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Bertie Kibreah, “Banter and Bricolage at the Burial Chamber: Negotiating Mystical Song in Bangladesh”

Thursday, April 30 ▪ 4:30pm ▪ Swift 201

Bertie Kibreah (Music, UChicago)

“Banter and Bricolage at the Burial Chamber: Negotiating Mystical Song in Bangladesh”

Food and drink will be provided.

Posted in Upcoming Events.


Elias Muhanna (Brown University), “Digital Scholarship in Islamic Studies: A Workshop”

Next Thursday, April 16, the Islamic Studies Workshop will be bringing Prof. Elias Muhanna to UChicago in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Forum.

*For those interested in attending the workshop, Prof. Muhanna has created a brief survey to help him prepare the curriculum for the workshop.  Please submit the survey by Monday, April 13: http://goo.gl/forms/K1D8k7mdDk *

Thursday, April 16 ▪ 4:30pm-6:30pm ▪ Swift 201
Elias Muhanna (Brown University)
“Digital Scholarship in Islamic Studies: A Workshop”

Prof. Muhanna heads the Digital Islamic Humanities Project at Brown University.  He will be leading a practical workshop on finding and using digital resources for research in Islamic Studies related fields.  As always, pizza and drinks will be provided.

The Islamic Studies Workshop members are also invited to attend Elias Muhanna’s talk at the Digital Humanities Forum event, which will be taking place earlier the same day.  Details below:

Our first Digital Humanities Forum of the spring quarter will be taking place next week, on April 16 (Thursday), from 12:00 to 2:00pm in JRL 122. Please note the change from our usual day. Our speaker is Elias Muhanna, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University, who will speak on the following topic: “Elements of Style: Modeling Mannerism in Classical Arabic Poetry.” Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who might be interested. As always, lunch will be served.

Abstract:
As a highly patterned literary form, classical Arabic poetry represents a discourse that is particularly well suited to digital modes of analysis. The conventions of rhyme, meter, and genre conspire, together with a Semitic root-based morphology, to natively configure a literary archive in ways that invite distant reading. This talk will discuss the results of a research project that aims to map various literary embellishments associated with the so-called “innovative” (badīʿ) style of classical Arabic poetry, across a corpus of several thousand poems. I would like to suggest that this method opens up interesting avenues to revisit some old questions about nature and artifice, originality and derivativeness, clarity and mannerism in poetic production.

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“The Practical Authority of the Imams and their Representatives”

Shiʿi Studies Symposium, “The Practical Authority of the Imams and their Representatives”

Friday-Saturday, April 3-4 ▪ Swift Hall Common Room
website and schedule: https://shii-studies-sites.uchicago.edu/

co-sponsored by the Islamic Studies Workshop (among others)

Posted in Upcoming Events.


Mohamad Ballan, “The Politics of Islamic Ecumenism in the Afsharid Empire, 1736-1746″

Thursday, April 2 ▪ 4:30pm ▪ Swift 201

Mohamad Ballan (History, UChicago)

“The Politics of Islamic Ecumenism in the Afsharid Empire, 1736-1746”

with a response by Austin O’Malley (NELC)

Posted in Upcoming Events.


Elias Saba, “Systems and Taxonomies in Islamic Legal Thinking: Comments on Ḥanafī distinctions (furūq) literature”

Islamic Studies Workshop will be co-sponsoring the MEHAT workshop on Tuesday, March 10, at noon, in Pick 218:

Elias Saba, a graduate student in NELC at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “Systems and Taxonomies in Islamic Legal Thinking: Comments on Ḥanafī distinctions (furūq) literature.”

Mariam Sheibani of NELC will be discussant.

Posted in Upcoming Events.


Master’s week, featuring Allison Kanner, Alex Matthews, and Nora Zaki

Thursday, March 5 ▪ 4:30pm ▪ Swift 201

Master’s week, featuring:

Allison Kanner (Divinity), “Shaykhs and Shaykhas of the Shaykh al-Akbar in the Tarjuman al-Ashwaq

Alex Matthews (Divinity), “Neoplatonic Thought in Ismaili Shi’ism”

Nora Zaki (Divinity), “The Evolution in Meaning of the Qur’ānic Khalīfa”

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Austin O’Malley, “Allegory and Symbolic Action in ʿAṭṭâr’s Moṣibat-nâma”

Friday, February 27 ▪ noon ▪ Swift 201

*please note the date/time change!*

Austin O’Malley (NELC)

“Allegory and Symbolic Action in ʿAṭṭâr’s Moṣibat-nâma”

with a response by Francesca Chubb-Confer (Divinity)

Posted in Upcoming Events.


An Introduction to Multiple Job Markets: Islamic Studies after the University of Chicago

Thursday, February 19 ▪ 4:30pm ▪ Swift 201

An Introduction to Multiple Job Markets: Islamic Studies after the University of Chicago (please register here)

This 60 minute presentation and Q/A session will introduce students in the Islamic Studies workshop to trends in academic, government, nonprofit, and corporate job markets. We’ll discuss resources available to doctoral and master’s students through Graduate Student Affairs; offer comments on how to articulate graduate student skills for diverse careers; and answer your questions about how to take next steps as a graduate student to prepare yourself for what comes after the University of Chicago.

Questions? Feel free to send them to AJ Aronstein, Associate Director of Graduate Career Development (aj@uchicago.edu)

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Liran Yadgar, “The Islamic Sources of al-Murshid ilā al-tafarrud wa-l-murfid ilā al-tajarrud, a Mystical Treatise by David ben Joshua Maimonides”

Thursday, January 29 ▪ 4:30pm ▪ Swift 201

Liran Yadgar (NELC)

“The Islamic Sources of al-Murshid ilā al-tafarrud wa-l-murfid ilā al-tajarrud, a Mystical Treatise by David ben Joshua Maimonides (c. 1335-1414)”

with a response by Elizabeth Sartell (Divinity School)

Posted in Upcoming Events.


Alessandra Gonzalez, “Islamic Feminism in Kuwait”

Thursday, January 15 ▪ 4:30pm ▪ Swift 201

Alessandra González (Research Fellow, Princeton University)

“Islamic Feminism in Kuwait”

with a response by Hafsa Kanjwal (University of Michigan)

Posted in Upcoming Events.