October 23-24 (11:00-3:00 pm), 2020 London
This online course (2 days) aims to introduce Arabic manuscripts from a codicological and textual point of view. The first day will provide an overview of the field of codicology and it role in the manuscript field in general and in identifying the key features of the manuscript in particular. The second session will be dedicated to writing supports, the structure of quires, ruling and page layout, bookbinding, ornamentation, tools and materials used in bookmaking, and the palaeography of book hands. Some practical examples will be given based on the lecturers’ long experiences. The second day will focus on the importance of manuscripts in research. While the first session will cover the Para-textual features in the Arabic manuscripts, the second session will demonstrate the different approaches in editing manuscripts.
This introductory course is intended for students, researchers and librarians who are working in the field of manuscript studies. In the two-day course, the lecturers will cover a wide range of aspects for those who are acquiring basic knowledge in this field.
– Basic understanding of the field of manuscript studies in general.
– Identify the role of manuscripts in knowledge production in different areas studies in Muslim cultures.
Length of course: 2 days (4 lectures)
Dr Walid Ghali is the Head of the Aga Khan Library, London, Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and a Chartered Librarian of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Also, he is a member of the Islamic Manuscript Association, University of Cambridge. Dr Ghali received his PhD from Cairo University, Faculty of Arts in 2012. His current research projects focus on the Islamic manuscript traditions, particularly in Arabic script, and the history of books. Dr Ghali teaches Sufism, Arabic literature and manuscript traditions. Before moving to London, Dr Ghali worked in various librarian roles at the American University in Cairo. He has also held several consultancy roles in and outside Egypt, such as the Ministry of Endowment, Qatar University and the Supreme Council for Culture in Kuwait.
Dr Anne Regourd is researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, France. She has published extensively in the fields of History and Philology dealing with Codicology, Paper Studies, and Papyrology. She is the editor of book, The Trade in Papers Marked with Non-Latin Characters, Leiden, E.J. Brill, 2018, and heads the free access online journal, Nouvelles Chroniques du Manuscrit au Yémen.
Tickets: £80 for professionals | £50 for students, AKU alumni and staff. Book your ticket soon.
*The course will be delivered via Zoom and further details will be provided later upon registration.
2. Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice Vol 16, Issue 1 (2020)
Full issue on line at:
3. Call for Papers: British Muslims and Covid-19: Impacts, Experiences and Responses
8th December 2020
A free MBRN online symposium
Last date for submission of abstracts: 30th October 2020
Research on Covid-19 has highlighted its disproportionate impact on Black and Asian Minority Ethnic groups (BAME) communities (Public Health England, 2020). However, these studies only offer a limited understanding of the particularity of experiences within the umbrella category BAME. For instance, there is only limited discussion around faith in relation to Covid-19, its impacts and the socio-economic fall-outs of lockdown. This MBRN symposium will redress this gap by taking an intersectional perspective in mapping and analysing the impact of Covid-19 on British Muslim communities. By bringing together practitioners and academics, we will examine how diverse British Muslim communities have experienced the pandemic, how their lives have been impacted during and after lockdown and how they responded.
More information at:
4. Symposium: “Ottoman Ego-Documents”, Istanbul Medeniyet University, 7-9 April 2021
The symposium will be in English and Turkish. The texts belonging to pre-Tanzimat period are particularly advisedb to present. The primary sources used in the presentations can be in Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, Persian or any other languages spoken/written in Ottoman territories. The main focus would be on the texts written in Ottoman Turkish.
5. 27th International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), Institute for Islamic Theology, University of Osnabrück, 16-18 September 2021
It was originally planned that this international congress should take place in September 2020 in the Institute for Islamic Theology at the University of Osnabrück, chaired by Prof. Dr. Bülent Uçar. This event had to be postponed by one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Further information will soon be available.
6. Conference on “The Visual Culture of Mosques”, King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), Dahran, 23-25 November 2021
Architects, designers, archeologists, artists, writers, historians and curators are invited to present their original research, objects or insights about mosques and related cultural objects. Categories of submission include: Research papers; Models, objects; Posters; Audio-visual productions.
Deadline for submissions: 28 December 2020. Information: https://www.ithra.com/en/visual-culture-mosques
7. 20th ISA World Congress of Sociology on “Resurgent Authoritarianism: Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies”, Melbourne, Australia, 24-30 July 2022
Mind this date! Information: https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/world-congress
8. Fellowship of the American Druze Foundation, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University
The Fellowship is to promote research on the Druze and Arab minorities with a concentration in the political, economic, and social history of the Druze. It supports academic research in the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, and archaeology.
Deadline for applications: 1 December 2020. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/78701
9. Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University
The fellowship supports a recent Ph.D. working on the topic of U.S.-Arab relations, Arab Studies, or Islamic Studies for one academic year ($60,000 plus benefits). The post-doctoral fellow will transform their Ph.D. dissertation into a publication, teach a small seminar on a topic of their choosing in either the fall or spring semester, and deliver a lecture at CCAS about their research. We also will support the Fellow to travel to Qatar and deliver a lecture at an educational institution in Doha.
Deadline for applications: 1 December 2020. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/78670
10. Mekka and Medina Maps and Illustrations: from 15th to 20th Century
Mehmet Tütüncü with contributions from Atef Alshehri (Medina-Riyadh), Ahmed Ameen (Fayoum University -Egypt) and İbrahim Yılmaz (Erzurum).
30×30 cm, hardcover luxurious paper and print total 182 pages
SOTA / Research Centre for Tukish and Arabic World
11. Muthanna/Mirror Writing in Islamic Calligraphy. History, Theory and Aesthetics
Indiana University Press, 2020
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