of the historical study of race. Yet most of this scholarship has been confined to late modern colonial, global, and postcolonial histories, with little interest from other fields. In medieval and early modern studies, the bulk of writing on race has been produced by those working in literature rather than history. And if we look to the big treatments of history that have been growing in popularity in the profession and the book trade in recent years, race barely features.
The aim of our conference is to confront this marginalization of race in history, and to consider how we can centre race in our discipline: theoretically, methodologically, and empirically. We are interested in submissions concerning every period of human history, and all fields in our discipline.
The conference will begin at 15.00 CET each day to facilitate participation from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
‘Allegedly Race: Rethinking the Political History of Early Mesopotamia’: Professor Xianhua Wang, Shanghai International Studies University, China.
‘The Politics of Race in the European Middle Ages’: Professor Geraldine Heng, University of Texas at Austin, USA.
‘Racism Before Racialized Capitalism’: Professor Satnam Virdee, University of Glasgow, UK, who will deliver the inaugural PKC Millins Lecture.
‘Archives of Black Life and Histories of State Violence in Britain’: Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry, Director, Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, De Montfort University, UK.
4. The Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Arizona has admitted a select number of graduate students at M.A. and Ph.D. levels since 2016.
This year, too, the program will admit new students.
Students benefit from the close attention of the program’s faculty with high interest and expertise in interdisciplinary research projects.
For more information visit
5. UCLA: The Indo-Persian Confluence Symposium
“Indo-Persian Musical Connections: Modal Negotiations”
Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 10:00am Pacific via Zoom
The panel, consisting of Taees Gheirati (UBC), Deepak Paramashivan (University of Alberta) and Behzad Namazi (Ohio University), examines these transregional cultural connections by comparing underlying modal structures, analyzing previously undiscussed descriptions of mode, and considering reflexive perspectives on mode from musicians across all three regions. By utilizing the transregional framework that musical modality provides as a primary category of analysis, this panel opens up new discussions on how to think about both historic and contemporary cross-cultural alignments in music that are clearly central to defining multiple music traditions in multiple places. This allows researchers to read specific concepts of musical modality as aspects of cultural production that relate to larger regional contexts.
For more information, including the link to RSVP, please visit: https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/event/indo-persian-musical-connections-modal-negotiations/
UCLA Mohindar Brar Sambhi Chair of Indian Music
UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology
UCLA Center for Musical Humanities
UCLA Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies
UCLA Iranian Studies Program
UCLA Center for India and South Asia (CISA)
6. ‘Muslim Female Religious Authority’: online roundtable, Thursday 12th November, 5pm GMT
Alwaleed Centre, Edinburgh
All are welcome to our forthcoming roundtable discussion exploring ‘Muslim Female Religious Authority’ taking place on 12th November at 5pm via Zoom.
For further information and free registration click here: https://femaleauthority.eventbrite.co.uk
The roundtable will feature contributions from Amina Inloes (The Islamic College), Joseph Hill (University of Alberta), David Kloos (KITLV) and Safia Shahid (Women’s Muslim College) with Mulki Al-Sharmani (University of Helsinki) kindly chairing.
This is the third event in our ‘Authority in the Globalised Muslim World’ series. For further information about the series click HERE.
With very best wishes,
The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam
in the Contemporary World
University of Edinburgh
16 George Square
1. Architecture of Coexistence: Building Pluralism
Edited by Azra Akšamija
Published by ArchiTangle Berlin, 2020
2. HIAA Members – Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize and the Grabar Post-doctoral Fellowship
The Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Art and Culture
Deadline: November 15, 2020
Every year the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) sponsors a competition and awards the Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize for the best unpublished essay written by a junior scholar (pre-dissertation graduate student to three years after the Ph.D. degree) on any aspect of Islamic visual culture. This competition is open to HIAA members only. The Ševčenko Prize recipient receives an award of $500 and a citation, generally presented at HIAA’s annual business meeting. The Prize is named in memory of Margaret Bentley Ševčenko, the first and long-serving Managing Editor of Muqarnas, a journal devoted to the visual culture of the Islamic world and sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and at MIT. The winning essay will be considered for publication by the Muqarnas Editorial Board.
Submissions must include the paper in both Word and PDF format, and a separate sheet with the author’s contact information (address, telephone number, and email address). Papers should not exceed 10,000 words in length (including footnotes) and can be accompanied by up to 15 low-res illustrations.
Please note that submissions cannot be in press or under review with any publisher.
A letter of recommendation for the paper should be sent separately by the author’s adviser or referee.
All materials should be submitted by email to the Ševčenko committee chair, Hala Auji (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 15, 2020. Files exceeding 5 Mb should be transferred by FTP.
For further details, please visit: https://www.historiansofislamicart.org/opportunities/hiaa-prizes/the-margaret-ševčenko-prize-in-islamic-art-and-culture
Grabar Post-doctoral Fellowship
Deadline: November 15, 2020
The Grabar Post-doctoral Fellowship is intended to support post-doctoral scholars at an early stage of their careers in advancing their research. Fellowship funds may be used in one of two ways:
* To spend up to two months in residence as a visiting professor or fellow/research scholar at a university, museum, research institute or similar institution outside their usual country of residence or employment.
* To support additional research to aid in preparing the dissertation for publication.
Applicants should have completed their PhD within the last five years or have submitted their dissertations by the start of the fellowship.
The Grabar Post-doctoral Fellowship will provide up to $2000 US per month, for a maximum of two months. An additional $1000 may be requested for travel or for supplies.
All materials should be submitted by email to the chair of the Grabar post-doctoral fellowship committee chair, Ruba Kana’an (email@example.com) by November 15, 2020. Files exceeding 5 Mb should be transferred by FTP.
For further details and to apply, please visit: https://www.historiansofislamicart.org/opportunities/hiaa-prizes/grabar-grants-and-fellowships
3. An Introduction to Arabic Medical Tables by Dr Meekyung MacMardie 3rd Nov at Wellcome Collection
Our next Exploring Research Seminar on Tuesday 3 November will feature Dr Meekyung MacMurdie who will discuss ‘The Practice of Persuasion: an introduction to Arabic medical tables’.
Tabulated medical texts emerged in the Arabic-writing sphere during the eleventh century, inspired by and designed in the likeness of astronomical charts and astrological horoscopes. Tables streamlined extensive medical encyclopaedias into single volumes, meeting demands, so their authors claimed, for the benefits of science, not its proofs and definitions.
This talk examines the formal rhetoric of medical tables. In terms of production, their striking spatial layouts required special planning, attention, and skill on the part of scribes. Highlighting examples from the Wellcome Collection, the talk will explore historical processes of manuscript production in addition to the significance of table aesthetics: as the space where the invisible cosmos and visible world converged.
About your speaker
Meekyung is a newly minted PhD, having just completed her degree in art history at the University of Chicago. She specialises in medieval art of the Islamic world with particular interests in artistic practices of ornament and design, knowledge transmission and exchange, and the historiography of Islamic art. For her thesis, “Likeness, Figuration, Proof: geometry and the Arabic book,” she examined the evidentiary stakes and ontological status of tables, geometric figures, and pictorial images in scientific and medical manuscripts. She is currently a research fellow at the University of Bern, part of the ERC-funded project, “Global Horizons in Pre-Modern Art.”
This is an free online event. Virtual doors open at 17.15, seminar starts at 17.30 to 18.30 (London time). There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the talk.
To book your virtual seat, please visit https://wellcomecollection.org/events for details.
Between 23rd October and 2nd November, in celebration of the Mawlid al-Nabi, the Islamic Texts Society will be offering its readers a 25% discount on all titles.*
Books from ITS are the perfect gift for family, friends and loved ones; beautifully designed and produced to the highest quality, ITS titles enable readers to gain access to treasures of classical Islamic thought and spirituality.
In order to take advantage of this offer, please visit our website by clicking on the button below and enter the coupon code, MAWLID20, on the purchase page.
(*Excluding Arabic-English Lexicon by E. W. Lane.)
5. Webinar Announcement – From Malabar to Coromandel: The Future of Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture
From Malabar to Coromandel: The Future of Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture. This is an international collaboration organized by the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the Centre of Islamic Studies at Cambridge, and the HH Sri Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar Foundation, Mysore.
Pushkar Sohoni (IISER Pune) The Architecture of a Deccan Sultanate: Courtly Practice and Royal Authority in Late Medieval India
Discussants: Marika Sardar (Aga Khan Museum) and Vivek Gupta (University of Cambridge) on November 13th at 13.00 GMT (Book Discussion)
George Michell (Architectural Historian, DHF) ‘Art and Architecture of the Badami Chalukyas,’ on November 27th at 13.00 GMT
Richard M. Eaton (University of Arizona) India in the Persianate Age: 1000—1765
Discussants: Alka Patel (UC Irvine) and Roy Fischel (SOAS, University of London) on December 11th at 16.00 GMT (Book Discussion)
Annapurna Garimella (Art, Resources and Teaching Trust) ‘The Square and the Rectangle: Design Transformations and Architectural Renovation between the 14th-16th Centuries in Vijayanagara,’ on December 18th at 13.00 GMT
Emma Flatt (UNC Chapel Hill) The Courts of the Deccan Sultanates: Living Well in the Persian Cosmopolis
Discussants: Evrim Binbaş (University of Bonn) and Subah Dayal (NYU Gallatin) on January 8th at 13.00 GMT (Book Discussion)
Anna Lise Seastrand (University of Minnesota) ‘Image and Imagination: Wall Paintings in Early Modern Southern India,’ on January 22nd at 16.00 GMT
Evrim Binbaş (University of Bonn) ‘The Idea of Sacral Kingship between Islamic and Turco-Mongol Concepts of Politics,’ on March 5th at 13.00 GMT
To register for the webinar series, please fill out the form in https://www.deccanheritagefoundation.uk/events/webinars/registration.
If you have any queries, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Edinburgh Historical Studies of Iran and the Persian World
Published in association with Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali, Founder and Chair, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute
Studies of the political, economic, social and cultural history of medieval and modern Iran and the Persian world
Covering the history of Iran and the Persian world from the medieval period to the present, this series aims to become the pre-eminent place for publication in this field. As well as its core concern with Iran, it will extend its concerns to encompass a much wider and more loosely defined cultural and linguistic world, to include Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Xinjiang and northern India.
7. McGill’s Online Panel on Social and Pedagogical Aspects of Teaching Persian to Speakers of Other Languages
Friday, October 30 at 11:00-1:00 Eastern time.
This panel showcases six chapters from The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy of Persian.
To attend, please register by sending an email Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi ( email@example.com )
8. ONLINE Event: “Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum”, SOAS, University of London, 10-11 November 2020
This Music Forum will be of interest to a broad audience, including musicologists, ethnomusicologists and other researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences. In addition, we welcome those working on other aspects of culture in this region (dance, visual arts, media, film, literature, etc.)
Information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/middle-east-central-asia-music-forum-soas-tickets-125682709367?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR3NVKWOnQfBlKzwljdBvS8uH4AD8nX8iiqHY50kCXAhvi2XhPM01o9XVL4
9. ONLINE: International Conference on “10 Years On: The People & The Protests”, Project SEPAD, Lancaster University, UK, 17-18 December 2020
The conference on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Arab Uprisings seeks to reflect on the ways in which the uprisings have affected people and political projects across MENA and invites papers reflecting on: Popular protests; relations between rulers and ruled; resistance; gender and sexuality; sovereign power; spatial ordering; clientelism; sectarianism; de-sectarianisation; political economy; power sharing; urban politics; environmentalism; foreign policy making; etc.
10. Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Cultural Studies, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Candidates are invited to submit applications for a tenure-track position in Arabic language and cultural studies. Ph.D in Arabic Language and Literature, Middle Eastern Studies or a closely related field is required.
Deadline for applications: 1 November 2020. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/78584
11. ONLINE: Introduction of Two MA Programs in Islamic Studies, Columbia University, New York, 18 November 2020, 11 am EST
These programs delve into the religious and intellectual traditions of Islam and the diverse regional histories, cultures, and social formations of Muslim societies around the world. A virtual open house will be held on 18 November.
Fifty-seven people also wounded in blast in area of capital that is home to many from Afghanistan’s Shia community. The death toll from a suicide bomb attack at an education centre in Afghanistan’s capital has risen to 24, officials have said, with many of the victims being teenage students.
Islamic Centre of England has Organised Online:
International Islamic Unity Conference
Date: 1st November (Sunday)
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Topic: How to develop strong relations between Sunni and Shia Scholars?
Special Message: Grand Ayatullah Makarem Shirazi
Tribute to: Late Ayatullah Taskhiri
1. HIWM Seyed Hashem Moosavi of London
2. HIWM Shaykh Hamid Shahriari of Tehran
3. HIWM Sayed Mohammad Rizvi of Toronto
4. Shaykh Muhammad Umar of Manchester. UK
5. Dr. Mohammed Khalid of Birmingham.UK
6. Shaykh Zeeshan Qadri of East London
Host: Shaykh Mohammad Zakaria of London
Discussion Panel with above said Scholars.
Don’t forget to watch Live on: Zoom ID: 5764759555/ passcode:110
Ahlebait TV (sky-745)
Ali Fadhel Abbas, a 21-year-old garage worker, was arbitrarily arrested in 2019 at the Bahrain International Airport while returning from Iraq, where he visited the shrine of Imam Husain on the 40th day of his martyrdom. He is currently detained in Dry Dock Detention Center, where he has been for almost a year, awaiting the…
1.Le Centre de recherche sur le monde Iranien (CeRMI) et la BULAC ont le plaisir de vous convier à découvrir l’exposition Gilbert Lazard, un siècle d’études iraniennes, présentée à la BULAC du 19 octobre au 27 novembre prochains.
En raison du contexte sanitaire, l’accès à l’exposition se fait sur réservation : pensez à réserver un créneau de visite sur le site de la BULAC.
Toutes les informations sur cette programmation se trouvent sur la page web de l’exposition.
N’hésitez pas à relayer l’événement au sein de votre réseau.
Le CeRMI et l’équipe action culturelle de la BULAC
2. Exploring Medieval India through Persian Sources
National Mission for Manuscripts, 2020
3. Multidisciplinary workshop Steadfast Imagining: Lyric Meditation, Islamic Philosophy, and Comparative Religion in the Works of Bidel of Delhi (d.1720) organized and led by Domenico Ingenito (UCLA, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures) and Jane Mikkelson (University of Virginia) in cooperation with scholars working in Persian Studies, Islamic Studies, South Asian, Near Eastern, and Central Asian Studies, English, Anthropology, and Comparative Literature. All sessions will be held in English, and all reading materials (both primary and secondary sources) will be circulated and presented in English translation.
The workshop is sponsored and organized by UCLA Program on Central Asia (in collaboration with Iranian Studies), and co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Center for Near Eastern Studies.
The workshop includes five sessions which will convene bi-weekly on Fridays from 1 PM to 2:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time) via Zoom, with the first meeting on October 23rd and the concluding session on December 18th. To register and receive the Zoom information for the first session, please follow this link. Links for future sessions will be available soon.
4. ONLINE: 18th Annual Islamicate Graduate Students Association Conference on “What Does Race Have to Do with Religion? Racialization and Worldwide Islam”, UNC-Duke, 20-21 February 2020
We are seeking submissions from fields inclusive of, but not limited to: Religious Studies, Political Science, Sociology, History, Art History, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Asian Studies, African American Studies, Geography, Women and Gender Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, American Studies, and African Studies.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 November 2020. Information: https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/41830/Call-for-Papers-What-Does-Race-Have-to-Do-with-Religion-Racialization-and-Worldwide-Islam
5. PhD Position (4 Years) for Research on Muslim Interreligious Encounters in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean, University of Groningen
The PhD candidate is expected to have a thorough training in research skills, to be fluent in English (both oral and written) and be able to carry out research in one or more languages (such as Arabic and Spanish), etc.
Deadline for applications: 1 December 2020. Information: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/work-with-us/job-opportunities/?details=00347-02S0007XJP&cat=phd
6. Assistant Professor for Late Antiquity and/or Early Islam, University of Toronto Scarborough
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Classics, Middle East Studies, History, Religion, Art History, Archeology, or another, closely related discipline. They must demonstrate a record of excellence in research and teaching in the field of Late Antique studies and/or the study of early Islam both conceptually and methodologically.
Deadline for application: 30 November 2020. Information: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-Assistant-Professor-Late-Antiquity-andor-Early-Islam-ON/541785217/
7. Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Comparative Politics of the Middle East, University of Mississippi
The successful candidate will have a PhD, a research and teaching focus on the Middle East and be able to teach introductory and thematic courses in comparative politics. The candidate should have ﬁeld experience and appropriate foreign language proﬁciency in Arabic, strong methods skills, and demonstrated excellence in teaching.
Deadline for applications: Until position is filled. Information: https://careers.olemiss.edu/job/University-Assistant-Professor-MS-38677/680641900/
8. 2021-22 Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards from the American Center for Research (ACOR), Jordan
ACOR promotes study, teaching, and increased knowledge of ancient and Middle Eastern studies with Jordan as a focus. We encourage you to share these opportunities widely with your networks.
Deadline for applications: 1 February 2021. Information: https://orcfellowships.smapply.org/
9. ONLINE Course on “Bridging the Great Divide: The Jewish-Muslim Encounter”, Woolf Institute, Cambridge, 11 January – 25 April 2021
Despite their closeness in belief and practice, today, Jewish-Muslim interactions are often the source of intense religious conflict. This course will explore the history, culture and theology of Muslims and Jews, reflecting both on similarities and differences as well as discussing the major challenges.
Deadline for application: 13 December 2020.
10. Articles for Edited Volume on “From the Postcolonial to the Decolonial: French and English Textbooks in North Africa and the Middle East“
After exploring the history of schooling in this region during the colonial period, this volume aims at answering the question what has happened after independence, when – under the pressure from the demands of populations long described as ‘indigenous’ – ‘decolonization’ became the watchword.
Deadline for expressions of interest: 31 October 2020. Information: Prof. Kamal Salhi, University of Leeds, K.firstname.lastname@example.org
11. New Research Platform and Online Journal: “Manazir – Swiss Platform for the Study of Visual Arts, Architecture and Heritage in the MENA Region”
Manazir is oriented towards a diversity of transcultural and transdisciplinary “landscapes” and “points of views” and open to a multiplicity of themes, epochs and geographical areas. The Platform disseminates information regarding conferences, workshops, publications and exhibitions. Research results are also promoted through Manazir Journal, a peer-reviewed online journal that regularly publishes thematic issues in platinum open access.
12. On-line sources :
Uyghurkitap, an online digital collection of Uyghur documents, is now open to public.
The library contains 6,400 documents, including 500 manuscripts, 1,500 newspapers and magazines, and ~ 4,000 Uyghur language books.
13. Early Modern Workshop
Friday, October 23 | 12-1:30pm
Amanda Phillips Assistant Professor, Art, University of Virginia
“Beyond Text: What Objects Can Tell Us”
Amanda will be speaking about her new book, Sea Change: Ottoman Textiles between the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean (University of California Press, 2021), which argues for the central role of textiles in daily life across the social and economic continuum. In this talk, Amanda will discuss how objects can, and do, tell stories not found in written sources.
Our events are free and open to the public.
Please register on the link below:
The Early Modern Workshop is a multidisciplinary forum at the University of Virginia where scholars working on the early modern period (broadly defined) can discuss their work with colleagues across departments. The aim is to foster conversations that go beyond departmental, disciplinary, and regional parameters, and to create an active community of early modernists here at the University of Virginia. We will convene once a month on Fridays, 12-1:30pm, on Zoom. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact us.
We have an exciting schedule this autumn: coming up, there will be a presentation by Nizar Hermes(Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures) on November 13 and a guest lecture by Russ Leo (English, Princeton) on December 4.
14. Thinking with Wendy Shaw, What is ‘Islamic’ Art? (online, 12 Nov 2020)
| 15:00 – 17:00 (CET)
In this conversation, as part of the RCMC Thinking With series, Wendy M. K. Shaw discusses her work notably in her book What is ‘Islamic’ Art: Between Religion and Perception (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
Discussant | Pooyan Tamimi Arab
Pooyan Tamimi Arab is an assistant professor of religious studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University and a member of the Utrecht Young Academy. He is part of the research project “Religious Matters in an Entangled World” (www.religiousmatters.nl).
Discussant | Mirjam Shatanawi
Drs. Mirjam Shatanawi is lecturer at the Reinwardt Academy (Amsterdam University of the Arts). Between 2001 and 2018, she worked as curator at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Ethnology in Leiden and the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam. She is the author of Islam at the Tropenmuseum (2014). She has curated exhibitions on topics as wide-ranging as contemporary art from Iran, the global Sixties and the artistic encounter of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher with Islamic art.
We are pleased to inform you of the first gathering of what we hope will be an annual event, the “Single-Slide Ṣoḥbat,” in January, 2021 (exact date still to be determined). Facilitated by students in the Yale History of Art department, this event is intended to bring together graduate students, at any level of their study, working on the art and architecture of the broadly-defined Islamic world. Thinking through the word ṣoḥbat, connoting companionship and conversation in several languages, we hope that this will be an opportunity for participants to learn about their colleagues’ research and to connect with each other in an informal and cordial setting.
For our initial meeting, we challenge speakers to use a single slide showcasing an object/site important to their research, and to keep presentations to ten minutes.In addition to being more suitable for the Zoom format, this will allow for a greater diversity of presentations, and foster new and interesting juxtapositions across spatial and temporal boundaries within this broadly-defined field.
We ask interested participants to submit, by October 30th, 2020, a working title and a maximum 250-word abstract by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/aqLgigAhHLtqG31A9
Following on our fellow HIAA members’ efforts to organize materials for online teaching, the Aga Khan Museum has created an Academic Resources page on its website. This page provides links to resources on the collection (3D tours of the galleries, collections search, short videos), special exhibitions (PDFs of catalogues, lists of relevant objects, online lectures), and other parts of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (including the Music Initiative and Award for Architecture).
We are also offering a ‘Book a Curator’ program, if you would like a member of the curatorial staff to visit your class for a virtual object handling session, to talk about issues of collecting and museum display, or speak to their areas of specialty within Islamic art.
17. The Yale Department of Comparative Literature presents:
Contemporary Iranian Poetry in Translation: A Reading and Conversation with Kayvan Tahmasebian and Rebecca Ruth Gould
Tuesday, November 11, 12-1:30pm EST
Please register in advance for the webinar here:
After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the webinar.
Join us for a discussion about modern Iranian poetry and translation with Kayvan Tahmasebian and Rebecca Ruth Gould, both scholars and practicing poets based at the University of Birmingham, who frequently collaborate on their translations of Persian poetry. They will read poetry by Tahmasebian, as well as their translations of verse by Bijan Elahi and Hasan Alizadeh. They will be joined in conversation by Sam Hodgkin and Robyn Creswell from Yale’s Department of Comparative Literature.
This event is co-sponsored at Yale by the Program on Iranian Studies; the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; the Council on Middle East Studies; and the Yale Translation Initiative.
Kayvan Tahmasebian is an Iranian poet, translator, and critic who was born and raised in Isfahan. He is the author of Isfahan’s Mold (2016), on the short story writer Bahram Sadeqi, and Lecture on Fear and Other Poems (2019). Tahmasebian has also translated Beckett, Rimbaud, T. S. Eliot, Ponge, and Mallarmé into Persian. He is currently a Marie-Curie Fellow at the University of Birmingham, and Principal Investigator of Transmodern, a Horizon 2020-funded project on the position of translated literature within modern Iranian literary theory. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming in New Literary History, Modernism/Modernity, and Twentieth Century Literature.
Rebecca Ruth Gould’s translations include The Prose of the Mountains: Tales of the Caucasus (2015) and After and the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (2016), and, with Kayvan Tahmasebian, High Tide of the Eyes: Poems by Bijan Elahi (2019). She teaches at the University of Birmingham and is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (2016) and The Persian Prison Poem: Sovereignty and the Political Imagination (2021).
Sam Hodgkin is an assistant professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University. His first book project is entitled “The Nightingales’ Congress: Literary Representatives in the Communist East.” He is currently preparing for publication translations of several 20th-century Central Asian and Iranian works of literature and criticism.
Robyn Creswell is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale and author of City of Beginnings: Poetic Modernism in Beirut (Princeton, 2019). He is the translator of Abdelfattah Kilito’s The Clash of Images (New Directions, 2010) and The Tongue of Adam (New Directions, 2016), as well as Sonallah Ibrahim’s That Smell and Notes from Prison (New Directions, 2013).
“Crafting Conversations: Discourses on the Craft Heritage of the Islamic World – Past, Present and Future.”
Sessions will take place on Zoom (Toronto time, EDT), and you can register for FREE on the University of Toronto’s (Institute of Islamic Studies) Eventbrite page (all sessions will be uploaded shortly): https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/institute-of-islamic-studies-17708785802.
“Crafting Conversations: Discourses on the Craft Heritage of the Islamic World – Past, Present and Future” An Initiative of the Islamic Art and Material Culture Collaborative (IAMCC*), Toronto, Canada Hosted by Fahmida Suleman, Curator of Islamic Art & Culture, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Saturday 31 October 2020, 1pm EDT (NB: please note the slightly later time for this session)
“New from Old: Designs Inspired by the Mamluk Minbars of Cairo”
Omniya Abdel Barr, Project Manager Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation, Cairo, Egypt
Co-hosted with Heba Mostafa, Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Department of the History of Art, University of Toronto
Saturday 21 November 2020, 11am EDT
“Embroidery from Palestine: Disciplining the Past to Craft the Future”
OmarJoseph Nasser-Khoury, anti-fashion designer, Jerusalem, Palestine
Co-hosted with Ruba Kana‘an, Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto
Saturday 19 December 2020, 11am EDT
“Embroidery in the Age of Corona: Documentation and Practice from Iraq, Jordan and the Netherlands”
Fatima Abbadi, embroiderer, collector and photographer, Capelle aan den Ijssel, Netherlands
Saturday 30 January 2021, 11am EDT
“Two Sides of the Same Coin: Is There a Difference between Islamic Art and Craft?”
Parviz Tanavoli, artist, collector and scholar, Vancouver, BC, Canada; and Marcus Milwright, Professor of Islamic Art & Archaeology and Chair of the Department of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
Saturday 27 February 2021, 11am EDT
“The Museum’s Role in Amplifying and Sustaining Craft and Making”
Leslee Michelsen, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design (Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art), Honolulu HI, USA
Saturday 27 March 2021, 11am EDT
“From Craft to Art: Egyptian Appliqué-work in Light of Local and Global Changes”
Seif El Rashidi, Director of the Barakat Trust, London, England
Co-hosted with Heba Mostafa, Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Department of the History of Art, University of Toronto
Saturday 24 April 2021, 11am EDT
“Deconstructing the Code: Craft Collaborations in Morocco”
Sara Ouhaddou, artist, France and Morocco; Mariam Rosser-Owen, Curator, Middle East Section, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Saturday May 29 2021, 11am EDT
“Design for a Nomadic World: The Future Heritage Lab”
Azra Aksamija, Director of the MIT Future Heritage Lab and Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Program in Art, Culture and Technology, MIT, Cambridge MA, USA
Co-hosted with Ulrike Al-Khamis, Interim Director and Director of Collections and Public Programs, Aga Khan Museum
The full program is also listed on the IAMCC webpage. Details are correct at the time of posting but may be subject to change. Please note that all sessions will be recorded and links to the recordings will be added to the IAMCC webpage in due course. For any queries about the series or to be added to the IAMCC mailing list please email me (email@example.com).
*The IAMCC is a new research network based in Toronto that brings together the capacities and resources of the University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Aga Khan Museum. Its aim is to foster innovative and interdisciplinary research on the diversity of arts and material cultures of the Islamic world. For more information visit: https://islamicstudies.artsci.utoronto.ca/research-labs/islamic-art-and-material-culture-c….
19. Ehsan Yarshater Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Yale Program in Iranian Studies at The MacMillan Center, Yale University
The Yale Program in Iranian Studies, part of the Council on Middle East Studies, accepts applications for the Ehsan Yarshater-Persian Heritage Foundation Fellowship in Iranian and Persian Studies for 2021-22.
The Post-Doctoral Associate will teach one undergraduate seminar in the Fall or Spring semester, pursue their own research, and help to organize the activities of the Yale Program in Iranian Studies (YPIS). Post-doctoral Associates are expected to work collaboratively with the Council on Middle East Studies and be in residence from August 2021 to May 2022.
We will accept applications from October 2020 and review will begin in early January 2021.
Applicants in all fields of humanities and social, political and environmental sciences who have recently received their PhDs or are in the early stages of their academic career may apply.
To apply, please send a one-page statement, Curriculum Vitae, short synopsis of a viable research project, and draft of a syllabus for a 13-week seminar. You will also need to have two letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf.
All materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio: apply.interfolio.com/79421
Please contact Cristin Siebert by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, for any questions related to the application process. You may visit the Program in Iranian Studies website here: http://iranianstudies.macmillan.yale.edu/
1. Arab Conquests and Early Islamic Historiography: The Futuh al-Buldan of al-Baladhuri
Ryan J. Lynch
I.B. Tauris, 2020
2. Aga Khan University – Assistant Professor and Language Programme Coordinator
Application Deadline: Wednesday, 28 October 2020
3. Learn Persian Through Rumi’s Masnavi online course
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures – ASPIRANTUM is inviting you to apply to the “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course. The full course will last for 2 weeks, but students may choose to participate in the first week only. This online course will start on January 04, 2021 and will last till January 15, 2021.
The full syllabus of the “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course is available here: https://aspirantum.com/curriculum/learn-persian-through-rumi-masnavi-syllabus
We are planning to start the online classes at 9 PM Yerevan time.
For more information and to apply please visit: https://aspirantum.com/courses/learn-persian-through-rumi-masnavi
4. AHRC Midlands4cities PhD Scholarship Opportunities
There is an opportunity to study with me on a specific project that will Uncover the history of inter-religious relations in Coventry, details here – https://www.midlands4cities.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/Uncovering-the-History-of-Inter-religious-Relations-in-Post-war-Coventry.pdf. Further open call opportunities are also available and I am happy to take enquiries about student-led projects. See links below for further details:
Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
Assistant Professor | Research Group Lead | Faith and Peaceful Relations
Series Editor | Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion
Chair (2020-2023) | Muslims in Britain Research Network
Principal Investigator | AHRC GCRF Minorities on Campus in India (2020-2022)
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University
5. Conference Announcement: Female Visions: The Religious Visual Culture of Contemporary Female Islamic Mysticism, Oct. 16-18, 2020
Drawing on recent research regarding the visual-material turn in the study of religion, this interdisciplinary conference will focus on the often-overlooked role of women in contemporary Islamic mysticism and in the socially-engaged dimension of Sufi belief and practice. This trend in visual-material studies has been accompanied by a broadening of analytical perspectives. Attention is now increasingly paid to religious practices, rituals, and discourses in terms of their connection to certain types of artefacts. Scholars have also begun to focus on the sensory perceptions and the social effects or atmospheres evoked by visual-material engagements. The conference focusses on the sensorium in visual-material culture and on its religious, cultural, and social connections/ implications. In doing so, we hope to present a more nuanced and polyvocal understanding of the role and place of women within mystical Islam and Sufism, a tradition that is in constant dialogue with society and its political, cultural, and economic dynamics.
Conference organized by Christian Ströbele (Academy of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany) & Sara Kuehn (Marie Curie Fellow at the Institut d’ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative (IDEMEC), Aix-Marseille/CNRS, and at the Centre for Islamic Theology (ZITH), University of Tübingen) in collaboration with Erdal Toprakyaran (ZITH, University of Tübingen) & Dionigi Albera (IDEMEC, Aix-Marseille/CNRS), with the financial support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 794958 (SufiVisual).
Conference open to the public. Online live participation free of charge. Registration available at: http://www.akademie-rs.de/vanm_23429
Concurrent Artwork Presentation with Video and Sound Installations:
Further details are to be found on the conference website: https://www.akademie-rs.de/visions
6. Lecture: Elizabeth Rodini, In and Out of Istanbul: The Cosmopolitan Life of a Peripatetic Portrait
Monday, October 19, 2020
6:00pm CET (noon in New York)
What can we learn by following the trajectory of a single object? Elizabeth Rodini traces Gentile Bellini’s renowned but puzzling portrait of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II over land and sea and across five hundred years, revealing how a fragile fifteenth-century painting speaks to contemporary matters, from the politics of preservation to the ideologies of imagery and beyond.
Rodini is the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome. Previous to her arrival at the Academy, she was teaching professor and founding director of the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University. Her interests lie at the intersections of historical inquiry and contemporary practice, and center on the mobility of objects across time, space, and imagination. Recent work examines the reception of Islamic objects in Venice, museological developments in twentieth-century Paris, and the exhibition of African art in contemporary American museums.
Rodini’s talk grows out of her newly released book, Gentile Bellini’s Portrait of Sultan Mehmed II: Lives and Afterlives of an Iconic Image (London: I. B. Tauris and Bloomsbury, 2020).
This lecture, to be presented on Zoom, is free and open to the public. Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The start time is 6:00pm Central European Time (12:00 noon Eastern Time). The lecture is being recorded and will be edited and posted on the AAR website at a later date.
For registration: please click: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtcu2orTMuHtMcHqhuOPwzDJosZ5AtgCrt
7. Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies, UCI
For details regarding the position for either an Associate Professor or Full Professor, Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies, please consult https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06380
Open October 12th, 2020 through Friday, Dec 18, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
8. Muhammad and the Empires of Faith, The Making of the Prophet of Islam
Sean W. Anthony
UC Press, 2020
9. SUNY Stony Brook has launched a new MA degree in the History of Philosophies, East and West taught jointly between the philosophy and Asian studies departments: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/hpew/.
In addition to the MA, which uses English translations of original philosophical texts, there is also the opportunity to participate in the Arabic philosophy reading group and read texts in the original language.
10. The Christian West And Islamic East Lecture Series 2020-21: Lecture #1 William Dunaway “The Epistemology of Theological Predication”
The Christian West And Islamic East Lecture Series 2020-21, a series of seven lectures which is part of The Christian West and Islamic East: Theology, Science, and Knowledge project, led by Jon McGinnis and Billy Dunaway of the Philosophy Department of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, funded by the John Templeton Foundation and in collaboration with the Aquinas and “the Arabs” International Working Group (AAIWG). The lectures are ~55 minutes long with an additional hour for discussion on the third Tuesday of each month from 9-11 AM US Central Time (16h-18h Central European Time to facilitate attendance by colleagues in North Africa, Europe and the Middle East).
Our first lecture, presented by Dr. William Dunaway of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will take place on Tuesday, October 20th at 9AM CDT. The title of his lecture is “The Epistemology of Theological Predication”. Please see the attached PDF for an abstract. To register for this or any of our forthcoming lectures, please contact: Nicholas.email@example.com. A Zoom link to the lecture will be provided upon (free) registration. Also, please visit the registration site at: https://nicholasoschman.com/christian-west-and-islamic-east-lecture-series.
For more information about the series as a whole and its organization by Richard C. Taylor, Director of the AAIWG, and our scientific committee, see: http://richardctaylor.info/the-christian-west-and-islamic-east-lecture-series-2020-21/.
REVIEWING THE “OASE” (ORGANIZATION OF AHLULBAYT FOR SOCIAL-SUPPORT AND EDUCATION); Its Creeds, Its Activities, and a Different Color within Indonesian Shi’is | Musadad | Analisa: Journal of Social Science and Religion
Aghaie, Kamran Scot. “The Passion of ‘Ashura in Shiite Islam”. In Voices of Islam, Vol 2, Edited by Vincent J. Cornell, 110-124. London: Praeger. Alterman, John. B and Shireen Hunter. 2004. The Idea and Practice of Philanthropy in Muslim Contexts. Washington: CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies). Bantuanhukum.or.id. 2017.
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Dr Sheila Canby – ‘Indians in Safavid Iran: the pictorial evidence’. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.
Indians appear in Persian painting long before the Safavid period (1501-1722), either as characters in illustrations of the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi or Khamsa of Nizami or as unidentified labourers, elephant jockeys and the like. Over the course of the 16th and 17th centuries the Persian depiction of Indians expanded to include portraits and works in the Indian style.