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Middle Eastern Studies Association: Call for Nominations and Submissions. MESA is still accepting submissions and nominations for the Graduate Student Paper Prize (for students and recent graduates) and Undergraduate Education Award (for faculty). Deadline is Aug 15 and Aug 31, respectively. Details.

Call for Applications :: Autumn School: Uses of the Past in Islamic Legal Thought and Practice (11-17 Nov 2018 | Leiden, Netherlands). We are inviting advanced doctoral students and early career researchers in the area of Islamic legal studies to apply to participate in the USPPIP Autumn School. USPPIP is a collaborative project of the universities of Exeter, Bergen, Göttingen, and Leiden. The project (running from 2016 to 2018) aims to explore how the past is employed in Islamic legal thought and practice with a focus on the areas of violence, the state, gender and custom. Proposals dealing with custom and Islamic law, the focus of the USPPIP Leiden research team are particularly encouraged. Autumn School activities will include: 1) The presentation and discussion of a pre‐distributed piece of research writing (maximum 10,000 words) from each participant; 2) The development of a translation (with introduction and/or commentary) of original source material, previously unavailable in English which informs our study of the “uses of the past” in Islamic law (maximum 3000 words in English). Intensive sessions will take place Monday to Friday and will include private study time, collaborative work and occasional recreational outings exploring the environs of Leiden. Six fully-funded places are available. Emailed applications are due by Sep 5. Details.

Call for Chapter Contributors :: Windows into the Medieval Mediterranean (2018). Contributors are sought for an edited collection designed for undergraduate through first-year graduate students, under contract with publishers Taylor and Francis, that illuminates the many worlds of the Medieval Mediterranean, 470-1350. Contributors are asked to provide narrative essays accompanied by primary source materials, written and/or visual, illustrative of their argument, and meant to engage students more deeply into the topic. Essays will vary between 2000 and 3000 words. The general theme of the chapters are as follows The Mediterranean and its Environmental History, The Mediterranean of Antiquity, Daily Life in the Medieval Mediterranean, A Space of Conflict, Corsairs and Pirates, A Space of Convergence and Cooperation, A Profitable Mediterranean, Religion in the Medieval Mediterranean World, Culture and Cultural Exchanges, Meeting in the Middle – Mediterranean Connections to Arabia and the Silk Road, Toward a Renaissance Mediterranean. Please send a 300-500 word abstract, including initial thoughts on primary sources to Jeanette M. Fregulia ( by Sep 7.

Call for Papers :: From Timbuktu to Kalamazoo (May 9-12, 2019 | Kalamazoo, MI). For the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies and the University of Louisville (Medieval and Renaissance Faculty Working Group) are sponsoring two sessions of papers to consider the role of Africa in the medieval world. Session 1: African and Iberian Intersections: Drawing from history, literature, and cultural studies, this panel examines Iberian-African relations as a crossroads, where contact between the two was defined not by continental boundaries, but rather by the back and forth of nearly a thousand years of empire building that gave rise not only to intercultural conflict, but also to economic, intellectual, and cultural exchange. Session 2: Africa and the Medieval Mediterranean: This panel highlights the ways that peoples, ideas, and objects circulated across different regions of medieval Africa, and between Africa and other areas of the Mediterranean. Send a one-page abstract and the Participant Information form ( to Jessica Boon ( for Session 1 and/or Andrew Rabin ( for Session 2 by Sep 15. Details.

Call for Proposals :: Early-Career Faculty Grants in Islamic Studies (2018-2019 | Harvard University). The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program is accepting proposals for early-career faculty grants to support workshops, symposia, or research projects during the 2018-19 academic year. Proposals must be of relevance to the study of Islam or Islamic societies. Applicants must be tenure-track Harvard faculty, either assistant or associate professors. For the 2018-19 academic year, the AISP seeks to fund two proposals in the range of $10,000 up to a maximum of $15,000 each. All financial matters and logistics related to the grant are to be managed by the AISP staff. The AISP staff, under the direction of the faculty, will coordinate and help staff the proposed activity. Please send a letter of interest along with a general budget and anticipated date of proposed activity to AISP Executive Director, Dr. Harry Bastermajian ( no later than Sep 15. Proposals will be reviewed beginning on Sept 1.

Fellowship with the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study (2019 | Princeton, NJ). School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2019-2020. The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis. Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests are Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations and music studies.  Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required. Inquiries sent by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (email address: Applications are due Oct 14Details.

Call for Papers :: The Qurʾān and Ethiopia: Context and Reception (8 Apr 2019 | Washington, DC). Connections between the Qurʾān and Ethiopia are vast and varied. On the one hand, Ethiopia provides an important historical context (among many others) for understanding the Qurʾān in its Late Antique milieu. After all, throughout Late Antiquity, Ethiopia was a major political power, situated just across the Red Sea from the Arabian Peninsula. On the other hand, the Qurʾān also had—and still has—a reception in Ethiopia. This one-day symposium aims to locate the Qurʾān in Ethiopia, both as a context for its early development and as a location for its later reception. Abstracts describing the precise topic treated with a length of approximately 200-300 words can be sent as an electronic version (PDF and Word) to Aaron Butts ( The deadline for submission is Nov 1. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in an edited volume, which aims to make this interesting topic available to a wider audience. Details.

Middle East Beyond Borders Graduate Student Workshop (Sep-Nov 2018 | Harvard University). This workshop aims to foster an interdisciplinary community of scholars working on the past and present of the Middle East. It takes as its founding premise the idea that the “Middle East” as an object of inquiry must fundamentally engage notions of boundaries, mobility, and transformation. Its goal is to offer a platform for collaboration and discussion to all Middle East scholars at Harvard, across a wide range of academic fields and disciplines. If you are interested in workshopping a dissertation/book chapter or PhD prospectus draft this Fall 2018, please get in touch as soon as possible. Workshops are scheduled for 6:00 pm on alternating Mondays during the months of September, October, and November. If you would like to present, please email Johannes Makar ( or Armaan Siddiqi ( with your preferred month and a working title of your paper.

Call For Papers :: Ibadi Manuscripts and Manuscript Cultures (5-6 Apr 2019 | Ifrane, Morocco). This workshop aims to highlight the importance of the cultures of producing, using, buying, selling, endowing, and transmitting Ibadi manuscripts from the earliest history of the community to the 20th century. The intention is to bring those interested in Ibadi manuscripts together in order to workshop drafts of short research articles on different aspects of this topic, which will later be proposed for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Islamic Manuscripts. Please send proposals (max. 500 words) by Dec 1 to Paul Love ( or Soufien Mestaoui ( Applicants will be notified by early Jan 2019. Participants will be asked to submit working drafts of their articles (in Arabic, English, or French) by Mar 1, 2019. Housing and meals at Al Akhawayn University are covered. Details.

Call for Applications :: Spring Seminar: The Corporation in Early Modern Political Thought (Feb-Apr 2019 | Washington, DC). The corporation was a foundation of medieval and early modern political, religious, and commercial life and a central feature of early modern European thought about overseas expansion. This seminar will trace the evolution of the corporation as an idea and an institution, particularly in relation to European commerce and empire in Asia, Africa, the Atlantic, and Mediterranean worlds. It will engage with questions about legal and institutional pluralism and the composite nature of imperial sovereignty, the intimate relationship between political economy and political thought, the development of ideas about the distinctions between “public” good and “private” interest, and the ways in which encounters with other Europeans as well as indigenous peoples outside Europe influenced European political and economic thought. Apply online by Jan 7 at Details.