Islams Ibadites is a research blog dedicated to French research on Ibadism in medieval and contemporary Muslim societies. Over the past ten years, the uncovering and discovery of important sets of primary sources in Arabic resulted in a growing interest from researchers and students in this school of Islam. Cyrille Aillet, a French researcher, is the creator and moderator of this blog. He started working on Ibadism in medieval North Africa around 2010, in particular in an oasis (named Ourgla) located in contemporary Algeria.
Islams Ibadites aims at centralizing the scholarship on Ibadi communities in both Middle Eastern and Western societies, from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period, produced by numerous researchers and students. Its contents are categorized as follow:
Within each category, visitors will find interesting information like a list of researchers specializing on the topic, international conferences, summer schools, lectures, and publications announcements, book reviews, etc:
Despite focusing on the same topic, Islams Ibadites offers a very different perspective than that proposed on the Ibadi Studies research blog we had reviewed in January 2020.
Both the blog content and the interface are in French.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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”.
The McGill University Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council (MIISSC) will hold its 7th annual Graduate Symposium on April 26-27, 2017. Entitled Conversations in Islam and Islam in Conversation, it will feature a keynote address by Professor Zulfikar Hirji (York University, Toronto) about « Muslim Discourses and the Politics of Refusal ».
This symposium brings together graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows from Canada, the US, and across the world, to present and engage in conversations surrounding the following panels:
– Dialoguing Sciences
– Conversations across Traditions
– Challenging Encounters
– Ontological Debates
– The changing Role of the State
– The Power of Place
– A Question of Hermeneutics.
The symposium will end with an open conversation between attendees and presenters on the role of Islamic studies scholars in combating Islamophobia.
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.
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.