1. The Mu`allaqat for Millennials, Pre-Islamic Arabic Golden Odes, is available open access here and published by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in cooperation with the AlQafilah Magazine, both initiatives of Saudi Aramco.
Aiming to make the mu`allaqat known to new readers, the project gathers a team of eight commentators and translators. They include Abdallah S. Alroshaid, Professor of Arabic Literature at Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud University; Saudi writer and physician Adi Alherbish; New York University Clinical Associate Professor David Larsen; Huda J. Fakhreddine, Associate Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Pennsylvania; Kevin Blankinship, Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature at Brigham Young University; Saleh Said Alzahrani, Professor of Rhetoric and Criticism at Umm al-Qura University; Sami Abdulaziz AlAjlan, Assistant Professor of Literary Criticism at Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud University; and Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University.
At the helm are Hatem Alzahrani, Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature at Umm al-Qura University, and Bander Alharbi, editor-in-chief of AlQafilah Magazine. You can read Professor Alzahrani’s published introduction here, a report by the King Abdulaziz Center here, and news coverage here (English) and here (Arabic). Enjoy and thanks for your attention.
Kevin Blankinship, PhD
Assistant Professor, Arabic Language and Literature
Brigham Young University, 3058 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602 | (801) 422-4684
2. A collection of 40 Ḥadīth related to the pandemic. Published by MT Karaan, Strand, Cape Town, South Africa.
3. Position of a post-doctoral research fellow – ZMO (Berlin)
Application Date: 15 February, 2021
4. MESA Call for Papers
The Middle East Studies Association calls for proposals from our members for the 55th annual MESA meeting, which is currently scheduled for October 28-31, 2021 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. (Meeting safely in person is of course contingent on governmental regulations, among other critical factors. As with last year, we will continue to be as flexible as possible in response to changing circumstances, within the bounds of MESA’s contractual obligations.)
All submissions must be made through myMESA, MESA’s membership and submissions system. The system is now open.
All submissions must be submitted by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on February 18, 2021.