Historical Studies

Near Eastern Studies Lecture

March 23, 2022 | 12:00pm

Björn Bentlage, Orientalisches Institut, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg 

A rare find from the late Mamluk period offers new insights into the origins of a literary form and practice which, over the next centuries, would continue to...

Near Eastern Studies Lecture

February 23, 2022 | 12:00pm

Ali Yaycıoğlu, Associate Professor of Ottoman & Middle Eastern history at Stanford and a Visiting Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University (2021-2022).

At the center of this talk is a fiscal codex (defter), housed in the Ottoman...

Near Eastern Studies Lecture

February 16, 2022 | 12:00pm

Paul Babinski, University of Copenhagen

How did orientalists read, learn languages, and produce dictionaries, editions, and other works? Annotated manuscripts in particular offer a glimpse into the orientalist’s study, showing the sources they...

Creativity has a history. It is hard for us to imagine that people have not always experimented, tried out, tested—sketched—ideas before putting them into practice.  Yet, that is what the record shows: in the visual arts, for example, the medieval...