Islamic Studies Workshop Schedule – Fall 2020

Dear colleagues,

I hope this message finds you in good health and good spirits with the quarter now underway. It’s my pleasure to release to you at this time the fall schedule for the Islamic Studies Workshop.


Fall Quarter – Islamic Studies Workshop (all virtual)


Nov. 5th, 4-5:30pm CST
Alexa Herlands (History): “Refuting the Significance of Bodily Difference in Muhammad Mayyara’s 17th Century Defense of Fez’s Neo-Muslims”


Nov. 12th, 2-3:30pm CST
Arlen Wiesenthal (NELC): “The Traveling Court as Locus of Death: The Ottoman Traveler Evliya Çelebi on Sultan Mehmed IV’s “Bloodthirst””


Nov. 19th, 2-3:30pm CST
Prof. Ahmed El Shamsy (Associate Professor of Islamic Thought, NELC): “A fourteenth century Muslim theory of religion”


Nov. 30th, 5:30-7pm CST – co-hosted with the Jewish Studies Workshop
Adi Shiran (Divinity): “Not all minds are meant to be free: The Textual History of Maimonides’ Interpretation to the Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart”


ISW continues to accept submissions for the winter and spring quarters. We welcome paper presentations, conference presentations/preparations, lecture trial runs, job talk practice, and other formats of intellectual and community exchange. If there is a way the workshop can be of service to you, please get in touch with me! And, a reminder: this invitation is open to all students at all stages of their degrees, as well as faculty and postdoctoral fellows.


Finally, last year we had a wonderful ISW community social gathering at the beginning of one quarter. If you would be interested in having another social, albeit virtually, please respond to me with your interest.


Be well, and with all my best,
Samantha Pellegrino

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