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Fifth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Ghent, June 15-17, 2019

Themed Day Paper Proposal

Use the form below to submit a paper proposal. The deadline for paper proposals is October 31, 2018.


The first day of the conference, June 15, will be under the theme The Sacred in Mamluk Society. Under this overall rubric, the sacred may be interpreted in a variety of ways, from spaces that were believed to be sacred to those which had any relationship with the sacred, as well as the rituals and/or practices that enabled and maintained the sacred. More concretely, this theme may include anything related to Sufism, the cult of the saints, Sharifism, the history of Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem, the Hajj, the sacred among Christians and/or Jews, and Mawlids and other social events and practices, amongst other topics. In addition, by including “society” within this theme and by reconsidering the relationships between any of these elements and Mamluk society itself, as well as their roles within that society, we hope to widen the range of Mamluk studies, going beyond the boundaries between academic fields such as historical studies, religious studies, and anthropology. We look forward to papers that will expand the scope of this theme and enrich its content.

A maximum of 12 to 15 paper proposals will be selected. Should a greater number of proposals be received, the authors of those which are not selected for the conference may be offered the possibility to publish their contribution in the proceedings. Time allotted to each paper will be twenty minutes, plus ten minutes for discussion.



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