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.
1.La prochaine séance du séminaire “l’Asie centrale dans tous ses états : questions et méthodes” se tiendra le lundi 8 mars, de 13 h à 16 h.
Vincent Fourniau, historien, directeur d’études à l’EHESS, membre du CETOBAC, présentera son dernier ouvrage Transformations post-soviétiques et mémoires en Asie centrale – De l’indigénisation à l’indépendance, publié aux Indes savantes en 2019. Il évoquera également ses recherches actuelles.
Le lien de connexion sera envoyé le matin du webinaire aux inscrits sur listsem. Si vous vous êtes déjà inscrits en 2020-21, inutile de renouveler votre inscription. Sinon, l’inscription se fait ici : https://listsem.ehess.fr/courses/484/requests/new
2. La prochaine séance du séminaire “Sociétés, politiques et cultures du monde iranien” organisé par le CeRMI…le jeudi 11 mars 2021 de 17h à 19h en visioconférence.
Nous serons heureux d’y accueillir deux intervenants :
1) Özgür Sevgi Göral (Chercheuse post-doctorale à l’Université de Paris 8 et chargée de cours à l’INaLCO), pour une conférence intitulée :
Négociation, conflit, concurrence et solidarité : Champ de mémoire du conflit kurde à travers la notion d’effet colonial
La Turquie est caractérisée par l’absence totale des débats mémoriels selon la majorité des universitaires et des intellectuels. Dans le contexte local, la Turquie est fréquemment décrite comme le pays de l’oubli. Cependant, dans les années 1980, des acteurs qui contestaient les différents fragments et récits mémoriels ont commencé à s’exprimer dans l’espace public. Différents groupes politiques, comme le mouvement kurde, les couches séculaires et républicaines, et les Islamistes ont tenté de développer, d’élaborer et de reformuler leurs récits du passé. Les années 2000 ont vu la culmination du débat mémoriel en Turquie. On peut même parler de memory boost remplaçant l’amnésie dans le contexte de la Turquie. Les initiatives de mémoire incluant les commémorations publiques du génocide arménien, les débats académiques sur les contre-récits et mémoires alternatives, les publications approfondissant le débat mémoriel concernant les expériences violentes du conflit kurde et de diverses minorités se sont multipliées.
Dans cet exposé, je me concentrerai plus particulièrement sur la mémoire du conflit kurde à travers la notion d’effet colonial fabriquée au cours des quarante dernières années. Durant des décennies, la mémoire du conflit kurde s’est diversifiée, multipliée, politisée et est devenue beaucoup plus hétérogène. En outre, non seulement la mémoire du conflit kurde, mais aussi sa perception ont été modifiées au fil des décennies. Je vais analyser cette trajectoire, en me concentrant plutôt sur les années 2000, avec un focus sur les différentes alliances, contradictions et solidarités qui se sont produites dans l’espace politique de la Turquie.
– Göral, Özgür Sevgi. Enforced Disappearance and Forced Migration in the Context of Kurdish Conflict: Loss, Mourning and Politics at the Margin. PhD diss., Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2017.
– Rothberg, Michael. Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2009.
– Stoler, Ann Laura. Duress. Imperial Durabilities in Our Times. Durham, London: Duke University Press, 2016.
2) Serdar Ay (Docteur en littérature, INaLCO), pour une conférence intitulée :
Les revues kurdes : principale arène de combat de la littérature kurde kurmandji en Turquie
Du fait de la censure, la littérature kurde kurmandji en Turquie a longtemps été mise à l’écart et interdite de diffusion à des degrés divers. Par la force des choses, cette littérature a peiné à se développer suivant sa ligne d’évolution propre ; en un sens, chaque fois qu’elle venait à émerger, elle se voyait condamnée à rester dans sa phase « embryonnaire ». Ainsi, la littérature kurde kurmandji en Turquie a eu le plus grand mal à conquérir son tempo propre, sa chronologie spécifique. Dans ce contexte, le format de la revue est éclos comme l’outil le mieux adapté à l’intervention des Kurdes dans les domaines de la pensée, de la culture, ou de la littérature. La revue apparaît ainsi comme l’espace d’une survie possible lorsque « l’écosystème » kurde demeure largement dominé et restreint en Turquie. C’est pourquoi il apparaît nécessaire de penser la revue kurde comme instrument déterminant de l’histoire de la littérature kurde kurmandji en Turquie. Elle est à la fois medium structurant, testament national et lieu d’instruction pour les auteurs en devenir. Cette intervention proposera à ce sujet des réflexions nouvelles et, nous l’espérons, une contribution novatrice aux études littéraires kurdes.
– Ay, Serdar, La Littérature kurde kurmandji en Turquie entre émergence et (re)découverte. Écrire par le biais des revues l’histoire d’une littérature de combat, thèse de doctorat soutenue à l’Institut National des Langues et Civilisation Orientales, Paris, 11 janvier 2021.
– Ay, Serdar, « Écrire, par le biais des revues l’histoire d‟une littérature segmentée, non-diffusée ou restrictivement diffusée : Le cas de littérature kurde kurmandji en Turquie », dans Casenave, J., Denis, G. et Hupel, E., Le Nouveaux Chemins de la Littérature : Repenser l’analyse des littératures en langues minorisées, Rennes, TIR, 2020, pp. 343-353.
– De Marneffe, Daphné et Denis, Benoît (dir.), Les réseaux littéraires, Bruxelles, Le Cri – CIEL – ULB – Ulg., 2006.
Participer à la réunion Zoom : https://zoom.us/j/94181637585?pwd=d0ZMbDllU2RYQzBiVnAweFV3VzJ1Zz09
3. Islamic Manuscript Conservation
“The Curriculum project:
The Curriculum Model, a collaborative project innitiated by Mandana Barkeshli, Paul Hepworth, and Karin Scheper, was developed to fill a void: Islamic manuscripts constitute a repository of enormous cultural and intellectual value and number in the millions; yet currently there are no educational programs which focus on their specific conservation issues.
Conservators of Islamic manuscripts currently face significant obstacles in order to get proper training. For many would-be conservators in Africa and Asia, educational opportunities may be limited whereas programs in North America and Europe are largely directed towards the conservation of western manuscripts. To address the need for an articulated and directed approach to Islamic manuscript conservation a curriculum model with this particular focus has been written for a two-year program of education. An extended introduction to the curriculum model can be found here.
The program, including a bibliography, can be downloaded here.
Development of the curriculum model was supported by the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) and The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA).”
4. BRAIS 2021 Online Series: Programme + free registration
The British Association for Islamic Studies was forced to cancel its 2020 Annual Conference, scheduled to take place at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.
With an in-person conference not possible in 2021, BRAIS has decided to deliver a free online series of panels drawn from the 2020 programme. The panels will be delivered online via Zoom between March and July 2021.
5. MCF – Arabe égyptien : langue et littérature dialectale et/ou linguistique
N° Galaxie : 4169
N° d’emploi : 07-15MCF604
Début des candidatures : 16 février 2021
Modalité de recrutement : dépôt des candidatures sur galaxie.fr
6. Assistant Instructional Professor in Modern Arabic, University of Chicago
To apply for these positions, candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio jobs board at apply.interfolio.com/84744 . The application must include a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a teaching statement, one sample syllabus for elementary or intermediate modern Arabic, and the names and contact information of three references whose letters of recommendation may be solicited. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit a video demonstrating classroom teaching.
Application deadline is April 4, 2021. Only completed applications will be considered.
This position is contingent upon budgetary approval.
7. [Webinar] Iran: 25 years, 45 visits, A Journey Behind the Headlines – 09 March 2021 (London, 5.30 pm UK time)
Scott Peterson is the senior correspondent covering the Middle East for the Monitor from London with a special focus on Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. A well-traveled and experienced foreign correspondent, he is also a photographer for Getty Images in New York, and has reported and photographed conflicts and powerful human narratives across three continents for more than 30 years. He graduated from Yale with a degree in English and first joined the Monitor in 1996.
8. Registration for the 2021 BRISMES Annual Conference Knowledge, Power and Middle Eastern Studies (5-9 July 2021) is now open! Due to the continuing restrictions on travel and meeting, this year’s conference will be held online.
All papers and panels accepted for the 2020 conference have been carried over to the 2021 conference. In addition to over 100 panels, the conference programme will also consist of eminent keynote speakers, Pinar Bilgin (Bilkent University, Ankara), Caroline Rooney (University of Kent, Canterbury) and amina wadud (National Islamic University in Jogjakarta), a plenary roundtable addressing the conference theme and a graduate section event.
More information about registration can be found on the conference website: https://www.brismes.ac.uk/conference/registration-2021/
9. “The medieval heritage of Anfeh and its neighbourhood (North Lebanon)” by Patricia Antaki – March 11
(3h-4h PM CET, 4h-5h PM in Amman & Beirut)
10. ‘First International Conference, Iranian Studies in the World’
20-22 Mehr, 1400
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
1.Digital Islamicate Paleography and Codicology Summer School
June 1-August 20, 2021
The Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland (Roshan Institute-UMD) is offering a free, stipend-supported twelve-week online summer course on digital Islamicate paleography and codicology. We are seeking graduate students interested in the intersection of Arabic-script paleography and codicology with digital humanities methods and technologies. The course will run from June 1st to August 20th, and will be capped at five graduate students. The course will be free of charge, and students selected for participation will be given a $5,000 stipend in return for their participation and completion of the course requirements.
Please see the course website for more details: http://islamicate-dh.github.io/AboutDPC.
Inquiries and applications (an up-to-date CV and a cover letter explaining interest and applicability) can be directed to the course instructor, Dr. Jonathan Parkes Allen: firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the director of the ACDC project, Dr. Matthew Thomas Miller: email@example.com. Applications will be accepted up until March 15th; we will notify students selected for participation by March 20th.
2. UCLA Iranian Studies
Book Talk – Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran (University of California Press, 2020)
by Nazanin Shahrokni
Sunday, March 7 at 11:30am Pacific via Zoom
To register and receive the Zoom webinar information, please click here.
This lecture will be in Persian.
3. The Umayyads from West to East: New Perspectives
International Online Workshop
22-23 March 2021
RomanIslam Center. Universität Hamburg.
The conference will be transmitted online via ZOOM and external
participants are welcome. Please contact Laura Donath
(firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 18/2021 to gain access to the
Please find the program in the following link:
4. IMEST Lecture Series
Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies in Taiwan is a listserver aiming to promote Islamic and Middle Eastern studies in Taiwan and connect Taiwanese scholarship with academics in the field based in different parts of the world. Taking the advantage of the lockdown and the consequent webinarisation of the intellectual activities, IMEST will start out by holding a series of lectures on different topics on monthly or bimonthly basis.
If you would like to invite your colleague(s) to this email-list or circulate information about relevant events of interest, useful websites and news of publications and other academic activities, please send to email@example.com .
Our first speaker, Yasmin Amin, phD candidate and soon phD, will talk about her new book: Islamic Interpretive Tradition and Gender Justice (https://www.mqup.ca/islamic-interpretive-tradition-and-gender-justice-products-9780228001638.php )
The talk will be held on March 8, 2021, 17.30 (GMT +8).
For registration, please sign before March 5, 17.00 (GMT+8): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYXJb3Ze-cb8tRikkYyhS8totzb08IjnbcwjqwlxFJpS1xWA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Further information about the talk and the speaker will be circulated.
all the best,
Dr. I-Wen Su, Associate Professor, Department of Arabic Language and Culture, National Chengchi University
Author of The Shīʿī Past in the Great Book of the Songs (New Jersey: Gorgias Press, 2021)
Director of Center for the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
5. The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) is pleased to announce that our intensive summer Arabic programs will be offered online between June 14 and July 30, 2021.
CAMES offers two separate seven-week programs that provide intensive online instruction in Arabic through a rigorous academic curriculum, complemented by an integrated series of films, guest lectures, and other online activities:
Each program provides nine credit hours of instruction at various levels of proficiency. Students may transfer the credits earned to their home institutions.
The application deadline is April 14, 2021. For detailed information about the academic content of our programs, application forms, costs, and financial support, please visit our website.
Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
From the British Library
7. British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
BRISMES Early Career Development (ECR) Prize (2 prizes of £2000 each)
The aim of the BRISMES Early Career Development Prize is to support activities geared toward strengthening the academic profile and CV of an early career scholar. More information
BRISMES Conference Student Paper Prize (£300)
The aim of the BRISMES Conference Student Paper Prize is to support BRISMES student members in the development of peer-reviewed work. The prize winner will be mentored through a review process at BJMES, by a senior member of the BRISMES academic community. More information
Upcoming Event: Publishing in Leading MENA-Focused Journals in the UK and the USA
Join us on Wednesday 17 March at 5:00 PM (GMT) for this event hosted by the Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex (MENACS). BJMES editor Dr Lloyd Ridgeon will join Dr Andrew Arsan, editor of Mashriq & Mahjar, in a Zoom webinar for an insightful conversation on academic publishing in the UK and USA. The editors will share the history, aims and scopes of their journals, compare peer-reviewed publishing in the USA and the UK, provide tips on submitting manuscripts, and take questions from the audience. Find out more about the event and how to attend on the BRISMES website.
8. The Arab Winter: Democratic Consolidation, Civil War, and Radical Islamists
SOAS University of London | 2 March 2021, 5:30 PM
This is the next event in the SOAS Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East. This unique comparative analysis of countries before, during and after the Arab Spring seeks to explain the divergent outcomes, disappointing and even harrowing results of efforts to overcome democratic consolidation challenges, from the tentative democracy in Tunisia to the emergence of the Islamic State, and civil war and authoritarian retrenchment everywhere else.
9. H.M. King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan Fellowship for the Study of Love in Religion
Regent’s Park College | University of Oxford
Regent’s Park College, a Permanent Private Hall within the University of Oxford, welcomes applications for the H.M. King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan Fellowship for the Study of Love in Religion which will run for a term of five and one-half years from 1 September 2021. The post is situated at present within a wider project for the Study of Love in Religion at Regent’s Park College, a research programme of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture.
Closing date for applications | 9 April 2021
10. Revelation in the Qur’an: A Semantic Study of the Roots n-z-l and w-ḥ-y (Brill, Texts and Studies on the Qurʾān, Volume 18, 2021)
Simon P. Loynes.
11. Arabic Language at Duke University (Instructor or Visiting Lecturer / Prof. of the Practice)
for details see: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18209
Instructor, Visiting Lecturer or Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Arabic
The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina invites applicants for one full-time Instructor or Visiting Lecturer / Professor of the Practice in Arabic language beginning August 1, 2021. The contract for the position is for a one academic year (2021-2022). Applicants should be prepared to teach Arabic at all levels. The teaching load is five courses (3/2), and active participation in Arabic language curricular and co-curricular activities is required. Applicants should hold an MA or a higher degree in Second Language Pedagogy, Applied Linguistics, Arabic Literature, or a related field with native or near-native proficiency in Arabic and English. Experience in teaching undergraduates in North America is required. Adaptability with instructional technologies, experience with team-teaching, and demonstration of active participation in the professional field are highly desirable.
To be assured of consideration, submit an application by April 1, 2021, consisting of: 1) a current CV; 2) a letter of application detailing professional activities, scholarly interests, and teaching experience; 3) a portfolio including, but not limited to, the following: sample syllabi for core courses taught in Arabic sequence; a 15-30 minute video of teaching demonstration; official teaching evaluations for the past year; 4) the names of two referees (the search committee will request these letters at a later stage of the search). Application materials should be uploaded to this Academic Jobs Online Portal at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18209. Additional information may be obtained at email@example.com.
12. Reprint of the Persian Mahabharata from Shirazeh Publishing
The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) is pleased to announce the reprint edition of the monumental 4-volume Persian translation of the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata that was completed under the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the sixteenth century. The text was edited by the late distinguished Professors Jalali Naini and N.S. Shukla, and published in 1979-81 by Kitabkhaneh-ye Tahuri. Records in Worldcat indicate that very few libraries own a copy. The reprint will not be available in bookstores or through booksellers but must be ordered from ASPS and will be sent directly from the publisher in Shiraz.
The cost of the 4-volume set inclusive of postage is: US $125 or €100.
To order please send an email to Professor Alyssa Gabbay (Alyssa Gabbay <firstname.lastname@example.org>).
13. OIMP 40. Antoin Sevruguin: Past and Present
Tasha Vorderstrasse, ed. Chicago, 2020
Explore the changing world of late nineteenth-century Iran through the gaze of one of its most renowned photographers, Antoin Sevruguin. This volume, which will be accompanied by a forthcoming exhibition, publishes for the first time the Oriental Institute Museum’s complete collection of nineteenth-century Iranian photographs, most of which were created by Sevruguin. Sevruguin’s artfully staged photographs still resonate with us today. Accompanying the print catalog is a series of essays that investigate Sevruguin’s life and photographic career, including the lasting impact of his unique vision, as demonstrated by the work of contemporary artist Yassaman Ameri.
14. Afghan Newspaper Now Available Online Open Access
Over 1,200 issues of the Afghan newspaper Kārawān are now available.
contact: Amy Schindler – Archives and Special Collections
15. CONF: The Other Asia: Central Asia and Library Collections (online, 18 March 2021
Opening Remarks: Professor David W. Roland-Holst, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
Mr. Andy Spencer, Librarian, Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Akram Habibulla, Librarian for Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University
Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, Professor of History and the founding coordinator of the Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations minor, James Madison University
Emily Laskin, Ph.D. Candidate Slavic Languages and LiteraturesUC Berkeley
Organizer: Dr. Liladhar R. Pendse, UC Berkeley
Event Registration: http://ucblib.link/3c7
March 18, 202111 am-12:30 PST/ 1 pm-2:30 EST
16. Urdu Summer Language Program (Lahore University of Management Sciences)
The LUMS Urdu Language Program, is a brand-new opportunity for students from around the world to study Urdu language and literature and learn about Pakistani society and culture firsthand at LUMS, the leading university in Pakistan’s cultural capital, Lahore.
Urdu is a key research language for students of South Asian history, geography, politics, art history, literature, cinema, religion, and other fields; we aim to provide an immersive program in Pakistan for students of Urdu as a second language that also will facilitate their other scholarly work in the region. The LUMS Urdu Language Program is housed on our secure campus where students will have access to our world-class library, gym, dining facilities, medical center, and other university amenities and student services.
In Pakistan and at LUMS we will provide students with a truly immersive Urdu experience. In Lahore, students will have the opportunity to be immersed in a world of Urdu both inside and outside of the classroom. Not only they will be able to explore the city of Urdu literary giants such as Iqbal, Faiz, and Manto, but also have the chance to be surrounded by Urdu in public spaces and most importantly to experience daily interactions in the language.Our cutting-edge, student-centered curriculum has been developed by a team of specialized instructors with extensive pedagogical training and experience in the United States. Our teachers have taught at leading universities including the University of Virginia, Indiana University Bloomington, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and have been trained in Urdu language pedagogy at the University of Texas at Austin and at UC Berkeley.
Any further inquiries can be directed to: email@example.com or by replying to this email. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions regarding the program!
LUMS Urdu Language Program Team
1.Online Webinar – What can Islamic Law teach us about Islamic Art and Architecture, Ruba Kana’an – February 25
The Department of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Victoria is delighted to be hosting a webinar discussion featuring Dr. Ruba Kana’an, entitled “What can Islamic Law teach us about Islamic art and architecture?” Dr. Kana’an will be in discussion with Dr. Marcus Milwright with the Q&A session facilitated by Zahra Kazani.
The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:30 pm (PST).
Dr. Ruba Kana’an is an assistant professor of Islamic art and architecture at the Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga and was the 2018-2019 Barakat Senior Fellow in Islamic Art, University of Oxford. Dr. Kana’an’s primary research focuses on the Intersections between art, artists, art production and law in historical and contemporary contexts. She is author of the forthcoming book The Friday Mosque: Law, Architecture, and Authority in Pre-Modern Muslim Societies.
For registration to the webinar, see:
This event is part of the Orion Series in Fine Arts, and is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Consortium of British Columbia.
2. ASPIRANTUM language school has announced 2 new online courses:
Middle Persian Course: https://aspirantum.com/courses/middle-persian-pahlavi-school
Old Persian Course: https://aspirantum.com/courses/old-persian-school
Our other Persian language courses:
Persian through the Shahname: https://aspirantum.com/courses/learn-persian-through-shahname
Persian Summer School in Yerevan: https://aspirantum.com/courses/persian-language-summer-school-04-july-28-august-2021-yerevan-armenia
Persian Semester in Yerevan: https://aspirantum.com/courses/study-persian-language-semester-abroad
3. ONLINE Colloquium: “Qur’ān Translations and Interpretations by European Muslims”, ERC Project “The European Qur’ān, 1150-1850” (EuQu), University of Amsterdam, 5 March 2021
This one-day colloquium aims to foster existing collaborations of the team at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) with the project members, as well as to facilitate knowledge exchange with other scholars working on similar topics outside the EuQu. The discussion will focus on Qur’ān translation and interpretation practices adopted by Muslims in different regions of wider Europe, as well as on Muslim-Christian interactions brought about by those translation activities.
4. ONLINE Conference: “Qur’an and Bible”, ERC Project “The European Qur’an”, University of Notre Dame, 22-26 March 2021, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm CET
This workshop will explore the changing ways in which Medieval and Early Modern Jewish, Christian and Muslim readers relate Biblical literature and Qur’an. How did medieval and early modern readers assess the relationship between the two scriptures? How did they account for narrative parallels as well as the differences they found in them?
5. International Conference: “Arabic Historiography, Narratives of Order, and Discourses of Sovereignty in Late Medieval Egypt and Syria” (ERC Project, Gent University, 2017-21), Cairo, 28-30 November 2021
Papers are invited on the Arabic historiographical traditions of the ‘Mamluk’ Sultanate of Cairo (7th – 13th centuries) that question the complex contextual, textual or semiotic layers which connect texts of history in diverse ways to the social, cultural and above all political environments of their production, reception and circulation.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 April 2021. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/8330/discussions/6971193/call-papers
6. Research Associate for the Project “Romanization and Islamication in Late Antiquity – Transcultural Processes on the Iberian Peninsula and in North Africa”, DFG Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe “RomanIslam”, Universität Hamburg
Requirements: an excellent university degree (MA) in a relevant field of Middle Eastern history and culture; excellent Arabic skills; experience with Arabic historical primary sources; excellent knowledge of English, and French. The knowledge of further relevant languages, such as Latin, and Spanish, etc. is advantageous. Experience in working with additional sources, such as archaeological, numismatic, and geographical material is welcome but not a requirement.
Deadline for applications: 15 March 2021. Information: https://www.romanislam.uni-hamburg.de/documents/66-gw-28-3-research-associate-phd.pdf
7. Appel à projets 2021 « Islam, religion et société (en France) » du ministère de l’intérieur, Paris
Le ministère soutient la recherche et notamment les jeunes chercheurs et post-doctorants dans les champs disciplinaires de l’islamologie et des sciences humaines sur l’islam en France.
La date limite de candidature est fixée au 29 mars 2021 par : firstname.lastname@example.org. Information : https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Publications/Cultes-et-laicite/Appels-a-projets-AAP-Islam-religion-et-societe.
8. Appel à contribution pour la nouvelle revue « Bidaya – Revue étudiante francophone en sciences humaines et sociales sur le monde arabe»
Cette revue vise à soutenir l’entrée des étudiants dans le monde de la recherche, en leur fournissant des conseils sur les techniques de rédaction d’articles et un espace de publication inédit. La revue sera composé du dossier principal et d’un dossier thématique, qui, dans cette édition, traitera le sujet « femmes et révolutions arabes ». Au-delà, la revue accueillera des articles variés portant sur le monde arabe et contient une rubrique pour des recensions et critiques.
Date limite d’envoi des propositions : 28 mars 2021. Information : https://www.carep-paris.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Appel-a-contribution_revue_revue_Bidaya_N%C2%B01.pdf
9. Articles on “The Politics of Syria” for Special Issue of Journal “Siasat-al-Insaf”
In this edition, we seek scholarly and opinionated papers that explore topics, discourses, motifs, interests, or perspectives that go beyond the image of Syria as a conflict zone, or the country which is the product of a conflict zone. The issue aims to incentivize Syria in a positive light, focussing on the contributions of Syria (politically, economically, literarily, historically, and socially) in the world order.
Deadline for articles: 20 April 2021. Information: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/7277183/politics-syria
10. Paid Research Articles on “What has Changed in the Decade since the Outbreak of the Arab Uprisings?” for a Special Issue of the Journal “Rowaq Arabi”
This issue aims at providing original research in English or Arabic on the changes that occurred during the past decade following the Arab Uprisings. Evidently, protesters across the region have learnt lessons from their failures, while the existing authoritarian elites have as well learnt their own in repressing and circumventing any potential political mobilisation.
Deadline for manuscripts: 15 March 2021. Information: https://rowaq.cihrs.org/call-for-papers-what-has-changed-in-the-decade-since-the-outbreak-of-the-arab-uprisings/?lang=en
Aq Qoyunlu prince ‘Abu’l-‘Izz [Yamin al-Din] Yusuf Bahadur Khan. Yusuf was one of the sons of Sultan Uzun Hasan Aq Qoyunlu, and brother to Sultan Ya’qub Aq Qoyunlu.
12. Call for papers: Archaeology of Islamic Society at ASOR 2021
We invite you to submit a paper abstract for the Archaeology of Islamic Society session for ASOR 2021. We would welcome papers on any period or region involving Islamic archaeology.
The deadline to submit abstracts is March 15.
This year, ASOR will consist of an in-person component in Chicago from November 17–20 and a virtual component on December 9–12. Please see here for more information on how to submit a paper: https://www.asor.org/am/2021/call-for-papers-2021. You can submit an abstract to either session or you can submit the same abstract to both sessions and it will count as a single paper presentation.
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago or online! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Ian Jones, University of California, San Diego (email@example.com)
Tasha Vorderstrasse, University of Chicago (firstname.lastname@example.org)
13. I have the great pleasure in announcing the publication of our new Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World and our inaugural double issue 2020.
The Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World (MCMW) is published by BRILL with the support of the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
MCMW aims to be a new reference for field archaeologists, (art) historians, anthropologists, curators, and scholars and students of the (art) history, archaeology, architecture, anthropology and ethnography of the Muslim world. This readership represents a new broader definition of material culture that includes not only artefacts, architectural structures and monuments, but also crafts. The journal also aims to inform (other) disciplines and historiographies, by including (unreviewed) archaeological field surveys for example.
The journal focuses on un(der)explored Muslim regions outside of the Middle East and North Africa: Sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Ocean, Central Asia, India, South-East Asia and Europe.
The journal accepts submissions in English, French, German and Spanish and short reports in Arabic, Persian and Turkish with an English abstract. Submissions should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief at: Stephane.Pradines@aku.edu.
1.The Indo-Persian Confluence
“Indo-Persian Musical Confluences: From Tajikistan to Gujarat”
Sunday, February 21, 2021
10am PST, Zoom
This event brings together international scholars discussing Indo-Persian musical hybrids in four different musical traditions within current geographical borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan/Iran.
Mejgan Masoumi (Stanford University)
Ariane Zevaco (CNRS, France)
Jean During (CNRS, France)
Brian Bond (CUNY)
Chair and Moderator
George Murer (CUNY)
Link to the Calendar Event Page: https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/event/indo-persian-mus…istan-to-gujarat/
For more information on The Indo-Persian Music Confluence project: https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/indo-persian-musical-confluence/
2. A tongue-in-cheek guide for wannabe Iran experts by Ladane Nasseri
The Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce that the Encylopaedia Iranica Online is now freely accessible at https://brill.com/eiro <https://brill.com/eiro> or through https://referenceworks.brillonline.com/browse/encyclopaedia-iranica-online <https://referenceworks.brillonline.com/browse/encyclopaedia-iranica-online>. This new website, hosted by Brill, a leading academic publisher, is the only digital platform authorized by Columbia University for the ‘Encyclopaedia Iranica’ content produced and curated by the Yarshater Center.
Encyclopaedia Iranica Online provides corrected and updated articles from older print and online content, and it includes articles from fascicles published by Brill up to the recent XVI/6 (Khomeini – Khorasan XIV). Entirely new online articles will be published as expeditiously as possible. The new Encyclopaedia Iranica Online website brings many improvements and conveniences for users, including better integrated graphics and tables and a print-on-demand feature. It offers a more powerful search engine offering researchers the capability to search not only Encyclopaedia Iranica content but an array of other Brill online reference works. Professional researchers will also find the ability to cite Encyclopaedia Iranica articles enhanced both by their presence on the website of a respected academic publisher and the provision of details such as digital object identifier (DOI) numbers. In order to view images, login with:
For more details, see:
Note therein: ‘Without the subsidies the Encyclopaedia Iranica has received in the past, costs for accessing the work will necessarily increase, but Brill has generously agreed that those parts of the Encyclopaedia Iranica currently in open-access will remain available online without charge for a period of up to two years.’
4. Connecting Distant Worlds: The International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP) Online Conference (Online, 15-18 March, 2021)
Further info and programme at:
5. Persian Language Rare Materials | Digital Collections | Library of Congress
6. Pahlavi State and Society
Thursday March 4, 2021 at 10:00am Pacific via Zoom
This second panel of the Iranian Studies workshop, “History and Historiography of Pahlavi Iran, 1921-1979.
7. ‘Zoroastrian law and the spread of Islam in Iranian society (ninth–tenth century)’,
BSOAS, C Sahner.
1.Departmental Lecturer of Indian History and Culture, Oxford
Faculty of Oriental Studies, Pusey Lane, Oxford
Grade 7: £32,817 – £40,322 per annum
The University is seeking to appoint a Departmental Lecturer of Indian History and Culture. The University interprets History and Culture widely, to include any historical period ancient, medieval, or modern, and any cultural field. Applications are invited from scholars of Indian history and culture regardless of disciplinary specialisation. On this occasion, however, we would particularly welcome applications from scholars in the field of sixteenth to twentieth century Indian history and culture. The Faculty of Oriental Studies is committed to the view that all disciplines must be studied on the basis of mastery of original languages.
The Departmental Lecturer will engage in advanced study and, primarily, lecture and teach undergraduate and graduate students, and conduct independent research.
You will have a doctorate or equivalent in a relevant subject by the time of appointment, a proven ability to give lectures and classes, and a solid linguistic knowledge of at least one Indian language apart from English required for the study of Indian history. The successful candidate will have a broad vision of the scope of Indian history, a current and projected research and publications record in one or more aspect(s) of Indian history and culture, an ability to initiate the organization of, and to participate in, conferences, seminars and other research meetings, and an ability to contribute to Faculty administration.
This position is based in central Oxford. This is a full-time, fixed-term position between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2024, to cover the teaching and other duties of the vacant Professor of Indian History and Culture post.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 26 March 2021.
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|Contact Phone :||01865 278201||Closing Date & Time :||26-Mar-2021 12:00|
|Contact Email :||email@example.com|
2. PERSIA: An Area Study, 1633
By Joannes de Laet, Translated from the latin by Willem Floor & Colette Ouahes
3. ONLINE Panel on “Higher Education and Academic Freedom in Turkey: Boğaziçi Yesterday and Today”, Sponsored by OTSA and MESA, Istanbul, 15 February 2021, 12:00 pm EST
Former and current Boğaziçi professors will discuss the state of higher education in Turkey by reflecting on the past of Boğaziçi University and analyzing the recent events that have been unfolding since the appointment of a new university president.
Information and registration: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvcumorTktHN0ZxQRihHj0uqq1LZ-7Uy6s
4. ONLINE Workshop: “Realising Understanding: Language in Cross-cultural Migration/Integration and Secular-Religious Contexts (Focus: Interaction between European and Islamicate Cultures) ”, Freie Universität Berlin, 18 February 2021, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm CET
The workshop will discuss the use of language in multi- and cross-cultural contexts shaped by different linguistic and cultural backgrounds of the communicating parties and analyze (mis-) understandings in the context of migration and integration with the intention to identify factors that can support genuine understanding.
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org; Information and program: https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/academicsinsolidarity/news/Realising-Workshop.html?fbclid=IwAR3uMlwcAk0frV4qP0VhOFOjtgnthcWbSvMj637X3Nou0n-gYOzHgO4N524
5. ONLINE Seminar on “Cultural Brokerage in Pre-modern Islam: Magic and Divination in the Cairo Genizah: Jewish, Muslim and Other Texts” by Prof. Gideon Bohak (Tel Aviv University), 22 February 2021, 17:30-19:00 IST
Information and registration: https://iias.huji.ac.il/event/magic-and-divination-cairo-genizah-jewish-muslim-and-other-texts-seminar
6. ONLINE Seminar: “Bernard Lewis, Fouad Ajami, and the ‘Clash of Civilizations’”, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA), 23 February 2021, 12:00 pm EST
Prof. Martin Kramer will examine how the founders of the ASMEA related to the influential concept popularized by Samuel Huntington. Both Lewis and Ajami demonstrated an initial ambivalence, and a later acceptance. Kramer will pose the question of which of their rationales speak to us most clearly today.
7. ONLINE Discussion by Alexandre Caeiro and Nathan Brown on “The Government of Pearling: A Social History of Law in the Arabian Gulf (1860-1950)”, 4 March 2021, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST
The scholars will discuss the legal regulation of the pearl trade; the effects of British attempts to re-organize the pearling industry and reshape the legal systems of the Gulf sheikhdoms; and the relationship between “ruler’s courts”, “merchants’ courts,” and “Islamic courts.”
Information and registration: https://imes.elliott.gwu.edu/calendar_event/the-government-of-pearling/
8. ONLINE Panel: “Pan-Asian Modernity Beyond the Colonial Gaze: Education, Social Ethics, and Universal Religion”, Virtual Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), 25 March 2021, 8:30 am – 10:00 am ET
Panel organizer and speaker: Maria-Magdalena Pruss (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin). This panel focuses on translocal intellectual and social networks between the Middle East and other parts of Asia from the 17th to the 20th centuries which were created by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It investigates how knowledge about Islam and the Muslim world was produced, translated, disseminated and adapted through these networks.
Registration deadline at reduced-rate: 1 March 2021 at https://www.asianstudies.org/conference. Information: https://www.eventscribe.net/2021/AASVirtual/agenda.asp?startdate=3/25/2021&enddate=3/25/2021&BCFO=M|OD&pfp=FullSchedule&tn=&cpf2=&cus2=&pta
9. Two-year Post-doctoral Fellowship, Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (2021-2023)
We are looking for candidates able to demonstrate proven academic excellence in their respective fields of expertise, together with an extensive background in Mediterranean studies. We encourage applications from candidates working in all related fields. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the beginning of the fellowship tenure period, and no longer than five years.
Deadline for applications: 1 March 2021. Information: https://mailchi.mp/mediterraneanseminar/apply-two-year-post-doctoral-fellowship-at-the-haifa-center-for-mediterranean-history-2021-23?e=82aeb6c61d
10. One-Year Visiting Assistant Professorship in Arabic Studies, Arabic Studies Department at Williams College, Williamstown (MA)
Candidates should have native or near-native fluency in Arabic; provide evidence of demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching of the Arabic language; and hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the beginning of their appointment on 1 July 2021.
Applications should be submitted by 1 March 2021. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/83612
11. Postdoctoral Fellowship for Modern Arabic Literature, Tulane University, New Orleans
Requirements: Candidates must have received their PhD after 1 September 2018 and no later than 30 June 2021. They are expected to design and teach courses on literature and cultural production from the MENA region, time period open.
Deadline for applications: 30 March 2021. Information: https://mesana.org/resources-and-opportunities/2021/02/12/mellon-postdoctoral-fellowship-in-the-humanities-modern-arabic-literature
12. Call for Submissions
The Board of Directors of Middle East Medievalists (MEM) is pleased to request submissions for its biennial prize for best book on the medieval Middle East (ca. 500-1500 CE). The prize will be awarded at the 2021 annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association.
Below is a list of criteria for the upcoming competition:
TO NOMINATE A BOOK
Deadline: April 1, 2021
If you have questions about the prize, please contact Najam Haider ( email@example.com )
13. Re-launched Journal: Middle Eastern Literatures
I’m writing to announce that after 10 years as editor of the journal Middle Eastern Literatures, Prof. Wen-Chin Ouyang has handed the journal off to a new group of co-editors (Huda Fakhreddine, Charis Olszok, Nora Parr, and me!). We’re very excited for the new era of this important journal and have recruited an excellent editorial board to support and guide us.
We are especially excited to help the journal become a leading platform for a comparative literature that is not centered on Euro-American history and “research that identifies literature and culture of the Middle East not just as subjects of study, but as locations of knowledge with relevance beyond any one academic discipline or field of thought.”
The co-editors and the members of the editorial board are committed to nurturing ambitious scholarship, to providing constructive, challenging, and supportive feedback, and to so in a timely fashion. We are committed to completing peer review of submissions within 3 months.
It is time for the historical, contemporary, and potential cultures, which we love and serve through our scholarship, to occupy the center of a broad and dynamic scholarly conversation and not simply to be reduced to a footnote in the World Literature juggernaut.
You can reach us at MELiteratures@gmail.com
We look forward to working with you over the decade to come!
1. History of Hospitals in Iran, 550–1950
2. Online lecture – Anna Contadini, “Book culture in the Arab world: An illustrated herbal of the 13th century” – 23 February 2021
Professor Anna Contadini (SOAS, University of London) will deliver a lecture on recent research on the illustrated Arabic Dioscorides in the University Library of Bologna. Entitled “Book culture in the Arab world: An illustrated herbal of the 13th century”, the lecture is organized by the Oxford Bibliographical Society and the Centre for Islamic Studies.
Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 17:00 GMT. https://www.oxbibsoc.org.uk/lectures/book-culture-in-the-arab-world
The lecture will be held virtually, by ZOOM. Open to all, to attend please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Iranzamin is the first survey exhibition of Persian arts and crafts acquired by the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney) since its founding in 1880. It explores the stories behind rarely seen artefacts from the middle of the 19th century to now, shedding light on the diverse social and cultural history of Persia – today’s Iran – and its people.
The exhibition examines how objects inspired by traditional arts and crafts were used in Persian society, focusing on seven themes: Joy and Happiness; Purification and Cleansing; Spirituality and Devotion; Poetry and Calligraphy; Rituals and Performance; Patronage and Craftsmanship; Nature and Design. Iranzamin encompasses a diversity of materials and techniques, including hand-woven crafts, carpets and rugs; arms and armour; glass, ceramics and tiles; textiles, embroidery and foundry.
Iranzamin examines how the influence of Persia, situated between two major trade routes – the Silk Road and the Indian Ocean – spread out into the world. Special attention is paid to the influence of Persian culture on non-Iranian craftsmen and artists such as Australian painter and textile designer Florence Broadhurst. This includes original Broadhurst wallpaper prints titled Persian Phoenix (Simorgh), Persian Birds, and Persian Pomegranates and Flowers.
The opening of Iranzamin coincides with the Persian new year Nowrouz. Programs will include the celebrations of Nowrouz, Haftsin, a table traditionally set for the Persian new year on 20 March, and Sizdehbehdar, the Persian national day for the celebration and admiration of Mother Nature, which will be held in the Powerhouse Museum on 3 April 2021.
4. I B Tauris:
Armenians in the Modern and Early Modern World series
Recent decades have seen the expansion of Armenian Studies from insular history to a broader, more interactive field within an inter-regional and global context. This series responds to this growth by promoting innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to Armenian history, politics, and culture in the period between 1500-2000. Focusing on the geographies of the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Contemporary Russia, it directs specific attention to imperial and post-imperial frameworks.
If you have a book project or idea that you’d like us to consider for the series, please contact the series editor Dr Bedross Der Matossian or Rory Gormley, Commissioning Editor at I.B.Tauris, both of whom will be pleased to give you feedback on your idea.
5. The IISS at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce our next event with Ertuğrul Ökten (Assistant Professor of History, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University), entitled Re-Engaging with Abd al-Rahman Jami: An Intellectual History Project on FEB 16, 1:00 PM.
Please register here: https://myumi.ch/qg71e
For more information: https://ii.umich.edu/islamicstudies/news-events/events.detail.html/80968-20824899.html
6. MOSF Journal of Science Fiction has published the latest issue online, with a particular focus on Middle Eastern Science fiction.
This is available Open Access.
7. Afghan Village Voices, Stories from a Tribal Community
Richard Tapper, Nancy Lindisfarne-Tapper
The British Library: A lithographed wish-list of titles on Arabic military science testifies to the frustrated literary ambitions of a king’s son.
9. Call for papers: Special Issue of the journal Religions “Are Muslim-Jewish Relations Improving in the 21st Century?
We invite scholars to reflect on today’s relations and trends of Muslim-Jewish relations. This issue will be focused on areas where Muslim-Jewish relations seem to be improving but we also welcome submissions that are more skeptical in their outlook. However, we hope to receive well-argued pieces (5,000 to 10,000 words) that help us to identify trends and factors that determine Muslim-Jewish relations today. We especially welcome case studies that look at projects that rediscover the local or regional Jewish or Muslim heritage and case studies of interfaith projects.
Please send an abstract to us by March 15, 2021.
Deadline for papers: April 30, 2021.
For more information, please go to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/Muslims-Jewish
10. IAS Medieval Studies and NES Lecture: The Turn to the Medieval in Ethiopian Studies – The Turn to Ethiopia in Medieval Studies I, February 19, 2021, 12:00-1:30 pm EST
Andrea Achi (Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum) ♦ Marie-Laure Derat (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) ♦ Kristen Windmuller-Luna (Cleveland Museum of Art) ♦ Felege-Selam Yirga (The University of Tennessee Knoxville)
We are eager to think together about the rich and often challenging complexities that have arisen as a result of the intersection of Medieval Studies and Ethiopian Studies over the past several years. These fields developed along very different lines, but have begun to mutually enrich – and interrogate – one another. In terms of regional networks, the two fields overlap in their concern with political, commercial, and cultural connections in the eastern Mediterranean: while Ethiopia represents for Medieval Studies an outgrowth of Mediterranean Studies, extending investigation for such exchanges down the Red Sea, Europe similarly represents for Ethiopian Studies a secondary ring of this zone of contact. Each offers the other a rich comparative (and sometimes connected) context for the study of Christian culture, including monasticism, hagiography, manuscript studies, and art and architecture, and both have investigated interconfessional relations in ways that might be mutually illuminating. Finally, together they contribute to an exploration of what ‘medieval Africa’ might entail, and allow us to explore the potentialities of more integrated, even global approaches to the premodern world. Yet the enrichment that this intersection of fields provides may also be problematic, as the distinctive chronologies, nomenclatures, and scholarly traditions of Medieval Studies and Ethiopian Studies meet. As research on premodern Ethiopia has greatly expanded in recent decades, and as Medieval Studies manifests increasing interest in Ethiopia, these paired webinars seek to explore what is gained and what is lost by more intensive conversation between them.
Register in advance for this meeting here.
The IAS Ethiopian Studies Series is convened by Suzanne Akbari (IAS), Aaron Butts (CUA/IAS), Samantha L. Kelly (Rutgers U/IAS), Sabine Schmidtke (IAS).
11. New Open Access Journal: Tarihçi = Historian
Tarihçi / Historian is an international peer-reviewed journal issued three times per year, in January, May and September.
The languages of the journal are Turkish and English.
Editor: Taha Niyazi KARACA
12. Webinar – Islam and the Devotional Object: A Discussion – NYU, Silsila: Center for Material Histories – February 19, 2021
New York University, Silsila: Center for Material Histories
ISLAM AND THE DEVOTIONAL OBJECT: A DISCUSSION
Richard McGregor, Vanderbilt University
Azfar Moin, UT Austin
Wendy Shaw, Freie Universität, Berlin
Adam Bursi, Utrecht University
Finbarr Barry Flood, Silsila/NYU
Friday, February 19th, 1:00-3.30 pm ET
[Webinar] Silsila Spring 2021 Series, TranslationsFull details of the event and a link to register as an attendee can be found at:
13. Comparative Literature and Culture (CLCWeb) is calling for papers for a special issue titled “Humor, the Absurd, and the Abject in Middle Eastern and North African Cultural Production”.
From the films of Elia Suleiman to the cartoons of Ali Ferzat, humor and the absurd have long permeated the landscape of literary and cultural production across the Middle East and North Africa. Writers, artists, and intellectuals have employed an aesthetics of humor in a myriad of forms- from lampooning caricatures and songs, to a cinema of the absurd and satirical theater. While some of the recent scholarship in Middle East humor studies has focused on the role of humor and satire in the Arab uprisings and other mass protest movements as well as the lampooning of contemporary Islamist extremists as forms of resistance, this special issue will focus on new scholarship on the relationships between humor, the absurd, and the abject in works of literature, music, and visual culture.
We invite original contributions that explore these and related questions for a special edition on humor, the absurd, and the abject in all forms of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern cultural production. Please send abstracts of no longer than 250 words, a 100 word biography, and 5 keywords by April 30th, 2021. Full articles of 5,000-8,000 words or critical reviews of 3,000 words will be due by October 1, 2021.
This issue will be edited by Dr. R. Shareah Taleghani and Dr. Yasmine Ramadan.
For those interested, more information is available here: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb/callsforpapers.html
1. The Role of Islamic Coins in Reading the History of a Site: Baalbak and Beirut as example, by Dr. Hassan Akra (Lebanese University)
February, 11th (3h-4h PM CET, 4h-5h PM in Amman & Beirut)
Join next conference of Ifpo’s webinar “ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA FROM LATE ANTIQUITY TO THE OTTOMAN PERIOD. FIRST SERIES: LEBANON AND JORDAN”
Coins have not only an economic function, as a medium of exchange, but also other relevant functions: for instance, they can be a propaganda instrument intended to propagate the ideology of a political or/and religious power in place. The economic aspect revealed through the material aspect of coins, namely their intrinsic value (weight and alloy), makes it possible to perceive the financial and monetary policy of a State at a specific moment in its history and reflects as well the vicissitudes and vagaries of the political or economic situation as it may appear at the time of the strike. However, the coins legend – « any inscription appearing on the obverse and/or reverse of a coin: a name, a title, an indication of the mint, value, a date, a religious motto or not …” (Dictionnaire de Numismatique 2001) – is also rich in information. Here we will focus mainly on these data and their evolution throughout the medieval period.
By crossing these data both with written sources (especially chronicles of historians of the time) and archaeological documentation, coins become a tool of great importance. On the one hand, they enable us to read the history of a site or a city: in this context, we will present here the history of Baalbek in medieval times through coins (636-1516). On the other hand, coin hoards will help to fill monetary and/or historical gaps on a very precise period: in this context, we will present the Abbasid hoard discovered in Beirut and the Crusaders hoard discovered in Sarepta/Sarfand.
Dr. Hassan Al-Akra holds a PhD in “Archeology, History and Documents” from Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) in Paris. He is specialized in numismatic studies of the medieval period.
He is currently Assistant Professor at the Lebanese University, at the Department of Arts and Archeology, Faculty of Human Sciences, Section 3 – Tripoli. He is researcher at the National Museum of Beirut, where he is studying medieval coins (from Islamic and Crusaders periods) and co-director of the archaeological project at Abu-l-Hasan Fort, a fort of the Medieval period, in Sfaray/Jezzine. He is instructor at the Ministry of Tourism, where he teaches the course “Archeological sites” for the diploma in Tourist Guidance.
He published several articles about the political and religious change in the Middle East through the study of coins, and he has given many seminaries on cultural, historical and contemporary heritage of religious and historical sites and museums.
His books “L’Histoire de Baalbek à l’époque médiévale d’après les monnaies” (Presses de l’Ifpo) won the prize of “Medaille Drouin” from the French Academy and the Samir Shamma Prize from the British Museum in 2018.
Since 2018, he is the General Director of the Lebanese National Library.
2. ONLINE: 18th Annual Islamicate Graduate Students Association Conference on “What Does Race Have to Do with Religion? Racialization and Worldwide Islam”, UNC-Duke, 20-21 February 2020
Fields inclusive of, but not limited to: Religious Studies, Political Science, Sociology, History, Art History, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Asian Studies, African American Studies, Geography, Women and Gender Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, American Studies, and African Studies.
3. ONLINE Discussion “Trans/Formations in Arabic Literary Theory: Prospects and Limits”, Columbia University, 19 March 2021, 10:00 am EST; First Session: 14-17 June 2021; Second Session: 14-17 October 2021
We invite scholars to explore a plethora of thematic issues tied to the challenges of mapping, reconstructing, and studying varied sets of Arabic literary theoretical frameworks with the aim of identifying cross-temporal and trans-local conceptualizations and terms for a genealogy of Arabic literary theory.
4. ONLINE Panel on “What Does Diaspora Mean in the 21st Century” during the “12th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 12)”, Kyoto, 24-27 August 2021
The conference will explore the meaning of diaspora in the 21st century. The diasporic discourse is at risk of becoming teleological as a means of articulation, and, thereby, masking the very real struggles that may only eventually produce collectiveness. Or, does this disavow any room for dynamics within diasporic studies? The globalisation also brings with it a whole new set of parameters for perspectives on belonging.
5. Panel on “European Islam and the Emergence of New Religious and Political Authorities between the Local Dimension and Transnationalities” during the “Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion”, Münster, 30 August – 2 September 2021
The papers, with sociological, anthropological, theological and historical approaches, discuss how new forms of authority undermine the traditional ones and redefine the transnational ties between Islamic communities in Europe and Islamic countries which through various mechanisms influence the construction of European Islam.
Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2021. Information: Dr. Minoo Mirshahvalad (University of Turin), email@example.com
6. Workshop and Publication: “Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean (1350-1750). A Thesaurus under Discussion”, University Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7 September 2021
To achieve a comprehensive understanding of the relations between Christianity and Islam, the conference will especially discuss the following specific terms: Orient – Occident, Morgenland – Abendland, Doğu-Batı – Coexistence, Convivencia – Hybridity – Border-Frontier, Center – Periphery, Holy Land – Reconquista, Rückeroberung, Fetih.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 April 2021. Information: https://is-le.eu/calls/islamic-legacy-narratives-east-west-south-north-of-the-mediterranean-1350-1750-a-thesaurus-under-discussion/
7. ONLINE Workshop: “Rewiring the House of God: Religious Self-World Relations in the Digital Environment (Including Islam)”, Universities of Birmingham, Graz and Erfurt, 15-17 September 2021
The workshop will examine the mutually transformative relationship between digital technologies and contemporary modes of religiosity.
Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2021. Information: https://www.uni-erfurt.de/en/max-weber-kolleg/kolleg/recent-news/translate-to-english-veranstaltungen/eventdetail/rewiring-the-house-of-god-religious-self-world-relations-in-the-digital-environment
8. Post-doctoral Research Fellow (3 Years, Focus “Age & Generation” in Historical Iran), Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
The research unit “Age & Generation” studies processes of reshaping inter-generational relations. The candidates must hold a PhD in history, anthropology, sociology, area studies, or cognate disciplines. Applications should preferably have a historical perspective.
Deadline for applications: 15 February 2021. Information: https://www.zmo.de/fileadmin/Karriere/Ausschreibung_Age_Gen_Postdoc_1.pdf
9. Academic Coordinator for Joint Project on Democratic Impulses in North Africa and the Middle East since the 19th Century, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
Requirements: Above-average degree results (MA or equivalent) in the humanities or social sciences, ideally relating to West or North Africa. Very good German and English language skills; French skills desirable. Experience in academic management.
Deadline for applications: 16 February 2021. Information: https://www.zmo.de/fileadmin/Karriere/Ausschreibung_Academic-CoordinatorEZV_ZMO.pdf
10. Post-doctoral Researcher on the “European Qur’an”, Université de Nantes
To join the project “The European Qur’an: Islamic Scripture and European Culture and Religion (1150-1850)”. Requirements: Applicants should have a PhD in a discipline in the humanities by the time of application, or at least strong assurance that they will obtain the PhD by August 2021. Candidates should be fluent in English and French and have strong skills in other languages appropriate to their research topics. Some knowledge of and experience in digital humanities (e.g., XML-TEI) is welcome.
Deadline for applications: 31 March 2021. Information: https://euqu.eu/research-opportunities/
11. Lecturer in the History of the Middle East, SOAS University of London
The preferred candidate will be proficient in the regional languages relevant for their research, with a demonstrated openness to transnational and interdisciplinary approaches. We particularly welcome applicants working on histories of gender, migration, and the environment. The periodic focus is open.
Deadline for applications: 14 March 2021. Information: https://iismm.hypotheses.org/51899
12. Associate Director, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University
Requirements: PhD strongly preferred; ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources; excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization; ability to oversee and direct staff; basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.
13. Appel à Candidatures 2021: Prix Michel Seurat, Sociétés contemporaines du Proche-Orient et du Maghreb
Ce programme vise à aider financièrement chaque année (15 000 € en 2021) un jeune chercheur, ressortissant d’un pays européen ou d’un pays du Proche-Orient ou du Maghreb, contribuant ainsi à promouvoir connaissance réciproque et compréhension entre la société française et le monde arabe.
Date limite de dépôt des candidatures : 15 avril 2021. Information : firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. Summer Programme: “Gender in Muslim Contexts”, Aga Khan University London, 28 June – 6 July 2021
Run by leading experts on gender and Islam, the programme will bring together scholars and students from diverse backgrounds to discuss key issues in the study of gender in Muslim contexts.
Deadline for application: 16 April 2021. Information: https://www.aku.edu/ismc/study/Pages/summer-programme.aspx
15. École doctorale : « Les usages du Coran dans les sociétés musulmanes contemporaines », IRMC, Tunis, 14-18 juin 2021
Cet atelier doctoral entend examiner les modalités de cette reconfiguration en étudiant les incidences et les recompositions induites par ces nouveaux usages du Coran dans les activités ordinaires des croyants, y compris l’éducation religieuse.
Les dossiers sont attendus avant le 15 février 2021. Information: https://calenda.org/830282?file=1
16. MIDA/ENIS Summer School: “Spoken Images of/in Islam:Languages and Translations in Texts and Images”, Università degli Studi di Catania, Sicily, New Dates: 5–9 July 2021
The main objective of this school is to investigate the image–text relations in Muslim traditions by applying to different genres of images and texts and by thinking about how they are affected by translation or interpretation.
Deadline for application: 1 April 2021. Information: http://iismm.ehess.fr/docannexe/file/2147/call_ed2021_06_11_20_final3.pdf
17. Articles for “Diyâr. Journal of Ottoman, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies“
Diyâr is a new, interdisciplinary and interregional academic journal concerned with research on Turkey, the Ottoman Empire and its successor states, Iran, Central Asia and the Caucasus. We accept articles of a variety of research topics and areas in the field of the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences written in German, English, and French.
Deadline for articles: 15 March 2021. Information: https://www.diyar.nomos.de/index.php?id=7418&L=1
18. Articles on “Muslim Women and Gender at the Margins” for Special Issue of “Religions”
This Special Issue seeks to focus on the heterogeneity and multiply gendered ways of being Muslim by drawing attention to the subjectivities, performativity and experiences of those women who tend to be marginalized even within critical feminist scholarship on women and Islam.
Deadline for manuscripts: 1 December 2021. Information: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/Muslim_women_margins
19. Contributions for “The IASA Bulletin” of the International Association for the Study of Arabia (Spring 2021)
The IASA Bulletin compiles notices on research, publications, fieldwork, museum updates, societies, conferences and events in the Arabian Peninsula as well as feature articles and book reviews.
Deadline for contributions: 14 February 2021. Information: https://www.theiasa.com/publications/bulletin/
20. Chapters for the Edited Volume “Marxism in Muslim Contexts: Communist Organizing, Socialist Movement, and Religious Response”
Proposals investigating Muslim responses to Marxism from historical, anthropological, literary, sociological, cultural, and religious perspectives are welcomed.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2021. Information: email@example.com.
21. Complex Metallurgy of the Bronze Age-Iron Age Transition in Iran: Archaeomaterials and Forensic Investigations
Funded PhD: EU and UK only; March 15 2021
The Cranfield Forensic Institute and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory are offering, in partnership with the British Museum, a fully-funded PhD studentship on the archaeometallurgy of Iran during the Bronze Age-Iron Age transition (c. 1200–800 BCE). The student will investigate an exceptional collection of artefacts that includes substantial quantities of bladed weaponry.
For more information and to apply, see:
22. Open Access:
Materials for a History of the Persian Narrative Tradition. Two Characters: Farhād and Turandot.
Author: Orsatti, Paola.
Published: Venezia: Ca’ Foscari, 201
23. University of California – Berkeley
Lecturer Pool All Specializations – Department of History
The Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department. Positions may range from 16% to 100% time, which would translate to 1 to 6 courses over a two semester academic year.
The Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley, is generating an applicant pool of qualified instructors to teach courses in all areas of History (Africa, Ancient Greece & Rome, Byzantine, Early Modern Europe, East Asia, North America, Jewish, Late Modern Europe, Latin America, Medieval Europe, Middle East, Science, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and other various needs), pending openings.
24. The Institute of History and the Research group for the Near and Middle East of the Károli Gáspár Reformed University, and the Department of Turkic Studies of Eötvös Loránd University cordially invite you to the following online event:
VÁMBÉRY STUDIES COLLOQUIUM
12 February 2021 (Friday)
Invite Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81972924889
Meeting ID: 819 7292 4889
09.00. (CET). István Vásáry (member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, ELTE University, Department of Turkic Studies, Budapest):
Has Vámbéry’s lifework any relevance for today?
25. The Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies Presents:
Forugh Farrokhzad, Modernity and Madness
Leila Rahimi Bahmany, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Friday, February 12, 4-6 pm EST
Zoom Registration: https://uoft.me/IranianStudies
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/4142168369145728
1.Upcoming conference: Islamic Traditions in ‘Greater Khurāsān’
You are warmly invited to attend Islamic Traditions in ‘Greater Khurāsān: Ismailis, Sufis and Sunnis’ (February 24 – 27, 2021) convened by Dr Dagikhudo Dagiev at The Institute of Ismaili Studies.
The goal of this international conference is to explore a variety of manifestations of Islamic culture over a vast geographical area situated in the easternmost part of the Islamic world, including contemporary Central Asia, Afghanistan, north-eastern Iran, the Xinjiang region of western China and northern and western Pakistan. We have chosen to use the medieval geographic term ‘Greater Khurāsān’ to refer to this area.
Click below to learn more, download the conference programme, and register to attend.
Dates: 24 – 27 February 2021
Time: Sessions start from 11.30 GMT
Location: Online (Zoom)*
*Please note that the conference will be recorded, and may be published online by the Institute for use in teaching, research and marketing.
For further information and registration, please click the above link.
The British Library’s collections of manuscripts from the Islamic world of Southeast Asia were largely formed during the early 19th century by officials in the service of the East India Company. These early colonial philologists eagerly sought out original literary, historical and legal texts composed in local languages such as Malay, Javanese and Bugis, but paid little attention to the rich corpus of writings in Arabic, constituting the bedrock of Islamic scholarship in the region. Manuscripts of the Qur’an, commentaries and prayerbooks were usually ignored, being regarded as poor copies of canonical texts already well known from multiple ‘better’ and older prototypes from the Middle East.
3. 18 Feb event – Black Monuments Matter – an insider’s guide to the exhibition.
The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and the Zamani Project at the University of Cape Town are pleased to present an online talk, chaired by Professor Stephane Pradines and given by three of the scholars and surveyors who designed and delivered the site.
Ralph Schroeder, Bruce McDonald and Roshan Bhurtha will cover an introduction to Zamani including some interesting documented sites and the recent House of Wonders collapse in Zanzibar.
The lecture will offer an overview of the Black Monuments Matter website and will share an in-depth look at three of the sites; Zimbabwe, Kua and Meroe using video and modelling to illustrate key points with additional insight into how data was used in the creation of the exhibition. The talk will conclude with a preview of the team’s upcoming projects.
Black Monuments Matter recognises and highlights African contributions to world history by exhibiting World Heritage Monuments and architectural treasures from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Black Monuments Matter aspires to create links to living African heritage by making it visible, assessable and known to as many people as possible. In general, we would like to raise awareness of and respect towards Black cultures and Africa’s past to a larger audience.
Black monuments matter and black cultures matter. Sites and monuments are physical representations of histories, heritage and developments in society. This exhibition aims to display the diversity and richness of African cultures as part of world history through the study of African monuments; bringing awareness and pride of African roots and contributions to other cultures.
The African continent has numerous sites and monuments of historic and cultural importance, and our exhibition showcases some of its diversity and richness. From the pyramids of Sudan, the Great Mosque of Timbuktu, to the Swahili cities of East Africa, each site is presented in a virtual room and is introduced by short texts written by African scholars.
Through an approach founded on the latest knowledge and technology developed by the Zamani Project, this online exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about the glorious monuments and sites of African heritage and black cultures across Sub-Saharan Africa.
18 February 2021 at 12 noon London time
Join Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 981 1417 2743
Register here for updates.
4. From Malabar to Coromandel: Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture
Seminars and lectures co-organized by the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and the HH Sri Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar Foundation, Mysore, presenting the pioneering scholarship in various cultural fields from both the Northern and Southern Deccan regions of India.
Evrim Binbas, University of Bonn, March 5, 1pm GMT
Subhashini Kaligotla, Yale University, March 26, 2pm GMT
Nicolas Roth, Harvard University, April 9, 1pm GMT
Julia A. B. Hegewald, University of Bonn, April 30, 1pm GMT
Navina Najat Haidar, Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 14, 1pm GMT
William Dalrymple in conversation with George Michell, May 28, 1pm GMT
Richard Eaton, University of Arizona, June 11, 2pm GMT
Marika Sardar, Aga Khan Museum, June 25, 1pm GMT
Centre for Visual Culture Seminar: New York, Lahore: In Dialogue with Shahzia Sikander and Salman Toor
March 10, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM GMT
Shahzia Sikander changed the game of the art world with her breakthrough at the Whitney Biennial in 1997. This year, Salman Toor, debuted his first solo museum exhibition at the Whitney, How Will I Know. In June, Sikander will open a career retrospective, Extraordinary Realities, at the Morgan Library & Museum co-organised with the RISD Museum. Centered on issues of gender, identity, global affiliations, appropriation, and narrative, this conversation engages the relationship between two artists on how they have navigated the shifting worlds of New York and Pakistan. In dialogue, we will pause and reflect over how we got here and anticipate where we are going.
5. NES Lecture: The European Qur’ān: The Qur’ān in European Religious and Cultural History, February 10, 2021, 12:00 pm (EST)
Mercedes García-Arenal (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas [CCHS-CSIC], Madrid), Jan Loop (Københavns Universitet), John Tolan (Université de Nantes) and Roberto Tottoli (Universita degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale). Hosted by Sabine Schmidtke (School of Historical Studies, IAS).
“The European Qur’ān” (EuQu: https://euqu.eu/) is an ongoing project funded by a Synergy Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), dedicated to the important place of the Muslim holy book in European cultural and religious history. From the 12th century to the 19th, European Christians read the Qur’ān in Arabic, translated it into Latin, Greek and various vernacular languages, refuted it in polemical treatises, and mined it for information about Islam and Arab history. The “European Qur’ān”, in its various manifestations (Arabic editions, Latin and vernacular translations) should be conceived as scholarly efforts to understand Islam; as weapons in polemical exchanges between divergent versions of Christianity; as financial ventures on the part of printers and publishers; and as tools for the understanding of Semitic languages, Arab history and culture, and the history of monotheism.
The team that leads the project —Mercedes García-Arenal, John Tolan, Roberto Tottoli, Jan Loop— with their respective units in Madrid, Nantes, Naples and Copenhagen, will be dealing with various aspects of the transmission, translation, uses and study of the Qur’ān in Europe, on the role the Qur’ān played in debates about European cultural and religious identities, and more broadly about the place of the Qur’ān in European culture.
Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
This is a collection of lessons in codicology – the study of handwritten documents or codices – and palaeography from the Muslim world. The lessons will guide you through the ways books were made and used there before the printing press, by investigating the traces left by producers, owners and readers of manuscripts. Using your mouse, you will come close to people in the manuscript age as they produced, transmitted, cherished and “consumed” the written texts.
The lessons are centered around fully digitalised manuscripts from the oriental collection of Leiden University Libraries. They include samples in Arabic, Persian and Coptic, from cultures ranging from the Maghrib to Mughal India. The lessons can be read in any order. All include suggestions for further reading and questions (with answers) or assignments.
8. I am writing on behalf of the Editorial Board of Essays in History (EiH) to announce that the journal is currently soliciting submissions for its upcoming fifty-fourth volume. We welcome submissions from scholars of the history of Middle Eastern politics.
Essays in History (EiH) is an open access journal for emerging historians. EiH publishes peer-reviewed articles and historiographical essays in all areas of historical inquiry, as well as reviews of the most recent scholarship. The journal has been staffed by graduate students at the University of Virginia since 1954. EiH aims to provide a supportive experience for our editors, authors, and referees. The editorial team is committed to ensuring that equity, anti-racism, and accessibility are at the heart of who we are, how we operate, and the work we publish.
Essays in History welcomes submissions from graduate students, scholars who have received their PhD within the last five years, and accomplished undergraduates. The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2021. You may submit your work or volunteer to serve as an anonymous referee through our website: https://www.essaysinhistory.com
Alice King, Managing Editor,
The Editorial Team of Essays in History
9. Arab Translators Association (ArTA) is pleased to invite you to attend the Lecture titled:
Translation as an intercultural encounter
Dr. Ayman Nazzal
An-Najah National University, West Bank, Palestine
Day: Wednesday 10/2/2021
Time: 8 p.m. Jerusalem Time, 6 p.m. GMT
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89615401270
Free Certificate of Attendance sent to your email on the same day.
Dr. Ayman Nazzal:
Assistant Professor: Taught courses in General Linguistics, syntax and semantics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and Rhetoric & Public Communication
PH.D. in General Linguistics, Speech Communication, and Humanistic Studies
State University of New York at Albany, Albany, N.Y. 1996-2001
M.A. Degree in General/theoretical Linguistics & Cognitive Science
NYU, New York, N.Y. 1990-1993 Part-time
M.A. Degree in Applied Linguistics & Pedagogy
S.U.N.Y AT Stony Brook, N.Y.
10. The programme of the second semester of the monthly seminar “Companies, Policies and Cultures of the Iranian World” organized by the Iranian World Research Center (CeRMI, UMR 8041) can be accessed at: