18th Middle East History and Theory Conference (May 9-10, 2003)

ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE

Patrick Wing, Conference Coordinator
pgwing@uchicago.edu

Kaveh Hemmat, Conference Coordinator
kavehhemmat@uchicago.edu

John E. Woods, Faculty Advisor
j-woods@midway.uchicago.edu

Keynote Address
Professor Said Amir Arjomand, State University of New York, Stony Brook
The Rise of Islam and of the ‘Abbasids as Revolutions in World History: Some Revisionist Theses in the Light of Theory and Evidence
Concert
Bengi
Anatolian Folk Music
Abdigani Jiyenbay
Kazakh Folk Music
Theater

Conference Panel List

I. Oral Message and Memory in Society
Montserrat Rabadan (University of Chicago)
The Khrefiyye: Palestinian Oral Fairytales
Nadia Yaqub (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Creating Palestine, Fracturing Lebanon: Locality in Oral Arabic Poetry Duels
Karen G. Ruffle (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Setting Fire to the World: Experiencing Hazrat Zaynab bint `Ali in Muhtasham Kashani’s Karbala-nameh

III. Gender Identity and Relations
Carol Riphenburg (College of DuPage)
Gender Relations and Development in a Weak State: The Rebuilding of Afghanistan
Hanan Kholoussy (New York University)
The Ties that Unbind: The “Marriage Crisis” and the Making of Modern Egyptians, 1899-1919
Mario M. Ruiz (University of Michigan)
Men who Murder: Sa’idi’s and the Making of Masculinity in Mid-to-Late Nineteenth Century Egypt

IV. Turkey between Empire and Republic
Nalan Soyarik-Senturk (Baskent University)
Political Theory as the Guide for “The Good Citizen, The Good Person”: An Analysis of the Early Republican Political
Theory Literature
Fahrettin Altun (University of Istanbul)
The Perception of Modernization by the Turkish Military

V. Political Theory and Practice in Modern Turkey
Mehmet Arisan (University of Essex)
The Continuous Pattern of the Perception of Political Power in Modern Turkish Political Practise
Simten Cosar (Baskent University)
Justice and Development Party in Power: A New Center for a New Democracy?
Murat Arsel (University of Cambridge)
German Espionage or ANZAC Revenge? Environmental Nationalism and Risk Politics in Turkey

VI. Religious and Social Encounters with the West
Ilhan Yildiz (Brigham Young University)
The Missionary Works of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Middle East
Mehmet Ali Dogan (University of Utah)
Conversion and Apostasy in Anatolia: The American Missionary Enterprise in the 19th Century
Noah Salomon (University of Chicago)
“leysh inta munervaz?” (Why are you Nervous?): The Anglicization of Speech in Contemporary Damascus

VII. Historical Roots of Current Issues in Israel and Palestine
Roni Zirinski (Harvard University)
Selling Militarism: The IDF in Israeli Advertising
Terry DeHay (Southern Oregon University)
Self and Nation in/as Palestinian History
Frances S. Hasso (Oberlin College)
Arab Discursive & Political Deployments of Palestinian Women Suicide Bombers/Martyrs

VIII. Society and Politics: Past, Present, Future
Samuel N. Blatteis (American University, Cairo)
Beyond Invasions and Peace Processes
Gokhan Bacik (Fatih University)
Challenging Orthodoxy: Middle Eastern Studies and the Problem of Sovereignty
Magid Shihade (University of Washington)
Ethnic Violence in the Middle East and Beyond

IX. Islamic Law in Historical Context
Amit Bein (Princeton University)
Should Muslims cooperate with Christians? Ulema views during the Ottoman Election campaign of 1912
Ahmad Atif Ahmad (Harvard University)
The Right to Privacy and Sunni Islamic Law: Preliminary Remarks
Mahmut Zeki Erbay (SOAS, University of London)
The development of Maslaha concept and adaptability issue in Islamic Law
Jonathan Brown (University of Chicago)
Criticism of the Proto-Hadith Canon: al-Daraqutni’s Critique of al-Bukhari and Muslim’s Sahihs

X. Architecture and Society in the Middle East
Moain Sadeq (University of Chicago)
The Mamluk Architecture as Evidence of State Stability and Administration in Egypt and Syria
Michael Walsh (Eastern Mediterranean University)
A Gothic Masterpiece in the Levant: The Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque) – Famagusta
(Gazimagusa), Northern Cyprus
Mohammed M. Gamal (Ajman University of Science and Technology) and Gehan Selim (United Arab Emirates University)
Contemporary Islamic Architecture in The Arab World

XI. Theoretical Approaches to Place and Space
Palma Librato (School of Architecture, Polytechnic of Bari)
Fragments of the Historical Syrian Landscape: The Definition of the Measure of the Northern Syrian Landscape through the
Built of Settlements and Rural Courtyard Houses
O. Dorj (National University of Mongolia)
The Mongolian Geographic Names and Map Making Traditions
Lina Sergie (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Recollecting History: Songs, Flags and a Syrian Square
Haim Yacobi (Ben-Gurion University)
Re-Shaping Sense of Place: The Built Environment and Ethnic Conflict in the “Mixed” City of Lydda/Lod Israel

XII. The City: Construction and Imagination
Steven Wolf (Harvard University)
Divergences in Islamic City Form: The Urban Ramifications of Mamluk and Ottoman
Commercial Building in Sixteenth Century Aleppo
Zayde Antrim (Harvard University)
The City Triumphant: Ibn ‘Asakir’s Representation of Place in the Ta’rikh Madinat Dimashq

XIII. Artistic Expression and Society
Lutfiya S. Aini (Academy of Science, Tajikistan)
Ornament in Muslim Culture
Ts. Erdene (National University of Mongolia)
The Art of Feit Embroidery
Tehnyat Majeed (University of Oxford)
The Earliest Appearance of Square Kufic in Cairo: The Char Muhammad Type and the Qubbat al-Mansuriyya
Dilnoza Ahmedova (Samarkand State Institute of Art)
World- Wide Importance of “Shashmakom”

XIV. Intersections of Religion and Politics
Babak Rahimi (European University Institute, Florence)
From Consecration to Consumption: the Politics of the Safavid Rituals of  Muharram Camel Sacrifice, 1604-1629
Barbara DeGorge (Corning Commnity College)
Traditional Religious Authority as a Political Force: A Case Study of Sufi Shaykhs in the Sudan
Shams ud Din (Jawahrlal Nehru University)
The Role of Ethnicity and Religion in Shaping the Nation-State in Central Asia

XV. Early Islamic Historiography
Kirsten Clarke (Edinburgh University)
The Fatimid Treasures of al-Mustansir bi’llah Looted in the Egyptian Civil War 458-465 (1067-1073)
Tasha Granger (University of Chicago)
Firdowsi’s Shahname: Portrayal of Cultural Relationships
Suleiman A. Mourad (Middlebury College)
A Window into Early Islamic History: The Duo al-Hasan al-Basri and ‘Umar II
Sener Akturk (University of Chicago)
Early Representations of the Turkic Peoples of Central Asia in Iranian and Greco-Roman Sources

XVI. The Politics of Modern Literature
Roni Zirinski (Harvard University)
What are Palestinian Children Made of? Jews, Israel and the Intifada in the Books of Rawda al-Farkh al-hudhud
Nuri Aksu (Bilkent University)
Historical Novel and Nahid Sirr Örik’s Sultan Hamid Düserken
Jonathan Smolin (Harvard University)
Changing Moroccan Perceptions of Clandestine Emigration: Identifying the Anonymous Dead in Harraga Fiction

XVII. Medieval Islamic Thought
Muhammad Hozien (William Paterson University)
With the Times comes the man: The case of Al-Ghazali and the making of an 11th Century Reformer
Asad Ahmed (Princeton University)
Abu Ya‘qub al-Sijistani’s Logico-Philosophical Proof of Prophecy
Thomas Hefter (University of Chicago)
Miserliness and Self-Awareness: Epistolarity and Pseudonymity as Rhetorical Devices in al-Jahiz’s Kitab al-Bukhala
Sharaf Sharipovich Khamraev (Assembly of the Culture of the Central Asian Nations Development Foundation, Samarkand)
A Central Asian scientist and scientific method

XVIII. The Middle East and the International Economy
Elrid Wollkopf-Dittmann (Magdeburg University)
Rhetorics of oil wealth and transition – the case of Azerbaijan
Enayatollah Yazdani (Australian National University)
Does Central Asia have the capability to replace the Persian Gulf?
Gul Berna Ozcan (University of London)
Trust and market exchange: The case of Islamic companies in Turkey

XIX. Iran in the 20th Century
Safa Ryan Homayoon (University of Oxford)
Patterns of Clergy-Ruler Relations in Modern Iran
Victoria Penziner (Florida State University)
She Should Have Been a Man: The Life of Ashraf Pahlavi
Etga Ugur (University of Utah)
Global Religion in Local Contexts: A Comparison of Islam in Turkey, Iran, and Southeast Asia
Sener Akturk (University of Chicago)
Soviet Threat, Oil, and the Perceptions of Musaddiq: A Study in International Relations Theory and Comparative
Historiography

XX. Politics and Religion in  Modern Central Asia
Anne Frances Szustek (University of Chicago)
The Impact of Politicized Language on Khorezm Region, Uzbekistan
Alisher Khamidov (University of Notre Dame)
Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the construction of threat of Islamism in Kyrgyztan
Alisher Abidjanov (National University of Uzbekistan)
NGO’s role in setting up Civil society in Uzbekistan
Abdigani Jiyenbay (Radio Free Europe Kazakh Service)
Almaty, December 17-18, 1986 Events: Kazakh Youth were the First to Rise Against the Former Soviet Communist
Imperialist System

XXI Identity and Origins in Central Asia
Azim Malikov (Harvard University)
Some comments on the search of historical national-state sources in Central Asian republics
Akmal Akhmedov (Samarkand Branch of the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences)
The Formation of Timur’s State
Ertugrul Okten (University of Chicago)
Rewriting Jami’s Biography
Payam Foroughi (University of Utah)
Central Asian Islam: Its Direction and Connection with the Turkish and Persian Zones of Islam

XXII. Ottoman Empire and the World
H.I. Erbay (SOAS, University of London)
Politics of Learning: Madrasa Education During the Hamidian Period
Selim Karahasanoglu (Middle East Technical University)
Intellectuals of Varied State Traditions: The Ottoman Empire and the Volga-Ural Region
Mehmet Bulut (Baskent University)
Reconsideration of the economic concepts of the Ottomans and Western Europeans during the mercantilist ages
Yasmine Al-Saleh (University of Pennsylvania)
An Ottoman Prayer Book Goes to War

XXIII. The Social Dynamics of Cairo
Wilson Chacko Jacob (New York University)
Re-masculinizing the City: The Politics of Futuwwa in 1920s and thirties Cairo
Jessamine W. Price (New York University)
The City and its Discontents:  Cairo in Ali Mubarak’s al-Khitat
Azza Mohamed Kamal (Texas A&M University)
Social and Architectural features of Crafts Districts in Medieval Cairo

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