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Call for Papers: Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiographies
19/04/2021 11:50pm
AKU Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
This annual exploratory and informal workshop offers the opportunity to reflect on history writing in Arabic. We encourage contributions focused on methodologies, research agendas, and case studies that investigate history writing in the Middle East and North Africa in any period from the seventh century to the present. We are interested in papers that consider the practical and conceptual challenges of working on history writing in the region. Contributions are invited from scholars at all career levels, addressing any period and any part of the Middle East and North Africa.
Manuscripts in Arabic Script: Introduction to Codicology
23/04/2021 11:00am - 24/04/2021 3:00pm
AKU Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
This online course (2 days) aims to introduce Arabic manuscripts from a codicological and textual point of view. The first day will provide an overview of the field of codicology and it role in the manuscript field in general and in identifying the key features of the manuscript in particular. The second session will be dedicated to writing supports, the structure of quires, ruling and page layout, bookbinding, ornamentation, tools and materials used in bookmaking, and the palaeography of book hands.
Water Governance: Concepts, Policy and Practice
28/04/2021 9:00am - 30/04/2021 1:00pm
AKU Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Building on the experience of AKU's British Academy water research project, this two-day online course will introduce participants to major themes and policy frameworks in water governance with a focus on experiences of community-based water management in the Global South. The course aims to equip participants with perspectives to inform practical engagements in the water sector. A blend of presentation, discussion and short tasks spread over four sessions will introduce key academic and policy ideas.
Islam and Constitutions. The Law and Politics of Sharia Provisions - Online Course
12/05/2021 5:00pm - 26/05/2021 7:30pm
AKU-ISMC
Why all the hype about Islam when drafting a constitution? Why are constitutions so central, to begin with? And what is the politics around references to Islam in them? What are, in particular, the sharia provisions, and how do they work? This online course introduces participants to the conceptual foundations of constitutional law, the articulations of State-Islam relations in contemporary constitutions, and the various models of sharia provisions in a comparative perspective. Sharia provisions, in particular, are considered both in terms of their wording and the overall design.
Mosques in Sub-Saharan Africa
21/05/2021 1:30pm
AKU Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
This short course provides the basis for understanding and critically examining the development of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa. It approaches architecture through building materials and African construction techniques, from earthen monuments to coral stone buildings. Two important themes will be developed: first, the diffusion of ideas, people and material cultures across the Sahara Desert; second, the role of Islam in the building of maritime regional identities, international trading networks and urbanisation of the Swahili coast.
Gender in Muslim Contexts, Online Summer Programme
28/06/2021 9:00am - 06/07/2021 5:00pm
Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
The nine-day course will be held online. Run by leading experts on gender and Islam, the programme will bring together scholars and students from diverse backgrounds to discuss key issues in the study of gender in Muslim contexts. The programme is designed in collaboration with Simon Fraser University, Centre for Comparitive Muslim Studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and will feature lecturers and guest speakers from partner institutions.? ?To apply for this course, please complete the online form by 16 April.
Call for Papers: Gramsci in the Middle East and North Africa
13/09/2021 11:00pm
LSE Middle East Centre
Abstracts are invited for an upcoming conference on Gramsci in the Middle East and North Africa. In thinking about our contemporary moment in historical context, Antonio Gramsci has emerged as a popular theorist in work focused on resistance, revolution, popular movements, capitalism, political economy, memory, temporality, transnationalism and internationalism. This conference aims to bring together scholars working with Gramsci on any of these themes, with the ultimate aim of publishing a Special Issue on Gramsci in the Middle East and North Africa.