1.The “Dangerous Classes” in the Middle East and North Africa
26 January 2017
St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Attendance is free. For the programme and to register go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-dangerous-classes-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-conference-tickets-28223362838 .
2. New book series: Sex, Marriage and Family in the Middle East.
Please send me abstracts of your forthcoming monographs and edited volumes for consideration.
Series Editors: Janet Afary (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Claudia Yaghoobi (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Series scope: Marriage and family remain fundamental institutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). However, when people think of marriage in the MENA cultures, they tend to assume that many existing practices were originated with the birth of Islam and without subsequent interactions with other religions and cultures of the East or the West. This innovative series will explore the connections and influences among ancient, early Islamic, medieval, early modern, and contemporary marriage practices and traditions of the region. Through the lens of marriage laws and practice, we can see how these communities interacted, or resisted interacting with one another, in order to strengthen communal identities or secure communal boundaries. The series will examine a diverse set of issues such as various types of matrimonial bonds, the status of women in marriage, slavery, concubinage, divorce, polygamy, widowhood, parenting, pilgrimage rituals, and rules of property and inheritance for women, among others. This inter-disciplinary series, will include both edited volumes and monograms, and welcomes contributors from various disciplines such as Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, History, Religious Studies, Gender Studies, Literature, and Media Studies.
Claudia Yaghoobi, PhD
Roshan Institute Assistant Professor in Persian Studies
Persian Program Coordinator
Office: 134 E. Franklin St., 218A
Department of Asian Studies
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
3. 20 Years of Iran and the Caucasus: A Breakthrough, 21-23 October, 2016 Aghveran, Armenia
The Conference is organised by the International Journal Iran and the Caucasus (BRILL, Leiden-Boston) in the Framework of the Celebration of its 20th Anniversary, in cooperation with Caucasian Centre for Iranian Studies, Yerevan; Russian-Armenian State University, Yerevan; Institute of Autochthonous Peoples of the Caucasian-Caspian Region, Yerevan; and ARMACAD.
Conference venue: Aghveran Crystal Resort hotel, Aghveran, Armenia
PROGRAMME is available here: http://armacad.info/confprog-20-years-of-iran-and-the-caucasus-a-breakthrough-21-23-october-2016-aghveran-armenia
4. Beyond Borders: Mutual Imaginings of Europe & the Middle East (800-1700)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016
The 25th biennial conference of the Barnard Medieval & Renaissance Studies Program brings together scholars whose work challenges the stark border between Europe and the Middle East during the long period between 800-1700. Rather than thinking of these areas in isolation, this interdisciplinary conference reveals the depth of their mutual influence, exploring how trade, war, migration, and the exchange of ideas connected East and West during their formative periods. Distant worlds were not only objects of aggression, but also, inextricably, of fantasy and longing, as Jewish, Muslim, and Christian thinkers looked to each other to understand their own cultural histories and to imagine their futures. Plenary speakers are Nabil Matar of the University of Minnesota and Nancy Bisaha of Vassar College.
For further information and to register, see
5. 2015 – 2016 AKPIA Lecture Series, A Forum for Islamic Art & Architecture
The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University presents
Thursday, November 3
“Sensing the City: Public Spaces and Urban Experience in Safavid Isfahan”
Farshid Emami, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Lectures are free and open to the public. They are held Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the Arthur M. Sackler Building, Room 318, Harvard University, 485 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02138.
For further information, call 617-495-2355, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://agakhan.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k69205&tabgroupid=icb.tabgroup104234
6. Fellowships – ACOR 2017-2018
7. Exhibition & Symposium – Freer|Sackler: The Art of the Qur’an
In recognition of one of the world’s extraordinary collections of Qur’ans, the Freer and Sackler is hosting a landmark exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States. Some fifty of the most sumptuous manuscripts from Herat to Istanbul is featured in The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, opening this weekend on October 22. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts—which range in date from the early eighth to the seventeenth century—are critical to the history of the arts of the book. They were once the prized possessions of Ottoman sultans and the ruling elite, who donated their Qur’ans to various institutions to express their personal piety and secure political power. Each manuscript tells a unique story, which will be explored in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.
In conjunction with The Art of the Qur’an exhibition, Freer and Sackler is organizing a symposium, The Word Illuminated: Form and Function of Qur’anic Manuscripts, on December 1, 2 and 3, 2016 in Washington, DC.
The symposium focuses on luxury copies of the Qur’an made between the eighth and the seventeenth centuries from Herat to Istanbul and investigates their materiality, from the use of costly paper, special scripts, intricate illumination, to finely tooled bindings. These characteristics lend the Qur’ans their unique visual characteristics and set them apart from other copies. The speakers will examine the volumes in their historical, cultural, and artistic contexts and discuss their use as potent symbols of piety, political, and religious authority. As Qur’ans changed ownership, they also acquired a complex and layered after-life, which has further enriched their identity well into the present.
For the symposium program, abstracts and speaker bios, please visit: http://www.asia.si.edu/research/symposia/art-of-the-quran/default.php
For more information on the exhibition, please visit: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/current/art-of-the-quran/default.php
For related programs, please visit: http://www.asia.si.edu/events/allevents.asp?trumbaEmbed=view%3Dseries%26seriesid%3D1327296
8. Conference – Khurasan from Early Islam to the Mongols and beyond (Stuttgart, 3-4 Nov.)
Heartland of Islamic Art and Culture: Khurasan from Early Islam to the Mongols and beyond
International Conference, Linden-Museum Stuttgart, 03.-04. November 2016
9. Job: Reader/Senior University Lecturer in Classical Arabic
Studies, University of Cambridge.
10. ‘The Qur’an: Text, Society And Culture’ Conference
Thursday 10 – Saturday 12 November 2016
SOAS, University of London
Convenors: Prof. M.A.S. Abdel Haleem and Dr Helen Blatherwick
Thursday 10 November
(Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS main building)
If you would like further information on the conference series, please visit the conference website at https://www.soas.ac.uk/quran-2016/. This will be updated on an ongoing basis.
Venue: Khalili Gallery (Thurs) and Brunei Lecture Theatre (Fri and Sat), SOAS, University of London, Russell Square, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG
No registration is required for this conference and all are welcome to attend.
11. 8ème Conférences d’études iraniennes Ehsan et Latifeh Yarshater
7, 9, 10, 14 et 16 novembre 2016
Organisées par Mondes iranien et indien
Lieu : Collège de France, 11, place Marcelin-Berthelot, 75005 Paris
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