AlKindi, the online catalogue of the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies, Cairo (IDEO)
IDEO’s library is one of the prominent libraries specialised in Islamic studies in the world. It is opened to all. Our library gathers over 125,000 monographs and nearly 1,800 journals and periodicals. It intends to cover all disciplines in Islamic studies: Arabic language, Quranic exegesis, theology, law and jurisprudence, history, philosophy, sufism, history of sciences. It provides more than 20,000 classical texts of the Arabic and Islamic heritage, and secondary literature in Arabic and European languages. Many PhD dissertations are also available.
2. The World of the Tazkirah: Sources for Study of the Premodern Persianate Lands
Friday, February 5th, 2016
University of California, Irvine | Humanities Gateway 1010
The tazkirah is a premodern genre of writing with a long history in Persian and Arabic literature, as well as in the literatures they influenced such as Urdu, Turkish, and others. Essentially a type of biographical dictionary or anthology, tazkirahs could cover a range of figures, including Sufi saints, religious scholars, political notables, and poets. This conference draws together scholars from across academic disciplines and linguistic traditions who use tazkirahs as sources for their research. What can tazkirahs tell us not only about their subjects, but about their authors, and the literary traditions and historical conditions to which they belonged? What innovative methodologies can be brought to bear upon these texts? For what types of inquiry can they be fruitful? How can interdisciplinary work bring new approaches to the study of tazkirahs and the contexts in which they were produced? This conference may help to answer these and other questions through original research presented by the conference participants.
Attendance is free and open to the public. The full program is available online at the conference website.
3. Uncovering The Past Towards the Future, Uniting Experiences and Values. Kurdistan in Western and Eastern Research Tradition. 24-26.10.2016
Institute of Oriental Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
The conference will be held in memory of August Kościesza-Żaba, the Polish-Russian diplomat and researcher and Mela Mahmud Bayazidi the Kurdish clergyman who according to Żaba “was his teacher and collaborator” in collecting, translating and commenting on Kurdish texts.
The main aim of the conference is to bring together scholars in Kurdish studies from Kurdistan as well as from the West and the East of Europe. The conference is related to the research project How to make a voice audible? Continuity and change of Kurdish culture and social reality in postcolonial perspectives. Until now, our experiences have shown that methods and approach to Kurdish studies applied in the light of different academic traditions give birth to different interpretations of what Kurdish studies entails and what is important in developing and deepening its research areas. This creates the diverse hierarchy of topics and methods of studying them, which is not necessarily readable for the academics from different parts of the world. That is why during our conference we would like to pay attention to the problem of distinct Eastern and Western European traditions in Kurdish studies and to thematise their differences and similarities.
Our aim is also to stress the importance of the three elements which today should contribute to more successful Kurdish research: the wide theoretical background, good knowledge of language and the contact with the studied reality and people. Although sometimes differently evaluated and discussed, knowledge and experiences can, be in fact, effectively shared and exchanged in our Kurdish studies society. We would like to give the possibility for participants to make their presentations in three different languages: English, Kurdish and Russian. We believe that the present stage of Kurdish studies cannot give priority only to the English language. That is why we would also like to promote the knowledge of the native language (i.e. Kurdish and its dialects) and Russian as the language of a long and rich tradition in Kurdish studies.
4. The journal Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME) is looking to recruit a new Book Review Editor, with the first contributed work to appear in Volume 5(1), Summer 2016.
The Book Review Editor will work with the chief editor and publisher, and be responsible for liaising with publishers marketing departments (securing books for review, sending published reviews to the press), commissioning suitable reviewers and supplying them with books, and editing and readying the final work for publication. The book review section will be forwarded to the publishing house for copyediting and layout, and then reviewed by the Books Review Editor prior to final publication. We anticipate between 6 and 12 books being reviewed for each instalment of the section, to be published twice a year.
A wonderful opportunity for the right candidate, this is an unpaid, volunteer position requiring a commitment of at least two years. The Book Review Editor will be expected to participate in editorial decisions for the journal, secure topically relevant review copies, recruit and coordinate a pool of reviewers, and assemble a high-quality, informative book review section.
ACME wishes to recruit for this position before February 15, 2016. If you are interested, please forward a copy of your curriculum vitae, along with a brief statement about your interest in the position and an example of your professional writing to:
Dr. Pedram Khosronejad (Chief Editor)
Farzaneh Family Scholar
Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies
School of International Studies
Oklahoma State University
Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME) is seeking a new book review editor is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the anthropological studies of all societies and cultures in the Middle East and Central Eurasia. All submissions for articles are peer-reviewed. Its scope is to publish original research by social scientists not only in the area of anthropology but also in sociology, folklore, religion, material culture and related social sciences. It includes all areas of modern and contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China), including topics on minority groups and religious themes.
5. Published on 25 January 2016:
Jan Just Witkam, Inventory of the Oriental manuscripts of the Library of the University of Leiden, vol. 18.
Manuscripts Or. 17.001 – Or. 18.000, registered in Leiden University Library in the period between April 1980 and December 1982.
Free downloads of this volume from: http://www.islamicmanuscripts.info/inventories/leiden/or18000-definitief-20160125.pdf
An overview of all volumes published to date (all freely downloadable): http://www.islamicmanuscripts.info/inventories/leiden/index.html
Jan Just Witkam
(Leiden University Institute of Area Studies, LIAS)
6. David R. Blumenthal Prize in Medieval Jewish Studies
The deadline for submissions to The David R. Blumenthal Prize in Medieval Jewish Studies has been extended to June 1, 2016.
The David Blumenthal Prize in Jewish Studies selection committee is soliciting book-length manuscripts in Jewish Studies that utilize historical, literary, and philological methods for the study of Jewish life in the Islamic world as well as medieval Jewish Studies generally.
Named for the eminent scholar David R. Blumenthal of Emory University, long-time editor of the Études sur le judaïsme medieval (EJM) series at Brill, the prize-winning manuscript will be published in the EJM series. The prize winner will also receive $500 cash and $500 in book credits from Brill. Brill particularly encourages junior scholars to submit manuscripts for this prize; nominations for the prize may be submitted by scholars on their own behalf.
To be considered for the prize, complete manuscripts must be submitted by 1 June 2016 to Katelyn Chin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org ; the winner of the prize will be announced at the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) conference in December 2016.
7.CFP for the session ‘‘Islam, Vernacularization and Cultural Heritage,’ at the World Archaeological Congress (Kyoto, August 28-September 2, 2016).
We are hoping to attract a wide diversity of researchers who work on Islam and cultural heritage from a critical perspective, from diverse temporal and geographical contexts, and in strong consideration of the challenging contemporary contexts in which Islamic heritages are discussed. The intents of the panel are to deepen our intellectual and pedagogical approach to the studies of cultural heritage and material culture in Islamic contexts, and to inspire, encourage and motivate dialogue. Ideally, we will amass enough interest to run two back-to-back sessions, with the aim of pouring our efforts into a dedicated publication in a peer-reviewed journal (discussions underway).
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Texas A&M University at Qatar
Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann
Assistant Professor of African Studies, Hampshire College, USA
8. Webinar – Islamic Material Culture: “The Rise of an Agricultural Empire” (Summer 2016)
57-525 Webinar in Islamic Material Culture “The Rise of an Agricultural Empire”
Economy and Material Culture in the Early Islamic Empire
Bi-Weekly, Wednesday, 4-6 pm CEST Starting April 6, 2016
Islamic Material Culture
The Universität Bonn (Bethany Walker), the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (Andreas Kaplony), The Bard Graduate Center in New York (Abigail Balbale), and Universität Hamburg (Stefan Heidemann) are co-operating in setting up a series of webinars in Archaeology of the Middle East, Arabic Papyrology, Islamic Arts and material Culture, and Numismatics of the Middle East.
9. The Department of Middle Eastern Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a lecturer position in Arabic starting in Fall 2016. This successful applicant will be expected to teach Arabic language courses at all levels (including advanced content courses) for an average of twelve hours per week according to the needs of the program. This position is renewable annually; contingent upon budgetary funding and performance. Security sensitive position; background check conducted on applicant selected.
Applicants should hold an MA or PhD in teaching Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL) or a related field, be a native or near-native speaker of Arabic and/or have at least three years of university level teaching experience and experience teaching in an intensive program integrating the teaching of both standard and spoken Arabic.
Applicants should submit a brief cover letter indicating interest in the position, curriculum vitae, a list of three references, formal student evaluations, and statement of teaching philosophy via Interfolio, http://apply.interfolio.com/33798. Please direct any questions to Mrs. Denise Beachum at: email@example.com.
The University of Texas at Austin is an equal employment opportunity affirmative action employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.Posted in: Academic items
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