1. Arab Conquests and Early Islamic Historiography: The Futuh al-Buldan of al-Baladhuri
Ryan J. Lynch
I.B. Tauris, 2020
2. Aga Khan University – Assistant Professor and Language Programme Coordinator
Application Deadline: Wednesday, 28 October 2020
3. Learn Persian Through Rumi’s Masnavi online course
Armenian School of Languages and Cultures – ASPIRANTUM is inviting you to apply to the “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course. The full course will last for 2 weeks, but students may choose to participate in the first week only. This online course will start on January 04, 2021 and will last till January 15, 2021.
The full syllabus of the “Learn Persian through Rumi’s Masnavi” online course is available here: https://aspirantum.com/curriculum/learn-persian-through-rumi-masnavi-syllabus
We are planning to start the online classes at 9 PM Yerevan time.
For more information and to apply please visit: https://aspirantum.com/courses/learn-persian-through-rumi-masnavi
4. AHRC Midlands4cities PhD Scholarship Opportunities
There is an opportunity to study with me on a specific project that will Uncover the history of inter-religious relations in Coventry, details here – https://www.midlands4cities.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/Uncovering-the-History-of-Inter-religious-Relations-in-Post-war-Coventry.pdf. Further open call opportunities are also available and I am happy to take enquiries about student-led projects. See links below for further details:
- Coventry University is proud to be one of eight universities in the Midlands4Cities (M4C) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The Midlands4Cities DTP will fund and train the next generation of highly skilled arts and humanities researchers through PhD Scholarships.
- AHRC Midlands4cities scholarships – https://www.midlands4cities.ac.uk/apply/
Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
Assistant Professor | Research Group Lead | Faith and Peaceful Relations
Series Editor | Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion
Chair (2020-2023) | Muslims in Britain Research Network
Principal Investigator | AHRC GCRF Minorities on Campus in India (2020-2022)
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University
5. Conference Announcement: Female Visions: The Religious Visual Culture of Contemporary Female Islamic Mysticism, Oct. 16-18, 2020
Drawing on recent research regarding the visual-material turn in the study of religion, this interdisciplinary conference will focus on the often-overlooked role of women in contemporary Islamic mysticism and in the socially-engaged dimension of Sufi belief and practice. This trend in visual-material studies has been accompanied by a broadening of analytical perspectives. Attention is now increasingly paid to religious practices, rituals, and discourses in terms of their connection to certain types of artefacts. Scholars have also begun to focus on the sensory perceptions and the social effects or atmospheres evoked by visual-material engagements. The conference focusses on the sensorium in visual-material culture and on its religious, cultural, and social connections/ implications. In doing so, we hope to present a more nuanced and polyvocal understanding of the role and place of women within mystical Islam and Sufism, a tradition that is in constant dialogue with society and its political, cultural, and economic dynamics.
Conference organized by Christian Ströbele (Academy of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany) & Sara Kuehn (Marie Curie Fellow at the Institut d’ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative (IDEMEC), Aix-Marseille/CNRS, and at the Centre for Islamic Theology (ZITH), University of Tübingen) in collaboration with Erdal Toprakyaran (ZITH, University of Tübingen) & Dionigi Albera (IDEMEC, Aix-Marseille/CNRS), with the financial support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 794958 (SufiVisual).
Conference open to the public. Online live participation free of charge. Registration available at: http://www.akademie-rs.de/vanm_23429
Concurrent Artwork Presentation with Video and Sound Installations:
Further details are to be found on the conference website: https://www.akademie-rs.de/visions
6. Lecture: Elizabeth Rodini, In and Out of Istanbul: The Cosmopolitan Life of a Peripatetic Portrait
Monday, October 19, 2020
6:00pm CET (noon in New York)
What can we learn by following the trajectory of a single object? Elizabeth Rodini traces Gentile Bellini’s renowned but puzzling portrait of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II over land and sea and across five hundred years, revealing how a fragile fifteenth-century painting speaks to contemporary matters, from the politics of preservation to the ideologies of imagery and beyond.
Rodini is the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome. Previous to her arrival at the Academy, she was teaching professor and founding director of the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University. Her interests lie at the intersections of historical inquiry and contemporary practice, and center on the mobility of objects across time, space, and imagination. Recent work examines the reception of Islamic objects in Venice, museological developments in twentieth-century Paris, and the exhibition of African art in contemporary American museums.
Rodini’s talk grows out of her newly released book, Gentile Bellini’s Portrait of Sultan Mehmed II: Lives and Afterlives of an Iconic Image (London: I. B. Tauris and Bloomsbury, 2020).
This lecture, to be presented on Zoom, is free and open to the public. Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The start time is 6:00pm Central European Time (12:00 noon Eastern Time). The lecture is being recorded and will be edited and posted on the AAR website at a later date.
For registration: please click: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtcu2orTMuHtMcHqhuOPwzDJosZ5AtgCrt
7. Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies, UCI
For details regarding the position for either an Associate Professor or Full Professor, Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies, please consult https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06380
Open October 12th, 2020 through Friday, Dec 18, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
8. Muhammad and the Empires of Faith, The Making of the Prophet of Islam
Sean W. Anthony
UC Press, 2020
9. SUNY Stony Brook has launched a new MA degree in the History of Philosophies, East and West taught jointly between the philosophy and Asian studies departments: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/hpew/.
In addition to the MA, which uses English translations of original philosophical texts, there is also the opportunity to participate in the Arabic philosophy reading group and read texts in the original language.
10. The Christian West And Islamic East Lecture Series 2020-21: Lecture #1 William Dunaway “The Epistemology of Theological Predication”
The Christian West And Islamic East Lecture Series 2020-21, a series of seven lectures which is part of The Christian West and Islamic East: Theology, Science, and Knowledge project, led by Jon McGinnis and Billy Dunaway of the Philosophy Department of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, funded by the John Templeton Foundation and in collaboration with the Aquinas and “the Arabs” International Working Group (AAIWG). The lectures are ~55 minutes long with an additional hour for discussion on the third Tuesday of each month from 9-11 AM US Central Time (16h-18h Central European Time to facilitate attendance by colleagues in North Africa, Europe and the Middle East).
Our first lecture, presented by Dr. William Dunaway of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will take place on Tuesday, October 20th at 9AM CDT. The title of his lecture is “The Epistemology of Theological Predication”. Please see the attached PDF for an abstract. To register for this or any of our forthcoming lectures, please contact: Nicholas.email@example.com. A Zoom link to the lecture will be provided upon (free) registration. Also, please visit the registration site at: https://nicholasoschman.com/christian-west-and-islamic-east-lecture-series.
For more information about the series as a whole and its organization by Richard C. Taylor, Director of the AAIWG, and our scientific committee, see: http://richardctaylor.info/the-christian-west-and-islamic-east-lecture-series-2020-21/.
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