1.Recordings Available – Ceramics from Islamic Lands conference panel discussions
The recordings of the panel discussions of the Ceramics from Islamic Lands conference have now gone live here, embedded in a blog post about the conference: https://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/projects/ceramics-from-islamic-lands-conference
If you registered for the conference, you will know that all papers were pre-recorded and available to registrants from two weeks before conference week. The conference per se consisted of moderated panel discussions and Q&A. These were recorded and are now available to watch at the link above.
The pre-recorded papers are still available to view on the closed Vimeo site, until the end of September, to give you a chance to watch or re-watch alongside the panel discussions. If you do not have the link, or would like further information about the conference, please contact us at email@example.com (note that this inbox is only checked once a week) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Workshop (Hybrid) – Eighteenth-century Persianate Albums Made in India: Audiences – Artists – Patrons and Collectors (Berlin, 15-17 Sept 2021, CEST)
The workshop will be held as a blended format with a mix of online and on-site presentations at the Museum of Asian Art and the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin.
You are cordially invited to join all presentations via webex. Admission Free – All Welcome
To join the event online please click here (Time listed is CEST – Central European Summer Time):
DAY 1 (15 Sept): 3.00 pm – 6.20 pm
DAY 2 (16 Sept): 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
DAY 3 (17 Sept): 9.45 am – 3.30 pm
We anticipate that the event will be recorded.
If you wish to attend the workshop in person, please note that the number of seats at both venues is limited. Advance registration for on-site attendance is essential: email@example.com
The workshop will address the role of Indo-Persianate albums (muraqqaʿs) that were assembled for or collected by the Mughal governors of Awadh (Uttar Pradesh), Shujaʿ al-Daula (r. 1754–1775) and his successor, Asaf al-Daula (r. 1775-1797), as well as other local elites in Bengal and Bihar. Europeans also participated in the creation and consumption of albums, as patrons and collectors. In 1882, the Prussian State acquired a group of twenty albums from the twelfth Duke of Hamilton; so far, these artworks have received little study. Eight of them belonged to the Scottish surgeon and interpreter Archibald Swinton (1731–1804) and ten to the Franco-Swiss engineer-architect Antoine Louis Henri Polier (1741–1795) – both were Company officers deeply acquainted with Indo-Persian aristocratic culture. Many more albums are linked to well-known European figures, such as the Governor-General of Bengal Warren Hastings (1732–1818) and the French Company officer (and special agent to Shujaʿ al-Daula in Faizabad) Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Gentil (1726–1799). Numerous interrelated questions arise from the study of this material, concerning audiences, artists, patrons, collectors and their wish to produce and preserve knowledge; these questions are to be discussed in this workshop.
Wednesday, 15 September 2021: Museum für Asiatische Kunst (staff entrance), Takustrasse 40
3.00 pm (CEST)
Raffael Gadebusch (Berlin): Welcome
3.15 pm (CEST)
Friederike Weis (Berlin): Welcome and Introduction
Session I: Polier’s Albums and Manuscripts: Contents and Contexts – Chair: Friederike Weis
3.50 pm (CEST)
Susan Stronge (London): Collecting the Mughal Past
4.30 pm Break
5.00 pm (CEST)
Malini Roy (London): Blurred Lines: Looking at the Paintings by the Artist Mihr Chand and Determining the Boundaries between Innovation, Imitation or Intentional ‘Duplication’
5.40 pm (CEST)
Firuza Abdullaeva-Melville (Cambridge): Three Highlights of Polier’s Collection from Cambridge: Treasures or Leftovers
Thursday, 16 September 2021: Museum für Asiatische Kunst (staff entrance), Takustrasse 40
Session II: Patrons, Collectors and Compilation Strategies – Chair: Susan Stronge
9.30 am (CEST)
Emily Hannam (Windsor): Fit for a King? Two Late Mughal Albums in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle
10.10 am (CEST)
Axel Langer (Zurich): Obvious or Hidden Narratives in the Large Clive Album
10.50 am Break
11.20 am (CEST)
J.P. Losty (Sussex): Archibald Swinton’s Indian Paintings and Albums – an Analysis
12.00 pm Lunch Time
Session III: Recurrent Themes and Tropes in Indo-Persianate Albums – Chair: Laura Parodi
1.20 pm (CEST)
Katherine Butler Schofield (London): Performing Women in the Polier and Plowden Albums: Pursuing Khanum Jan
2.00 pm (CEST)
Molly Aitken (New York): Intoxicating Friendships: Figuring Classical Indian Aesthetic Regimes in Mughal Album Painting
2.40 pm Break
3.10 pm (CEST)
Yuthika Sharma (Edinburgh): Topography as Mughal Utopia? Polier’s ‘Garden Series’ and Artistic Exchange in 18th-century Periphery-Centre Imagination
3.50 pm (CEST)
Anastassiia Botchkareva (New York): Tropes and Outliers: Tracing Patterns of Iconography in the Polier Albums
Friday, 17 September 2021: Archäologisches Zentrum (Administrative Offices of the Museum für Islamische Kunst), Brugsch-Pascha-Saal, Geschwister-Scholl-Strasse 2-6
9.45 am (CEST)
Stefan Weber / Deniz Erduman-Çalış (Berlin): Welcome
Session IV: Calligraphy in the Berlin Albums: Historicism and Contemporary Mughal Masters – Chair: Axel Langer
10.00 am (CEST)
Claus-Peter Haase (Berlin): The Calligraphies of the 16th-17th Centuries in the Berlin Albums – Reflections on their Origins and Purpose in a Muraqqaʿ
10.40 am (CEST)
Will Kwiatkowski (Berlin): Expanding the Canon – Mir Muhammad Husayn ʿAta Khan and the Polier Albums
11.15 am Break
Session V: Indian Muraqqaʿs Collected by Europeans: Networks and Relationships – Chair: Deniz Erduman-Çalış
11.50 am (CEST)
Laura Parodi (Genova): Allegory and Verisimilitude in Later Indian Albums
12.30 pm (CEST)
Isabelle Imbert (Manchester): Like a Garden Bedecked: Floral Margins in 18th-century Awadhi Albums Produced for European Patrons
1.10 pm Lunch Time
2.20 pm (CEST)
Yael Rice (Amherst, MA): The London Market for South Asian Muraqqaʿs and the Hastings Albums
3.00 pm Final discussion
Organiser: Friederike Weis (Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Takustrasse 40, 14195 Berlin). The event is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
3. BYU Arabic tenure track position
Job Title: Asian & Near Eastern Languages (Arabic) Full-Time Faculty
This is a Continuing Faculty Status (CFS, or tenure) track position, but may be filled by a non-CFS candidate as a visiting position.
The Department of Asian & Near Eastern Languages and the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies at Brigham Young University invite applications for a position of Arabic Full-Time Faculty to begin August 2022.
Job Classification: CFS-Professorial, may be filled by visitor
Posting close date: September 24, 2021
Start date of this position: August 2022
Required Degree: PhD in a relevant field (e.g., Arabic language teaching, Arabic literature or linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, or Second Language Acquisition)
Required degree must be completed by the start date.
Experience: The successful candidate will have significant formal training in foreign language teaching and learning; a minimum of (ACTFL standard) Superior-level fluency in Arabic and English; and at least three years of experience in teaching various levels of Arabic (including advanced content courses) at the postsecondary level using proficiency-based, communicative methodology.
Duties/Expectations: The successful candidate must demonstrate outstanding aptitude and interest in undergraduate teaching of Arabic language from beginning through advanced levels; curriculum development; and an active research and publishing agenda. This candidate must be willing to lead a semester-long intensive Arabic and Near Eastern Studies study abroad program in Amman and Jerusalem in a regular rotation with other members of the Arabic section. In addition, this individual is expected to take an active role in developing the overseas programs along with other members of the Arabic section.
Desired qualifications include previous experience with in-country intensive language program coordination (study abroad); teacher training and materials development; and experience with using an integrated curriculum that reflects the sociolinguistic realities of the Arab world. The expected teaching load for this position is 3-2-1, including language classes at all levels and courses in the individual’s area of specialization.
Information required at the time of application – Please list the individual contact information for each of your three recommenders on the faculty application. At some point during the selection process, they may be contacted to submit their letters of reference electronically
Document(s) required at the time of application – Please attach your updated Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to the faculty application.
4. Workshop “European perspectives on the Qur’an (16th-18th C.): polemics and beyond”
December 2, 3, 2021
The workshop, organized by researchers from the ERC Synergy Grant EuQu project (Emmanuelle Stefanidis, Maxime Sellin, Yaser Gün and Javier De Prado Garcia) will further explore the diversity of approaches to Islam and the Qur’an in the early modern period and will encourage a reflection on the tools and sources available to scholars for mapping out approaches to Islam’s sacred text during this critical juncture of European history. Program soon online here.
5. The Latin Qur’an, 1143-1500
Translation, Transition, Interpretation
In: The European Qur’an, 1
Edited by: Cándida Ferrero Hernández and John Tolan
De Gruyter |2021
This book is the result of the Workshop held at the UAB in Barcelona “The Latin Qur’an, 1143-1500. Translation, Transition, Interpretation”.
6. University of Tennessee_Knoxville – Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History
Closing date: Dec 2, 2021
7. How to teach a hegemonic language? Reflections on putting al-Hariri’s Impostures
(published 1111) into fifty different Englishes
7 October 2021
5.00pm – 6.30pm
Co-convened with LINKS (London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies)
Speaker: Michael Cooperson (University of California)
Michael Cooperson teaches Arabic at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published numerous studies of early Abbasid cultural history, including Classical Arabic Biography (2000) and Al-Ma’mun (2005). His translations from Arabic include The Life of Ibn Hanbal, by Ibn al-Jawzī (NYU Press 2017), which won the Sheikh Hamad Prize for Translation and International Understanding; and al-Hariri’s Impostures (NYU Press, 2020), which won the 2021 Sheikh Zayed Book Award in the translation category. His other research interests include Maltese language and culture.
This free event will be held online, at 17:00 BST. Please note that you will need to register in advance to receive the online event joining link. To register go to: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/24675
INSTITUTE OF MODERN LANGUAGES RESEARCH
School of Advanced Study | University of London
Room 239 | Senate House | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HU | UK
8. Salafism and the State: Islamic Activism and National Identity in Contemporary Indonesia: Thursday 23rd September, 1pm BST (online via Zoom)
You are warmly invited to the Alwaleed Centre’s first event of the new academic year discussing Dr Chris Chaplin’s new book Salafism and the State: Islamic Activism and National Identity in Contemporary Indonesia (NIAS Press).
Dr Chaplin (LSE) will be joined by renowned scholar of Islam and politics, Professor Noorhaidi Hasan (Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia) with the event chaired Dr Sarah Muwahidah (Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh).
This event will be hosted online via Zoom on Thursday 23rd September starting at 1pm BST. For further information and to register for the event, click here: https://salafism-and-the-state.eventbrite.co.uk
9. Webinar – The Sultans’ Tomb of Banda Aceh: A Historiography of Indonesian Islamic Art – NYU, Silsila: Center for Material Histories – September 15
New York University, Silsila: Center for Material Histories
THE SULTANS’ TOMBS OF BANDA ACEH – A HISTORIOGRAPHY OF INDONESIAN ISLAMIC ART
Mirjam Shatanawi, Reinwardt Academy/Amsterdam University of the Arts
Wednesday, September 15th, 12:30pm ET
[Webinar] Silsila Fall 2021 Lecture Series
Indonesia has long been neglected as a region where Islamic art was produced, a silence that can be traced back to Dutch colonial rule of the archipelago. Gravestones from Aceh were among the few objects that were studied in the colonial period as part of Islamic artistic production. Stylistically, the gravestones go back to Gujarati examples that were crafted in Cambay (India) and imported to Aceh from the thirteenth century. During the Aceh Sultanate (15th-20th century) the gravestones began to be produced locally, resulting in new styles. This talk will highlight the colonial and postcolonial histories of the sultans’ tombs in Banda Aceh as they moved through different regimes of image-making, and how these histories have an impact on the reception of Indonesian Islamic art today.
Full details of the event and a link to register as an attendee can be found at:
Only registered attendees will be able to access this event.
10. BIPS 60th Anniversary
Reflections on Pahlavi Iran: roundtable on 60th Anniversary of BIPS
Please join us online for a roundtable discussion with Professor Ali Ansari, Dr Evaleila Pesaran and Dr Robert Steel which will be chaired by Dr Shabnam Holliday.
Based on their own research on the Pahlavi period, the panellists will reflect on the dynamics in Iran around the time of the establishment of the British Institute of Persian Studies.
11. McClary, R., and Ana Marija Grbanovic, ‘On the Origins of the Shrine of ‘Abd al-Samad in Natanz: The Case for a Revised Chronology’
Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
12. Socio-Historical Study of Religion in Greater Khorasan
Special Section in
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSR)
BRILL – Volume 33 – 2022
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Greater Khorasan, once the crossroad of various religions, historically extended from northeast Iran to some central Asian countries, Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, and northwest India. Regardless of the historical significance of this region in pre-, early, and post-Islam periods, Greater Khorasan is of great contemporary importance because it influenced—and continues to do so—the foundations for religiosity and spirituality in a vast area that (re)produces current religious thoughts and movements.
Although previous studies documented religion and society in this area from historical lenses, the literature remains semi-silent on the contemporary sociological and psychological developments of religion(s) in Greater Khorasan.
This call intends to cover a number of questions: Broadly framed, will historical roots find contemporary religious resonance in modern-day Greater Khorasan? Does attachment to a common historical background provide room for frameworks of understanding religion and religiosity in this region? How will narratives of the past shape the future of religion in this area?
In Socio-Historical Study of Religion in Greater Khorasan, we like to discover how historical understanding of Greater Khorasan finds contemporary relevance in religion and religiosity. Comparative studies, new models and approaches, and multidisciplinary investigations are highly encouraged.
Potential themes in the special section will include, (but not necessarily limited to),
- Revivalism of pre-Islamic traditions and denominations in Greater Khorasan
- Greater Khorasan, rationalism and anti-rationalism
- Others and otherism in socio-cultural interactions of Greater Khorasan
- Pre- and/or post-Mongol Sufism in Greater Khorasan
- (Trans-)National identities and modern self in Greater Khorasan
- Christian and Jewish narratives in Greater Khorasan
- Muslim and non-Muslim relations in Greater Khorasan
We invite scholars, researchers, and academics to send an abstract of their proposed papers (max. 200 words), a short bio-note (150 words), institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details to the guest editors, Morteza Daneshyar, Vali Abdi, and Abbas Aghdassi before October 15, 2021.
Abstracts and subsequent papers should be submitted in English.
Notification of abstract acceptance will be communicated by November 1, 2021. Following the notification, authors will be invited to submit their full paper by March 1, 2022. Papers would then undergo peer-reviews, at which point authors will be notified if papers are accepted for inclusion and if revisions are required.
We plan to publish the accepted papers in Brill’s Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSR), volume 33, Special Section 1—tentatively planned for November 2022. Please, note that COIVD might affect this date.
Guest editors Morteza Daneshyar, Vali Abdi and Abbas Aghdassi
Abstract submission Oct. 15, 2021
Acceptance note Nov. 01, 2021
Full Paper submission Mar. 01, 2022
Initial reviews Apr. 01, 2022
Revisions due Apr. 15, 2022
Section submission May 15, 2022
The following format will help ensure coherence. Please, visit the RSSR website and read the Author Guidelines (link). A full paper should be 5000-7000 words plus reference, tables, figures, etc. Longer papers will be considered upon an approval from the editors.
|TITLE||Clearly defined and relevant to the text|
|INTRODUCTION||800 words (approx.)|
|LITERATURE (context, concepts, methods)||1500 words (approx.)|
|DISCUSSION||3000 words (approx.)|
|CONCLUSION||500 words (approx.)|
|REFERENCES/CITATIONS||Author-Date (see the link to Author Guidelines)|
|KEYWORDS||4-6 words (required for indexing)|
|Transliteration||IJMES (Table) & (more info)|
13. The Islamic College – MA Islamic Studies & Islamic Law Open Day
Thursday 16th of September 2021
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (London Time)
Considering a MA degree in Islamic Studies or Islamic Law? Attend our open day to meet some of our staff and students, and learn more.
MA degrees in Islamic Studies and Islamic Law
1-year or 2-year options
Degrees validated by Middlesex University, UK
Study under eminent academics, Islamic scholars, and specialists
Be part of a vibrant, knowledgeable student community
Aimed at researchers, prospective PhD students, religious leaders, or anyone wanting to study Islam in-depth
In-house and distance education options.Academic items
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