1. The Council on Middle East Studies (CMES) at the MacMillan Center invites applications for a post-doctoral position at Yale University for the 2020-2021 academic year. Candidates must have research and teaching experience relevant to North Africa, including any period from early modern to contemporary (1500 – present).The Council invites applications from across the social sciences and humanities.
The Post-Doctoral Associate will teach one course during the year, preferably in the Fall semester, convene the Middle East Studies Colloquium, and assist the chair of the Council with programming. Associates are expected to be in residence from August 2020 to May 2021 and take an active role in the activities of the Council on Middle East Studies.
Requirements include a viable research project and teaching an undergraduate seminar in the field of specialization. All applicants should have in-depth knowledge of at least one Middle East-related language; be fluent in English; and must have completed the PhD by the time of appointment. Applicants should submit a cover letter; a one-page description of research plans; a draft of a course syllabus and a title and brief summary of a second course; a CV; and two letters of reference. Compensation includes a competitive salary, moving expenses, research account, health insurance, and other benefits afforded to post-doctoral associates at Yale: http://your.yale.edu/work-yale/benefits/my-benefits-yale/postdoctoral-associate-benefits.
We will begin accepting applications immediately with review beginning February 1, 2020 and continuing until the selections are final.
2. Announcement of and Call for Papers for 2020 Conference:
Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa, 13-16 September 2020, Alexandria, Egypt
About the Conference
Bibliotheca Alexandrina and The Islamic Manuscript Association—in partnership with the library’s Manuscript Center and the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation—are delighted to announce the conference Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa, which will be held at Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt from 13 to 16 September 2020.
The conference will comprise six panels featuring original, current research on the Arabic-script manuscript cultures of North and Sub-Saharan Africa and the care and management of manuscript collections across the continent:
- Historical Traditions of Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa
• Manuscript Libraries and Manuscript Heritage Centres in Africa
• African Arabic-Script Languages
• Cataloguing and Publishing
• Preservation, Conservation, and Digitization
• Cultural Property Protection
Each panel will include four papers—one presented by an invited keynote speaker and three presented by persons selected through a call for papers—and the organizers are honoured that the following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation: Dr Helmi Sharawy, Dr Ahmed Chaouki Binebine, Dr Mohamed Diagayeté, and Dr Maria Luisa Russo.
Additionally, the conference will include six workshops corresponding to the themes of the panels. The languages of the conference will be Arabic, English, and French; and simultaneous interpretation will be available throughout the event. Subsequent to the conference, the organizers will publish its papers in an edited volume of proceedings.
Due to limited seating, the organizers recommend registering for the event in advance via the online registration form. Registration will open on 15 January 2020 and be conducted on a first come, first served basis. Persons wanting to attend a workshop must meet any prerequisites for participation and complete the separate online workshop application form. The application period will also open on 15 January 2020.
3. Open Access Book:
A Monument to Medieval Syrian Book Culture
The Library of Ibn ʿAbd al-Hādī
4. Registration for the next MBRN conference, ‘British Muslim Charitable Organisations: A Best Practice Forum’, is now open.
Birmingham, Jan 15th
A one-day conference organised by the Muslims in Britain Research Network in partnership with the Muslim Charities Forum and the Humanitarian Academy for Development
This event is for scholars and practitioners working in, working with or researching Muslim charities that are based in the United Kingdom but conduct charitable activities throughout the world. British Muslim INGOs have been in operation in the UK since the early eighties. Since then, the sector has grown and now includes over a hundred charities which have a total spend of just under half a billion pounds annually.
These charities have been at the forefront of providing aid in times of crisis and in supporting long term economic development in some of the poorest parts of the world. At this conference, scholars and practitioners from across this sector will showcase their work from the field and discuss and debate the challenges the sector faces, whether to do with fundraising, policy contexts, or working internationally. Papers will either focus on a specific aspect of British Muslim charity that presenters wish to highlight as best practice, or seek to open debates about working in any aspect of development work. The conference organisers intend to collect all or part of the proceedings of the conference to be published in book form.
The call for papers for this event has now closed, but all are welcome to register to attend.
The Muslims in Britain Research Network is a network of academics, researchers and practitioners that specialises in studying and supporting the development of the British Muslim community. The Muslim Charities Forum has been studying the sector for the past year and will be launching its research into the charity sector at this event. The Humanitarian Academy for Development is a centre of excellence serving the leadership, research and talent development needs of the humanitarian sector.
Tickets can be booked at the link below:
5. Call for Papers: Ideas in Motion: Arabia in Late Antiquity
Organisers: Leiden University and King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies
Date: August 26-27, 2020
Location: Leiden, the Netherlands
The Leiden University Late Antique and Medieval Studies Initiative in conjunction with the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies is hosting a two-day international conference on Ideas in Motion: Arabia in Late Antiquity. The conference will address key themes in religious, intellectual, and cultural history in Arabia in the period between 570-1000 AD. Central topics include:
- Transmission of ideas and texts
- Religious and philosophical doctrines and beliefs in Arabia
- Devotional piety and theology
- The Qurʾan, its history, and intellectual debates surrounding the text
- Early Islam and other religiosities and intellectual trends
- Holy men and holy places
- Apocalypticism and eschatology
We particularly welcome contributions from scholars working on the intersection between intellectual-cultural history and religious studies, and whose primary concern is the history of ideas and thought.
For consideration, please send a 300-word abstract in English to email@example.com by January 15, 2020. The language of the conference will be in English. Participants’ full travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the conference organisers.
6. Perspectives on Academic Persian
Springer Language Policy (LAPO) Series
CALL FOR CHAPTERS
There is a growing competition among many Middle Eastern languages to produce their academic discourse. Similar to academic English, most non-Western languages, including Persian, are developing new styles and genres to produce academic texts. Some follow conventional patterns of academic writings. Although the available literature discusses the literary aspects of Persian exhaustively (an example could be the scholarship on poetry and prose), not much has been written on styles and forms of academic Persian. Non-literary aspects of Persian, particularly its academic potential, remain unnoticed. In this volume, the primary question is, “what is academic Persian?” Could one revisit academic aspects to a language that has long been known for poetry and prose?
Perspectives on Academic Persian is a modest proposal to discover new areas of an old language. The volume would be published by Springer in the Language Policy (LAPO) series.
Abstract submission Feb 10, 2020
Acceptance note Mar 01, 2020
Chapter submission July 30, 2020
Initial reviews Aug 30, 2020
Revision submission Sep 30, 2020
For further information, contact:
Abbas Aghdassi, Ed., (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
7. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion
Edited by Ralph Hood & Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
For more information, please visit brill.com/rssr
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) is an interdisciplinary, international peer-viewed annual series, which publishes new and innovative research within the social scientific study of religion or belief. Contributions span a range of theoretical orientations, geographic contexts and research methods, though most articles are reports of original quantitative or qualitative research related mainly to the sociology and/or psychology of religion.
RSSR usually includes a guest-edited special section that allows networks of researchers to report studies in areas that are or current interest or which are innovative and expanding the discipline into new areas. For 2020, RSSR will include a special section on Feminist Approaches to the Sociology of Religion. This section will include chapter about research that utilises feminist epistemological frameworks to study lived experiences of religion or belief. For this issue we define feminist approaches broadly as those that
- use a gendered lens
- privilege lesser-heard voices including women
- reflect on researcher positionality
- seek societal transformation as an integral aspect of research.
Submitting Proposals: We invite proposals for the next edition of the RSSR. We welcome proposals from academics at all levels of their career, including early career researchers and final year PhD students. Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words together with names and short biographies (150 words), institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details.
- Deadline for abstracts: 5pm on Monday 13th January 2020
- Notification of acceptance of paper: 30th January 2020
- If accepted full papers will be due by 5pm Friday 31st April 2020
Manuscripts for both the main and special sections should be send to the editors, Ralph Hood (email@example.com) & Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information and submission guidelines please visit the Instructions for Authors document on brill.com/rssr, or contact the editor.
8. Anyone who has interest in the intersection between the Bible & the Qur’an, please consider submitting a paper to the Qur’an and Islamic Tradition in Comparative Perspective Unitat the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (https://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_CallForPaperDetails.aspx?MeetingId=36&VolunteerUnitId=518), which will be held in Adelaide between 5 – 9 July 2020.
Please mark your calendars: the deadline for abstracts is on 29 January 2020.
We especially encourage people of different voices, from senior scholars to graduate students and anyone in between.
You may have hermeneutical connections or intertextuality between Biblical or extra-Biblical texts and the Qur’an or Islamic tradition that you might like to share with other colleagues. The opportunities are endless. As long as it is academic, with a sincere search for truth without any personal agendas, we welcome it. This is an opportunity to appreciate the synergy between great scriptures and have all voices heard.
For those of you in Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific/South East Asia, this is an opportunity for you to present somewhere closer to home. For others, this is a good reason to visit beautiful Australia.
Even if you are not an SBL member, and do not wish to be an SBL member, we can still request a waiver for you to present your paper at the conference.
We look forward to your contributions.
Abdulla Galadari & John Kaltner
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