Islamic Studies Lecture Series

2017-2018

Ahmet Targon Karamustafa (University of Maryland)

“Vernacular Islam: Historical Perspectives on Muslim Identity.” 

October 18th, 6:00pm in Mortara Center (located at the corner of 36th and N Streets)

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Guy Burak (New York University)

"Prayers, Commentaries and the Edification of the Ottoman Supplicant (1500-1750)"

November 15th, 6:00pm in Mortara Center (located at the corner of 36th and N Streets)

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Tony Street (University of Cambridge)

Reckoning and Recounting: Fakhr Al-Din Al-Razi's Philisophical and Quranic Commentaries

January 31st, 6:00pm in CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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Sohaira Siddiqui (Georgetown University in Qatar)

Certainty and Continuity: Epistemology, Law and Politics in al-Juwayni's Thought

February 14th, 6:00pm in CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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Wael Hallaq (Columbia University)

Conceptualizing the Human: Toward a New Theory of the Subject

April 25, 6:00 PM in CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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2016-2017

Robert Wisnovsky (McGill University)

"Abduh and the Avicennian synthesis"

2 February, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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Sabine Schmidtke (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

"Preserving, Democratizing, and Studying the World Heritage of Islamic Manuscripts: The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition"

1 March, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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Fouad Ben Ahmad (Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania, Rabat)

“The Arabic Reception of Averroes in Muslim Spain. New Findings in Ibn Ṭumlūs's Book of Logic”

5 October, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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A. Kevin Reinhart (Dartmouth College)

“What to think about before we think about (Islamic) ritual”

9 November, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

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2015-2016

Ahmed El Shamsy (University of Chicago)

“The Epistemology of the Miraculous”

30 September, 6:00pm, Location: ICC 450

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Ahmed Ibrahim (McGill University)

“Child Custody in Islamic and International Law of the 17th to 19th Centuries: A Comparative Legal Approach”
28 October, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Conference Room, ICC 241

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Dimitri Gutas (Yale University)

"The History of Science up to Avicenna and the Intentions of the Philosophers after him"
3 February, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Conference Room, ICC 241

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Maria Mavroudi (University of Berkeley)

"Greek philosophical texts at the court of Mehmed the Conqueror"
16 March, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Conference Room, ICC 241

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Asad Ahmed (UC Berkeley)

"Patronage, Sectarianism, and the History of Rationalism in Post-Classical Islam"
13 April, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Conference Room, ICC 241

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2014-2015

Nadja Germann (University of Freiburg)

"Words and their Meaning: The Problem of Signification (waḍʿ) in Early Islamic Thought"

15 October, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Thérèse-Anne Druart (Catholic University, DC)

“Why music matters for language and interpretation: al-Fārābī”

19 November, 6:00pm, Location ICC 450

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Suleiman Mourad (Smith College)

“Why do we need Tafsīr? The Muʿtazila Perspective”

21 January, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Nicolai Sinai (Unversity of Oxford)

“Interpreting the Medinan Qur’ān”

11 February, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Alexander Key (Stanford University)

“Thinking about maʿnā after Richard Frank”

18 March, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Joseph Lowry(University of Pennsylvania)

"Law and the Fulfillment of the Law in the Qur'an."

1 April, 6:00pm, Location:CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Rumee Ahmed (University of British Columbia, Canada)

“Shari’a 2.0: Islamic Systematics and the Science of Islamic Legal Reform”

22 April, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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2013-2014

Ovamir Anjum (University of Toledo)

"Ibn Taymiyya and the Islamic State"

12 September, 5:30pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Charles Butterworth (University of Maryland)

“Alfarabi on Politics and Legislators as opposed to Lawgivers”

3 October, 5:30pm, Location: Mortara Conference Room 

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Michaelle Browers (Wake Forest University)

"Democratic Citizenship and National Identity in Contemporary Arab Political Thought"

14 November, 5:30pm, Location: ICC 462

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2012-2013

Fall 2012 - From Late Antiquity to Early Islam

Jack Tannous (Princeton University)

"What difference did Islam make? Christians, Muslims, and the End of the Ancient World"

26 September, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Robert Hoyland (ISAW, New York University)

"Arab Conquests or Islamic Conquests?"

24 October, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Nancy Khalek (Brown University)

"John the Baptist in Medieval Damascus"

7 November, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Antoine Borrut (University of Maryland)

"Memory and Power in Early Islamic Syria"

28 November, 6:00pm, Location: Mortara Center

Spring 2013 - Qur'anic Studies in memory of Barbara Stowasser

Karen Bauer (Institute for Ismaili Studies)

"Who does the Housework? Interpretations of the Qur?anic Ethics and Etiquette of Marriage"

30 January, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Shahab Ahmed (Harvard University)

"The Problem of the Satanic Verses and the Formation of Islamic Orthodoxy"

27 February, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Ayesha Chaudhry (The University of British Columbia)

"An Issue of Cosmological Proportions: Constructing Gender in Pre-Modern and Modern Tafsir"

20 March, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241


2011-2012

David Powers (Cornell University)

The Making of the Last Prophet

15 September, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Baber Johansen (Harvard University)

The limits of change and contingency in the history of Muslim Law 

6 October, 6:00 pm, Location: ICC 462

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Wadad Kadi (University of Chicago)

Security Positions Under the Umayyads

3 November, 6:00pm, Location: Mortara Building

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Walid Saleh (University of Toronto)

Tafsir Studies and the Study of the Past

26 January, 6:00pm, Location: Mortara Building

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Frank Griffel (Yale University)

Deism in Islam? The Context of al-Ghazali's Condemnation of the Position that God Doesn't Know Individuals

16 February, 6:00 pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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Louise Marlow (Wellesley University)

Between Wisdom and Philosophy: Exemplary Texts in a Tenth-Century Mirror for Princes

15 March, 6:00pm, Location: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

**Recommended reading for this talk.

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2010-2011

Michael Cook (Princeton University)

An Early Text of an Epistle of Muhammad b. ‘Abd al-Wahhab

4 November, 2010

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Fred Donner (University of Chicago)

How Muhammad’s Movement Became Islam: The Qur’anicization of Early Islamic Political Terminology

24 February, 2011

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Jonathan Brockopp (Pennsylvania State University)

The Lost Manuscripts of Egypt: Reconstructing the Earliest School of Islamic Law

17 March, 2011

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Wilferd Madelung (Oxford University)

Social Legislation in Sûrat al-Ahzâb

14 April, 2011

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