Tenth Conference of the School of Abbasid Studies

July 5 – July 9, 2010
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium


Camilla Adang, Stijn Aerts, David Bennett, Maaike van Berkel, Monique Bernards, Antoine Borrut, Julia Bray, Kristen Brustad, Brahim Chater, Michael Cooperson, Amikam Elad, Josef van Ess, Antonella Ghersetti, Rob Gleave, Mathias Groenweghe, Beatrice Gruendler, Han den Heijer, Philip Kennedy,Hugh Kennedy, Joseph E. Lowry, Amal Marogy, James Montgomery, John Nawas, Alastair Northedge, Letizia Osti, Ignacio Sanchez Sanchez, Sarah Savant, Emily Selove, Devin Stewart, Jessika Soors, Shawkat Toorawa, John Turner, James Weaver, Johan Weststeijn, Hayrettin Yucesoy, Travis Zadeh

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Amikam Elad, Al-Ma’mūn’s Military Units and their Commanders
Hayrettin Yucesoy, Necessity of Imamate Between Reason and Revelation
Discussion: John Nawas
Philip Kennedy, The Library of Arabic Literature Translation Project
David Bennett, Al-Naẓẓām, the “Dahrīyah,” and the Materialist Bent of the Early Kalām
Johan Weststeijn, The Confrontation of Heraclius and Sufyān b. Harb
Discussion: James Montgomery
Antonella Ghersetti, De la rhétorique des dons ou quand les objets parlent
Alastair Northedge, Tableware of the Caliphs: Assemblages from the Syrian Excavations of the Houses of Harun’s circle at Raqqa
Discussion: Beatrice Gruendler
Joseph E. Lowry, Ignorance of the Law is Sometimes an Excuse: al-Shāfiʿīs Ibṭāl al-Istiḥsān and the Construction of Juristic Authority
Robert Gleave, Nikāh al-Mutʿa and the Emergence of Shīʿī Fiqh
Devin Stewart, The Consolidation of the Four Sunni Legal Madhhabs in Abbasid Baghdad
Discussion: Camilla Adang
John P. Turner, The Enigmatic Reign of al-Wāthiq
Hugh Kennedy, The Prince of Darkness: The Personality and Career of Ibn al-Furat
Discussion: John Nawas
Travis Zadeh, Of Mummies, Poets, and Water Nymphs: Tracing the Codicological Limits of Ibn Khurradādhbih’s Geography
Antoine Borrut, Heaven and History: Planetary Conjunctions, God, and the Making of Islamic History
Discussion: Beatrice Gruendler
Ignacio Sánchez, Ibn Qutayba and the Ahl Khurāsān
Michael Cooperson, Ibrāhīm al-Mawṣilī and the Question of Affiliation in Early ‘Abbāsid Society
John Nawas, A Demographic Analysis of the Rise and Evolution of the Islamic Religious Sciences in the pre-madrasa period
Discussion: Hugh Kennedy
Kristen Brustad, ‘Abbāsid ‘Arabiyya
Letizia Osti, A Grammarian’s Life
Monique Bernards, Pioneers of Arabic Linguistic Studies
Discussion: Shawkat Toorawa
James Montgomery, Reading al-Farabi with Berio and Bacon
Emily Selove, The Party of Abū al-Qāsim Aḥmad Ibn ʿAlī al-Tamīmī al-Baghdādī
Discussion: Julia Bray
Closing session