International Conference in Bern: “The Near Eastern Saddle Period”

The Near Eastern Saddle Period: The Formation of Modern Concepts in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian

The Near Eastern saddle period can initially be suspected between 1860 and 1940, a period of great terminological and semantic variety and contestation in vibrant, transnational public spheres with an unprecedented density of communication.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2019

Read the full call for papers here.

Symposia Iranica – 4th Iranian Studies Conference

Screenshot: Symposia Iranica 2019

Symposia Iranica is a dedicated, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed platform open to emerging scholars working on any aspect of Iranian or Persian Studies within the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Read the full call for papers (closes on December 30, 2018).

Find more about the 2019 conference in Cambridge on their Website.

Study on Abū Nuwās new on MENAdoc

“Abū Nuwās : a Study on the Arabic Literature of the Early Abbasid Period.” by Ewald Wagner

Abū Nuwās : eine Studie zur arabischen Literatur der frühen 'Abbāsidenzeit von Ewald WagnerAbū Nuwās (756–814) was born in the city of Ahvaz in modern-day Iran. He was a master of all genres of Arabic poetry. He also became a popular figure in fiction. Abū Nuwās appears several times in “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights”.

In his 1965 study, Ewald Wagner introduces the life, views and cultural environment of Abū Nuwās. He presents the poet’s themes and examines his language and poetic means.

The book is now freely available as retro-digitisation in our open access repository MENAdoc.

Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI)

Image from codex Petermann I 673, Staatsbibliothek Berlin, f. 98a

Image from codex Petermann I 673, Staatsbibliothek Berlin, f. 98a

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science starts the “Islamic Scientific Manuscript Initiative” (ISMI).

The mission of the Initiative (ISMI) is to make accessible information on all Islamic manuscripts in the exact sciences (astronomy, mathematics, optics, mathematical geography, music, mechanics, and related disciplines), whether in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or other languages. Continue reading