Seventh Conference of the School of Abbasid Studies

June 28 – July 1, 2004
Catholic University Leuven, Belgium


Camilla Adang, Judith Ahola, Herbert Berg, Maaike van Berkel, Monique Bernards, Julia Bray, Cecile Cabrol, Paul Cobb, Michael Cooperson, Amikam Elad, Josef van Ess, Robert Gleave, Paul Heck, Nimrod Hurvitz, Hugh Kennedy, Ghada Jayyusi-Lehn, Joseph E. Lowry, John Nawas, Alistair Northedge , Letizia Osti, Peter Pormann, Nadia El Sheikh, Devin Stewart, Shawkat Toorawa, John Turner, Uwe Vagelpohl.

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Paul Heck, The concepts of bayaan and kitaaba as relevant to the Abbasid administration
Peter E. Pormann, Teaching Hospitals during the Reign of al-Muqtadir
Discussion: Julia Bray
Shawkat Toorawa, What’s in the Kitab al-Manthur wal-Manzum (before 280/893) anyway?
Paul Cobb, The Testament of ‘Abd al-Malik ibn Salih
Discussion: Julia Bray
Herbert Berg, Abbasid Historians’ Portrayals of al-Abbas b. al-Muttalib
Amikam Elad, Abu al-Abbas al-Saffah the first Abbasid Mahdi: The Struggle for the Legitimacy of Authority as Reflected in the Hadith of al-Mahdi
Discussion: John Nawas
Uwe Vagelpohl, The Abbasid Translation Movement in Context. Contemporary Voices on Translation
Discussion: Hugh Kennedy
Michael Cooperson, Al-Ma’mun and the hieroglyphs
Robert Gleave, ‘Ali al-Rida, al-Ma’mun and Shi‘i tradition
Discussion: John Nawas
Ghada Jayyusi-Lehn, The Caliphate of al-Mu‘tasim: Succession or Capture?
John Turner, Al-Afshin, Heretic, Rebel or Rival?
Discussion: John Nawas
Maaike van Berkel, Unwritten rules of oral mediation under caliph al-Muqtadir
Letizia Osti, Al-Muqtadir and the Poet: the Chronicles of a Courtier
Discussion: Hugh Kennedy
Nadia El Sheikh, The Court of al-Muqtadir: Its Space and Its Occupants
Judith Ahola, The hadith community in the time of al-Muqtadir
Discussion: Hugh Kennedy
Nimrod Hurvitz, Negotiating Ibn Hanbal’s contribution to Hanbali legal doctrine
Joseph E. Lowry, The First Islamic Legal Theory: Ibn al-Muqaffa’ and the Economy of Uncertainty
Devin Stewart, Emendations of Book Titles in the Legal Section of the *Fihrist* and Their Significance for the History of Islamic Legal Theory
Discussion: Camilla Adang
Cecile Cabrol, Christians in Abbasid Baghdad: Nestorian state functionaries
Alistair Northedge, Urbanism at Samarra
Discussion: Camilla Adang
Closing session