The Fourth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies will be conducted in two parts and will be preceded by a three-day intensive course on Mamluk architecture from May 8-10, 2017.
Registration is now open! Please visit https://fasstore.aub.edu.lb/conference-school-mamluk-studies.
The first day of the conference, May 11, will be themed. In consideration of the quincentennial of the fall of the Mamluk sultanate of Cairo in 1517, the theme of this part of the conference will be “Time.”
The following two days, May 12-13, will be structured in panels that focus on many aspects of the intellectual, political, social, economic, and artistic life of the Mamluk period.
A preliminary schedule follows. If you wish to be notified of updates to the schedule, please complete the form on this page. A circular with informationa about the conference, accommodations in Beirut, transportation, and other practical aspects of your visit is available HERE.
THURSDAY, MAY 11
THEMED PAPERS: TIME
- Fien De Block (Ghent University), “Al-zīj al-jadīd as an Instrument for Timekeeping in Early Fifteenth Century Cairo.”
- Jan Hagedorn (St Andrews University), “Time, Age, and Experience in the Working Lives of Slaves.”
- Milana Iliushina (National Research University Higher School of Economics), “How Long before Obtaining the Throne? The Factor of Time in Mamluks’ Careers under the Circassian Sultanate.”
- Christian Mauder (University of Bonn), “Only Once Every One Hundred Years? The Concept of Cyclical Renewal (tajdīd) in Late Mamluk Political Culture.”
- Cihan Yüksel Muslu (University of Houston), “The Impact of Time on Ottoman-Mamluk Relations.”
- Torsten Wollina (Orient-Institut Beirut), “Time in Muḥammad Ibn Ṭūlūn’s (d. 955/1548) Historical Corpus.”
Panel: New Perspectives on Late Medieval Arabic Historiography: History, Order, and Truth in/of the Cairo Sultanate.
Chair: Konrad Hirschler (Freie Universität Berlin).
- Jo Van Steenbergen (Ghent University), “From the Court in Cairo to the Kingdoms of the Franks: Political Order and World-Making in 15th-Century Egyptian Chronicles.”
- Josephine Van den Bent (University of Amsterdam), “Wanderers, Miraculous Births, and Blacksmiths: Mongol Origin Stories in Mamlūk Histories.”
- Mohamad El-Merheb (SOAS, University of London; London), “‘Les Lieux de Mémoire’ of 13th Century Shāfiʿī Political Thought in Late Medieval Arabic Historiography.”
- Nathan Hofer (University of Missouri), “Mamluk Biographical Dictionaries as Expressions of Class Consciousness.”
Panel: Declining or Rejuvenate? Some Glimpses of Reassessment on Late Mamluk Metalwork.
Chair: Carine Juvin (Louvre Museum).
- Shireen El Kassem (Bonn University), “Late Mamluk Helmets: Innovation or Inspiration?”
- Sami L. Di Giosa (University of Oxford), “A Sultana Made of Brass: Fatima Khawand and Her Metalworking Style.”
- Carine Juvin (Louvre Museum), “Civilian Elite and Metalwork: A View from the Edge.”
FRIDAY, MAY 12
Documents and Archives in the Mamlūk Period.
Chair: Konrad Hirschler.
- Tamer El-Leithy (Johns Hopkins University), “The Traveling Documents of Late-Mamlūk Damascus: The Circulation of Private Legal Documents (1480-1500 AD).”
- Garrett Davidson (College of Charleston), “Paratextual Reading and Audition Notices in Mamluk Manuscripts.”
- Daisy Livingston (SOAS, University of London), “The Archival Value of the Waqf-Related Documents of Mamlūk Cairo: The Case of istibdāl.”
- Konrad Hirschler (Freie Universität Berlin), “Documentary Life-Cycles: Reuse of Mamluk Legal Documents.”
Negotiating and Performing Communal Identities: New Texts on Christian and Muslim Clerical Élites and in Relation to the Mamluk State.
Chair: Jo Van Steenbergen (Ghent University).
- Luke Benson Yarbrough (NYU Abu Dhabi Institute), “New Fatwas on Syrian Monks, Poll Tax, and Churches from the Early Eighth/Fourteenth Century.”
- Mohamed Saad Maslouh (Ghent University), “What is the Church and Who Are the Copts? The Coptic Patriarch’s Definition of the Church’s Authority, and Organization of Its Relations with the ‘State’ in the Late Fifteenth Century.”
- Gowaart Van Den Bossche (Ghent University), “Destroying Churches by Performing Knowledge: A Social Discursive Reading of Ibn al-Rifʿa’s Kitāb al-nafā’is fī adillat hadm al-kanā’is.”
The Uncovering of Mamluk Beirut.
Chair: May Farhat
- Howayda al-Harithy (American University of Beirut), “Connecting the Dots: Tracing Beirut’s Mamluk Urban Layer.”
- Warren Schultz (DePaul University) “The Sūqs of Medieval Beirut: The Numismatic Evidence.”
- May Farhat (University of the Holy Spirit, Kaslik), “Beirut’s Great ‘Umari Mosque: A Contested History.”
- Pierre Moukarzel (Lebanese University), “Beirut’s Church of Saint Savior under the Mamluks.”
Women in Mamluk and Early Ottoman Documentary Sources.
Chair: Daisuke Igarashi
- Daisuke Igarashi (Chukyo University), “Father’s Will, Daughter’s Waqf.”
- Wakako Kumakura (Waseda University), “From Beneficiaries to Landowners: Patterns of Landholding and Women’s Involvement.”
- Takao Ito (Kobe University), “A Princess and Her Endowment.”
SATURDAY, MAY 13
Ibn Taymiyya’s Impact on Mamlūk Religion and Society.
Chair: Caterina Bori
- Jon Hoover (University of Nottingham), “Ibn Taymiyya’s Impact on Early 14th Century Mamlūk Ashʿarism.”
- Arjan Post (Utrecht University), “Ibn Taymiyya versus the Shādhiliyya: A Refutation and Its Impact.”
- Abdelkader Al Ghouz (Annemarie-Schimmel-Kolleg, Bonn University), “The Cociology of Arabic Philosophy in 14th Cairo: Shams al-Dīn al-Iṣfahānī (d. 1348) and His Scholarly Network.”
- Caterina Bori (University of Bologna), “Defending the Right to Acknowledge Ibn Taymiyya as Shaykh al-Islām: Ibn Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Dimashqī’s al-Radd al-Wāfir and Its Concerns.”
Aṣ-Ṣafadī as Critic and Commentator.
Chair: Matthew Keegan
- Matthew Keegan (New York University), “What is an Author? Theories of Authorship in al-Ṣafadī's Nuṣrat al-Thāʾir.”
- Elias Muhanna (Brown University), “Paronomastic Play in al-Ṣafadī’s Jinān al-jinās.”
- Adam Talib (American University in Cairo), “Emblematic or Exceptional? aṣ-Ṣafadī’s Ghayth and ad-Damāmīnī’s Nuzūl.”
The Oral and the Written: Cultures of Transmission across the ʿulūm.
Chair: Anthony T. Quickel
- Ahmad Nazir Atassi (Louisiana Tech University), “Analyzing the Interest in Transmitting Ibn Sa’d’s Kitāb al-Ṭabaqāt al-Kabīr during the Early Mamluk Period.”
- Torsten Wollina (Orient Institut Beirut), “The Transmission of Ibn Ṭūlūn’s taʿālīq.”
- Mariam Sheibani (University of Chicago), “Authorship and Textual Transmission in Medieval Islamic Law: ʿIzz al-Dīn b. ʿAbd al-Salām’s Qawāʿid al-aḥkām.”
- Christopher Bahl (SOAS, University of London), “The Transregional Circulation of Arabic Grammar Books during the Late Mamluk Period.”
Medicine in Mamluk Times: From Professionals to Daily Life
Chair: Thomas Thiemann
- Syrinx von Hees (Muenster University), “Medical Care for the Elderly: What Can We Learn from Biographies?”
- Stephan Toelke (Muenster University), “Plagued by the Plague and Not Much Time? Read this Quick Guide! Ibn Abī Ḥaǧalah’s Ṭibb al-masnūn fī dafʿ aṭ-ṭāʿūn.”
- Thomas Thiemann (Muenster University)
“Narcotics in Mamluk Egypt: Not Everything is Hashish.”
The official language of the conference will be English.
The conference registration fee will be $50 for participants and attendees.
A farewell dinner will take place on the last day (May 13) at a cost to be determined. Payment for the dinner will be separate from registration.
Payment of the fees (registration and farewell dinner) must be received by April 30, 2017 (information on the method of payment to be used will be provided in the first circular, which will be sent soon).
Participants must make their own travel arrangements; information and suggestions for accommodations will be provided in the first circular.
a) Themed day: the papers will be published in a volume of proceedings.
b) Panels: selected papers will be published in Mamlūk Studies Review.
Intensive course: Mamluk Architecture
A three-day intensive course in Mamluk architecture intended for advanced graduate students and other qualified participants will be offered by Professor Howayda al-Harithy (American University of Beirut) and will be held immediately before the conference at the American University of Beirut (May 8-10, 2017). The course will be demanding and hands-on in its format, but no previous training is required. The course will cover topics such as building typology, stylistic evolution, patronage of architecture, construction techniques, and decorative styles.
Since the number of participants will be limited (a maximum of 10), those who desire to take part in the course are requested to submit a CV, a statement of purpose, and a letter of recommendation by someone familiar with your work to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of January, 2017. Those who are selected for the course will be notified by the end of February, 2017, at which time information about the method of payment for the course fees will be provided.
The course fee is $300.00, which also includes the registration fee for the subsequent conference (May 11-13). The fees must be paid by April 30, 2017. Registration and participation will not be confirmed until payment is received. Participants must make their own travel arrangements. The local organizer will provide suggestions for lodging at an affordable price.
We look forward to meeting you in Beirut.
John Meloy, American University of Beirut (local organizer)
Frédéric Bauden, Université de Liège
Antonella Ghersetti, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
Marlis Saleh, University of Chicago
To view the schedules of previous conferences, see Past SMS Conferences.