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Research events

Listed below are forthcoming research events in the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies. See also the events for all of SSIS.

Any SSIS staff or postgrads may always attend. Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.

Please also see individual research centre sites for other events.

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4 March 202417:00

CSI Monday Majilis

“Our State in the End Times:” The Safavid Rule and a Shi'i Theory of Sovereignty. Full details
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5 March 202417:00

Nelida Fuccaro (NYU Abu Dhabi), Building Oil Knowledge in the Arab World: Humanising and Naturalising Oil Landscapes in Saudi Arabia and Iraq

Centre for Gulf studies Virtual Seminar Series. Full details
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11 March 202417:00

CSI Monday Majilis

The Poetry of the One Thousand and One Nights. Full details
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13 March 202417:00

The Emerging Field of Kurdish Gender Studies

In this talk, I will contextualise the growth of KGS in relation to decolonial knowledge production in Kurdistan and the Global North. I will argue that both KGS and KGSN have emerged from and actively engaged in the politics of recognition and the struggle against oppression, marginalisation, and silencing. They have significantly contributing to critical knowledge production in both academia and political activism. Full details
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18 March 202417:00

CSI Monday Majilis

Islamic Reform as a Family Affair: The Tariq Shah Wali Ullah in Modern Malaysia. Full details
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19 March 202417:00

Rafeef Ziadah (KCL), Gulf Logistics: The 'Logistics Revolution' & Economic Diversification in Regional Transformation

Centre for Gulf Studies Virtual Seminar Series. Full details
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25 March 202417:00

Monday Majlis: On Animals, Stones, and Alphabets: The 14th-Century Egyptian Alchemist Aydamir al-Jildakī and His Natural Encyclopaedia

Despite his large and – in his time – well-received oeuvre, the Egyptian scholar Aydamir al-Jildakī (fl. middle of the 14th century) so far is known to specialists of Islamic alchemy only. Yet, Manfred Ullmann, writing in 1972, insisted that he was one of the “greatest scholars of the Islamic cultural sphere”. In his natural encyclopaedia entitled Durrat al-ghawwāṣ (“The diver’s pearl”), al-Jildakī treats the whole sublunar nature, from humans to animals, plants, and minerals. Perhaps following Qur’anic concepts of sign (āya), he also considers languages and scripts as part of the ordered natural world. This paper will offer an introduction to al-Jildakī and his concepts of nature and culture and thus into concepts of post-classical Arabic science.. Full details
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20 May 202417:00

Monday Majlis: The Definitive Zoroastrian Critique of Islam

This lecture will explore early relations between Zoroastrians and Muslims by examining the most important polemical treatise in the Zoroastrian tradition, the Škand Gumānīg-Wizār (“The Doubt-Dispelling Disquisition”), written by the ninth/tenth century theologian and philosopher Mardānfarrox son of Ohrmazddād. A sophisticated work of rationalist theology, the treatise systematically critiques several rival religions of the late antique and medieval Middle East, including Islam. The critique of Islam in chapters 11 and 12 is the only sustained, systematic polemic against Islam in premodern Zoroastrian literature, one that attacks monotheism by focusing on the problem of evil. This lecture will consider Zoroastrians’ relationship with Muslims, the influence of Islamic theology on Zoroastrian thought, and the place of the Škand Gumānīg-Wizār in Middle Persian literature.. Full details
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27 May 202417:00

Monday Majlis: The Qurʾān and Its Masculine God: A Historical Feminist Analysis

A major pursuit of hermeneutic feminists is to modify the traditional understanding of the Qurʾān in order to present a pattern of gender equality, and consequently, enhance the status of women in Islam. While they emphasize the historical view and the non-selective approach to the Qurʾānic verses, they deviate from these assumptions in practice. In particular, when it comes to the supernatural realm of the Qurʾān, especially Allāh’s character, they portray it as devoid of sexism, repression, and discrimination. Full details
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3 June 202417:00

CSI Monday Majilis

The Novel in Adab: A Modern Genre in Conversation with al-Tanukhi and al-Tawhidi. Full details
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6 December 202414:30

Using ChatGPT and AI Tools in Teaching Arabic

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