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 PMWelcome remarks by Hugh Kennedy, James McDougall, & Sarah Savant
1:45 PMSession 1Deciphering the “Invisible East”: Texts from pre-Mongol Afghanistan and Central Asia
Chair, Leif Stenberg, AKU-ISMCIntroduction to the ‘Invisible East’ programmeArezou Azad, Oxford UniversityA New Arabic Historical Fragment of Sāmānid History from AfghanistanHugh Kennedy, Tommy Benfey and Sarah Bowen SavantBilingualism, Piety and Islam: Considering the Meaning of Arabic Passages in a 13th-century Persian Khurāsānī Text
Majid Montazermahdi and Arezou Azad
3:30 PMTea and Coffee break
3:45 PMSession 2
Crossing LanguagesChair, Julia Bray, University of OxfordAre You Experienced? Ibn Funduq al-Bayhaqī Reads Arabic HistoryAndrew McLaren, Columbia UniversityCommon Knowledge in Arabic and Latin Historiography from Ninth- Century Spain
Ann Christys, Independent scholarRepresentations of Religious Leadership, Minus Representativity: Stories of Provincial Governance in Christian Sources from Early Abbasid Egypt Cecilia Palombo, Leiden University
5:30 PMEnd of Day One

Day Two Friday, 23 October 2020

9:30 AMSession 1 Across TimeChair, Konrad Hirschler, Freie Universität BerlinWriting the History of a Text: Tracing Reception Histories and Readership through the Manuscripts of Sirr al-Asrar
Neelam Hussain, University of BirminghamThe 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 AmsterdamRe-Imagining Pearling in the Gulf: The End of Happiness and the Production of a National Imaginary
Alexandre Caeiro, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
11:15 AMTea and coffee break
11:30 AMSession 2 Working MethodsChair, Fozia Bora, University of LeedsThe 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 LondonConceptualizations of Islamic Pasts: Khālid al-Qasrī KhālidRebecca Ruf, Leiden UniversityA Tunisian Historian in the Orientalist Den: Djaït and the Decolonization of Early Islam from Paris (1960s-80s)
Idriss Jebari, Trinity College Dublin
1:15 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMSession 3 Reading TextsChair, Harry Munt, University of YorkThe Tragedy of al-Andalus and the Excesses of AdabGretchen Head, Yale UniversityReassessing the Kalbids of Sicily: Ismaili Source ReadingsShainool 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 PMTea and Coffee break
4:00 PMSession 4
Caliphs and SultansChair, Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, University of EdinburghAbbasid Caliphs and the Desire for Historical Knowledge (4th/10th Century)Rémy Gareil, Lumière Lyon UniversityMu‘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 FloridaEvolving Discourses of Sultanic Assassination in Late Medieval Arabic Historiography
Daniel Mahoney, University of Ghent
5:45 PMEnd of Day Two

Day Three Saturday, 24 October 2020

9:00 AMSession 1 Particular MemoriesChair, Marie Legendre, University of EdinburghShaping a Sectarian Memory through History Writing: An Appraisal on 8th Century Ibāḍī Siyar
Enki BAPTISTE, Université Lumière LyonFamily 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 NanterreHistoriography 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 AMTea and coffee break
11:15 AMSession 2
Views from Social HistoryChair, Andrew Marsham, University of CambridgeWhat Can Revolts Tell Us about Rural Society in the Early Islamic Period?Christian C. Sahner, University of OxfordReconstruction 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 PMEnd 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

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