1. ONLINE Lecture Series: “Fabrics of Devotion: Religious Textiles in the Eastern Mediterranean”, Orient-Institut Istanbul, 29 September, 13 and 20 October 2021
The aim of this lecture series is to enquire into the intricacies of religious history and local forms of devotion in the Eastern Mediterranean through the medium of textiles. What insights can be gained by exploring tex-tiles – their making, their use and ritual, and their multi-layered meanings – as a source for the study of religion?
Information and registration: https://www.oiist.org/fabrics-of-devotion/
2. ONLINE Webinar: “Activism in Exile: Diasporic Communities in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings”, Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University Qatar, 30 September 2021, 12:00 pm ET
This panel of scholars, activists, and practitioners seeks to explore the demography of the recent diasporas, their forms of community organization, and modes of political mobilization. This panel asks what is “new” about these recently formed exiled communities, especially in light of the historical legacies of political or-ganization by diaspora communities since the latter half of the twentieth century.
3. ONLINE Lecture: “Different Forms of Othering: Arab Diaspora Social Media in Sweden: Site of Information or Site of Struggle?”, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, 30 September 2021, 5:15 pm CEST
The lecture focuses on platforms where one can examine the identities of migrants and critically analyse the discourses and ideologies emerging in the texts in commentary sections.
Information and registration: https://ccrs.ku.dk/calendar/2021/different-forms-of-othering/
4. ONLINE Lecture Series on “Middle Eastern Media, Diaspora and Politics Post-Arab Spring”, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, 30 September, 7, 14, 21 October 2021, 5:15 pm CET
Information and registration: https://ccrs.ku.dk/research/centres-and-projects/mediatizeddiaspora/lecture-series/
5. “Tenth Islamic Legal Studies Conference” by the International Society for Islamic Legal Studies (ISILS), Aga Khan University, London, 19-21 May 2022
The conference will be open topic – abstracts on all aspects of Islamic law, from earliest to most recent times, are welcome.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 October 2021. Information: https://isils.net/isils/call-for-papers/
6. Lecturer (Education Focused) in Arabic Language and Culture, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews
Qualification: Previous teaching experience, full professional competency in Arabic and English, and exper-tise in the delivery of classes/lectures in modern standard Arabic and modern/contemporary Arabic culture for a fixed-term (one year) position.
Deadline for applications: 19 October 2021. Information: https://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/Vacancies/W/5534/0/314610/889/lecturer-education-focused-in-arabic-language-and-culture-ao1745sb
7. Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Emory University
Disciplinary, regional, and chronological parameters are open; a focus on material culture and excellent rel-evant language skills are strongly preferred. Applicants should be able to teach survey courses in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and introduction to Middle Eastern Civilizations.
Deadline for applications: 1 November 2021. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/94849
8. New Series: Routledge Studies in Islam and Human Rights
The critical events in the Arab countries and the ongoing discussion of the compatibility of Islamic teachings and institutions with modern human rights norms and the place of Sharia in public life inside and outside Muslim-majority countries underscore the need for rigorous, critical research focusing on Islam and human rights.
9. The British Library: The art of small things (4): Juz’ markers in Qur’an manuscripts from Southeast Asia
10. Mejlis Institute Fall 2021 Intensive ONLINE Persian Courses
Mejlis Institute, Armenia-based NGO, is inviting applications for semester-long intensive online Persian courses for Beginner/Lower Intermediate and Upper Intermediate/Advanced level students. The courses, lasting for twelve weeks between October 4 and December 23, 2021 are designed for students who would like to make fast progress in Persian and become acquainted with different aspects of the culture and society of modern Iran.
For more information, please visit https://mejlisinstitute.org/semester-persian-courses.
11. The Portrait of Abu l-Qasim al-Baghdadi al-Tamimi
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12. Islamic Matters in Africa and the Colonial Atlantic
The Launch of the Islam, the Humanities, and the Human Working Group
Featuring Prita Meier (NYU) and R.A. Judy (University of Pittsburgh)
Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:30 AM EST on Zoom
The Islam, the Humanities and the Human Working Group seeks to contribute to the development of a transformative Humanities at Rutgers-Newark by offering a space for faculty and students to engage with the breadth and depth of Islamic history and Muslim societies. During the 2021-2022 year, the faculty seminar will hold a series of readings, conversations, and invited lectures around the inaugural theme, “Islamic Matters in Africa and the Colonial Atlantic.” This theme brings together the study of material culture with intellectual history and humanistic expression. Through a focus on Africa and the colonial Atlantic, the theme seeks to displace “the Muslim question” from its geographic confinement in the Middle East and its ethnic association with Arab identity. This geographical focus will also create links between African studies and Middle Eastern studies, two fields traditionally separated by the historical boundaries of area studies. The theme will focus on material objects, from manuscripts and devotional objects to photography and fine art, forging interdisciplinary connections between the historians, literary scholars, and art historians in the group. Bridging these disciplinary divides and unsettling conventional representations of Islam will invite new reflection on what diverse human experiences and how Islam, as a global phenomenon, teach us about what it means to be human.
For more information, visit our website: https://sites.rutgers.edu/islam-humanities/
To register for the event: https://rutgers.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qJJlN58SQPauANlmrvoWZg
13. Great Lakes Adiban 2021 Workshop – Schedule and Registration
We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2021 Great Lakes Adiban Workshop, hosted by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor! The workshop is free and open to all, and participants can attend either in person or via Zoom. Click here for the flyer (feel free to redistribute), and read on for the full schedule. If you have any questions, please email greatlakesadibansociety at gmail.com.
14. News from the ‘Invisible East’ Project
We are hiring: If you have (or know someone who does): a PhD or near-PhD, classical Persian skill, and savviness in Digital Humanities, and want to work with our fantastic team in Oxford, please apply and/or share with your network. Details and application form are
Our first conference this week: Digital humanities and textual research in medieval languages will be the focus of the presentations delivered by colleagues working on 15 DH projects, starting in two days’ time, and running this Thursday and Friday (30 September and 1 October 2021). Participation is free, but registration is required. To register, please click here.
New tools: we have added two innovative graphics on our website this week: 1) a story map through which you can explore the documents we are studying in the programme, and a timeline of the earliest Persian writing. Both can be accessed through our home page!