1. American University of Beirut
Sheikh Zayed Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies
A conference marking 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Mysticism and Ethics in Islam
التصوف والأخلاق في الإسلام
Organized by Bilal Orfali, Radwan Sayyid, and Mohammed Rustom
May 2-3, 2019
Olayan School of Business, Maamari Auditorium
May 2, 2019
9:00-9:30 Opening Remarks: Dean of Arts and Sciences and Conference Organizers (Bilal Orfali, Radwan Sayyid, and Mohammed Rustom)
9:30-11:30 Panel 1: Defining Boundaries I
Chair: Ramzi Baalbaki, American University of Beirut
Suad al-Hakim, Lebanese University: “الأخلاق في التصوف: بين تزكية النفس وتزكية السلوك”
Chafika Ouail: Post-Doc, Orient Institute Beirut: “النسق المعرفي لإعادة إنتاج المفاهيم الأخلاقية عند الصوفية”
Issam Eido, Vanderbitt University: “تلوّنات المتصوّفة والمفهوم الأخلاقي في الأدب الصوفي”
Khaled Abdo, Mominoun Without Borders: “من نقد التصوّف إلى إصلاح الأخلاق :الكشف عن أعمال الديلمي”
11:30-12:00 Coffee Break
12:00-13:30 Panel 2: Defining Boundaries II
Chair: Atif Khalil, University of Lethbridge
Michael Arnold, American University of Beirut: “Sufism as an Ethical Panacea? Situating Taṣawwuf in Islamic Ethics”
Sophia Vasalou, Birmingham University: “Does al-Ghazālī have a Theory of Virtue?”
Jeremy Farrell, Emory University: “A “Value Theory” of Obligations: Early Sufi approaches to zuhd”
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-16:30 Panel 3: From Grief to Love
Chair: Sebastian Günther, University of Göttingen
Riccardo Paredi, American University of Beirut: “To Grieve or Not to Grieve? The Concept of ḥuzn in Early Sufism”
Atif Khalil, University of Lethbridge: “On Patience in Early Sufi Ethics”
Kazuyo Murata, King’s College London: “Sufism and the Pursuit of Happiness”
Mohammed Rustom, Carleton University: “Theo-Fānī: ʿAyn al-Quḍāt and the Fire of Love”
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break
17:00-18:00 Keynote Address: Jamal Elias, University of Pennsylvania: “Revisiting Rūmī’s Mathnawī as the ‘Persian Qur’an’ through the Lens of Anqarawī”
May 3, 2019
9:00-11:30 Panel 4: Late Pre-Modern Sufism
Chair: Bilal Orfali, American University of Beirut
Matthew Ingalls, American University in Dubai: “al-Shaʿrānī’s Laṭāʾif al-minan and the Virtue of Sincere Immodesty”
Rizwan Zamir, Davidson College, N.C: “‘Dogs are Better than You!’ Mockery in Punjabi Sufi Poetry”
Alexandre Papas, French National Center for Scientific research: “Sufism and Ethics in Central Asia: Ṣūfī Allāhyār’s Thabāt al-ʿājizīn and its Legacy”
Marcia Hermansen, University of Chicago: “Shāh Walī Allāh and the Virtues”
Muetaz A. Al-Khatib, American University of Beirut/Hamad Bin Khalifa University: “المعارف والأحوال: العزّ بن عبد السلام والتأسيس لأخلاق الظاهر والباطن”
11:30-12:00 Coffee Break
12:00-13:30 Panel 5: Literary Engagements
Chair: Enass Khansa, American University of Beirut
Lina Jammal, American University of Beirut: “أحلام المتصوّفة”
Richard McGregor, Vanderbilt University: “Beauty, Vision, and the Discipline of Bodies in Sufi Aesthetics”
Vahid Behmardi, Lebanese American University: “Social Ethics in Rūmī’s Mathnawī”
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-16:00 Panel 6: Sufism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries I
Chair: Lyall Armstrong, American University of Beirut
Paul Heck, Georgetown University: “Mystical Traditions of Prophetic Ethics in Moroccan Sufism: The Case of ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-Dabbāgh”
Ahmed El-Shamsy, University of Chicago: “Modernist Appropriations of Sufi Ethics”
Leila Almazova, International Relations Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University: “Sufism and Modern Muslim Ethics in 20th Century Russian Islamic Thought”
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:00 Panel 7: Sufism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries II
Chair: Bashshar Haydar, American University of Beirut
Mohammed Helmi: “سؤال التصوف في الأفق الـمُعاصر: التاريخ والـمصائر”
Oludamini Ogunnaike, College of William and Mary: “The Existential, Epistemological Ethics of Tarbiyah: Ibrahim Niasse’s Maqāmāt al-dīn al-thalāth”
Abdelouahab Belgherras, Centre de recherche en anthropologie sociale et culturelle: “الأخلاق الصوفية في الخطاب المعاصر: الإنسان “الكامل” والمواطنة العالمية”
American University of Beirut
P.O. Box 11-0236, Riad El Solh 1107 2020, Beirut, Lebanon
T: +961-1-350000 ext. 3800
2. The Hajji Baba Club, New York, Announces a New Fellowship in the Field of Carpet Studies
The Hajji Baba Club is pleased to announce the creation of a new fellowship in the field of carpet scholarship. The Hajji Baba Club is the oldest organization in the United States devoted to the study of oriental carpets and antique textiles. Founded in New York City in 1932, its original members included many collectors whose carpets and textiles now form principal holdings at several major US museums.
The fellowship seeks to support established and early-career scholars of outstanding promise. The first HBC Research Fellowship will be for the 2019-2020 academic year, from September to June. An annual HBC Research Fellowship will be awarded thereafter.
For the application procedure and terms of the fellowship, please see:
3. Conference: “A Century of State Making in Iraq: The Middle East in Transition”, University of Leicester, 24 April 2019
On the occasion of the anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s famous ‘Fourteen Points’ speech with regard to the Middle Eastern region, this is an inter-disciplinary scholarly activity focused on history, law and politics. The conference will bring together British, Iraqi and international experts and practitioners to discuss the inter-relationship between theory and practice.
4. The Most Important Event in Middle East and North African Studies in France 2019: “Congrès des études sur le Moyen-Orient et mondes musulmans”, SEMOMM, IISMM, GIS MoMM, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, 3-5 July 2019
This is the joint Congress of SEMOMM (Société d’études du Moyen-Orient et des mondes musulmans), IISMM (Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman) and GIS MOMM (Groupement d’intérêt scientifique Moyen-Orient et mondes musulmans).
Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2019. Information: https://www.semomm.fr/congres-gis-moyen-orient-mondes-musulmans-2019-appel-a-contributions/
5. 53rd Seminar for Arabian Studies, University of Leiden, 11-13 July 2019
Further Information: https://mailchi.mp/33eed0779ee8/bfsa-bulletin-call-for-contributions-1770885?e=18cf0337f7 _
6. Conference: “Regime-Critical Media and Arab Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities Post-Arab Spring”, University of Copenhagen, 5-6 September 2019
The research project ‘Mediatized diaspora (MEDIASP): Contentious Politics among Arab Media Users in Europe’ is pleased to announce the call for papers for this conference on regime-critical media – produced in or outside the Middle East and North Africa – and their users in diaspora.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2019. Information: https://ccrs.ku.dk/research/
7. Conference: “The Urban Artistic Heritage in the Islamic World”, RCICA, University of Tunis, 14-17 November 2019
Papers, videos and posters are invited on the following topics: 1) Issues and approaches associated with the urban artistic heritage in the Islamic world. 2) Islamic architecture and interior design. 3) Islamic book artworks (miniatures and book / manuscript illuminations) and Arabic calligraphy. 4) Applied arts and crafts (wood carving, metalwork, textile, carpets, leatherwork) in traditional Islamic cities.
Deadline for abstracts: 10 May 2019. Information: email@example.com
8. PhD Position for Research Project “Bibliotheca Arabica – Towards a New History of Arabic Literature: Libraries between the Mamluk and Ottoman Era”, Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Leipzig
The long-term research project invites applications for a part-time PhD position. Start date is January 2020; the contract period is 3 years, with an option of extension for another year. Requirements: MA or equivalent degree in Islamic Studies, Arabic philology; excellent knowledge of Arabic and preferably one other primary language of the Islamicate world; paleographical skills preferred; etc.
Deadline for application: 18 May 2019. Information: https://www.saw-leipzig.de/de/ausschreibungen/stellenausschreibungen/phd-position-in-the-research-project-bibliotheca-arabica.pdf/view
9. Research Associate at the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Beirut
Qualifications: Master or doctoral degree in political or social science with focus on the Middle East and preferably international relations, Germany and the EU; good knowledge of the situation in the Middle East with special focus on Syria and Iraq; excellent knowledge of English and German; etc.
Applications and start of the position at the earliest possible date. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Visiting Faculty Position in Middle Eastern and North African History, University of the Holy Cross, Worcester (MA)
Including Fall 2019 semester and Spring 2020 semester. Requirements: Ph.D. in Middle Eastern/North African History is preferred. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to, and excellence in, undergraduate teaching as informed by current practice and scholarship in the field.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/62147
11. Dissertation Award of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) for Research on the MENA Region
DAVO will award a prize of 3,000 Euro to the best dissertation in the field of contemporary research on the Middle East and North Africa which was written in German or English and submitted to a university by a member of DAVO in 2018.
Please send an application with a printed copy and a digital version of your dissertation, a summary, your CV and the assessments of your dissertation by two professors to email@example.com until 28 April 2019.
For further information on the advantages of being a member of DAVO see http://davo1.de/en/uber-die-davo/
12. LUCIS Summer School: “Philology and Manuscripts from the Muslim World”, University of Leiden, 20-30 August 2019
This summer school is for graduate (MA and PhD) students and researchers who have an interest in handwritten materials, editing, and the tradition of editing in the Muslim world. It offers theoretical lectures as well as hands-on practice with samples from the world-famous collections of the Leiden University Library.
Deadline for applications: 28 June 2019. Information: https://www.universiteitleiden
13. Call for Submissions: Syrian Studies Association Prizes for Outstanding Book
In order to promote and highlight excellence in research, the Syrian Studies Association awards annual prizes for the best writing on Bilad al-Sham until 1918 and on Syria in the period following.
In 2019, the SSA seeks submissions for the most outstanding book published between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019, and the most outstanding article or book chapter published between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
In order to be considered for the prize, candidates must join the association. Information about the Syrian Studies Association is available at the following website: http://www.ou.edu/ssa/index.html
Submissions in languages other than English are welcomed.
Articles should be sent electronically. Books can be sent either electronically or in hard copy.
The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2019. All submissions should be sent to Paul M. Cobb, Chair of the Prize Committee, at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org Winners will be announced at the SSA annual meeting held in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association in November 2019. Inquiries should be directed to Paul M. Cobb.
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- April 25, 2019
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