Islam and the Humanities

Conference 2019


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Friday, October 25, 2019

9:15-9:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
Shahzad Bashir, Brown University

9:30-11:00 a.m. 

Panel 1
William Sherman, University of North Carolina, Charlotte: “The Imitable Quran”
Jahfar Shareef Pokkanali, University of Bonn: “Thinking Through Bricolage(s): Problematizing ‘Islamic Architecture’ in the Littorals of South India”

Respondent: Jamal Elias

11:00-11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m.-1:00 pm.

Panel 2
Kamaluddin Ahmed, Oxford University: “The Mukhtaṣar (Compendium) in Islamic Scholarship”
Seema Golestaneh, Cornell University: “The Shape of Texts to Come: Shifting Archival and Publishing Practices of a Shi’i Sufi Order in Iran”

Respondent: Lara Harb

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch 

2:00-3:30 p.m. 

Panel 3
Allison Kanner-Botan, University of Chicago: “Mas̱navī Elaborations: The Fictionalization of Laylī o Majnūn”
Emily Drumsta, Brown University: “Mahfouz’s Sufi Noir: Mysticism and Literary Form in Egypt Around 1960”

Respondent: Amir Moosavi

3:30-4:00 p.m. Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. 

Panel 4
Ahoo Najafian, Carleton College: ““It was Tomorrow:” On Postmodern Ghazal”
Meghaa Ballakrishnen, Johns Hopkins University: “Nasreen Mohamedi’s Sources: Islamic Metaphysics and Avant-Garde Abstraction”

Respondent: Aisha Ghani

7:15 p.m. Official Dinner at Restaurant for Participants and Invited Guests

Saturday, October 26, 2019

9:30-11:00 a.m.

Panel 5
Katherine Bruhn, University of California, Berkeley: “Expressing Minangkabau Piety: Forms of Islam and the work of Handiwirman Saputra”
Ali Karjoo-Ravary, Bucknell University: “The Ghazal as Islam’s Garment: Poetic Form Between Imitation and Inimitability”

Respondent: Margaret Graves

11:00-11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Panel 6
Jamel Velji, Claremont McKenna College: “Forming (Divine) Remembrance: Coffee Cups and the Making of Muslim Memory”
Terenjit Sevea, University of Pennsylvania: “Shamans, Saivas and Sufis?: Tiger Forms of ‘Ali in the Malay world”

Respondent: Yael Rice

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch