1. Iran Data Portal
We would like to inform you that the Iran Data Portal had moved from
Princeton University to Syracuse University. You will find a treasure
trove of information about Iranian politics, economics, legal and social
system on this portal. Check it out.
2.Al-Furqan Digital Library Portal
Open Access site
“Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation recently opened its Digital Library Portal. It provides free access to a variety of materials. English and Arabic interfaces are available. The portal allows cross searching between various collections; one of these collection is the “World Collection” which is the digital embodiment of the publication, World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts (4 vols.)This section allows for browsing collections of Islamic manuscripts from all over the the world by language, subject, size and date of establishment of the collections.”
3. 3rd International Conference on Kurdish Linguistics
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
25-26 August, 2016
After two conferences in Bamberg (August 2013) and Mardin (October 2014), the
3rd International Conference on Kurdish Linguistics (ICKL) will take place at
the University of Amsterdam on 25-26 August 2016. The event is jointly
organized by the Department of General Linguistics at the University of
Bamberg and the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication.
The conference serves as a forum of scientific exchange for linguists working
on any aspect of Kurdish, including the interactions with its neighboring
languages. Accordingly, we welcome contributions which address these issues
from the perspectives of various subdomains of linguistics, such as
sociolinguistics, descriptive and typologically-oriented analyses of phonology
and morphosyntax, formal approaches to the grammar, grammaticalization and
historical development, pragmatics, language acquisition, language contact,
and corpus linguistics.
Authors are invited to submit anonymized abstracts, limited to one single and
one co-authored presentation per person, for 20-minute talks. The language of
the conference is English.
Details of poster presentations will be provided by the organizers later.
Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages in length (including examples and
references) with 12 point font size (Times New Roman) and 1.5 line spacing.
Abstracts should be sent by 30 March 2015, as an attachment in pdf and docx
In the body of the email, please include the following information: Title of
paper, Your name,
Affiliation and address, E-mail address.
– Deadline for abstract submission: 30 March, 2016
– Notification to authors: 30 April, 2016
– Conference date: 25-26 August, 2016
Note: The conference will not cover travel and accommodation expenses;
however, lunches and refreshments during breaks will be offered to the
participants free of charge.
4. Lecturer in Persian
The University of California, Davis Classics Program and the Middle East/SouthAsia Studies Program announce a lecturer position to teach Persian in a new program.
Primary duties are to teach eight (8) courses at the elementary and intermediate level over three quarters, with the possibility of renewal. In addition to teaching duties, the instructor must hold a minimum of two regularly scheduled office hours per week to provide students with the opportunity for consultation outside of the classroom.Applicant must have an M.A. or a Ph.D. or be A.B.D in Persian or a related field. Applicant should have experience teaching Persian as a second languageat the college level or related experience in second language teaching.
Appointment dates are July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. Position is renewable.Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and teaching experience.
For full consideration, please apply by March 10, 2016. The position will
remain open until filled. All materials and information should be submittedelectronically. To apply, go to: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00862The following materials are required when applying: please send a letter of application indicating the texts and methods that you have used in Persian instruction, a CV, two sets of evaluations, two syllabi, sample tests and
quizzes, and three letters of reference.
5. CALL FOR PAPERS
Department of Iranian Studies, Sofia University
Center for Iran, Balkans and Central European Studies
Announces the International conference
‘’Iran and Europe in the Mirror of History’’
The Conference will take a place on June 02-03, 2016 at Sofia University.
Please send your abstract of about 500 words in English, Bulgarian or Persian to the following address:
Deadline: April 08 st,2016
Registration fee for Speakers: 30 Euro
Commonalities and bonds in Iranian Languages, especially Persian and European Languages
Iran and Iranians in European literature.
Europe in Iranian literature.(Various literary types, visualization and various combinations …)
– History and Civilization:
Iran and Europe, Pre-Islamic Relations.
The influence of Iranian Pre-Islamic Religious ideas in Europe.
The influence of Iranian Mysticism and Sufism in Europe. (Bektashi , Khorasani and…)
The influence of Europe in Iran in the twentieth century .
A comparative look at scholars from Iran and Europe.
Cultural commonalities between Iran and Europe.
Historical Geography of Europe in Iran. (Range, race, language, people, and …)
– Political Science:
Role of Iran in the formation of new states in the latest decades of the twentieth century.
Political Relations between Iran and Europe.
Economic relations between Iran and the countries of Europe.
6. The Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Foundation / BRISMES Scholarships
The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage more people to pursue postgraduate studies in disciplines related to the Middle East in British universities. The scholarships will be for one academic year. The value of each scholarship will be £2,000. Two scholarships will be awarded.
The deadline for the next round will be 31st March 2016.
To qualify applicants must fulfil the following conditions:
- be registered at any UK university
- be a paid-up member of BRISMES (Student membership suffices) but the time you apply
- submit an application of 600 – 1000 words, by E-mail to the BRISMES research committee This should include a sketch of the overall research topic, and a description of the purpose for which the grant would be used
- obtain a brief supporting statement from their supervisor
The BRISMES research committee will recommend to the Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah Foundation which applications merit an award. The announcement of the award will be made in June and published in the July edition of the BRISMES newsletter.
Applications should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the administrative office:
British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
7. CFP: Islamic Art History &Archaeology in Crisis?
Madrid, January 12 – 15, 2017
Deadline: Apr 30, 2016
Islamic Art History and Archaeology in Crisis?
Challenges and New Perspectives
German Archaeological Institute at Madrid / Universidad Autónoma de
Madrid / University of Zurich
Islamic Art History and Archaeology are confronted with political,
social and academic challenges that require the definition of a new
standpoint. How far do conflicts and their related humanitarian and
demographic changes have an impact on the discipline and its social
acceptance? What consequences does the radical attitude of the Islamic
State entail upon accessibility, research, and conservation of art and
architecture in the Islamic World? And to what extent has the current
situation lead to a thematic and geographical shift within the
discipline, which not only finds itself in crisis since the victorious
advent of Global Art History but is also confronted to anti-Islamic
The conference, organized by the German Archaeological Institute at
Madrid, the Universidad Autónoma, and the University of Zürich proposes
to address the issues that now challenge the disciplines of Islamic art
history and archaeology, as well as to contribute to point out to new
perspectives. Areas formerly considered to be peripheral, such as the
Iberian Peninsula, Morocco, the Balkans, the Gulf region, Southeast
Asia, as well as Europe’s and North America’s diaspora, are now in the
limelight of international studies. Simultaneously, the role of
cultural contact zones appear ever more relevant. As a result, the
discipline is opening itself to new paths and approaches.
We seek contributions that relate to the following themes:
– Conflicts and accessibility, study and conservation of art and
architecture in the Islamic world
– Political instrumentalization of cultural heritage
– Strategies of reconstruction
– Role and relevance of archives and digital media
– Economic versus academic interests
– New positions within the discipline of Islamic art history and
– New geographic focal points
– Social relevance
Contribution will be of 20 minutes and may be presented in German,
English, Spanish, or French. Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words)
as well as a short curriculum vitae until April 30, 2016 to:
8. CALL FOR PAPERS:
American and Muslim Worlds circa 1500-1900
Conference at the University of Pennsylvania, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
30 Mar – 1 Apr 2017
Denise Spellberg, author of Thomas Jefferson’s Quran: Islam and the Founders
Sylviane Diouf, author of Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas
Program Committee: Edward E. Curtis, Mehmet Darakcioglu, Mitch Fraas, Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, John Ghazvinian, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Timothy Marr, Daniel Richter, Heather Sharkey, Karine Walther
Long before the age of twentieth century geopolitics, the American and Muslim worlds informed, interacted, perplexed, inspired, confounded and imagined each other in ways far more numerous than is frequently thought. Whether through Salem traders in the East Indies, Ottoman consuls in Washington, orientalist themes in the work of Emerson, Morisco converts in Latin America, or the burial practices of enslaved Africans, there was no shortage of opportunities for Islam, Muslims and the inhabitants of the Americas to meet, interact and shape one another.
We invite proposals for a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conference examining the interplay between American and Muslim worlds, circa 1500-1900, to be held at the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies in the spring of 2017. Most papers will be pre-circulated via a password-protected website, accessible only to conference registrants, who will be expected to read them in advance.
We are intentionally leaving the term “American and Muslim worlds” open to the widest possible interpretations. Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):
- Islam and slavery in the Americas
- Islam and the founders
- Muslim immigration to the Americas
- American missionary activity as well as eschatological and other religious responses to the Muslim world
- Military conflicts (e.g., the Barbary wars)
- American orientalism
- Material culture (carpets, textiles, horses, irrigation, etc)
- Aesthetic forms
- Diplomatic and political history
- Trading networks
- Travel narratives
We envisage this conference as an intellectual platform bringing together scholars from the US and abroad, to consider the interweaving of American and Muslim worlds. We are particularly open to papers that consider Muslim responses to events that scholars in the Anglophone world have traditionally considered from “American” points of view (e.g., the US and the Barbary wars, missionary activity). We are also favorably disposed to papers that disrupt the idea of American and Muslim worlds as two separate and non-overlapping entities. Finally, we are keen to attract papers that conceive of the Muslim world as something more than just the Middle East (for example, papers that deal with the Ottoman Balkans; Central, South and Southeast Asia; West Africa).
Confirmed participants include Jacob Berman, Karoline Cook, Michael C. Hawkins, Paul Lovejoy, Ussama Makdisi, Bethel Saler, and Malini Johar Schueller. The conference will feature an opening plenary with presentations from senior scholars, and discussion-intensive panels of research in progress, with plenary speakers serving as discussants. The forum will also feature a public exhibit at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at Penn’s Van Pelt Library.
Some support for travel and lodging expenses will be available to conference presenters.
Papers of approximately 7,500 words will be due for precirculation no later than 3 February 2017. To be considered, please send an abstract of 250-300 words, along with a one-page CV, to email@example.com no later than 16 May 2016. Decisions will be made during summer 2016.
9. Individuals and Legal Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean – Conference Announcement
Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC – March 7-8, 2016
While there is a vast literature on medieval Jewish and Islamic law, the histories of medieval Jewish and Muslim legal institutions have received substantially less attention. A relative dearth of documentary sources and a privileged position given to prescriptive texts have led to a top-down approach that views courts predominantly from the perspective of the central political power and/or the legal tradition. This situation contrasts with the study of courts and the legal arena in Christian Europe, where there has been a long tradition of studying legal institutions “from below,” whether through the lens of dispute settlement, microhistory, or legal anthropology.
This conference will attempt to bridge the gap between the study of legal culture and practice in medieval Europe and the Islamic world by bring together scholars of medieval Christian, Muslim, Jewish and secular legal institutions to think comparatively about the study of individuals and legal institutions “from below.” In order to supply a comparative perspective, we will be joined by scholars who have tackled such questions in adjacent fields, from Late Antiquity to the Ottoman Empire. The talks will explore how individuals accessed legal institutions and maneuvered in the legal arena, how legal institutions catered to and were affected by litigants’ participation, and to what extent viewing litigants as consumers is a fruitful model in Europe and across the Mediterranean.
Attendance on the first day of the conference is open to all. The second day of the conference will be in a workshop setting, but attendance is certainly possible with prior arrangement. To register, or to ask any questions please contact Serena Bazemore (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Oded Zinger (email@example.com).
For more details on the conference and the participants, check out the conference website
10. Call for papers for the International Colloquium “Precious Metals in the Medieval Mediterranean : mining, processing, circulations.”.
It will be organised by Aix-Marseille Université and Università degli studi di Siena in Aix-en-Provence (France) from October, 6th, 7th and 8th 2016.
Paper proposals should be uploaded to this website by February 29th, 2016.
We encourage you to disseminate the call for papers among your own networks. For any further queries, please feel free to contact me.
For the organizing committee,
Nicolas Minvielle Larousse
PhD Student – Aix-Marseille Université
LA3M – UMR 7298
11. Brill provides free access to the Journal of World Literature
JWL provides a forum for debates on World Literature, defined as the global dissemination and canonization of literatures across space and time. It offers a space to discuss the circulation of literary traditions, with an emphasis on peripheral literatures and on translation issues.
The first issue of the JWL will be officially launched during the ACLA 2016 (March 17-20, 2016, Harvard University).
Take advantage of Brill’s offer and secure your free access to the journal for the next two years. The first issue is already available online!
To get free access to the journal, please visit the JWL homepage here:
Welcome to the JWL!
12. Conference: “Environmental Challenges in the MENA Region: The Long Road from Conflict to Cooperation”, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, 12-13 October 2016. There has been as yet no international conference dedicated to studying MENA’s environmental sustainability in its entirety in recent years. We hope to bring together climate and natural scientists and environmental engineers along with social scientists and policy makers and practitioners to engage in urgent dialogue to pave the road for future collaborations.
Deadline for abstracts: 25 March 2016. Information: www.soas.ac.uk/lmei/centenary-conference/file109493.pdf
13. Visiting Assistant Professor of African and/or Middle Eastern History, Lewis & Clark College, Portland – http://apply.interfolio.com/33855
14. Summer Student Program, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Herndon, VA, 11 July – 14 August 2016
This residential program is designed for graduate students and exceptional senior undergraduates who have a particular interest in developing their knowledge and research skills in the core areas of Islamic studies such as methods in the study of Islam, the Qur’an, the Sunnah, Fiqh, Muslim History and Civilization, and Contemporary Islamic Thought.
Deadline for application: 15 March 2016. Information:
- February 15, 2016
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