1. Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Classical Islam, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
Candidates must demonstrate expertise in classical Islamic texts in
context, excellent command of Classical Arabic, and
the ability to teach courses using original sources and English
translation at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Deadline for applications: 15 October 2021
2. Lecturer in Arabic Language
New York University Shanghai, China
Location: China, Shanghai
Start date: Aug 31, 2021
NYU Shanghai invites applications for a full-time Language Lecturer position to teach Arabic to a diverse group of students from around the world. Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching diverse varieties of Arabic and/or incorporating varieties of Arabic into the classroom.
NYU Shanghai is looking for dynamic individuals who are eager to contribute to its growing language programs through innovative teaching, student-centered initiatives, faculty development, and participation in the intellectual life of NYU Shanghai. Appointments are for three years effective September 1, 2022, subject to a review at the end of the first year; contracts are renewable.
Terms of employment at NYU Shanghai are comparable to NYU New York and other U.S. institutions.
Applicants should have near-native fluency in the language(s) of instruction, a Master’s degree in a related field, and at least two years of post-degree teaching experience in a college or university setting. Candidates must be able to teach at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels of a rigorous and demanding undergraduate language program, and should have experience teaching in culturally diverse classrooms. According to Chinese visa regulations, qualified applicants must hold a valid passport from a country where Arabic is an official language.
The deadline for applications is November 1, 2021. To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and a document listing the names of three references.
Please visit our website at http://shanghai.nyu.edu/en/about/work-here/open-positions-faculty for instructions and other information on how to apply. If you have any questions, please email the NYU Shanghai NY Office of Faculty Recruitment firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply here: https://apply.interfolio.com/93524
3. International Conference / Colloque international
will take place online via Zoom / aura lieu en visioconférence via Zoom
on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd October, 2021 / les 1-2 octobre 2021
The conference will discuss ideological variants as cultural and historical phenomena particularly illustrative of the concept of dynamic and collective authorship. These phenomena will be addressed by the speakers in a wide array of case studies, including historiographical and literary texts produced from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries in various parts of the Persianate world, from Anatolia in the West to Central Asia in the East (see program attached).
Convenors: Philip Bockholt (Leipzig University) and Sacha Alsancakli (CeRMI/Sorbonne nouvelle)
The conference is supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the University of Leipzig, and the Centre de Recherche sur le Monde Iranien (CeRMI, CNRS UMR 8041)
CeRMI – CNRS UMR 8041
Centre de Recherche sur le Monde Iranien
1. New Exhibition – L’Orient inattendu, du Rhin à l’Indus
Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire
September 18, 2021 – January 16, 2022
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the National and University Library and the University of Strasbourg, the exhibition
L’Orient inattendu, du Rhin à l’Indus (The unexpected Orient, from the Rhine to the Indus), offers a new look on the history of Strasbourg, Alsace and the Rhine region from the perspective of their relations with the Orient and more specifically the lands of Islam. It aims to present an overview of these relations from the medieval period up to the 20th C., through works that are mostly unknown or even unpublished.
An event in partnership with the Museums of Strasbourg and the Louvre Museum.
2. New OA book: A Handbook and Reader of Ottoman Arabic
Esther-Miriam Wagner (ed.) | September 2021
488pp. | 4 B&W or colour illustration | 6.14″ x 9.21″ (234 x 156 mm)
3. Research Associate in Historical Iranian Linguistics (Fixed Term)
The Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Historical Iranian Linguistics.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate would work in the research team of the ERC-funded project ‘Echoes of Vanishing Voices in the Mountains: A Linguistic History of Minorities in the Near East’ (ALHOME) under the direction of Professor Geoffrey Khan. The project aims to reconstruct the complex, socioreligious past of Aramaic-speaking and Kurdish-speaking communities in Western Asia through a study of the history and interrelationship of their languages.
Closing date: 4.10.21
4. Christ’s College, Cambridge
Two Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships
Stipend £25,217 (with a PhD) £20,675 (without a PhD)
The College invites applications for two Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships, summarised below. Both Fellowships are tenable for four years from not later than 1st October 2022 and are not renewable. Candidates are advised that a Junior Research Fellowship is intended for a researcher early in their career. A successful applicant is expected to be either a graduate student, probably in the latter stages of research leading to a PhD degree (or equivalent), or a post-doctoral researcher who has completed their PhD Degree after 1st January 2021.
Applications and referees reports must be submitted through the web site and received by the College by 12:00 noon on Thursday 21st October 2021. Selected candidates will be invited to the College for interview on or around Wednesday 12th January 2022.
This Fellowship is open to those whose research is principally in one or more of the following subject areas:
Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; Anthropology; Archaeology; Classics; Economics; History (limited to Modern History from circa 1800); History of Art; Land Economy; Politics & International Studies.
There is an additional stipendiary JRF open to those whose research is principally in one or more of the following subject areas:
Anthropology; Ethnology; History or Contemporary Issues (eg economics, sociology or politics)
In specified countries within the South Asian, East Asian or Pacific Basin regions (see the application web site for further details).
Please note that applications in eligible subject areas will be considered for both the Stipendiary and the George Kingsley Roth Junior Research Fellowships.
5. Call for Contributors
Literary Snippets: Colophons Across Space and Time
Sabine Schmidtke and George A. Kiraz
(Institute for Advanced Study)
The colophon, the ultimate or “crowing touch” _paragraphs of a manuscript or a book, provides readers with a the historical context in which the scribe produced the manuscript (or the publisher, a book). At its most fundamental level, the colophon gives us the “metadata” _of the manuscript: who was the scribe? When and where was the manuscript produced? For whom was it produced and who paid for it?
But colophons are far more rich. They are literary works on their own right, having a style and rhetoric independent of the main literary text of the manuscript. Some are assertive, providing contextual data about the scribe/publisher and manuscript/book; others are expressive, demonstrating the scribe’s feelings and wishes. Some are directive, asking the reader for an action; others declarative, providing all sorts of statements about the scribe/publisher or even the reader. The latter sometimes provide historical facts otherwise lost to histories: wars, earthquakes, religious events, legal agreements, etc. The aim of this volume is to bring together scholars from various disciplines to study colophons in Middle Eastern manuscripts in various languages and traditions across space and time, including, but not limited to, Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Hebrew, Persian, and Syriac—as well as the ancient tra-ditions of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Topics may include:
The colophon as a literary genre
Typology of colophons
The formulaic structure of colophons
Factoids found in colophons
How can colophons confirm/help reconstruct historical events?
Colophons born in print publications or born digital
Scholars interested in contributing may send via email a proposal between 1,000 and 3000 words (i.e. a good first draft) for consideration. After acceptance, final papers are expected to be around 6,000 words +/-. Proposals are to focus on the colophon (i.e. not a study of the main literary text of the manuscript). Papers are expected to have an analytical component. Comparative analyses across traditions is encour-aged but not required.
Proposal submission deadline is December 15, 2021. Final papers are due April 1, 2022. Submissions are to be sent via email directly to George A. Kiraz at email@example.com.
6. Call for Posters: ASMEA Annual Conference
The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is pleased to invite undergraduate students to participate in its Poster Competition at the Fourteenth Annual Conference being held November 13 – 15, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
In addition, we will award Travel Grants of up to $500 to assist in covering costs associated with attending the event. This competitive opportunity is open to student members of the Association. Undergraduates can join at this membership level here.
Presenting a poster is an excellent opportunity for young scholars to showcase their work in a visual format that promotes discussion, enables interaction with seasoned academics, and receive feedback about their projects.
Information for applicants:
Posters will be judged by how well the presenter demonstrates understanding of their subject matter as well as by the clarity of their presentation.
7. Perspectives on Academic Persian
Abbas Aghdassi, ed.
1. ONLINE Seminar: “Afghanistan Lives: Then and Now”, Center for Middle East Studies, Brown University, 14 September 2021, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EST
This event will focus to the experiences of the people of Afghanistan, the hardships of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities, and the question of what led to the latest crisis. Speakers:Mejgan Massoumi (Stanford University), Valentine Moghadam (Northeastern University), Arash Azizzada (writer, photographer, and community organizer).
Information and registration: https://watson.brown.edu/cmes/events/2021/panel-afghanistan-lives-then-and-now
2. ONLINE Keynote Address for AAIMS Conference: “The Covenants of Prophet Muhammad: From Shared Historical Memory to Peaceful Co-Existence” by Prof. Ibrahim M. Zain, Charles Sturt University, 14 September 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEST
Numerous copies of the covenants of Prophet Muhammad exist in monasteries and patriarchates which were once under the rule of Islam. Could it be that the copies of these documents which have been preserved in Christian, Jewish, Magi, and Samaritan sources are faithful replicas of the original documents?
3. ONLINE Seminar: “Islam and Esotericism: Societies, Politics, and Practices”, Meeting of the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE), 29 September – 1 October 2021
Panels on Premodern Esotericism and the Occult, Socio-political Contexts and Applications of Esotericism in South Asia and the Ottoman World, the Sufi Revival in the Post-Socialist World, Twentieth-Century Islamic Esotericism in the West, and Theology and Ethics in Twentieth-Century Sufism: Malaysia and Turkey. Key-note by Nile Green (UCLA) on “Islam and Esotericism in Global Intellectual History: Comparisons, Problems & Methods”.
Information and registration: http://ensie.site/conferences.html
4. ONLINE International Symposium on “Religion and Civilization in the Middle East”, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, 22-24 October 2021
The symposium will focus on the issues of historical dynamics of the Middle East, the identity formation processes of the Middle Eastern peoples, the conflicts centered on religion and civilization, the language and culture, and the philosophical accumulation.
5. ONLINE Conference: “Sites of Encounter and Cultural Exchange in West Asia and the Medi-terranean (500-1500 CE)”, Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society, University of Edinburgh, 4-6 November 2021
The following issues with be included: Sites of Encounter in Material Culture; Frontiers; Marginality; Multilin-gualism; Religion as Site of Encounter; Mapping and Geographic Writings; Commercial Networks and Trade.
6. ONLINE 6th IDHN Conference of the Islamicate Digital Humanities Network, 17 November 2021
Contributions are invited on developing or deploying digital methods and tools in the study of Islam and Muslim communities and Islamicate languages.
7. Conference: “Jews of the Arab World, Why Did They Leave?”, Museum of Jewish Art and History, Paris, 19-20 January 2022
This conference invites to readdress the departure of Jews from the Arab world, keeping its distance from political exploitations, in a comparative perspective opened up to international specialists, in order to present an up-to-date inventory of our knowledge about this history.
Deadline for abstracts: 20 September 2021. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announce-ments/7844644/jews-arab-world-why-did-they-leave-paris-19-20-jan-2022
8. Workshop on “Sacred Space(s)”, Mediterranean Seminar, Fresno State University, 11-12 February 2022
Contributions are invited on any subject (historical, cultural, literary, artistic, or historiographical) relating to sacred spaces in the premodern or modern Mediterranean, including the Near East and North Africa.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 November 2021. Information: https://mailchi.mp/mediterraneanseminar/cfp-sacred-spaces-winter-2022-mediterranean-seminar-workshop-11-12-february-fresno-924796?e=82aeb6c61d
9. 15th Annual Conference of the Muslim Studies Program on “Belong Nowhere: States of State-lessness in the Muslim World”, Michigan State University, 24-25 February 2022
Papers will reflect a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds—including refugee studies, soci-ology, history, anthropology, psychology, political studies, law, and religious studies.
10. Tenure-Track Position in Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. and are expected to demonstrate commitment to full-time teaching, supervision of graduate students, service to the department, faculty and the university. Candidates are equally expected to present an active research and publication agenda. The instruction language is Hebrew.
Submission deadline: 17 October 2021. Information: https://bguacademicrecruitment.force.com/Recruit-ers/VF_BGUPositions?Id=02i5I000007sKWpQAM
11. Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Qualification: PhD on History of the Modern Middle East (1500 to present). We particularly encourage applications from scholars whose thematic focuses complement our department’s existing expertise in transregional histories, social identity, gender, empire, or memory.
Deadline for applications: 1 October 2021. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/92773
12. Articles for Diyar 6. We welcome original and as yet unpublished contributions in German, English, and French from all research areas of Ottoman, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies. Reviews can also be submitted at any time. Deadline for articles: 15 February 2022. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announce-ments/7844858/cfp-diy%C3%A2r-journal-ottoman-turkish-and-middle-eastern-studies
13. The British Library: Epic Iran: Manuscripts from the Islamic era
In a recent blog I wrote about three of our Zoroastrian treasures which were part of the Epic Iran exhibition organised by the V&A with the Iran Heritage Foundation in association with The Sarikhani Collection. Sadly the exhibition is now over, but this second blog on the Islamic period manuscripts which we loaned can serve as a reminder for those who were lucky enough to visit, or as a visual reference for those who weren’t so fortunate.
14. BYU Conference: “The Islamic World Today,” 18-19 Oct 2021
ISLAM is growing faster than any other religion and is projected to surpass Christianity as the world’s largest faith by 2070. With such a huge increase and the related pressures of being a worldwide community, debates about Islam continue among Muslims and non-Muslims alike. How should the Qur’an and the words of the Prophet Muhammad be understood? How do historical divisions impact the Muslim world today? What is the function of Sharia in the West? When do perceptions of Islam and Muslims cross the line into Islamophobia? What is the role of women and gender?
“The Islamic World Today: Issues and Perspectives,” a two-day conference held at Brigham Young University (18-19 October 2021), will address these questions and more. Aimed at a general audience, the conference will include presentations on a number of subjects, followed by discussion and questions from the audience. For those unable to attend, livestreaming will be provided and the recorded sessions will be available after the event. Please see the conference website for details.
15. Abbasid History Podcast
With 32 episodes made so far, the Abbasid History podcast is a great way to learn more about this specific period in history. The makers of the podcast formulate their intentions as follows: “An audio platform for the study of the pre-modern Islamic(ate) past and beyond. We interview academics, archivists and artists on their work for peers and junior students in the field. We aim to educate, inspire, perhaps infuriate, and on the way entertain a little too. Suitable also for general listeners with an interest in geographically diverse medieval history.”
16. Research Positions, University of Toronto, Dept. of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations and the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies.
Closing Date: 09/20/2021
Requisition 16345 – Research Associate: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-ON/550404017/
Requisition 16346 – Research Associate: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-ON/550404117/
Requisition 16347 – Research Associate: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-ON/550404217/
1.Recordings Available – Ceramics from Islamic Lands conference panel discussions
The recordings of the panel discussions of the Ceramics from Islamic Lands conference have now gone live here, embedded in a blog post about the conference: https://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/projects/ceramics-from-islamic-lands-conference
If you registered for the conference, you will know that all papers were pre-recorded and available to registrants from two weeks before conference week. The conference per se consisted of moderated panel discussions and Q&A. These were recorded and are now available to watch at the link above.
The pre-recorded papers are still available to view on the closed Vimeo site, until the end of September, to give you a chance to watch or re-watch alongside the panel discussions. If you do not have the link, or would like further information about the conference, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (note that this inbox is only checked once a week) or email@example.com.
2. Workshop (Hybrid) – Eighteenth-century Persianate Albums Made in India: Audiences – Artists – Patrons and Collectors (Berlin, 15-17 Sept 2021, CEST)
The workshop will be held as a blended format with a mix of online and on-site presentations at the Museum of Asian Art and the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin.
You are cordially invited to join all presentations via webex. Admission Free – All Welcome
To join the event online please click here (Time listed is CEST – Central European Summer Time):
DAY 1 (15 Sept): 3.00 pm – 6.20 pm
DAY 2 (16 Sept): 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
DAY 3 (17 Sept): 9.45 am – 3.30 pm
We anticipate that the event will be recorded.
If you wish to attend the workshop in person, please note that the number of seats at both venues is limited. Advance registration for on-site attendance is essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop will address the role of Indo-Persianate albums (muraqqaʿs) that were assembled for or collected by the Mughal governors of Awadh (Uttar Pradesh), Shujaʿ al-Daula (r. 1754–1775) and his successor, Asaf al-Daula (r. 1775-1797), as well as other local elites in Bengal and Bihar. Europeans also participated in the creation and consumption of albums, as patrons and collectors. In 1882, the Prussian State acquired a group of twenty albums from the twelfth Duke of Hamilton; so far, these artworks have received little study. Eight of them belonged to the Scottish surgeon and interpreter Archibald Swinton (1731–1804) and ten to the Franco-Swiss engineer-architect Antoine Louis Henri Polier (1741–1795) – both were Company officers deeply acquainted with Indo-Persian aristocratic culture. Many more albums are linked to well-known European figures, such as the Governor-General of Bengal Warren Hastings (1732–1818) and the French Company officer (and special agent to Shujaʿ al-Daula in Faizabad) Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Gentil (1726–1799). Numerous interrelated questions arise from the study of this material, concerning audiences, artists, patrons, collectors and their wish to produce and preserve knowledge; these questions are to be discussed in this workshop.
Wednesday, 15 September 2021: Museum für Asiatische Kunst (staff entrance), Takustrasse 40
3.00 pm (CEST)
Raffael Gadebusch (Berlin): Welcome
3.15 pm (CEST)
Friederike Weis (Berlin): Welcome and Introduction
Session I: Polier’s Albums and Manuscripts: Contents and Contexts – Chair: Friederike Weis
3.50 pm (CEST)
Susan Stronge (London): Collecting the Mughal Past
4.30 pm Break
5.00 pm (CEST)
Malini Roy (London): Blurred Lines: Looking at the Paintings by the Artist Mihr Chand and Determining the Boundaries between Innovation, Imitation or Intentional ‘Duplication’
5.40 pm (CEST)
Firuza Abdullaeva-Melville (Cambridge): Three Highlights of Polier’s Collection from Cambridge: Treasures or Leftovers
Thursday, 16 September 2021: Museum für Asiatische Kunst (staff entrance), Takustrasse 40
Session II: Patrons, Collectors and Compilation Strategies – Chair: Susan Stronge
9.30 am (CEST)
Emily Hannam (Windsor): Fit for a King? Two Late Mughal Albums in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle
10.10 am (CEST)
Axel Langer (Zurich): Obvious or Hidden Narratives in the Large Clive Album
10.50 am Break
11.20 am (CEST)
J.P. Losty (Sussex): Archibald Swinton’s Indian Paintings and Albums – an Analysis
12.00 pm Lunch Time
Session III: Recurrent Themes and Tropes in Indo-Persianate Albums – Chair: Laura Parodi
1.20 pm (CEST)
Katherine Butler Schofield (London): Performing Women in the Polier and Plowden Albums: Pursuing Khanum Jan
2.00 pm (CEST)
Molly Aitken (New York): Intoxicating Friendships: Figuring Classical Indian Aesthetic Regimes in Mughal Album Painting
2.40 pm Break
3.10 pm (CEST)
Yuthika Sharma (Edinburgh): Topography as Mughal Utopia? Polier’s ‘Garden Series’ and Artistic Exchange in 18th-century Periphery-Centre Imagination
3.50 pm (CEST)
Anastassiia Botchkareva (New York): Tropes and Outliers: Tracing Patterns of Iconography in the Polier Albums
Friday, 17 September 2021: Archäologisches Zentrum (Administrative Offices of the Museum für Islamische Kunst), Brugsch-Pascha-Saal, Geschwister-Scholl-Strasse 2-6
9.45 am (CEST)
Stefan Weber / Deniz Erduman-Çalış (Berlin): Welcome
Session IV: Calligraphy in the Berlin Albums: Historicism and Contemporary Mughal Masters – Chair: Axel Langer
10.00 am (CEST)
Claus-Peter Haase (Berlin): The Calligraphies of the 16th-17th Centuries in the Berlin Albums – Reflections on their Origins and Purpose in a Muraqqaʿ
10.40 am (CEST)
Will Kwiatkowski (Berlin): Expanding the Canon – Mir Muhammad Husayn ʿAta Khan and the Polier Albums
11.15 am Break
Session V: Indian Muraqqaʿs Collected by Europeans: Networks and Relationships – Chair: Deniz Erduman-Çalış
11.50 am (CEST)
Laura Parodi (Genova): Allegory and Verisimilitude in Later Indian Albums
12.30 pm (CEST)
Isabelle Imbert (Manchester): Like a Garden Bedecked: Floral Margins in 18th-century Awadhi Albums Produced for European Patrons
1.10 pm Lunch Time
2.20 pm (CEST)
Yael Rice (Amherst, MA): The London Market for South Asian Muraqqaʿs and the Hastings Albums
3.00 pm Final discussion
Organiser: Friederike Weis (Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Takustrasse 40, 14195 Berlin). The event is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
3. BYU Arabic tenure track position
Job Title: Asian & Near Eastern Languages (Arabic) Full-Time Faculty
This is a Continuing Faculty Status (CFS, or tenure) track position, but may be filled by a non-CFS candidate as a visiting position.
The Department of Asian & Near Eastern Languages and the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies at Brigham Young University invite applications for a position of Arabic Full-Time Faculty to begin August 2022.
Job Classification: CFS-Professorial, may be filled by visitor
Posting close date: September 24, 2021
Start date of this position: August 2022
Required Degree: PhD in a relevant field (e.g., Arabic language teaching, Arabic literature or linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, or Second Language Acquisition)
Required degree must be completed by the start date.
Experience: The successful candidate will have significant formal training in foreign language teaching and learning; a minimum of (ACTFL standard) Superior-level fluency in Arabic and English; and at least three years of experience in teaching various levels of Arabic (including advanced content courses) at the postsecondary level using proficiency-based, communicative methodology.
Duties/Expectations: The successful candidate must demonstrate outstanding aptitude and interest in undergraduate teaching of Arabic language from beginning through advanced levels; curriculum development; and an active research and publishing agenda. This candidate must be willing to lead a semester-long intensive Arabic and Near Eastern Studies study abroad program in Amman and Jerusalem in a regular rotation with other members of the Arabic section. In addition, this individual is expected to take an active role in developing the overseas programs along with other members of the Arabic section.
Desired qualifications include previous experience with in-country intensive language program coordination (study abroad); teacher training and materials development; and experience with using an integrated curriculum that reflects the sociolinguistic realities of the Arab world. The expected teaching load for this position is 3-2-1, including language classes at all levels and courses in the individual’s area of specialization.
Information required at the time of application – Please list the individual contact information for each of your three recommenders on the faculty application. At some point during the selection process, they may be contacted to submit their letters of reference electronically
Document(s) required at the time of application – Please attach your updated Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to the faculty application.
4. Workshop “European perspectives on the Qur’an (16th-18th C.): polemics and beyond”
December 2, 3, 2021
The workshop, organized by researchers from the ERC Synergy Grant EuQu project (Emmanuelle Stefanidis, Maxime Sellin, Yaser Gün and Javier De Prado Garcia) will further explore the diversity of approaches to Islam and the Qur’an in the early modern period and will encourage a reflection on the tools and sources available to scholars for mapping out approaches to Islam’s sacred text during this critical juncture of European history. Program soon online here.
5. The Latin Qur’an, 1143-1500
Translation, Transition, Interpretation
In: The European Qur’an, 1
Edited by: Cándida Ferrero Hernández and John Tolan
De Gruyter |2021
This book is the result of the Workshop held at the UAB in Barcelona “The Latin Qur’an, 1143-1500. Translation, Transition, Interpretation”.
6. University of Tennessee_Knoxville – Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History
Closing date: Dec 2, 2021
7. How to teach a hegemonic language? Reflections on putting al-Hariri’s Impostures
(published 1111) into fifty different Englishes
7 October 2021
5.00pm – 6.30pm
Co-convened with LINKS (London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies)
Speaker: Michael Cooperson (University of California)
Michael Cooperson teaches Arabic at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published numerous studies of early Abbasid cultural history, including Classical Arabic Biography (2000) and Al-Ma’mun (2005). His translations from Arabic include The Life of Ibn Hanbal, by Ibn al-Jawzī (NYU Press 2017), which won the Sheikh Hamad Prize for Translation and International Understanding; and al-Hariri’s Impostures (NYU Press, 2020), which won the 2021 Sheikh Zayed Book Award in the translation category. His other research interests include Maltese language and culture.
This free event will be held online, at 17:00 BST. Please note that you will need to register in advance to receive the online event joining link. To register go to: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/24675
INSTITUTE OF MODERN LANGUAGES RESEARCH
School of Advanced Study | University of London
Room 239 | Senate House | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HU | UK
8. Salafism and the State: Islamic Activism and National Identity in Contemporary Indonesia: Thursday 23rd September, 1pm BST (online via Zoom)
You are warmly invited to the Alwaleed Centre’s first event of the new academic year discussing Dr Chris Chaplin’s new book Salafism and the State: Islamic Activism and National Identity in Contemporary Indonesia (NIAS Press).
Dr Chaplin (LSE) will be joined by renowned scholar of Islam and politics, Professor Noorhaidi Hasan (Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia) with the event chaired Dr Sarah Muwahidah (Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh).
This event will be hosted online via Zoom on Thursday 23rd September starting at 1pm BST. For further information and to register for the event, click here: https://salafism-and-the-state.eventbrite.co.uk
9. Webinar – The Sultans’ Tomb of Banda Aceh: A Historiography of Indonesian Islamic Art – NYU, Silsila: Center for Material Histories – September 15
New York University, Silsila: Center for Material Histories
THE SULTANS’ TOMBS OF BANDA ACEH – A HISTORIOGRAPHY OF INDONESIAN ISLAMIC ART
Mirjam Shatanawi, Reinwardt Academy/Amsterdam University of the Arts
Wednesday, September 15th, 12:30pm ET
[Webinar] Silsila Fall 2021 Lecture Series
Indonesia has long been neglected as a region where Islamic art was produced, a silence that can be traced back to Dutch colonial rule of the archipelago. Gravestones from Aceh were among the few objects that were studied in the colonial period as part of Islamic artistic production. Stylistically, the gravestones go back to Gujarati examples that were crafted in Cambay (India) and imported to Aceh from the thirteenth century. During the Aceh Sultanate (15th-20th century) the gravestones began to be produced locally, resulting in new styles. This talk will highlight the colonial and postcolonial histories of the sultans’ tombs in Banda Aceh as they moved through different regimes of image-making, and how these histories have an impact on the reception of Indonesian Islamic art today.
Full details of the event and a link to register as an attendee can be found at:
Only registered attendees will be able to access this event.
10. BIPS 60th Anniversary
Reflections on Pahlavi Iran: roundtable on 60th Anniversary of BIPS
Please join us online for a roundtable discussion with Professor Ali Ansari, Dr Evaleila Pesaran and Dr Robert Steel which will be chaired by Dr Shabnam Holliday.
Based on their own research on the Pahlavi period, the panellists will reflect on the dynamics in Iran around the time of the establishment of the British Institute of Persian Studies.
11. McClary, R., and Ana Marija Grbanovic, ‘On the Origins of the Shrine of ‘Abd al-Samad in Natanz: The Case for a Revised Chronology’
Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
12. Socio-Historical Study of Religion in Greater Khorasan
Special Section in
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSR)
BRILL – Volume 33 – 2022
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Greater Khorasan, once the crossroad of various religions, historically extended from northeast Iran to some central Asian countries, Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, and northwest India. Regardless of the historical significance of this region in pre-, early, and post-Islam periods, Greater Khorasan is of great contemporary importance because it influenced—and continues to do so—the foundations for religiosity and spirituality in a vast area that (re)produces current religious thoughts and movements.
Although previous studies documented religion and society in this area from historical lenses, the literature remains semi-silent on the contemporary sociological and psychological developments of religion(s) in Greater Khorasan.
This call intends to cover a number of questions: Broadly framed, will historical roots find contemporary religious resonance in modern-day Greater Khorasan? Does attachment to a common historical background provide room for frameworks of understanding religion and religiosity in this region? How will narratives of the past shape the future of religion in this area?
In Socio-Historical Study of Religion in Greater Khorasan, we like to discover how historical understanding of Greater Khorasan finds contemporary relevance in religion and religiosity. Comparative studies, new models and approaches, and multidisciplinary investigations are highly encouraged.
Potential themes in the special section will include, (but not necessarily limited to),
We invite scholars, researchers, and academics to send an abstract of their proposed papers (max. 200 words), a short bio-note (150 words), institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details to the guest editors, Morteza Daneshyar, Vali Abdi, and Abbas Aghdassi before October 15, 2021.
Abstracts and subsequent papers should be submitted in English.
Notification of abstract acceptance will be communicated by November 1, 2021. Following the notification, authors will be invited to submit their full paper by March 1, 2022. Papers would then undergo peer-reviews, at which point authors will be notified if papers are accepted for inclusion and if revisions are required.
We plan to publish the accepted papers in Brill’s Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSR), volume 33, Special Section 1—tentatively planned for November 2022. Please, note that COIVD might affect this date.
Guest editors Morteza Daneshyar, Vali Abdi and Abbas Aghdassi
Abstract submission Oct. 15, 2021
Acceptance note Nov. 01, 2021
Full Paper submission Mar. 01, 2022
Initial reviews Apr. 01, 2022
Revisions due Apr. 15, 2022
Section submission May 15, 2022
The following format will help ensure coherence. Please, visit the RSSR website and read the Author Guidelines (link). A full paper should be 5000-7000 words plus reference, tables, figures, etc. Longer papers will be considered upon an approval from the editors.
|TITLE||Clearly defined and relevant to the text|
|INTRODUCTION||800 words (approx.)|
|LITERATURE (context, concepts, methods)||1500 words (approx.)|
|DISCUSSION||3000 words (approx.)|
|CONCLUSION||500 words (approx.)|
|REFERENCES/CITATIONS||Author-Date (see the link to Author Guidelines)|
|KEYWORDS||4-6 words (required for indexing)|
|Transliteration||IJMES (Table) & (more info)|
13. The Islamic College – MA Islamic Studies & Islamic Law Open Day
Thursday 16th of September 2021
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (London Time)
Considering a MA degree in Islamic Studies or Islamic Law? Attend our open day to meet some of our staff and students, and learn more.
MA degrees in Islamic Studies and Islamic Law
1-year or 2-year options
Degrees validated by Middlesex University, UK
Study under eminent academics, Islamic scholars, and specialists
Be part of a vibrant, knowledgeable student community
Aimed at researchers, prospective PhD students, religious leaders, or anyone wanting to study Islam in-depth
In-house and distance education options.
The Project on Shi`ism & Global Affairs
How are the Afghan Shia responding to the return of the Taliban? The target of Taliban violence and sectarian enmity in the 1990s, Shi’i communities confront an uncertain future. This talk will survey the evolution of the Shi’i landscape in Afghanistan since 2001 and examine how various actors are trying to adapt to the new Taliban order today.
Speaker: Robert D. Crews, Professor of History, Stanford University Department of History
Moderator: Payam Mohseni, Director of the Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs, Harvard University.
For more information and to register, click here.
1.The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (AKDC@MIT) and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) are pleased to inform you that we are in the final stages of development for the new iteration of Archnet.org. ARCHNET NEXT, aka Archnet 3.0, is the first major revisioning since of the site since 2013. ARCHNET NEXT should be available sometime in the next 3-6 weeks. The fundamental principle that guided this revision can be summarized in one word: accessibility.
2. Online Course – Warfare in Muslim Material Cultures: From Egypt to Bilad al-Sham
Military architecture through recent archaeological excavations and arms and armour in the Royal Armouries Collections.
The course presents Muslim material cultures in a very specific context: warfare in the Middle East and Egypt during the Medieval and Modern Ages. War played a very important role in Muslim cultures and through the study of military architecture and arms and amour, the course will explore art and architecture in a war context to explain identity and changes in Muslim societies from the Arab conquest to the eve of the colonial period. Most of the arms and armour which will be presented during the course are from the Royal Armouries’ collections, from some of its most well-known treasures to objects rarely made available for public view.
This course links Muslim and Christian cultures through war and peace, diplomacy and social changes. All aspects of Muslim societies will be studied through the lens of military architecture, arms, and armour. Following this short course, participants will be able to:
Stephane Pradines is an archaeologist, Professor of Islamic art and architecture at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London. He is a specialist of trade and Islamisation in the Indian Ocean, from the Swahili coast to the Maldives. He is also a specialist of warfare in medieval Africa. He was the director of the excavations of the Walls of Cairo in Egypt from 2000 to 2016. He is now in charge of the excavations of the fort of Lahore in Pakistan. From 2008 to 2015, Stephane Pradines, Abbes Zouache and Mathieu Eychenne were co-directors of an international research programme on War in the Medieval Middle East organised by the French Institute of Archaeology in Cairo (IFAO) and the French Institute in Near East, Beirut-Damascus (IFPO). Professor Pradines has published many articles and books on military architecture, fortifications, arms and armour from the Fatimid to the late Ottoman period.
Natasha Bennett is the Curator of Oriental Collections at the Royal Armouries, UK. Natasha read History at Durham University (2004 – 2007). She joined the Royal Armouries in 2011 as a Curatorial Assistant and was confirmed as Curator in 2017. The Royal Armouries holds the UK’s national collection of arms and armour. Natasha works with the Asian and African collections. Her remit includes an enormous spread of arms and armour mostly between the 14th and 20th centuries, so her areas of research and publication are necessarily wide-ranging. She is the author of Chinese Arms and Armour (Leeds: Royal Armouries, 2018). She has also published work on the accumulation and interpretation of South Asian arms and armour at the Armouries during the 19th century, Asian matchlock guns, the Royal Armouries’ Sudanese collection and Japanese armour.
Date and Time
22 and 29 November, 2021, 13:30 – 16:30 (London Time).
The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and Royal Armouries Museum, UK.
Book your ticket and join us online via Zoom by clicking here.
3. POSITION: Visiting Assistant Professor in Arabic Studies,
Carnegie Mellon University: Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Modern Languages
Aug 30, 2021
Oct 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Arabic Studies, beginning in January 2022, for a three-year appointment, pending satisfactory review after the first year. Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic and at least one dialect) and English. Ph.D. in Arabic language, literature, cultural studies, applied linguistics, or a relevant field is required. Of particular interest are candidates whose research focuses on one or more of the following areas: literary and cultural studies, translation theory and practice, second language acquisition and literacy, bilingual studies, and/or technology-enhanced learning. Candidates are required to demonstrate evidence of an active research program and expertise in the latest approaches to classroom instruction, material development, and computer-assisted language learning. The teaching load is 3+2.
Preferred qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications, the successful candidate is expected to show familiarity with blended/hybrid language instruction or willingness to receive training in this area as needed; ACTFL OPI certification in Arabic is highly desirable.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to maintain an active research program, teach Arabic language courses at various levels, engage in curriculum design and material development, and participate in student and outreach activities.
The Department of Modern Languages offers a minor in Arabic Studies at both our Pittsburgh and CMU-Qatar campuse in Doha. The program emphasizes oral proficiency, cultural literacy, and the use of technology-based resources to enhance linguistic and cultural learning. The successful candidate will benefit from a strong and growing support of interdisciplinary humanities research and teaching at Carnegie Mellon, including such initiatives as the Center for the Arts in Society, Humanities@CMU, and Askwith Kenner Global Languages and Cultures Room.
Carnegie Mellon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon welcomes applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching and service, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who would contribute in different ways.
Carnegie Mellon University also seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches.
PhD in Arabic language, literature, cultural studies, applied linguistics, or a relevant field.
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (ET) on October 1, 2021. Applicants should submit 1) a current CV, 2) a cover letter addressing research, teaching, and evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and 3) the names and contact information for three professional references.
This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.
4. ONLINE Panel: “Islamo-leftism and Debates on Class, Gender, and Religious Hierarchies in France”, Center for Middle East Studies, Brown University, 23 September 2921, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Hosted by Professors Nadje Al-Ali and Katharina Galor. In recent years, a group of French intellectuals have questioned the benefit of academic research that explores questions of ethnicity, race, gender, intersection-ality, post-colonialism, and Islamophobia. They blame American society and academia for influencing French left-wing scholars and activists.
Information and registration: https://watson.brown.edu/cmes/events/2021/islamo-leftism-france
5. ONLINE and IN PERSON Symposium: “Notions of Jihad Reconsidered: Perspectives on Media, Materiality, and Political Violence”, Department of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Mainz and Kunsthalle Mannheim, 6-8 October 2021
Bringing together international scholars, the symposium explores how different notions of jihad and political violence have been shaped by discursive formations in academia, media, and the arts. It takes the aesthetic dimensions of images and sounds that have emerged in the engagement with 9/11 and its aftermath as a starting point to rethink the various notions of jihad and its relation to political violence.
Information and registration: https://notions-of-jihad.uni-mainz.de/
6. Workshop: “Utopias in the Middle East and Beyond”, Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies (CIWAS), Royal Holloway University of London, February 2022
Organised by Simon Wolfgang Fuchs (Freiburg) and Thomas Pierret (Aix-en-Provence). Scholars are invited with various disciplinary backgrounds to take stock of the many utopias that have shaped (or, at least, strove to shape) the Middle East and adjacent regions throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 October 2021. Information: https://utopiasinthemiddleeast.wordpress.com/
7. ONLINE Conference: “Islamic Perspectives on Exotheology”, 10-11 May 2022
Organised by Shoaib Ahmed Malik, Zayed University and Jörg Matthias Determann, Virginia Commonwealth University, etc.. Questions to be asked: Are extraterrestrials even metaphysically or hermeneutically possible in Islamic thought? If extraterrestrials exist, how would this impact Islamic jurisprudence and/or ethics? What philosophical implications could there be for Muslims if extraterrestrial life exists? Etc.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 December 2021. Information: https://www.academia.edu/51090491/Call_for_pa-pers_Islamic_Perspectives_on_Exotheology
8. Conference on “Social Justice in Multicultural Settings”, Arab Academic College, Haifa, 7-9 June 2022
Conference sessions will explore the relationship between social justice and multiculturalism, especially as they are related to education. In Israel with four major religions, teachers, educators, academic researchers and policy makers live social justice issues every day. Presenters from around the world will bring experi-ences from their cultural contexts.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 December 2021. Information: http://sjms2022.arabcol.net/sjms2022arabcol/
9. Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
The ability to teach a survey course in modern Middle Eastern history is required; the ability to also teach a course on the history of Palestine and Israel is preferred. We are also interested in candidates whose teach-ing can address inter-disciplinary and methodological questions in Middle Eastern and North African studies.
Deadline for application: 15 October 2021. Information: https://careers.bowdoin.edu/postings/7739
10. ONLINE Digitization Workshop of the Islamicate Digital Humanities Network (IDHN), 29 September 2021
The first half will provide an outline of the basic equipment and techniques needed to put together a mobile digital suite. The second half will be devoted to the various challenges and issues those working in the field encounter when undertaking digital humanities projects outside the academic setting.
Information and registstration: https://idhn.org/conferences
Around ten years ago, our Peter posted the Alpheios Project here for the first time:
In the meantime, there are tools for morphological analyses of Arabic texts (classical and modern). You can implement these tools into your browser and learn from them. Hakan Özkan in his insightful video-tutorial explains how to make use of it.
The Alpheios Reading Tool … enables you to get definitions (in a pop-up window) of Arabic words with one click directly into your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari). One major dictionary the tool uses is E.W. Lane’s Arabic-English lexicon, which makes this tool especially useful for premodern texts. Alpheios also runs a morphological analysis of the selected Arabic word and thus makes it easier for you to see the underlying root or basic form. Watch the video for details.