1. The Institute of Ismaili Studies is looking to appoint a Research Associate in South Asian Studies with an interest in a variety of historic, contemporary and emerging subjects, as they relate to Islam and Muslims of South Asia. The successful applicant will engage in high-quality research and publications, joining a dynamic team of scholars in its Department of Academic Research and Publications (DARP).
You will be an outstanding scholar with a doctorate in a field of Islam and a proven track record of publications and teaching. A thorough knowledge of the current state of the field of Ismaili studies and related aspects of Shi’i and Ismaili history and thought as well as ability to read Khojki will be an added advantage. You will be a competent user of one of the following languages: Gujarati, Sindhi or Urdu.
You will deliver interdisciplinary and impactful research that advances Ismaili studies nationally and internationally, contributing to the Institute’s mission of remaining a leading institution of academic excellence in the field. (for more information and to apply, please vsiit: https://www.iis.ac.uk/careers)
Within the vibrant regenerated Knowledge Quarter of King’s Cross, the IIS is located in new purpose-built premises which also house the world-class Aga Khan Library. Potential applicants can find out about the Aga Khan Centre here: https://www.agakhancentre.org.uk
Please apply online with a CV and covering letter providing details of how you meet the criteria for the post at www.iis.ac.uk (Job Vacancies link), where you can also download the job description and person specification. If you have any queries, please email Caroline Gomez in Human Resources: email@example.com
The closing date is Monday 15 March 2021.
2. ONLINE Colloquium: “Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer, and Poetry in Iran”, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona, 5 March 2021, 3:00 pm MST
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies invites participants to attend virtual event on the usage of classical poetry, spirituality of namaz, the temporality of performing a ritual, and the role of language in constructing a relationship with God.
3. 27th International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), Institute for Islamic Theology, University of Osnabrück, 16-18 September 2021
Papers are invited from scholars of all relevant disciplines in social sciences and humanities who are engaged in research on the contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and the entire Islamic World and its relations to other regions.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 June 2021.
4. Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern North African History, Loyola University Maryland
The History Department at Loyola University Maryland invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern and North African history, with the possibility of a renewal. Ph.D. in hand and teaching experience preferred.
Deadline for applications: 15 March 2021. Information: https://careers.loyola.edu/postings/5271?source=JobTarget%20via%20Humanities%20and%20Social%20Sciences%20Online%20-%20H-Net&utm_source=JobTarget&utm_medium=Humanities%20and%20Social%20Sciences%20Online%20-%20H-Net&utm_campaign=Visiting%20Assistant%20Professor%20of%20Middle%20Eastern%20and%20North%20African%20History%20(1213-5271)&_jtochash=wykmJAHEEadmsmxOHgJpV&_jtocprof=sC_3bWvTFN0Mvo9NZ6KwfAKecfhsQnBf
5. Short-Term Fellowships for Young Researchers Native from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Syria, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) and the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED)
FMSH and UNIMED offer short-term fellowships of 2 or 3 months in France for young researchers native from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Syria and affiliated to one of the 133 Universities with membership in UNIMED. This research stay is designed to enable researchers to conduct research studies in France: field enquiries, library and archives work.
Deadline for applications: 15 March 2021. Information: https://www.fmsh.fr/en/international/30667
6. Chapters for Edited volume on “Social Histories of Disease, Medicine, and Healing in the Modern Middle East & North Africa”
This volume will illustrate how the study of medicine, disease, and healing reveal new aspects of the region’s history during the era prior to and during European imperialism, and during the era of 20th century state-building and decolonization.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2021. Information: https://histmedmena.hcommons.org/2021/02/25/cfp-social-histories-of-disease-medicine-and-healing-in-the-modern-me-na/
7. Muteferriqa: Full-text Search in Ottoman Turkish Periodicals
Muteferriqa, by Miletos, is a search engine for Ottoman Turkish printed documents. It provides a full-text search for all printed documents (newspapers, journals, books). It features all the bells and whistles of a modern search engine. When complete, Servet-i Fünûn Collection will include over 1100 issues of the periodical, spanning the years 1891-1926 covering TUFS Hakkı Tarık Us Digital Collection’s said title.
8. MEI’s Oman Library
In October 2014, the Oman Library at the Middle East Institute (MEI) received a grant from Saudi Aramco designated to initiate a digitization of the library’s rare collection. This is the first project of its kind for MEI and the Oman Library. The digitization project utilizes a high quality resolution scanner and aims to digitize and make hundreds of materials available for online use by scholars and researchers from around the globe.
The Oman Library’s online collection is a web-based digital collection of the library’s rare books and manuscripts, consisting entirely of subjects related to Middle Eastern Studies. The topics of the rare collection range from history and culture to works of fiction from the early twentieth century. The collection includes materials in seven different languages — English, Arabic, French, Farsi, Urdu, Ottoman Turkish, and Turkish — and publications spanning the period from 1700 to 1921. In addition to the rare collection, MEI has included in the digitalization process all of its own Middle East Institute published works that span from the 1960s to 2004, including its 1947 meeting memos.
9. On March 9, join The Antiquities Coalition, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, and the Metropolitan New York Library Council, for a live panel discussion on “Digitization of Privately Held Materials.” We will look at challenges and solutions, both for policy and for the practicalities of digitization and cultural heritage preservation.
This event will feature a Keynote address from Father Columba Stewart, the Executive Director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML). In his role as HMML Executive Director, Fr. Columba travels extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and South Asia cultivating relationships with communities possessing manuscript collections from the early medieval to early modern periods. Under his leadership, HMML’s manuscript preservation projects have increased from one project in Lebanon to projects located in more than a dozen countries. During this time, HMML has photographed tens of thousands of manuscripts in many of the world’s most dangerous and difficult-to-reach places and given priority to preserving the manuscript collections of persecuted or endangered minorities. Under his leadership, HMML was awarded the 2011 National Medal of Honor from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the highest award a library can receive in the United States. And, he was named by the NEH as the 2019 Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.
Chairman and Founder, Antiquities Coalition
Executive Director, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
Director, Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation
President, Council of Library and Information Resources
Discussion Panel featuring experts from Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia
To RSVP and register for March 9, Digitization of Privately Held Materials:
Should you have any questions, please contact Helena Arose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The British Library
The opening of the anonymous romance of the female poet and musician Mahsati and Amir Ahmad the preacher’s son. Copy dated Rabiʻ I 867/1462 (British Library Or.8755, f. 22v) Mahsati was one of the earliest female poets of classical Persian but the biographical details about her are rather meagre.
11. Encyclopaedia Iranica: a Dossier
12. The 5th IDHN Conferencewill take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
We are now calling for contributions from both members and guests, who are developing or deploying digital methods and tools in the study of Islam and Muslim communities. Our conference is open to participants from both humanistic and scientific disciplines. We would also like to encourage Master’s and PhD students to share their Digital Humanities research with us.
If you wish to participate in the conference, please send an email to email@example.com with a preliminary title, abstract (150-300 words), and your academic affiliation by Friday, April 2, 2021.
We will select four to six presentations for our conference. Each presentation will be 20 minutes long, followed by Q&A for 10 minutes.
We will hold the meeting online on ZOOM; the access code and link will be sent to you in the network’s newsletter. We will schedule our conference to accommodate presenters from all time zones. This schedule will correspond with the morning hours in the Americas and evening hours in Europe and the Middle East.
13. Le Centre de Recherche sur le Monde Iranien (CeRMI) a le plaisir de vous annoncer la tenue de la XXIIe Journée Monde Iranien, le vendredi 12 mars 2021de 9h30 à 18h.Nous avons le plaisir de vous adresser le programme complet de cette journée, en pièce-jointe. Vous pouvez également retrouver les détails de cette Journée sur le site du CeRMI : http://cermi.cnrs.fr/xxiie-journee-monde-iranien/
En raison de la situation sanitaire, cette Journée Monde Iranien se déroulera intégralement en distanciel (via Zoom). Pour vous inscrire, merci de bien vouloir remplir le formulaire en ligne : http://www.inalco.fr/webform/xxiie-journee-monde-iranien
Cette XXIIe Journée Monde Iranien est organisée par Sandra Aube Lorain, chargée de recherche au CNRS, UMR CeRMI qui est également la responsable scientifique de l’événement.
14. Workshop, CAS LMU Munich, 22 and 23 October 2021 (online)
Colour in Islam: Understanding Textual and Visual Historiographies of Colour in Inter-Disciplinary Perspective
Organized by Dr Teresa Bernheimer (Gerda-Henkel-Fellow, Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, LMU, Munich) and Prof Eva-Maria Troelenberg (Chair for Modern and Contemporary Art History, Utrecht University)
How we understand and use colour says a great deal about our view and experience of the world. What is the colour of the sky? Do certain colours connote abundance? Can the description of colour be objective? How do language and vision relate in this process? Colours can be a feature of an object, an abstract idea, expression of an emotion, political symbol, practical signal, or indeed a material, a product or even a status symbol: In the study of Islam, there have been few explorations of this hugely fascinating subject. Even the rapidly growing and specializing field of Islamic art history has only recently started to look systematically into the issue of colour.
Bringing together textual and visual approaches from Islamic Studies, Art History and neighboring disciplines, this workshop aims to explore colour as a ‘blindspot’ in the modern academic historiography of Islamic arts and cultures: How have text-based Islamic studies on the one hand and object-based Islamic art history on the other hand framed the subject of colour, from the rise of these disciplines up to present? Our aim is to re-visit the historiographies of these two closely intertwined, yet often conflicting disciplines through the lense of colour. How does scholarly attention to colour (or the lack thereof) relate to the placement of Islamicate cultures within larger historical or geographical classifications such as the ‘Late Antique’, the “Modern”, the ‘Mediterranean’ or the ‘Middle East’? What are the practical and epistemic implications of conveying colour? How have the colours of Islam
been represented through the visual practices of art history? How have they been translated into the languages of modern scholarship? What is the place of colour in scholarly narratives about the arts and cultures of Islam? Are there particular culturalist tropes related to particular colours or colouristic principles, and where do they stem from? These and other related questions will enhance our understanding of the historical role of colour in Islam.
We invite applications from junior and senior scholars from across the disciplines, to contribute to the critical debate on the merits, challenges and blindspots of modern historiographies on colour at the intersection of Islamic studies, history, art history, and related disciplines.
The workshop “Colour in Islam: Understanding Textual and Visual Historiographies of Colour in Inter-Disciplinary Perspective” is part of a larger inter-disciplinary project on Colour in Islam envisaged by Dr Teresa Bernheimer (Gerda-Henkel-Fellow, Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, LMU) and Prof Eva-Maria Troelenberg (Chair for Modern and Contemporary Art History, Utrecht University). The workshop will take place under the aegis of CAS Munich on October 22 and 23, 2021.
Please send a short abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 16, 2021
15. Associate Professor, Pre-Islamic Religions of the Mediterranean region / Middle East (University of Bergen)
The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion invites applications for a permanent position as associate professor in the Study of Religions.
The Study of Religions represents the historical and systematic study of religions as cultural phenomena. The perspective is cross-cultural and comparative. The department offers teaching and research on a wide range of religions, with teaching and supervision offered at bachelor, master and doctoral level. There are currently ten permanent academic positions in the Study of Religions at the department.
Qualification requirements and work tasks:
The successful applicant must have research competence on the level of a Norwegian PhD within the Study of Religions. In the evaluation, publications from the latest five years will be emphasized.
The position has teaching, research, dissemination and administrative components. The applicants must have solid and broad qualifications in the Study of Religions. In the evaluation of the candidates, research competence and teaching experience in the pre-Islamic history of religions of the Mediterranean region and/or the Middle East will be emphasized.
Personal aptitude will be of great importance. Emphasis will be put on the ability to work collaboratively, and on the applicant’s research in progress and potential to strengthen the department’s academic profile over the coming years. Experience in attracting external funding will also be given emphasis.
Basic teaching training and experience in the supervision of students at university level is a requirement for the position as associate professor. This implies completed formal pedagogical training, as well as basic skills in planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision. Relevant courses in combination with actual teaching experience could replace a university pedagogy program. Should the successful applicant not have such competence at the time of appointment, they will be required to document such training within two years of the date of appointment.
Pedagogical training must be documented in a pedagogical portfolio which should include a documented overview of practical experience and competence as well as a brief reflection statement. The statement should primarily describe the applicant’s own teaching philosophy and an evaluation of their own teaching in relation to their knowledge of students’ learning at a higher education level. For further information on how to document pedagogical training, please click here.
Norwegian will normally be the language of administration and teaching. The successful applicant will be required to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years of being appointed. The university provides suitable courses for learning Norwegian.
The successful applicant will be expected to relocate to Bergen, to work and participate in the running of the department on a daily basis and to conform to the regulations that apply to the position.
We can offer:
Application deadline: 14 March 2021
The Shi’i Past in the Great Book of the Songs
A New Perspective on the Kitāb al-Aghānī by Abū al-Faraj al-Iṣfahānī and Shīʿī Islam in the Tenth Century
The Kitāb al-Aghānī (the Book of the Songs) stands as one of the most important extant sources for Arabic literature and Islamic history. Compiled during the first half of the tenth century, the Kitāb al-Aghānī emerges from a pivotal period in the formation of Islamic sectarian identities, a subject of keen and ongoing scholarly debate that is fundamental to our understanding of the later development of Shīʿī Islam. The present study addresses the question of whether or not its compiler, Abū al-Faraj al-Iṣfahānī’s, sectarian leanings can be discerned from the Kitāb al-Aghānī through an analysis based primarily on redaction criticism. By examining the compiler’s editorial interventions, this book argues that al-Iṣfahānī, to some extent at least, presents past people and events central to the Shīʿī worldview in accordance with his sectarian affiliation.