Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiography


9.30 – 11.00: Session 1, Writing History in the Future Tense, Chair – Sarah Bowen Savant, AKU-ISMC

Heaven and History: Astrology and the Construction of Historical Knowledge in Early Islam
Antoine Borrut, University of Maryland

Writing History in the Future Tense: Colonialism and Modernity in Abu Rasʾ Ajaʾib al akhbar
Arthur Asseraf, University of Cambridge

11.00 – 11.15: Coffee

11.15 – 12.45: Session 2, Up close under the Ottomans, Chair – James McDougall, University of Oxford

Afterlives of the ʿammiyyas: the Mount Lebanon commoner leaguers of 1800-1840 in later chronicles and histories
Peter Hill, University of Oxford

Reading Ibrahim Fasih al-Haidari: An Everyday History of Ottoman Iraq
Janna Aladdin, New York University

12.45 – 13.45: Lunch

13.45- 15.15: Session 3, Using the past to identify and classify, Chair – Andreas Görke, University of Edinburgh

Emotion and Social Status: Examples from Arabic Literary and Documentary Sources
Karen Bauer, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Taking the Tribes to the Museum: the institutionalisation of Qatari Identity
Javier Guirado Alonso, Autonomous University of Madrid

15.15 – 15.45: Afternoon Tea

15.45 – 17.15: Session 4 “Lost” Sources, Chair – Maxim Romanov, AKU-ISMC / Vienna

The Khwadaynamag
Michael Bonner, University of Cambridge

Muḥammadd b. Isḥāq and the Composition of his Sīrah: A New Account
Kevin Jaques, Indiana University

9:30 – 11.00 Session 1 Authorial voices, Chair – Hugh Kennedy, SOAS, University of London

A Narratological Analysis of the Prose Works by ʿUmāra al-Yamanī
Huzefa Tawawalla, University of Zurich

Remembering the walī: politics, creed, and madhhab in the biography of Ibn ʿAbd al-Salām
Mohamad El-Merheb, SOAS, University of London

11.00 – 11.15: Coffee

11.15 – 1.00 Session 2 The politics of the past, Leif Stenberg, AKU-ISMC

Away from the Homeland: The Politics of Remembering in Amal al-ʿĀmil
Majid Montazer Mahdi, Exeter University

Reform and Revolt through the Pen and the Sword: Ibadi Opposition to the British Informal Empire in the Arab-Persian Gulf Region of Oman
Amal Sachedina, George Washington University

A Candelabrum in the Great Mosque of Gaza: The First Palestinian Historical Debate and the Concept of Jewish Historical Rights
Eli Osheroff, Hebrew University/The Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig


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