Located on the McGill campus, the Redpath Museum is an academic unit of the University. “Its mandate is to foster understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our biological, geological, and cultural heritage through scientific research, collections-based study, and education.”
As part of its Spring programming, the Redpath Museum will be hosting two series of Persian Culture Workshops in English designed respectively for children ages 7-9 and ages 10-12. The workshops, offered by Dr. Farshid Sadatsharifi, visiting scholar at the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies, and Mrs. Ghazaleh Ghanavizchian, Senior Library Clerk at the Islamic Studies Library of McGill University will explore “the historical events, the colorful medieval paintings and the beautiful collection of poems kept within the pages of the Persian Epic of Kings.”
The full programming is as follow:
- May 5th: The Persian Epic of Kings – Part 1 (ages 7-9)
- May 12th: The Persian Epic of Kings – Part 2 (ages 7-9)
- June 1st: The Persian Epic of Kings – Part 1 (ages 10-12)
- June 15th: The Persian Epic of Kings – Part 2 (ages 10-12)
Please note that as space is limited, registration is required and will close a few days before the workshops.
Facebook users may follow the series there: The Persian Epic of Kings for Children ages 7 to 9 and The Persian Epic of Kings for Children ages 10 to 12.
To go further, the Islamic Studies Library collection includes a significants number of miniatures and manuscripts copies of the book Shahnameh – Epic of Kings. Some of them are accessible online in the Shahnameh by Ferdowsi digital exhibition:
For more information about Persian culture, you may visit the Islamic Studies Library of McGill University.
From Monday September 11th to Friday September 14th, the Islamic Studies Library had the pleasure to host an Islamic Paleography and Codicology workshop co-organized with the Institute of Islamic Studies, and the McGill Islamic Studies Students Council.
Participants had the opportunity to listen to inspiring and enlightening lectures, some of which involved the display and manipulation of manuscripts and rare books from the McGill Library and Archives collections.
Day 1 of “Islamic Paleography and Codicology Workshop”: An Introduction to the Arts of Bookmaking
Guests lectures were delivered by internationally renowned scholars in the field: Professor François Déroche from Collège de France (Paris, France) and András Riedlmayer from the Aga Khan Program Fine Arts Library at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). Professor Déroche’s presentation focused on a research he has been conducting on three mammoth Qur’ans from the Ommeyad and Abbasid periods. András Riedlmayer’s lecture focused on the arts of illuminating and illustrating manuscripts in the Islamic World, and concluded with a fascinating section on the fake illuminated manuscripts market.
Other lectures covered various aspects of the production of manuscripts (such as writing supports, scripts, illuminations and illustrations, covers and bindings), as well as some challenges that arise when working with manuscripts (such as identification, location, attribution, etc.). And all sessions of the workshop were very well attended by members of both the McGill community and the wider community.
Day 3 of “Islamic Paleography and Codicology Workshop”: The Persian Manuscripts Tradition
Special thanks go to the Institute of Islamic Studies, the Post-Graduate Students’ Society, McGill Libraries and Archives and the Dean of Arts Development Fund for supporting this event.
The McGill Centre of Islamic and Science and Institute of Islamic Studies co-organize a workshop entitled Science Teaching in Pre-Modern Societies from May 24 to 26 2018. This two-days event will bring together scholars from all over the World, including Canada, the United States, Turkey, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, etc.
The four panels will focus on Science Teaching in cross-cultural perspective, Science Teaching and the religious context, Science Textbooks and the “Science of the Stars”, and Epistemological Foundations of Science teaching. The full program, abstracts, and speakers biographies can be found here.
“This workshop is part of an international collaborative project entitled “Science Teaching in Pre‐Modern and Modern Islamic Societies: Pedagogical Approaches in Religious, Institutional, and Geographical Contexts,” with funding from a SSHRC partnership development grant, plus additional support from 3 partner institutions: the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (MPIWG); Medeniyet University, Istanbul; and the University of California, Berkeley.”
Join us as we launch our exhibition Treasures from the McGill Ottoman Manuscripts Collection Thursday September 7th from 5 to 7 p.m.
Dr Aslıhan Gürbüzel, professor of Ottoman history at the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies, will talk about Ottoman Book Art and the display. The talk will be followed by refreshments served in the Octagon room.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Thursday September 7th, 5 p.m.
Islamic Studies Library, 1st floor
3485, McTavish Street
Montreal, QC HA3 0E1
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Dahlem International Network Research Group “Arabic Philology and Textual Practices in the Early Modern Period” will be holding an international conference in Berlin (Freie Universitat) from July 13 to 15 2017.
Entitled “What was Philology in Arabic? Arabic-Islamic Textual Practices in the Early Modern World”, this conference will bring together scholars from Europe, North America and the Middle East. The full program, and practical information can be found on the Conference’s website.
The Science & Islam project will be holding its second conference from July 4-9, 2017 at the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies in Amman, Jordan.
As indicated on the conference website, the “purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for philosophical and theological work by Muslim and Christian philosophy or theology graduate students and early career professors”.
Note that “Submissions are restricted to Muslim graduate students and early career professors from any middle eastern country as well as from Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Turkey, Pakistan and India”.
For more information, click here.
La Bibliothèque d’Études Islamiques de McGill est heureuse de co-organiser un événement Un livre, tant de communautés (One Book, Many Communities) en français à la Bibliothèque des Lettres et Sciences Humaines (BLSH) de l’Université de Montréal le jeudi 13 avril 2017, à 17h00.
Rejoignez-nous pour discuter la nouvelle Retour à Haifa écrite par Ghassan Kanafani publiée dans le recueil intitulé Retour à Haifa et autres nouvelles. La discussion sera animé par la professeure Dyala Hamzah, (Histoire du Moyen-Orient, Département d’histoire de l’Université de Montréal).
La campagne de lecture Un livre, tant de communautés (One Book, Many Communities) a été initiée par Bibliothécaires et archivistes avec la Palestine (Librarians and Archivists with Palestine), un réseau de bibliothécaires, archivistes et professionnels de l’information solidaires avec la lutte des Palestiniens pour l’auto-détermination.
L’événement se tiendra dans la salle 3091 au 3e étage de la Bibliothèque des Lettres et Sciences Humaines:
3000, rue Jean-Brillant
Côte-des-Neiges ou Université de Montréal
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/175513959620166/
The Islamic Studies Library is pleased to host the One Book, Many Communities event again this year.
The novel to be discussed is a short volume entitled Returning to Haifa by Palestinian author, Ghassan Kanafani. The group discussion will be moderated by Professors Michelle Hartman (Arabic literature, Institute of Islamic Studies), and Laila Parsons (Middle East history, Department of History and Institute of Islamic Studies).
The One Book, Many Communities annual reading campaign is an initiative of Librarians and Archivists with Palestine. The project draws inspiration from the “one book, one town” idea, wherein people in local communities come together to read and discuss a common book.
Librarians and Archivists with Palestine is a network of self-defined librarians, archivists, and information workers in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.
The event will take place in the Octagon Room at the Islamic Studies Library:
3485 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A OE1
The space is wheelchair accessible via the campus door entrance. Accessible washrooms located in the basement.
Facebook event: bit.ly/onebookmanycommunities2017