Events

2020

All meetings via Zoom, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

October 21: Near Eastern Studies Lecture, Maghribi Theology in Manuscript: Reason, Belief, and the Common Folk, Caitlyn Olson (Harvard University) and Jan Thiele (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas [CCHS-CSIC], Madrid). The history of Islamic theology in the Maghrib is an understudied field, due in part to the fact that many relevant sources remain in manuscript. This presentation will begin by addressing the contours of the manuscript archive and then turn to some of the major themes that we have found in our initial study of the sources therein. We highlight in particular the significance that pre-modern Maghribi theologians assigned to reason in their conceptualization of religious belief. After examining the theoretical underpinnings of this discussion, we examine the ways that theologians debated its implications for the general, less educated Muslim populace and their status as believers. Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

October 28: Near Eastern Studies and Digital Scholarship Conversations @IAS Joint Lecture, Hidden gem of a bygone era: A polythematic work from a Rasulid era, Kinga Dévényi (Corvinus University of Budapest, and The Oriental Collection of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences). The Oriental Collection of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is home to a great variety of manuscripts, and early printed books. Its holdings range from one of the largest collection of Tibetan manuscripts and blockprints in Europe, through a complete series of books in Ottoman Turkish printed in the first half of the 18th century by the Müteferrika Press in Istanbul, to the Kaufmann collection, one of the most well-known libraries of Hebrew manuscripts, early printed books and genizah fragments. After a brief overview of the history of the Oriental Collection, the lecture demonstrates the use of digital humanities through the example of an undated manuscript of a polythematic work from the Rasulid era, the Unwan al-sharaf of Ibn al-Muqri’ (d. 837/1433). Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

November 11: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, A revisionist account of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Khaled Fahmy (IAS School of Historical Studies and University of Cambridge).

November 18: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Early modern pilgrimage: literature and practice in the Arab East, Björn Bentlage (IAS School of Historical Studies and Orientalisches Institut, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg).

December 2: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Understanding Sect and Sectarianism in the Early Modern Middle East: Ottomans, Safavids, and the Qizilbash, Ayşe Baltacıoğlu-Brammer (IAS School of Historical Studies and New York University).

December 9: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Compendium of Pleasure: a 10th Century (?) Arabic Erotic Manual and its Sources, Pernilla Myrne (IAS School of Historical Studies and University of Gothenburg).

2021

All meetings via Zoom, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

January 27: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Historial Consciousness and the Rise of the Ottoman Empire in the Fifteenth Century, Dimitri J. Kastritsis (IAS School of Historical Studies and University of St Andrews).

February 3: Near Eastern Studies Lecture, KITAB, Sarah Bowen Savant (The Aga Khan University). Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

February 10: Near Eastern Studies Lecture, The European Qur’an. Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion 1150-1850, Mercedes García-Arenal (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas [CCHS-CSIC], Madrid) and Roberto Tottoli (Universita degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale). Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

February 24: Near Eastern Studies Lecture, Early Modern European Humanism and the Syriac New Testament, George A. Kiraz (IAS School of Historical Studies and Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute). Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

March 10: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Preserving a Medieval Syriac 'Treasure' of 'Vocalized Words and Readings' from the Bible and Related Literature, Jonathan Loopstra (IAS School of Historical Studies).

March 17: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, An Egyptian Sheikh’s Literary World - Digitally Reconstructing Islamic Print Culture Through Mustafa Salamah al-Najjari’s Book Collection, Adam Mestyan (Duke University) and Kathryn Schwarz ( University of Massachusetts Amherst).

March 31: Near Eastern Studies Lecture, SICLE: Saadian Intellectual and Cultural Life, François Déroche (Collège de France) and Nuria de Castilla (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris). Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

April 14: Near Eastern Studies and Digital Scholarship Conversations @IAS Joint Lecture, Bibliotheca arabica, Verena Klemm (Institute of Arabic Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany), and Stefanie Brinkmann, Boris Liebrenz, Thomas Efer (Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig). Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

September 9-10: Near Eastern Studies Workshop, Colophons in Middle Eastern Manuscripts. Conveners: Sabine Schmidtke, School of Historical Studies, IAS and George A. Kiraz IAS School of Historical Studies and Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute.

 

Past Near Eastern and Islamic Studies Events