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December 2019

Event: “Beyond Digitization : the Emergence of Digital Manuscript Studies” (18 Dec | SOAS University of London)

December 18, 2019 @ 16:00 - 17:30
SOAS University of London United Kingdom

Beyond Digitization : the Emergence of Digital Manuscript StudiesManuscripts have been digitized by the thousands... but, now what?Although many scholars have been making good use of digitized manuscriptsfor ordinary philological purposes, there is much more that can be done with them.In this talk, Dr Cornelis van Lit (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) will highlight some use cases, drawing fromhis new book "Among Digitized Manuscripts: Philology, Codicology, Paleography in a Digital World" (www.lwcvl.com/Among).While Dr van Lit derives his examples from his own…

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February 2020

Lecture: “Women Islamic leaders in West Africa,” Islam in Africa Lecture Series, Harvard Divinity School

February 21 @ 11:00 - 12:30
Harvard Divinity School, Sperry Room, 45 Francis Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Joseph Hill, University of Alberta, will be presenting on "Women Islamic leaders in West Africa" in this week's installment of the "Islam in Africa Lecture Series."Islam in Africa Lecture SeriesCritical Perspectives on the Development and Dynamics of Islam in AfricaIslam in Africa has become an important and increasingly vibrant sub-field in Islamic Studies, attracting numerous extremely talented students who are conducting fine studies that have great impact in all fields in the humanities and social sciences. Dozens of books are…

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March 2020

Book Talk: “Intimacy Under Surveillance: Moral Policing & the State in Contemporary Malaysia,” Nurul Huda Mohd Razif, Evans Fellow, University of Cambridge; Visiting Fellow, Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World

March 4 @ 12:00 - 13:00

Nurul Huda Mohd Razif, Evans Fellow, University of Cambridge; Visiting Fellow, Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World Mar 4 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Austin 102 Intimacy Under Surveillance: Moral Policing & the State in Contemporary Malaysia   In Muslim-majority Malaysia today, marriage is recognized as the only acceptable means of securing access to lawful sexual intimacy. This is reinforced by Islamic, Malay cultural (adat), as well as legal restrictions on pre-/extra-marital sexual intimacy, which is criminalized…

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Lecture: “Black Muslim in Activism in South Africa,” Islam in Africa Lecture Series, Harvard Divinity School

March 6 @ 11:00 - 12:30
Harvard Divinity School, Sperry Room, 45 Francis Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Rhea Rahman, Brooklyn College, will be presenting on "Black Muslim in Activism in South Africa" in this week's installment of the Islam in Africa Lecture Series.Islam in Africa Lecture SeriesCritical Perspectives on the Development and Dynamics of Islam in AfricaIslam in Africa has become an important and increasingly vibrant sub-field in Islamic Studies, attracting numerous extremely talented students who are conducting fine studies that have great impact in all fields in the humanities and social sciences. Dozens of books are…

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April 2020

Call for Submissions: “#Right2Left Workshop,” Digital Humanities Summer Institute

April 30

Although this year's Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, BC has been postponed until 2021, several of the workshops planned for the weekend between the two weeks are moving forward in virtual format. We put out a call for participation earlier this year for the #Right2Left workshop, focusing on digital work in cultures where some of the languages are written from right to left such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Urdu and Syriac.  We have already accepted a number of participants, but…

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Seminar (Via Zoom): Nükhet Varlık on “Rethinking the History of Plague in the Time of Coronavirus,” Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

April 30 @ 15:00 - 16:30

SEMINAR (via Zoom): "Rethinking the History of Plague in the Time of Coronavirus" by Nükhet Varlık The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University is pleased to present this seminar by Nükhet Varlık, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University - Newark and the University of South Carolina. Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 3-4:30pm | via Zoom Please complete the online form to RSVP and receive a Zoom link for the seminar by email.

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May 2020

Call for Editors: “Continuity and Change: A Journal of Social Structure, Law and Demography in Past Societies,” Cambridge University Press

May 1

Call for Editors: Continuity and Change Dr Chris Briggs and Dr Julie Marfany will shortly be coming to the end of their tenure as editors of Continuity and Change (C&C). Cambridge University Press is now inviting applications for their successors. The deadline for applications is 1 May, 2020. Now in its 34th volume, C&C aims to define a field of historical sociology concerned with long-term continuities and discontinuities in the structures of past societies. Emphasis is upon studies whose agenda or methodology…

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Seminar (Via Zoom): “The ‘Spanish Influenza’ in Egypt,” Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

May 6 @ 15:00 - 16:30

Director's Series Lecture (via Zoom): "The 'Spanish' Influenza in Egypt" by Christopher Rose The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University is pleased to present this Director's Series lecture by Christopher Rose, Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at University of Texas at Austin Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 3-4:30pm | via Zoom Abstract: The “Spanish influenza” pandemic that struck Egypt in fall 1918 resulted in the death of eleven out of every one thousand people. The Egyptian public…

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September 2020

HLS PIL Book Talk: Prof. Nurfadzilah Yahaya, “Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia”

September 15 @ 12:00 - 13:00

Join us for the Program in Islamic Law's Academic Year 2020-2021 Book Talk Series launch!   On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Prof. Nurfadzilah Yahaya (National University of Singapore, Dept of History) will speak on her new book, Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia. She will be joined by discussant Dr. Iza Hussain (University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, Dept. of Politics and International Studies), author of the book The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the…

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October 2020

Harvard CMES: Archive Wars – The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia by Rosie Bsheer

October 20 @ 12:00 - 13:30

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Department of History present a discussion of Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia by Rosie Bsheer (Assistant Professor of History, Harvard University) The production of history is premised on the selective erasure of certain pasts and the artifacts that stand witness to them. From the elision of archival documents to the demolition of sacred and secular spaces, each act of destruction is also an act of state building. Following the 1991 Gulf…

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