Colloque : “9th Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies”, Brown University (USA), 8-10/06/2023

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SMS 2023

The Ninth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies will be held at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (USA), June 8-10, 2023. The conference will be conducted in two parts and will be preceded by a three-day intensive course on the history of the Arabic language during the Mamluk period.

To register for the conference, please visit the registration page.

Thursday, June 8, 2023
Themed Day: The Languages of the Mamluk Sultanate

10:00-11:00 Registration, coffee and pastries (Petteruti Lounge)

11:00-11:15 Welcome remarks from SMS organizing committee

11:15-12:30 Papers 1 and 2

  • Judeo-Arabic and Hebrew as Competing Languages in the Late Mamluk Period
    Dotan Arad
  • “Knowledge of the Three Shone in One”: Unravelling al-Sakhawi’s perceptions of Arabic, Persian, and Turkic multilingualism in the Daw’ al-Lami’
    Mustafa Banister

12:30-2:00 Lunch break

2:00-3:15 Papers 3 and 4

  • Arabic language’s Status and Merits in Ibn Taymiyya
    Mehdi Berriah
  • Conquest and Career: The Versified Turkic Translation of al-Wāqidī’s Futūḥ al Shām by Ibn Ajā
    Georg Leube

3:15-3:45 Coffee Break

3:45-5:00 Papers 5 and 6

  • The Instrumentalization of Language in a Christian Mamluk Province: Arabic, Syriac, and the Interconfessional Strife in 15th-century Mount Lebanon
    Ghassan Osmat
  • Learning to Read Coptic: The Coptic Grammars of the 13th/14th Centuries
    Ramona Teepe

5:00 Welcome reception in Leung Family Gallery

Friday, June 9, 2023: Panels

9:00-11:00 Panel 1: African Diasporas in Mamluk Egypt and Syria
Panel Chair and organizer: Julien Loiseau

  • Ethiopian Monastic communities in Cairo (15th-16th centuries)
    Martina Ambu
  • King David and his sisters: Nubian Royal Captives and Mamluk policy in the Middle Nile Valley (13th-14th cent.)
    Robin Seignobos
  • Black Skins White Hearts: On ‘Ethiopian’ Slaves Turned Into Sufi Saints in Mamluk Egypt
    Giuseppe Cecere
  • Greetings from the Najāshī’s people: Free Ethiopian Muslims in Mamluk Egypt and Syria
    Julien Loiseau

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-1:00 Panel 2: Textual Encounters: Contesting Literary and Ideological Boundaries under the Mamluks
Panel Chair and Organizer: Omer Ilgezdi

  • The Image of Ottoman Patronage in the Works of the Mamluk Scholar ʿAbd al Bāsiṭ al-Malaṭī
    Omer Ilgezdi
  • The Sacred Power of Obedience: The Ramifications of Taymiyyan Thought on Baraka
    Sara Mokh
  • Medieval Liars in the Arab World: The Censorship of Hasan al Bakri
    Faiza Masood

1:00-2:30 Lunch break

Panel 3: From Cairo to Jerusalem and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Readings of Mamluk Society and Scholarship
Panel Chair and Organizer: Mustafa Banister

  • Medical Discussions on Lovesickness (ʿIshq) during the Post-Classical Period
    Nahyan Fancy
  • Al-Maqrīzī, Ibn Ḥajar and the Man Who Pretended to Be the Sufyānī: An Insight into Source Criticism in the Late Mamluk Period
    Frédéric Bauden
  • A Muḥaddith-Calligrapher of Fourteenth-Century Cairo: Ṣadr al-Dīn Abū al-Fatḥ Muḥammad al-Maydūmī and the Arts of the Book
    Noha Abou-Khatwa
  • The Bimaristan al-Salahi in Jerusalem
    Yehoshua Frenkel
  • A Custody Dispute between a Ḥabashī Slave and her Jewish Owner, reported by the Chronicler of the Late Mamlūk Period and early Ottoman Occupation, Ibn Iyās in 928/1522
    Carl Petry

5:00 End of Friday panels

Saturday, June 10, 2023: Panels

Panel 4: Mamluks and Ethnicity in the Circassian Period
Panel Organizer: Hannah Barker
Panel Chair: Koby Yosef

  • Mamlūks of Christian Origin in the Mamluk Sultanate: Perhaps European Travelers did not Exaggerate That Much
    Koby Yosef
  • Tribal Genealogy, Ethnic Nobility: al-ʿAyni and the Glorious Circassian Ancestry of Sultan al-Mu’ayyad Shaykh
    Julien Loiseau
  • The Quraysh of the Unbelievers: Constructing Circassian Ethnicity in the Court of Sultan Qāniṣawh al-Ghawrī
    Christian Mauder
  • The Tatars of the Sudan: New Uses of an Old Stereotype
    Hannah Barker

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

Panel 5: Nahda/Mamluk Entanglements
Panel Organizer: Betty Rosen
Panel Chair: Maha Abdelmegeed

  • “Inna li-kul zamān badī‘an”: Al-Shidyāq reads Ibn Ḥijja
    Betty Rosen
  • “Tarwih al-Nufus”: A Late 19th Century Re-Write of Ibn Sudun’s “Nuzhat al-Nufus”?
    Maha Abdelmegeed
  • The Inheritance of Takhyīl, from al-’Askarī to al-Bārūdī
    Adam Koutajyani

1:00-2:00 Lunch Break

2:30-4:00 Panel 6: Miscellaneous topics
Panel Chair: Miriam Frenkel

  • Self Expression through Mamluk Autobiographies
    Maha Shawki
  • Weights and Measures in the Red Sea/Indian Ocean Trade Network in the early Mamluk Era
    Daniel Varisco
  • Engaging al-Ghazali, Countering Ibn Taymiyya: Ibn al-Akfani and Tashkoprizade on True Knowledge
    Ahmed Tahir Nur

4:00 Concluding Remarks

4:15 End of conference

6:00 Farewell Dinner at Mill’s Tavern<



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