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Fourteenth Conference of the School of Abbasid Studies

Tuesday July 10 – Saturday July 14, 2018
Yale University, New Haven, USA

 

Participants

Francesca Bellino; David Bennett; Maaike van Berkel; Monique Bernards; Kevin van Bladel; Antonia Bosanquet; Julia Bray; Paul Cobb; Robyn Creswell; Nadia El Cheikh; Matthew Gordon; Simon Gundelfinger; Najam Haider; Stefan Heidemann; Nimrod Hurvitz; Steven Judd; Matthew Keegan; Hugh Kennedy; Alexander Key; Ahmad Khan; Joseph Lowry; Christian Mauder; Andrew McLaren; Karen Moukheiber; John Nawas; Nassima Neggaz; Avigail Noy; Bilal Orfali; Letizia Osti; Dwight Reynolds; Ignacio Sanchez; Emily Selove; Simon Swain; Yuko Tanaka; Shawkat Toorawa; Deborah Tor; John Turner; Uwe Vagelpohl; Peter Verkinderen; James Weaver; Hayrettin Yücesoy; Travis Zadeh

Programme

Tuesday, July 10

WELCOME
17:00 – 19:00 Welcome Reception

Wednesday, July 11

09:00 – 09:30 Opening remarks (Shawkat Toorawa, Monique Bernards)
LANGUAGE (chaired by Monique Bernards)
09:30 – 10:00 Avigail Nov Did the Abbasid Lexicographers Invent Majāz?
10:00 – 10:30 Alexander Key Al-kalām ʿalā l-kalām: Genre or Formalism?
10:30 – 11:00 Discussion: Joseph Lowry
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/Tea
SHIʿISM (chaired by John Nawas)
11:30 – 12:00 Deborah Tor The Parting of Ways between ʿAlid Shiʿism and Abbasid Shiʿism
12:00 – 12:30 Najam Haider Deus Ex Machina: The Use and Misuse of Yaḥyā b.ʿAbdallāh (d. 187/803) in Early Historiography
12:30 – 13:00 Discussion: Travis Zadeh
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
SLAVES (chaired by Paul Cobb)
14:30 – 15:00 Matthew Gordon Unfree Women (jawārī) as Moral Intercessors: The Study of Slavery in Abbasid Society
15:00 – 15:30 Karen Moukheibar Men, Women and Emotions in al-Isfahānī’s al-Imāʾ al-Shawāʿir
15:30 – 16:00 Discussion: Julia Bray
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee/Tea
CONFESSION (chaired by Shawkat Toorawa)
16:30 – 17:00 Christian Mauder Ethical Thought in Miskawayh and Ibn ‘Adī…
17:00 – 17:30 Discussion: David Bennett
19:00 Dinner (open to everyone)

Thursday, July 12

THE EDGE (chaired by Kevin van Bladel)
09:00 – 09:30 Antonia Bosanquet Jund, Berbers and Slave Routes: Rebellion in Aghlabid Tripoli
09:30 – 10:00 Peter Verkinderen Dealing with the Abbasids in Fars: Local Lords, Tribal Areas, and the dīwān
10:00 – 10:30 Discussion: Stefan Heidemann
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee/Tea
BEINECKE
11:00- 12:30 Roberta Dougherty
12:45 Excursion & Lunch

Friday, July 13

RHETORIC (chaired by Steven Judd)
09:00 – 09:30 Nimrod Hurvitz The Qarmaṭī Scare: Public Sentiments and Political Reactions
09:30 – 10:00 Ahmad Khan Imperial Rhetoric and Practice under the Abbasids
10:00 – 10:30 Discussion: Matthew Keegan
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee/Tea
MAN(HOOD) (chaired by Hugh Kennedy)
11:00 – 11:30 Francesca Bellino Ibn Qutayba (d. 276/889) on the Physical Characteristics of Man
11:30 – 12:00 Emily Selove The Apotropaic Phallus in Arabic Literature and Culture?
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion: Dwight Reynolds
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
POETRY (chaired by Letizia Osti)
14:00- 14:30 Yuko Tanaka Reproducing Images of Zindīq Poets: Shifting Values of Biographical Accounts
14:30 – 15:00 Bilal Orfali Against Muslim Cities: On hijāʾ al-mudun in Pre-modern Arabic Poetry
15:00 – 15:30 Discussion: Robyn Creswell
15:30 – 16:00 Coffe/Tea
HISTORIOGRAPHY (chaired by John Turner)
16:00- 16:30 Andrew Maclaren Ibn Aʿtham’s Archive: Quoted Materials and Narrative Structure in the Kitāb al-Futūḥ
16:30- 17:00 Simon Gundelfinger Exercising Control on the Ground: Governors of Abbasid al-Shām
17:00 – 17:30 Discussion: Hayrettin Yücesoy

Saturday, July 14

SCIENCE (chaired by Simon Swain)
10:00 – 10:30 Ignacio Sánchez Laysa l-ṭibb bi-ʿilm: Al-Qāḍī ʿAbd al-Jabbār’s Attack on Medicine
10:30 – 11:00 Uwe Vagelpohl Transmitting Scientific Knowledge: Production, Use and abuse of Medical Summaries
11:00 – 11:30 James Weaver Prophetic and Foreign Cosmologies in the Hands of 4th-century Historians
11:30 – 12:00 Discussion: Kevin van Bladel
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
THE CITY (chaired by Nadia El Cheikh)
13:30 – 14:00 Maaike van Berkel Water Supply in Abbasid Baghdad
14:00 – 14:30 Nassima Neggaz Al-Karkh: A Stronghold of Imami-Shiʿism in Early Abbasid and Buyid Bahgdad
14:30 – 15:00 Discussion: Hugh Kennedy
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee/Tea
BUSINESS MEETING (Members of the School only)
15:30- 16:45 Monique Bernards, Hugh Kennedy, John Nawas, Shawkat Toorawa
19:00 Closing dinner (members of the school only)