Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiography
16 September 2011
ISMC, Aga Khan University, 210 Euston Road NW1
Since the emergence of a major written tradition in the ninth century CE, history narrated in Arabic has been an important component of the global cultural patrimony. Beyond expressing Arab societiesí own reflections on their histories, Arabic historical narratives have provided reference points for communities throughout the wider Muslim world. As well as recording the past, Arabic historiography has also served as a normative guide to the present, from the earliest history of the Muslim community, through key turning points in Islamic history, to the globalised debates and struggles of our own time.
For the fourth in this series of annual one-day workshops, we invite colleagues in different areas of the field of Arabic historiography and from any discipline to map the state of the field, discuss areas of current work, and explore points of divergence and intersection. The goal of the workshop is exploratory: to bring together the disparate strands of contemporary studies of Arabic historiography and to provide a forum in which future projects can be envisioned. Paper proposals are welcomed from graduate students and scholars at any stage of their research career, and from any discipline, that focus on any aspect of the construction, transmission, and cultural and political significance of historical narratives in Arabic, in any medium, from the emergence of Islam to the present and from the Middle East across Africa and Asia or in the diaspora.
Please send abstracts of proposed papers (1 page of A4) to Dr James McDougall, firstname.lastname@example.org, by 31 May 2011.
Workshop convened by: Dr Sarah Bowen Savant (AKU, email@example.com), Dr Konrad Hirschler (SOAS, firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr James McDougall (Oxford, email@example.com)
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