Islam and the Humanities

Assessing the Islamic Past: Historical and Philosophical Interventions
April 20-21, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Friday, April 20, 2018

Panel 1 (9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.)

Chair: Meltem Toksoz, Brown University

Respondent: Helge Jordheim, University of Oslo

Judith Pfeiffer, University of Bonn
“Rashīd al-Dīn’s Craft: Narrating Parallel Pasts in the Fourteenth Century”

Nancy Florida, University of Michigan
“Living in a Time of Madness: The Last Days of Java’s Last Prophetic Poet”

Panel 2 (11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.)

Chair: Lina Fruzzetti, Brown University

Respondent: Aishwary Kumar, Stanford University

Sean Hanretta, Northwestern University
“A Moving Minority in Twentieth-Century Ghana: Goods, Discourses, and the Trap of “Islamization”

Margrit Pernau, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin                                                                                           “Emotions and Temporalities. Sayid Ahmad Khan's Concept of Modernity”

Panel 3 (2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)

Chair: Nancy Khalek, Brown University

Respondent: Anne Murphy, University of British Columbia

Kaya Şahin, Indiana University
“To Observe, to Record, to Memorialize (ca. 1582): Depicting the Circumcision of an Ottoman Prince”

Dana Sajdi, Boston College
“In Defense of Damascus: The Genre of Prose Cityscapes (12th and 16th Centuries)”

Panel 4 (3:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m.)

Chair: Shahzad Bashir, Brown University

Respondent: Constantin Fasolt, University of Chicago

Nils Riecken, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
“On Tragic Temporality: Abdallah Laroui’s Reading of Tradition”

Rian Thum, Loyola University, New Orleans
“What is Islamic History?”

Dinner with participants and colleagues and students from Brown (7:30 p.m.)
Brown Faculty Club

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Summary discussion with participants and editors of History and Theory (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

Lunch for Participants (12:00 p.m.)