Near Eastern and Islamic Studies

Faculty

Sabine Schmidtke 
Islamic Intellectual History

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Members, 2016-2017

= first term only  = second term only

 

Institute for Advanced Study
Intellectual and Legal Studies
Antoine Borrut
University of Maryland, College Park
Early Islamic History and Historiography
Muriel Arruebo Debie 
École Pratique des Hautes Études
Syriac Studies and Late Antiquity
Emine Fetvaci
Boston University
Islamic Art, Ottoman Art
Jane Hathaway 
The Ohio State University
Ottoman History
Rudolph Matthee 
University of Delaware
Early Modern Iran
Anastasios (Tom) Papademetriou 
Stockton University
Ottoman History
Columba Stewart
Saint John's University
Early Medieval History
Roberto Tottoli
Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale
Early Islam, Islamic Literature

Past Members, 1990-

Islamicists' Seminars at IAS and surrounding areas

2016

October 5: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Helmut Zander (IAS and Université de Fribourg) "Grammar of Religio-Political Structures in Islam and Christianity". Abstract: Differences in (religious) cultures should not be discussed only with regard to concrete phenomena, but also with regard to underlying structures and rules of interpretation, which I propose to call “grammar”. As an example I use the relation between rule and religious practice (often: “state and religion”) in Islam and Christianity. Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the West Seminar Room at IAS.

October 10: Department and Program in NES, Brown Bag Lunch Series, Jane Hathaway (IAS and The Ohio State University) will talk on  "Eunuchs and Sunni Orthodoxy: Attitudes of the Ottoman Chief Harem Eunuch to Sufism and Shi 'ism".  Meeting will be held from 12:00 to 12:30 pm, Jones Hall room 202, Princeton University.

October 12: Art History Seminar, Emine Fetvaci (IAS and Boston University) will talk on "Album Making in Seventeenth Century Istanbul: The Sultan and the City."  The talk will focus on the representations of the city of Istanbul in an album made for the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603-1617) by his courtier Vassal Kalender (d. 1616), a renowned artist of paper-joinery and illumination.  The many portrait-like depictions of urban types and the genre scenes that fill the pages of this eclectic and multivalent album will be examined in the context of changing relationships between court life and popular culture, cross-cultural exchange, urban growth and apocalyptic anxiety. Meeting will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the West Building Lecture Hall (located in the lower level of West Building) at IAS.

October 13: Near Eastern Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies Lecture Series 2016/2017, Prof. Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick (University of Heidelberg) "Mahatma Gandhi and Islam". Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the White-Levy Room at IAS.

October 24: Department and Program in NES, Brown Bag Lunch Series, Antoine Borrut (IAS and University of Maryland, College Park) will talk on  "Astrology and History in Early Islam".  Meeting will be held from 12:00 to 12:30 pm, Jones Hall room 202, Princeton University.

October 25: Columbia University Seminar on Religion and Writing, Roberto Tottoli (IAS and Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale) will talk on "Editing and Printing the Qur'an in Early-Modern Europe (16th-18th century)".  Meeting will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, New York City, NY.

October 26: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Jane Hathaway (IAS and The Ohio State University) "The Ottoman Chief Harem Eunuch in an Era of Crisis and Change". Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the West Seminar Room at IAS.

November 2: Book release of Patricia Crone's Collected Studies in Three Volumes, Historical Studies-Social Sciences Library Book Talks Series.  Event will take place at 4:30 pm in the White-Levy Room at IAS.

November 7: Department and Program in NES, Brown Bag Lunch Series, Roberto Tottoli (IAS and Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale) will talk on  "The Early Printing of the Qur'an in 16th and 17th c. Europe".  Meeting will be held from 12:00 to 12:30 pm, Jones Hall room 202, Princeton University.

November 21: Department and Program in NES, Brown Bag Lunch Series, Mueriel Arruebo Debie (IAS and École Pratique des Hautes Études) will talk on  "When the Borders become the Centre: The Roman-Sasanian Occupations Viewed from a Syriac, non-Imperial Perspective (4-7th c.)".  Meeting will be held from 12:00 to 12:30 pm, Jones Hall room 202, Princeton University.

December 14: Near Eastern Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies Lecture Series 2016/2017, Sarah Stroumsa (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), "Jewish and Islamic Philosophical Thought in al-Andalus: New Perspectives". Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the White-Levy Room at IAS.

2017

January 25: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Antoine Borrut (IAS and University of Maryland),  "Forgetting al-Khwārizmī’s History".  Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the West Seminar Room at IAS. ABSTRACT

January 26: Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania, Sabine Schmidtke (IAS, School of Historical Studies), "The Yemeni Zaydi Manuscript Tradition 13th-20th Century". University of Pennsylvania, Fischer-Bennet Hall 231, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

February 1: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Patrick O'Banion (IAS and Lindenwood University), "Arabic at the Fringes: Islamic Prayers, Rituals, and Traditions in Early Modern Castile". Early in the sixteenth century, Spain witnessed the baptism of hundreds of thousands of Muslims, who subsequently became known as Moriscos. In the century that followed their conversion, many Moriscos continued to perform (more or less secretly) the rituals and traditions of Islam. Much of the detail of their religious life has been lost, but that which remains casts light on the relationship between Morisco communities and the greater Islamic world. This presentation will situate Iberian Moriscos within their historical context before turning to discuss examples of Arabic prayers and rituals that have been preserved within the manuscript tradition of the Castilian town of Deza. Attendees are invited to participate in that discussion by bringing their knowledge of Islamic traditions to bear as we consider what it meant to be a Muslim at the fringes of the Islamic world.  Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the West Seminar Room at IAS.

Feburary 15: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Anastasios (Tom) Papademetriou (IAS and Stockton University), "Consolidating Ecclesiastical Authority: The Case of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire". Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the West Seminar Room at IAS. 

February 22: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Roberto Tottoli (IAS and Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale),  "Editing the Qur'an in the 16th- and 17th-century Europe: Inter-religious polemics, print culture, and Arabic philology". Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the West Seminar Room at IAS.  ABSTRACT

February 24: Workshop: "Why Syriac Matters". This workshop aims to highlight why and how Syriac matters today in many fields of research — Classics, Late Antique, Byzantine, Medieval, and Islamic studies as well as Sasanian, Arabian and Central Asian Studies, History of Christianity, Patristics and Church History, Theology, and Digital Humanities. Meeting will be held from 9:15  to 17:00 in the White-Levy Room at IAS. 

March 1: Lecture: "Preserving, Democratizing, and Studying the World Heritage of Islamic Manuscripts: The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition," Sabine Schmidtke (Institute for Advanced Study), Islamic Studies Lecture Series - The Islamic Intellectual Tradition: Reception, Transformation and Innovation, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC, CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241), 6:00 pm. Flyer and Map  

March 8: Near Eastern Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies Lecture Series 2016/2017, Thomas Burman (University of Notre Dame), "Ramon Martí: Engaging Islam and Judaism on the Edge of Scholastic Christendom". Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the White-Levy Room at IAS.

March 22: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Rudi Matthee (IAS and University of Delaware),  "The Eighteenth Century in Iranian Historiography: Nader Shah: Warlord or National Hero?" Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the West Seminar Room at IAS.

March 29: Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Emine Fetvaci (IAS and Boston University), "Calligraphy in the Album of Ahmed I (ca.1609)". Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the West Seminar Room at IAS.

April 5: Near Eastern Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies Lecture Series 2016/2017, Maribel Fierro (Institute for the Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean, Spanish National Research Council [ILC, CSIC]), "Qur’anists in al-Andalus?". Meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:30 pm in the White-Levy Room at IAS.

April 7-8: Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University and Near Eastern Studies at IAS, Workshop "Editing Arabic and Persian Manuscripts" led by Hassan Ansari and Sabine Schmidtke of the Institute for Advanced Study. Schedule: April 7 and 8 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in the White-Levy Room at IAS. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 6 by email to Kate Pukhovaia at ep5@princeton.edu and/or fill in this form https://goo.gl/forms/Kqd3Y77gWrSX9eYz2.

April 11: Ambassador Harald BraunPermanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, and Afsaneh Beschloss, President and CEO, The Rock Creek Group and Trustee, Institute for Advanced Study, invite you to the launch of The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: A Digital Portal with a talk by Sabine Schmidtke (IAS, School of Historical Studies) entitled Preserving, Studying, and Democratizing Access to the World Heritage of Islamic Manuscripts. Tuesday, April 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the German Residence, 5 East 74th Street, New York City, NY. Please register at www.ias.edu/ZMT. 

April 19Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania, Hassan Ansari (IAS, School of Historical Studies), "Sunnīsm in Rayy During the Saljuq Period According to the K. al-Naqḍ", 4:30 pm University of Pennsylvania, Stiteler Hall B26, 208 S. 37th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104.

April 20-21: Near Eastern Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies Conference, “The Arabic Literary genizot Beyond Denominational Borders”. Convenors are Geoffrey Khan (Cambridge University), Sarah Stroumsa (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), and Sabine Schmidtke (Institute for Advanced Study). Meetings will be held in the White-Levy Room at IAS.

 

Past Near Eastern and Islamic Studies Events


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