Fifteenth Conference of the School of Abbasid Studies

Tuesday July 12 – Saturday July 16, 2022
St John’s College, University of Oxford

Programme

All panels take place in the Garden Quad Reception Room

Tuesday, July 12
Opening
17:00 – 19:00 Opening Reception, St Giles’s House
Wednesday, July 13
Welcome
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome: Julia Bray and Monique Bernards
Emotions – Chair: Emily Selove
09:30 – 10:00 Dwight Reynolds, Ṭarab in extremis in Medieval Arabic Sources
10:00 – 10:30 Sadegh Ansari, Miskawayh’s (d. 421/1030) Treatise on Pleasure and Pain and the Possibility of an Islamic Aesthetics Discourse
10:30 – 11:00 Discussion: Karen Bauer
11:00 – 11:30 Tea/coffee
Space – Chair: Alexander Key
11:30 – 12:00 Najam Haider, A Little Bit of Makr – Masjid Kufa in Early Twelver Shiism
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion: Teresa Bernheimer
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
Power and Religion – Chair: Isabel Toral
14:00 – 14:30 Zina Maleh, Caliphs and the Generic Representation of Ruling Power in al-Tanūkhī’s al-Faraj baʿd al-shidda
14:30 – 15:00 Nimrod Hurvitz, The Religious Outlook and Policies of al-Qāhir and al-Rāḍī
15:00 – 15:30 Discussion: Hugh Kennedy
15:30 – 16:00 Tea/coffee
Representation of Texts – Chair: Antonella Ghersetti
16:00 – 16:30 Jens Schmitt, The fuṣūl qiṣār of al-Jāḥiẓ
16:30 – 17:00 Discussion: Ignacio Sánchez
Thursday, July 14
The East – Chair: Monique Bernards
09:00 – 09:30 Taro Mimura, The Impact of Sindhind in the Abbasid Court and the Emergence of Zījs
09:30 – 10:00 Devin J. Stewart, The Treatment of Indian and African Scripts in the Fihrist of Ibn al-Nadīm
10:00 – 10:30 Khodadad Rezakhani, Conquering the East: The Campaigns of Yaʿqūb b. Layth al- Ṣaffār and the End of the Rutbīl State
10:30 – 11:00 Discussion: Shawkat Toorawa
11:00 – 11:30 Tea/coffee
Theology and Adab – Chair: Francesca Bellino
11:30 – 12:00 Chafika Ouail, Adab-kalām Encounter: Impact of Theology on Risālat al-Ghufrān
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion: Geert Jan van Gelder
12:30 – 13:00 Lunch
Friday, July 15
Water in the Abbasid City – Chair: Karen Moukheibar
09:00 – 09:30 Josephine van den Bent, Caliphal Involvement in Water Provision in the Cities of the Early Abbasid Period
09:30 – 10:00 Peter J. Brown, What Does the Water Supply Tell Us about the Origin, Organization and Occupation of the City of Samarra?
10:00 – 10:30 Discussion: John Turner
10:30 – 11:00 Tea/coffee
Constructions – Chair: John Nawas
11:00 – 11:30 Alastair Northedge, The Ribāṭ Movement as an Abbasid Politico-military Initiative
11:30 – 12:00 Michael Mumisa, Abbasid majālis as Construction Sites of Memory and Knowledge
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion: Harry Munt
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
Language and Power – Chair: Pernilla Myrne
14:00 – 14:30 Elias G. Saba, Memories of al-Shāfiʿī’s Inquisition
14:30 – 15:00 Matthew Keegan, Stand and Deliver: Ibn Qutayba’s Maqāmāt
15:00 – 15:30 Pamela Klasova, A Poet and a Tyrant: Aʿshā Hamdān and al-Ḥajjāj in the Kitāb al-Aghānī
15:30 – 16:00 Discussion: Everett Rowson
16:00 – 16:30 Tea/coffee
Saturday, July 16
How things work – Chair: David Bennett
09:00 – 09:30 Eugénie Rébillard, Subordinate Policemen and shurṭa’s Clerks at Work: An Attempt to Reconstruct the Daily Routine of the Police Institution in Abbasid Iraq
09:30 – 10:00 Noëmie Lucas, The Caliphate’s Wealth: The riḥla of Egypt Revenues during the Abbasid Rule in the Kitāb al-Wulāt of al-Kindī
10:00 – 10:30 David Marmer, Greed is Good: A Look at the Mercantile World of third/ninth Century Baghdad
10:30 – 11:00 Discussion: Letizia Osti
11:00 – 11:30 Tea/coffee
11:30 – 12:00 Isabel Toral, presenting Baghdād From Its Beginnings to the 14th Century
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
More water – Chair: Alexander Key
14:00 – 14:30 Dionisius A. Agius, Wells, Markets, and Forts: Al-Muqaddasī’s fourth/tenth Century Geography of the Arabian Red Sea
14:30 – 15:00 Massimiliano Borroni, Ecosystem and Water Cycle: The Sabean Thābit b. Qurra and Arabic Aristotelianism
15:00 – 15:30 Discussion: Maaike van Berkel
15:30 – 16:00 Tea/coffee
Business meeting
16:00 – 17:00 Monique Bernards, Maaike van Berkel, Hugh Kennedy, John Nawas, Shawkat Toorawa
Closing
19:00 – Closing Dinner

Participants

  • Dionisius Agius, University of Exeter
    <d.a.agius*exeter.ac.uk>
  • Sadegh Ansari, SUNY Geneseo
    <ma3292*columbia.edu>
  • Nicholas Aubin, University of Warwick
    <nicholasallanaubin*gmail.com>
  • Karen Bauer, The Institute of Ismaili Studies
    <kbauer*iis.ac.uk>
  • Francesca Bellino, Universitá degli Studi di Napoli ‘L’Orientale’
    <fbellino*unior.it>
  • David Bennett, University of Gothenburg
    <dbennet*ucla.edu>
  • Josephine van den Bent, Radboud University Nijmegen
    <j1.vandenbent*let.ru.nl>
  • Maaike van Berkel, Radboud University Nijmegen
    <m.vanberkel*ru.nl>
  • Monique Bernards, IAAIS Antwerp
    <monique.bernards*telenet.be>
  • Teresa Bernheimer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    <mtbernheimer*gmail.com>
  • Hinrich Biesterfeldt, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    <hinrich.biesterfeldt*ruhr-uni-bochum.de>
  • Massimiliano Borroni, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
    <massimiliano.borroni*unive.it>
  • Julia Bray, University of Oxford
    <julia.bray*orinst.ox.ac.uk>
  • Peter Brown, Radboud University Nijmegen
    <p.brown*let.ru.nl>
  • Marcel Camprubí, Princeton University
    <camprubi*princeton.edu>
  • Nadia El Cheikh, New York University Abu Dhabi 
    <nmcheikh*aub.edu.lb>
  • Geert Jan van Gelder, University of Oxford
    <gerard.vangelder*orinst.ox.ac.uk>
  • Antonella Ghersetti, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
    <antghers*unive.it>
  • Rob Gleave, University of Exeter
    <r.gleave*exeter.ac.uk>
  • Beatrice Gruendler, Freie Universität Berlin
    <beatrice.gruendler*fu-berlin.de>
  • Najam Haider, Barnard College/Columbia University
    <nhaider74*gmail.com>
  • Nimrod Hurvitz, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
    <nhurvitz*bgu.ac.il>
  • Matthew Keegan, Barnard College/Freie Universität
    <mlk.keegan*gmail.com>
  • Hugh Kennedy, SOAS, University of London
    <hk1*soas.ac.uk>
  • Alexander Key, Stanford University
    <akey*stanford.edu>
  • Pamela Klasova, Macalester College
    < pmk32*georgetown.edu)
  • Joseph Lowry, University of Pennsylvania
    <joseph.lowry*verizon.net>
  • Noëmie Lucas, University of Edinburgh
    <noemie.lucas*ed.ac.uk>
  • Zina Maleh, Université de Genève
    <zina.maleh*unige.ch>
  • David Marmer, Independent Scholar
    <dmarmer66*gmail.com>
  • Taro Mimura, The University of Tokyo
    <mimurataro*gmail.com>
  • Karen Moukheiber, University of Balamand
    <karen.moukheiber*balamand.edu.lb>
  • Michael Mumisa, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
    <michael.mumisa*cantab.net>
  • Harry Munt, University of York
    <harry.munt*york.ac.uk>
  • Pernilla Myrne, Gothenburg University
    <pernilla.myrne*gu.se>
  • John Nawas, KU Leuven
    <john.nawas*kuleuven.be>
  • Alastair Northedge, Université de Paris I
    <anorthedge*orange.fr>
  • Letizia Osti, Università degli Studi di Milano
    <letizia.osti*unimi.it>
  • Chafika Ouail, Independent Scholar
    <cbo00*mail.aub.edu>
  • Abdurraouf Oueslati, Brill Publishers
    <oueslati*brill.com>
  • Azad Qazaz, KU Leuven
    <azadqazaz12*gmail.com>
  • Eugénie Rébillard, CNRS
    <eugenie.rebillard*gmail.com>
  • Dwight Reynolds, UC Santa Barbara
    <dreynold*religion.ucsb.edu>
  • Khodadad Rezakhani, Leiden University
    <k.rezakhani*hum.leidenuniv.nl>
  • Betty Rosen, University of California-Berkeley
    <bettyjrosen*berkeley.edu>
  • Chip Rossetti, Library of Arabic Literature
    <chip.rossetti*nyu.edu>
  • Gabrielle Russo, University of Cambridge
    <gmr44*cam.ac.uk>
  • Everett Rowson, New York University
    <ekrowson*ix.netcom.com>
  • Elias G. Saba, Grinnell College
    <egsaba*gmail.com>
  • Ignacio Sánchez, University of Warwick
    <ignacio.sanchez*warwick.ac.uk>
  • Emilie Savage Smith, University of Oxford
    <emilie.savage-smith*orinst.ox.ac.uk>
  • Jens Ole Schmitt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    <jschein*uni-goettingen.de>
  • Emily Selove, University of Exeter
    <selovian*gmail.com>
  • Devin Stewart, Emory University
    <dstewar*emory.edu>
  • Simon Swain, University of Warwick
    <s.c.r.swain*warwick.ac.uk>
  • Lucie Taylor, Library of Arabic Literature
    <lmt5*nyu.edu>
  • Shawkat Toorawa, Yale University
    <shawkat.toorawa*yale.edu>
  • Isabel Toral, Freie Universität Berlin
    <itoral*zedat.fu-berlin.de>
  • John Turner, Colby College
    <jpturner*colby.edu>
  • Uwe Vagelpohl, University of Warwick
    <uwe*dataflake.org>
  • James Weaver, University of Zurich
    <james.weaver*uzh.ch>
  • Peter Webb, Leiden University
    <p.a.webb*hum.leidenuniv.nl>