“This website is designed for the dissemination of History of Istanbul from Antiquity to XXIst century, a work prepared by the cooperation of Türkiye Diyanet Foundation Center for Islamic Studies (İSAM) and İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality Kültür ve Sanat Ürünleri A.Ş.
The Project for the preparation of the Turkish version of the work was launched in late 2012, and completed and published in 2015. The book was prepared thematically and composed of around 355 articles written by nearly 260 scientists about different fields such as topography, architecture, religious and social life, management, economics. In this book which consists of 10 volumes, nearly 5300 pages, around 4 thousand visual materials such as maps, miniatures, engravings, paintings, and archive documents were used. The English translation of the work was completed in 2019 and not published yet. It is accessible online…”
2. New Book: Quoting the Quran: A Reference Handbook for Authors and Scholars
Saad D. Abulhab
Volume 1: Full Text of the Quran in an Early Quranic Kufic Script with and without Diacritic Vowel Marks
Volume 2: Full Text of the Quran in Modern Arabic with a Latin Transliteration According to the ALA-LC Romanization Standards
This handbook is a reference tool intended to help authors, scholars, and anyone else provide accurate and standardized quotations from the Quran, both from linguistic and historical perspectives. The first volume of the handbook includes the full text of the Quran using a font mimicking its earliest script, Mashq or Early Kufic, and it is provided in two formats, with and without diacritic vowel marks. The font used to generate the full texts in the first volume, Arabetics Mashq, was designed and implemented by the author after years of in-depth examination of the historical Quranic manuscripts, notably the copy of Muṣḥaf ʿUthmān kept today in the Topkapi Museum in Turkey. The second volume of the handbook also includes two full texts of the Quran. The full text of the first part is a complete, word-by-word Latin transliteration of the modern Arabic script full text of the Quran, using the ALA-LC Romanization Standards. The second part includes a modern Arabic script full text of the Quran, including the full set of modern Arabic diacritic vowel marks. It is generated using Arabetics Latte, a multilingual font designed and implemented by the author to emphasize simple, clear shapes, and facilitate easy reading. Letters change shapes only minimally and are designed to have a large x-height. The diacritic vowel marks are placed intentionally away from the letters for clarity. Reading the Quran in this font can be very helpful to both native and non-native Arabic readers. The full text of the Quran contained in this book is based on the Tanzil Quran text, a carefully produced, highly verified and continuously monitored text by a group of specialists at Tanzil project. Possibly, this handbook includes the first Latin transliterated copy ever of the Quran using the ALA-LC Romanization Standards. Both volumes include indexes for Quran chapters and verses and the necessary tables needed to help the readers understand the early Quranic Kufic script and the ALA-LC Romanization Standards.
3. Armenian School of Languages and Cultures – ASPIRANTUM is organizing Persian language summer school in Yerevan, Armenia.
The 8 weeks Persian language summer school will start on July 4, 2021 and will last till August 28, 2021. Applicants may also choose to participate in 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 weeks’ program.
For more details please check the following link: https://aspirantum.com/courses/persian-language-summer-school-04-july-28-august-2021-yerevan-armenia
4. ISLAMIC HISTORY / STUDIES
James Madison University – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor – Department of Philosophy and Religion
Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D. in Religious Studies with a specialty in Islam in Africa and/or the African diaspora. Candidates with other areas of specialization in the study of Islam and A.B.D. candidates are also welcome to apply.
Application closing date: 3 January, 2021.
5. CALL FOR PAPERS
MESA’s 55th Annual Meeting
October 28-31, 2021
All submissions must be made through the myMESA electronic submission system (https://mesana.org/mymesa/login.php) which opens on Friday, January 8, 2021 and closes on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at midnight Eastern Standard Time. Late submissions will not be considered.
* Call for Papers & Submission Instructions: https://mesana.org/annual-meeting/call-for-papers
Membership is a requirement to submit a proposal. To renew your 2021 membership, login to your myMESA account. To join you will need to create an account in myMESA, complete a profile, and pay the annual dues. Contact Sara Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about membership. Preregistration payment is not required until May 15, after the program committee decisions are released.
Please direct questions about submissions to Kat Teghizadeh at email@example.com.
6. Applications are invited for an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at the University of Cambridge, in partnership with the Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive Initiative.
Supervisory team: Professor Esra Özyürek (Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge) and Sadiya Ahmed (Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive Initiative)
The CDA project asks how do different generations of Muslims understand what it means to be a Muslim in the U.K.? Can we talk about a British Muslim experience? If so, at which generation does it start? What kinds of everyday religious expressions bind British Muslims with each other and make them different from non-British Muslims? What would the across the generations experiences of British Muslims tell us about the relationship between migration and localization when it comes to diverse religious communities coming together and forming a distinct minority?
The CDA student will conduct research under the supervision of Esra Özyürek, Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Religions and Shared Values, and Sadiya Ahmed, Director and Founder of the Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive Initiative. The student will use existing audio-visual archival material from the Everyday Muslim Project, as well as collecting new sources from three generations of Muslims from different families in the U.K. This is a unique opportunity to understand transformation in the lived experience of Islam through generations of diverse Muslim communities in the U.K. The dissertation will be an anthropological contribution to our understanding of the rich but understudied lived experience of Islam in the U.K. from a generational perspective. It will allow us to gain a diachronic perspective on the localization of religious expression in creating cultural, ethnic, and citizenship ties in contemporary U.K.
The CDA is also an opportunity to develop professional skills in collecting oral history narratives and other audio-visual and material documents for archives. Upon completion of their degree the student will both have academic qualifications and practical training in collecting and archiving oral history narratives, and other visual and material evidence that highlight an aspect of Muslim lives in the UK of their choice. Hence, the student will join the much needed but scarce ranks of qualified people who can build bridges between academia and the museum and heritage world.
The award holder will be based at the Faculty of Divinity in Cambridge, with regular periods of time spent at the Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive Initiative offices in London. Applicants from the fields of religious studies, divinity, anthropology, sociology, history, and related disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Esra Özyürek: firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and for any guidance before submitting their application. For further details on how to apply for this CDA through the University of Cambridge, please see the advert on the Cambridge jobs site.
7. Symposium on ‘Iran and Global Decolonization’
organized by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California Los Angeles, to be held online on THURSDAY, MAY 20 and FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021.
We invite submissions for a symposium on Iran and Global Decolonization, organized by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California Los Angeles, to be held online on THURSDAY, MAY 20 and FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021. Iranian activists, dissidents, entrepreneurs, non-state actors, diplomats, prostitutes, homeless and migrant populations engaged with and experienced colonialism and decolonization in different ways, both inside Iran and beyond its borders. The symposium invites scholars whose work investigates Iran’s experiences with colonialism and decolonization from a multiplicity of perspectives – including, but not confined to, race and ethnicity; foreign relations; intellectual history; social and economic networks; as well as cultural studies – to answer questions such as: What role did decolonization play in Iran’s interactions with the Global South? How did Iran respond to decolonization movements? What networks did Iranian women and minorities create to confront their experiences of dispossession reinforced by colonialism or decolonization? How did Islam and secular ideologies help proponents of decolonization movements to articulate their struggles?
In the decades after the Second World War, dozens of countries around the world achieved independence from colonial rule, including Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Kuwait (among others) in Asia and Senegal, Kenya, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Sudan and Angola (among others) in Africa. Similar processes had taken place earlier in the Americas. This period of rapid decolonization after WWII fundamentally changed the dynamics of global politics. Between 1946 and 1970, membership of the United Nations increased from 35 to 127 nations, and the organization became a forum in which these newly independent states could argue for the continuation of decolonization and the recognition of national rights.
From the 1950s onwards, and with increased urgency in the 1970s, Iran sought to establish close political relationships with the newly independent countries in the Global South. Iran presented itself as a powerful, wealthy, and like-minded ally – an alternative to the colonial powers of Europe. Though it was never formally colonized, Iran had, from the early nineteenth century, suffered repeated violations of its sovereignty at the hands of the Russians and British. This shared experience of imperialism allowed Iran to present itself as inherently sympathetic to the formerly colonized states of Africa, Asia and the Americas despite its imperial self-image and impulses.
In the same period, anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist movements around the world had a profound impact on intellectual thought inside Iran. The rising influence of the United States in the Middle East gave voice to new anti-imperialist currents in Iran that prompted intellectuals simultaneously to call for civil liberties, social justice and democracy.
We hope this symposium will show the necessity of studying Iran’s experiences with colonialism and decolonization in a global framework in an effort to broaden conversations around these subjects and to expose the complex networks that Iran created and shared with (de)colonized communities.
Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be emailed to: email@example.com no later than Friday 15 January 2021.
8. ‘Building a Library: The Arabic and Persian Manuscript Collection of Sir William Jones’,
Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society