1. Sufis in Medieval Baghdad
Agency and the Public Sphere in the Late Abbasid Caliphate
2. CfP: EuQu (The European Qur’an) International Workshop at UCPH
Interreligious Connectivity – Digitally Explored
Location and date: University of Copenhagen, 17–19. April 2024
Organizers: Jacob Langeloh and Jan Loop
Closing date: Dec 7, 2023
3. The Medieval Persian Gulf
4. Open Access: MIDEO 38 (2023).
This special issue, edited by Abdessamad Belhaj (Leuven) and Haoues Seniguer (Lyon), focuses on the topic of Islamic Theologies of Disasters / Théologies islamiques des catastrophes / فقه الكوارث في الإسلام. All papers are freely available online on OpenEdition Journals.
5. Re)envisioning Ancient Worlds
A Forum for Exchanges on Ancient Studies at UCLA
December 5–6, 2023 | Royce Hall 306
Global Antiquity is convening a workshop titled (Re)envisioning Ancient Worlds. This event, held at UCLA over two days, December 5–6, 2023, will include invited speakers from the University of California and the greater Los Angeles area whose research focuses on the ancient worlds.
For more info and to register:
6. “Sociétés, politiques et cultures du monde iranien”, Jeudi 07 décembre 2023, 17h, INALCO salle 5.21 (5e ét.)
Le CeRMI a le plaisir de vous convier à la prochaine séance du séminaire “Sociétés, politiques et cultures du monde iranien”, qui se tiendra le jeudi 7 décembre 2023, 17h-19h, en salle 5.21 à l’INaLCO (65 rue des Grands Moulins, Paris XIII, 5e étage).
Nous sommes heureux d’accueillir Mme Alka Patel, Professeur en Histoire de l’Art à l’Université de Californie à Irvine, et chercheuse invitée à l’Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art à Paris, pour une conférence intitulée: “Architectural Epigraphy: Ornament, Ideology and Empire“.
The shortlived Ghurid-Shansabani empire (c. 1145-1215 CE) at its height extended from modern western Afghanistan, through the Indus’s alluvia and the Ganga-Yamuna duab, to western Bangladesh. As such, this political-cultural formation furnishes promising entrées for analyses of the aforementioned regions’ historical pasts, opening vistas on such macro processes as pre-modern state-building and Islamization, as well as granular phenomena such as the impacts of theological and juridical debates on the very mechanics of empire. This presentation plumbs the informative potential of the Ghurid-Shansabanis’ architectural patronage and its inseparable epigraphic programs for elucidating the realities of multiple societal strata, and their variegated participation in the imperial project.
– Z.A. DESAI. “A New Inscription of Muhammad Bin Sam.” Epigraphia Indica-Arabic and Persian Supplement, 1968, p.1–3.
– J. HOROVITZ. “The Inscriptions of Muhammad Ibn Sam, Qutbuddin Aibeg and Iltutmish.” Epigraphia Indo-Moslemica 12, 1911, p.12–34.
– A. PATEL. “Transcending Religion: Socio-Linguistic Evidence from the Somanatha-Veraval Inscription.” In Carla M. Sinopoli, Grant Parker (eds.). Ancient India in Its Wider World. Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2008 , p.143–164.
– A. PATEL. Iran to India: The Shansabanis of Afghanistan, c. 1145-1190 CE. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022.
Pour rappel, vous retrouverez le programme 2023-2024 du séminaire mensuel de recherche “Sociétés, politiques et cultures du monde iranien” sur le site du CeRMI :
Au plaisir de vous retrouver à l’occasion de ces séances, qui se déroulent en présentiel sur le site de l’INaLCO (65 rue des Grands Moulins, Paris XIII).
7. Symposium – Islamic Art History Network (IAHN), Lectures and Initial Meeting – November 24-25
Online then inperson
the initial meeting of the Islamic Art History Network (IAHN) on 24 and 25 November 2023. The first day will be online. The second day will be held at the Centre for Medieval Studies, Kings Manor, University of York (UK) and will feature in-person and online talks. The zoom links for both days are provided in the schedule. We have also scheduled two discussion sessions, one on each day, in order to facilitate the sharing of ideas from participants and audience members about the priorities of the IAHN as it develops over the coming years. The core activity of the IAHN will be the organization of an annual two-day event highlighting current research in all areas of Islamic art history.
Department of History of Art, University of York
Islamic Art History Network (IAHN)
Islamic Art History Days 2023
November 24th (online on Zoom) 14:30 to 19:00 UK time
14:30-15:00 Ana Marija Grbanovic
Medieval Wall Paintings in Iran, 10-14th Centuries Art Historical Research of Vanishing Cultural Heritage
15:00-15:30 Viola Allegranzi
Inscribing Authority: Fresh perspectives on monumental epigraphy from Central Asia (10th-13th century)
15:30-16:00 Bahar Özdemir
The Use of Glaze in Shah-i Zinda Tiles
16:30-17:00 Hassan Moradi
Stucco Splendours of Siraf: Exploring the Artistic Legacy of an Ancient Commercial Port
17:00-17:30 María Marcos Cobaleda
Challenge of Islamic Art History Research: The Application of New Methodologies to the Study of the Artistic Exchanges
17:30-18:00 Hala Qasqas
Coffeehouses of Damascus: Unveiling the Architectural and Historical Narratives
18:00-18:30 Gül Kale
Architect’s Tools: Items in Museum Collections in Turkey and Canada
18:30-19:00 Network Planning Discussion
November 25th (in-person in York) 9:45 to 15:10 UK time
The Huntington Room, King’s Manor
10:00-10:30 Yui Kanda
Legacy of Shāh ʿAbbās’s Charitable Acts: Kufic Qurʾāns with alleged Twelver Imām signatures
10:30-11:00 Leila Danesh
The Concealed Mihrab at the Masjid-i Malik Zuzan
11:00-11:30 Zahra Kazani
Visual Analogies and the Imagination in Medieval Islamic Aesthetics
13:00-13:30 Network Planning Discussion
13:30-14:00 Mehreen Chida-Razvi
Political Identity and Power in the Architectural Layers of Lahore
14:00-14:40 Andrea Luigi Corsi & Valentina Laviola
A New Study on the Endangered Late-Ottoman City of Hodeida (Yemen) and its Architectural Decoration
14:40-15:10 Atri Hatef Naemi
On the Periphery of the Ilkhanate: Provincial Architecture in Post-Conquest Iran
8. Hybrid lecture – Tanzanian Heritage, Sites, and Museums, Aga Khan Center, London – December 7, 2023
Following the success of our exhibition Black Monuments Matter in 2020, the Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations is proud to announce a public talk on Tanzanian Heritage, Sites, and Museums: pilot projects on the Swahili Coast: Zanzibar, Kilwa and Mafia Islands. This event coincides with the celebration of the opening of a new site museum in Tanzania on the Island of Mafia.
Join us as we delve into African cultures and heritage. The speakers will present Africa’s contribution to world history by exhibiting World Heritage Monuments, Museums, and architectural treasures from Tanzania. Sites and monuments are physical representations of history, heritage, and development in society. But art, architecture, sites, and monuments are more than material culture, they are an integral part of our social environment, past and present.
Our event aims to show the diversity and richness of Tanzanian cultures as part of world history through the study and conservation of African monuments, bringing awareness and pride of African roots and contributions to other cultures. During the evening, we will explore how various groups and identities shaped the Swahili culture. We hope to contribute to both awareness of Swahili identity and African heritage by making them visible, assessable, and known to as many people as possible.
Facing poverty, social challenges, and economic crisis, but also climate challenges with global warming and coastal erosion, the speakers will address the multifaceted challenges faced by Tanzanian national authorities and international NGOs to protect, restore, and promote Swahili sites. Experts will discuss tourism-heritage links and business strategies, stakeholder engagement, cultural heritage/museum management, changing heritage narratives in tourism discourse, and cultural sustainability, and what people think and feel about these conservation projects, from local communities to intellectuals and scholars
At the Aga Khan University, we recognise and promote the work of national and international organisations committed to the support of African heritage. We believe in the importance of education for the understanding and appreciation of world cultures. The African sites and monuments presented during the evening are protected by UNESCO and have been given world heritage status. These sites are protected and supported by Tanzanian authorities and international NGOs such as the World Monument Fund and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
- 17:30–17:40 | Stephane Pradines: Welcome and introduction of speakers.
- 17:40–18:10 | Noel Lwoga: Tanzanian Heritage and Culture
- 18:10–18:25 | Revocatus Bugumba: Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara
- 18:25–18:40 | Abel Albert: Kua, Mafia Island
- 18:40–19:00 | Stephane Pradines: AKTC & AKU in Tanzania.
- 19:00–19:30 | Discussion with audience.
- 19:30–20:30 | Drinks and nibbles.
- 21:00| End of programme.
- Dr. Noel Lwoga: Director General of the National Museum of Tanzania, Senior Lecturer at UDSM, Tourism/Heritage Specialist, researching tourism and stakeholder engagement in heritage conservation, leveraging heritage values for sustainability; heritage representation.
- Revocatus Bugumba: Director, Monuments and Sites , National Museum of Tanzania, archaeologist, Heritage management, community engagement, strategic planning in heritage, communication, and built heritage conservation.
- Albert Abel: Heritage Conservation Architect |Technical Monument Consultant NMT, Site Architect at Ancient Swahili Town of Kua Archaeological site, Juani Mafia World Monument Fund
- Stephane Pradines: Archaeologist and Professor at the AKU-ISMC, researching Indian Ocean trading networks, Islamisation in East Africa and Muslim Material Cultures of War in Egypt and Pakistan.
Join us for an enlightening discussion on the intersection of African monuments, Muslim world, and Indian Ocean cultures. Together, let’s explore world heritage sites and vibrant African cultures.
December 7, 2023
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Aga Khan Centre, London
Hybrid Event: Zoom link will follow.
Professor Stéphane PRADINES (he/him/his)
Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World
The Aga Khan University | Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside Street, London, N1C 4DN, United Kingdom
Muslim Cultures of the Indian Ocean
9. CFP – 25 Years After Hillenbrand: New Approaches to Sources, Translation and Perspectives
Date: 10-12 October 2024
Location: University of Groningen
Deadline: 11 April 2024
Carole Hillenbrand’s seminal work, The Crusades Islamic Perspectives was published 25 years ago. In the time since its publication, Islamic experiences of the crusading phenomenon have been repositioned as a central element of crusader studies. Yet questions remain about how the field moves onwards from here.
We aim to gather leading experts and early career researchers in the field of crusader studies (broadly defined) including specialists on Islamic written and material sources, and other linguistic traditions (Latin, Old French, Iberian dialects and vernaculars, Syriac, Greek, Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic, and Armenian) to discuss emerging research pathways. The workshop will highlight and further develop the latest advances in the study of materiality, objects and artefacts, art history, intellectual history, historiography, translation studies, the history of emotions, digital humanities, memory and remembrance, and medievalism.
The organisers plan to publish the conference proceedings either in an edited volume with a top tier publisher, or as part of a special collection in a leading journal. A limited contribution towards travel and subsistence costs is available. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with priority being given to early career researchers and scholars from the Global South.
Mohamad El-Merheb (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), firstname.lastname@example.org, and James Wilson (Universität Konstanz) email@example.com
10. Extended: Call for the Ernst Herzfeld Award for MA Theses in Islamic Art History and Archaeology
The Ernst Herzfeld Society for Studies in Islamic Art and Archaeology is pleased to announce the 2023/24 call for the Ernst Herzfeld Award for Master Theses in Islamic Art History and Archaeology. The aim of the Award is to encourage and support emerging scholars in Europe who are working on visual and material culture of Islamic countries in the fields of Art History, Archeology, and Historical Building Research. The Ernst Herzfeld Award highlights the diversity and innovation of current research in these growing fields. The successful candidate is honored at the annual colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society, offered a full travel grant to present her/his master thesis at the colloquium, and is granted publication of the presented paper in the series of the Society, Beiträge zur Islamischen Kunst und Archäologie (BIKA).
Eligibility: – Outstanding master thesis (MA, Master, M.phil., and similar) on a topic situated within the research fields of History of Islamic Art and Architecture, Islamic Archeology, or Historical Building Research on Islamic Architecture.- The thesis must have been written and supervised at a European university. Reviewing and grading the thesis must have taken place within the last two years, between January 1, 2021 and November 13, 2023. – Accepted languages of the thesis are: German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish. – A thesis can be submitted only once to an Award Call.
Application procedure: An applicant is proposed by the supervisor of the MA thesis.
Applications include: 1) the complete MA thesis as it was submitted to the university (PDF); 2) a summary in English (5 pages); 3) the recommendation form filled out by the proposing supervisor in English; and 4) the original official review/evaluation of the thesis for/by the university, at which it was submitted.
Review Procedure: – The review procedure is jointly organized by the Award and the Steering Committees as well as the Advisory Board of the Ernst Herzfeld Society. – Proposing supervisors are excluded from the review procedure and the peer-review. – Applications fulfilling the criteria of eligibility will undergo peer-review by the Award committee and by external reviewers.
Submission: Please send the complete application by November 30, 2023 (deadline extended) to firstname.lastname@example.org The recommendation form to be filled out by the proposing supervisor is available here: https://ernst-herzfeld-gesellschaft.com/wpcontent/uploads/2023/10/EHG_Award_Supervisor_Recommendation_Form_2023_updated.docx
11. Now Hiring: Stanford Iran 2040 Program Manager
The Stanford Iranian Studies Program is seeking a Project Manager to administer, support, and manage the Stanford Iran 2040 Project. The Stanford Iran 2040 Project is an academic initiative that serves as a hub for academic researchers all around the world, particularly Iranian diaspora scholars, to conduct research on issues related to the future of the Iranian economy and evaluate their possible implications in a global context.
This position will be responsible for identifying relevant speakers and collaborators, organizing an annual conference, overseeing the annual Moghadam Award call for applications and recipient selection process, and managing the relevant project databases and web pages. The successful candidate should exhibit the ability to practice sound judgment and decision-making, effective written & oral communication, strong attention to detail and respectful relationship management. This position must also exhibit knowledge of the field of modern Iranian economics, politics, public policy, as well as Persian language fluency.
12. Stanford: Zahedi Family Fellowship
Full information at:
Application Deadline: December 8, 2023
13. Virginia Wesleyan University – Assistant Professor of History with emphasis in African, Asian, or Middle Eastern History
14. The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University are pleased to announce the next lecture in the 2023–2024 East of Byzantium lecture series.
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | 12:00 PM (EST, UTC -5) | Zoom
Language Care and Community: The Fashioning of Middle Armenian into a Courtly Vernacular
Michael Pifer, University of Michigan
Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture
15. “Sickness and Healing in Byzantium” – CSMBR Forthcoming Webinar: 5 December 2023
Sickness and Healing in Byzantium
From the Imperial Court to the City Hospitals
5 December 2023 – 5 PM (CET)
Greek medicine has come to us through the Byzantine civilization, as evidenced by the numerous medical works produced throughout the history of the Eastern Roman Empire.
This lecture aims at providing an overview of the medical practices offered to the citizens of Byzantium, the role of hospitals and their connection with religious and political institutions, as well as the care provided by physicians at the imperial court.
Indeed, body integrity was not only about medicine, but has deep social and political implications, the sacredness of the emperor’s body being a central theme in Byzantine medicine.
In this lecture, I shall therefore also address the question as to how medical theory and practice were transmitted and used in Byzantium. In so doing, I will use different sources, from medical manuscripts used to encode traditions into current practice to the medical works produced in Byzantium, especially the surgical work of Paul of Egina (625-690 AD) and its reception.
As well as medical texts, I will discuss a number of episodes drawing from historical works and epistolary letters, such as the historical work of John Skylitzes (1040-1101 AD), including an analysis of the illuminated manuscript from Madrid. In the final part of my lecture, I will highlight the role of the doctor in manipulating the body of the sick person, with an emphasis on anatomical knowledge and surgical operations, including mutilations and autopsy cases.
To register for this event: https://csmbr.fondazionecomel.org/events/online-lectures/sickness-and-healing-in-byzantium/
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