The deadline for submissions is 19th April 2024.
This presentation will discuss some of the main features of Persian historiography under the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals. Early modern chroniclers engaged in a number of historiographical practices, including engaging with and modifying the earlier Timurid historiographical traditions, rewriting and repurposing their own narratives, blending genres, and continuing practices such as writing universal histories. By examining Persian chronicles across empires, it is possible to gain a better understanding of how these historiographical traditions crossed imperial boundaries and formed part of the Persianate world.
The talk will draw upon some of the main points in the author’s recent book, Persian Historiography across Empires: the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals (Cambridge University Press, 2021).
Al-Mahdi Institute’s Department of Hadith and History is pleased to open registration for their upcoming two-day conference, running from Monday, 12th February until Tuesday, 13th February 2024, titled: ‘Compiling a Tradition: The History and Development of the Early Imāmī Hadith Corpora,‘ convened by Dr Haidar Hobbollah.
Link for More Information on the Conference: https://www.almahdi.edu/hadith-conference)
To register to attend:
Call for Applications
Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI), Birmingham, UK
Application Deadline: February 10, 2024
Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI) invites applications for the second round of the AMI Doctoral Scholarship award, aimed at supporting outstanding students engaged in the study of Imāmī (Twelver) Shīʿism. Recognizing the need to broaden the scope of this significant yet underrepresented area within Islamic studies, the scholarship aims to promote and encourage the study of Imāmī Shīʿism in academia.
The scholarship is open to international doctoral candidates, particularly those in the UK and North America, and offers a £3,000 grant to students writing their thesis in the English language.
For more information:
The British Institue of Persian Studies presents
‘Persian Poetry on the High Seas: Migration and the Making of an Early Modern World Literature’
| 17 January 2024; 5PM |
Over the course of the 17th century, many hundreds of professional poets active in Persian travelled across the western Indian Ocean, moving between Safavid Iran, Mughal North India, the sultanates of the Deccan Plateau, Qasimi Yemen and Ottoman-controlled North Arabia. Wherever they journeyed, these writers managed to form bonds with the people that they encountered by composing and sharing poetry. This talk discusses why Persian poetry was such a successful tool for creating communities of shared interests and explores the impact of literary networks on the formation of shared political cultures.
James White studies late medieval and early modern Iran from a transregional perspective, examining how writers and their patrons used shared sets of cultural concepts to construct what scholars now call the Persianate World. His recent book, Persian and Arabic Literary Communities in the Seventeenth Century, explores the agency of early modern writers who migrated between Iran, India and the Arabian Peninsula, forming a consciously globalising literary culture. He is currently Departmental Lecturer of Persian Studies at Oxford University, and previously held research and teaching roles at Cambridge, Oxford and FU Berlin.
The Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo (Tobunken) will host a lecture by Dr. Lloyd Ridgeon (University of Glasgow) on “Denominational Dynamics within Futuwwat Literature of the Medieval Period in Anatolia and Iran” on January 20 (Sat). Those who are interested in participating in the event are cordially invited to register in advance by January 17 (details below).
“Denominational Dynamics within Futuwwat Literature of the Medieval Period in Anatolia and Iran”
Dr. Lloyd Ridgeon (Reader in Islamic Studies, the Department of Theology, University of Glasgow; https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/critical/staff/lloydridgeon/)
Date and Time:
January 20 (Sat), 2024, at 16:30-18:15 (Japanese time)
The University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, 3F Conference Room No. 2 (東京大学東洋分館研究所3階、第二会議室), and online via Zoom.
By the medieval period, the futuwwat associations had developed in a form of “second-class” Sufism. The authors of the majority of futuwwat treatises of the period were composed by adherents of a Sunni madhhab, yet it is of note that their works betray no overt hostility to the Shi`a tradition – in fact what is most noticeable is the promotion of a form of ʿAlidisation. This may be explained by similarities in Sufi-Shi`i dogma, and the presence of influential Shi`i individuals round political leaders. This presentation examines eight individuals/futuwwat-nāmas to help elucidate whether or not there exited a tension at the heart of society between these two denominations in Islam.
How to Participate:
Please fill in the form at https://forms.gle/rXR5BKtu2WHw4eZW7, by Jan 17, at 24:00 JST.
Contact Person: Naoki Nishiyama (nishiyama[at]ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp)