1.ONLINE Lecture: “The Question of Power in Classical Islam: Searching for the Roots of Deliberative Processes”, by Abdul-Hameed Al-Kayyali (Institut français du Proche Orient, Amman), Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, 11 March 2021, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm CET
This lecture, on the basis of a reading of a series of manuscripts and treaties, by al-Tabari (839-923 C.E), al-Balathuri (d. in 892 C.E.), al-Masoudi (d. in 956 C.E.) and others, will analyse the contrast between narrations of elections and selection processes during the period described as the Rashidun and the consolidation of processes of hereditary nature under the Umayyad and then the Abbasid dynasties.
Advance registration is required. Information: https://www.zmo.de/en/events/the-question-of-power-in-medieval-islam-searching-for-the-roots-of-deliberative-processes?tx_events_events%5BcourseUid%5D=14&cHash=45c5b744c4dad294f380c8b8a0dbd8e6
2. ONLINE Zahra Institute Lecture: “The Kurdish Medrese in Republican Turkey: An Institution of Civil Society Caught Between Turkish State and Kurdish Political Movement” by Martin van Bruinessen (Utrecht University), Chicago, 11 March 2021, 2:00 pm EST
Martin van Bruinessen is professor emeritus of the comparative study of contemporary Muslim societies at Utrecht University. He carried out anthropological field research in all parts of Kurdistan in the mid-1970s and has been returning to Kurdistan more or less regularly ever since. The social and political role of religion has been a central concern of his research.
3. ONLINE Lecture: “Between the Global Islamic Revival and American Exceptionalism: The Muslim Students Association during the Cold War” by Justine Howe (Case Western Reserve), Center for Global Islamic Studies, University of Florida, 15 March 2021, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm ET
4. ONLINE 11th Western Ottomanists’ Workshop (WOW), California State University, Sacramento, 2-3 April 2021
5. ONLINE Lecture: “Early Ottoman Translation and Transformation of Knowledge” by Hüseyin Yılmaz (George Mason University), Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU, 16 April 2021, 12:30 EST
This talk will explore the impact of translation on Ottoman language, culture, and politics. Translation and transmission of knowledge have a profound impact on the Ottoman view of the world and self-perception, especially those works that became popular performative reads among broader public.
6. Journée d’études : « Rire en Égypte : l’humour dans la poésie dialectale égyptienne », INALCO-CERMOM, Paris, 2 juillet 2021
Cette journée d’études se propose de mener des réflexions sur le rire dans la poésie dialectale égyptienne et d’examiner dans quelle mesure cette poésie véhiculait les divers aspects de l’humour et de l’ironie. Nous espérons ainsi retracer l’historique du poème dialectal égyptien depuis qu’il a commencé à prendre forme en passant du zajal dont le chef de fil est le poète Bayram al-Tūnisī, à sa forme poétique, et d’une critique sociale simple et directe aux vastes horizons poétiques et lyriques.
7. Prizes and Awards of “Ottoman and Turkish Studies (OTSA)”
OTSA encourages scholars and students to apply for eight awards, and invites teachers to encourage their students to apply as well!
Various deadlines for applications. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/11419/discussions/7349985/call-submissions-2021-otsa-awards-and-prizes
8. Articles by Young Scholars of Ottoman and Turkish History for “Essays in History” – An Open Access Journal for Emerging Hstorians (Vol. 54), University of Virginia
Essays in History welcomes submissions from graduate students, scholars who have received their PhD within the last five years, and accomplished undergraduates.
Deadline for abstracts: 2 April 2021. Information: https://www.essaysinhistory.com
9. Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice
edited by Liana Saif, Francesca Leoni, Matthew Melvin-Koushki, and Farouk Yahya
Leiden: Brill, 2021
The finest Qur’an manuscripts in Southeast Asia were produced on the East Coast of the Malay peninsula. Especially sumptuous were the Qur’ans of Terengganu, notable for their technical finesse and lavish use of gold, which were prized all over the archipelago. Further north, the Malay kingdom of Patani – now part of Thailand – has long been recognized for its artistry, manifest in a range of art forms including weaponry, grave stones and primarily wood carving, as beautifully captured in the exhibition book Spirit of Wood (Farish and Khoo 2003). The best Qur’an manuscripts from Patani are notable for their perfect proportions and and betray a more individualistic aesthetic than the more rigorous and disciplined Terengganu Qur’ans.
The British Library
11. Postgraduate Symposium: Muslims in the UK and Europe
The University of Cambridge Centre of Islamic Studies invites applications from current Masters and PhD candidates to present their research on issues pertaining to Muslims in the UK and Europe, from any discipline. This online postgraduate symposium, taking place on Thursday 17 June 2021, will be a platform for students to present and exchange current research on any topic in this field in a dynamic forum. While historical or theoretical context is valuable, we invite papers also to present, analyse or interpret research findings, data or material. The symposium will take place online this year due to Covid. Participants are expected to attend the keynote speech and all sessions.
To apply please submit a 500-word abstract, with curriculum vitae outlining current research interests, to email@example.com – by 8 April 2021.
Successful candidates will be notified by 16 April 2021 and invited to submit draft papers of no more than 3000 words by 15 June 2021.