Islam and the Humanities


Constantin Fasolt

Retired, University of Chicago


Nancy K. Florida

Professor of Javanese and Indonesian Studies, University of Michigan
Paper Title: Living in a Time of Madness: The Last Days of Java’s Last Prophetic Poet


Sean Hanretta

Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University
Paper Title: A Moving Minority in Twentieth-Century Ghana: Goods, Discourses, and the Trap of “Islamization”


Helge Jordheim

University of Oslo, Norway


Aishwary Kumar

Assistant Professor of History, Standford University


Anne Murphy

Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia


Margrit Pernau

Professor, Freie Universität, Berlin
Paper Title: Emotions and Temporalities. Sayid Ahmad Khan's Concept of Modernity
Bio and Abstract


Judith Pfeiffer

Alexander von Humboldt-Professor for Islamic Studies, University of Bonn
Paper Title: Rashīd alDīn’s Craft: Narrating Parallel Pasts in the Fourteenth Century


Nils Riecken

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
Paper Title: Abdallah Laroui’s Reading of Tradition
Bio and Abstract


Kaya Şahin

Associate Professor of History, Indiana University, Bloomington
Paper Title: To Observe, to Record, to Memorialize (ca. 1582): Depicting the Circumcision of an Ottoman Prince


Dana Sajdi

Associate Professor of History, Boston College
Paper Title: In Defense of Damascus: The Genre of Prose Cityscapes (12th and 16th Centuries) 


Rian Thum

Associate Professor of History, Loyola University
Paper Title: What is Islamic History?