Workshop : “Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiographies”, Londres, 22-24 oct 2020.

Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiographies Programme Schedule


The Aga Khan Centre
10 Handyside Street, N1C 4DN, King’s Cross, London



Day One Thursday, 22 October 2020

1:30 PM

Welcome remarks by Hugh Kennedy, James McDougall, & Sarah Savant

1:45 PM

Session 1

Deciphering the “Invisible East”: Texts from pre-Mongol Afghanistan and Central Asia
Chair, Leif Stenberg, AKU-ISMC

Introduction to the ‘Invisible East’ programme

Arezou Azad, Oxford University

A New Arabic Historical Fragment of Sāmānid History from Afghanistan

Hugh Kennedy, Tommy Benfey and Sarah Bowen Savant

Bilingualism, Piety and Islam: Considering the Meaning of Arabic Passages in a 13th-century Persian Khurāsānī Text
Majid Montazermahdi and Arezou Azad

3:30 PM

Tea and Coffee break

3:45 PM

Session 2
Crossing Languages

Chair, Julia Bray, University of Oxford

Are You Experienced? Ibn Funduq al-Bayhaqī Reads Arabic History

Andrew McLaren, Columbia University

Common Knowledge in Arabic and Latin Historiography from Ninth- Century Spain
Ann Christys, Independent scholar

Representations of Religious Leadership, Minus Representativity: Stories of Provincial Governance in Christian Sources from Early Abbasid Egypt Cecilia Palombo, Leiden University

5:30 PM

End of Day One



Organised by: The Aga Khan University (International), Institute for Islamic Studies and Muslim Civilisations, and the SOAS, University of London



Day Two Friday, 23 October 2020

9:30 AM

Session 1 Across Time

Chair, Konrad Hirschler, Freie Universität Berlin

Writing the History of a Text: Tracing Reception Histories and Readership through the Manuscripts of Sirr al-Asrar
Neelam Hussain, University of Birmingham

The Mobilisation and the Use of the 1st/7th – 2nd/8th centuries in the Mamluk Sources as an Ideal Past: a Propaganda and Critical Tool of the Writing of History in the Mamluk period
Mehdi Berriah, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Re-Imagining Pearling in the Gulf: The End of Happiness and the Production of a National Imaginary
Alexandre Caeiro, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

11:15 AM

Tea and coffee break

11:30 AM

Session 2 Working Methods

Chair, Fozia Bora, University of Leeds

The Life and Works of Qaṭarī Ibn al-Fujā`ah, Poet and Leader of the Azraqites: An Application of Source-Critical Methodologies in Khārijite Historiography Talha Ahsan, SOAS, University of London

Conceptualizations of Islamic Pasts: Khālid al-Qasrī Khālid

Rebecca Ruf, Leiden University

A Tunisian Historian in the Orientalist Den: Djaït and the Decolonization of Early Islam from Paris (1960s-80s)
Idriss Jebari, Trinity College Dublin

1:15 PM

Lunch Break



Organised by: The Aga Khan University (International), Institute for Islamic Studies and Muslim Civilisations, and the SOAS, University of London



2:00 PM

Session 3 Reading Texts

Chair, Harry Munt, University of York

The Tragedy of al-Andalus and the Excesses of Adab

Gretchen Head, Yale University

Reassessing the Kalbids of Sicily: Ismaili Source Readings

Shainool Jiwa, Institute of Ismaili Studies

“Substitution of States”: Quṭb al-Dīn Askevārī’s Historiography of ḥikma (philosophy) in Maḥbūb al-qulūb
M. Fariduddin Attar, McGill University

3:45 PM

Tea and Coffee break

4:00 PM

Session 4
Caliphs and Sultans

Chair, Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, University of Edinburgh

Abbasid Caliphs and the Desire for Historical Knowledge (4th/10th Century)

Rémy Gareil, Lumière Lyon University

Mu‘ayyad al-Din Muhammad Ibn al-‘Alqami (d. 1258): Hero/Culprit of the Mongol Invasion of the Abbasid Caliphate (1258)
Nassima Neggaz, New College of Florida

Evolving Discourses of Sultanic Assassination in Late Medieval Arabic Historiography
Daniel Mahoney, University of Ghent

5:45 PM

End of Day Two



Organised by: The Aga Khan University (International), Institute for Islamic Studies and Muslim Civilisations, and the SOAS, University of London




Day Three Saturday, 24 October 2020

9:00 AM

Session 1 Particular Memories

Chair, Marie Legendre, University of Edinburgh

Shaping a Sectarian Memory through History Writing: An Appraisal on 8th Century Ibāḍī Siyar
Enki BAPTISTE, Université Lumière Lyon

Family discourse and the past: the case of the Zubayrid family in al-Zubayr Bakkār’s Ğamharat Ansāb Qurayš wa Aḫbāruhā
Hassan Bouali, University of Paris Nanterre

Historiography in a time of crisis A ḥ mad al Š ar ğī’ s reconstruction of sacred narratives in 9th /15 th century Yemen
Zacharie Mochtari de Pierrepont, Ghent University

11:00 AM

Tea and coffee break

11:15 AM

Session 2
Views from Social History

Chair, Andrew Marsham, University of Cambridge

What Can Revolts Tell Us about Rural Society in the Early Islamic Period?

Christian C. Sahner, University of Oxford

Reconstruction of the Networks of the Arab and Iranian Maritime Merchants in South East Asia between the 6th and 11th Centuries AD Based on Literary and Archaeological Sources
Yoones Deghani Farsani, University of Berlin

‘Aqām al-ḥajj Fulān’: The Leaders of the ‘Abbasid Pilgrimage in the Early Islamic Annalistic Tradition
Leone Pecorini Goodall, University of Edinburgh

1:15 PM

End of Conference

Thank you for attending the conference!


Organised by: The Aga Khan University (International), Institute for Islamic Studies and Muslim Civilisations, and the SOAS, University of London


Enquiries to:

Sarah Bowen Savant,
Hugh Kennedy,
James McDougall,


The Aga Khan Centre,
20 Handyside Streent, N1C 4DN, London

Arabic Pasts Schedule_2020 – Programme Agenda

Hassan Bouali

Docteur en histoire médiévale de l'université Paris Nanterre.

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