Seminar für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft - Orientalisches Institut - Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Veranstaltungen

21 and 22 September 2012

Colloquium of the Johann-Wilhelm-Fück Foundation

Turning points in the Early Modern Eastern Mediterranean.
1517, 1798 and in between

Oriental Institute
Mühlweg 15
06114 Halle (Saale)

The conference
Abstracts (PDF)

Programme

Friday, 21 September 2012

9.00 - 9.15 – Welcome and introduction

9.15 - 10.15 – Periods and accidents

  • Ralf Elger (Halle)
    Innovations in Arabic ego-document writing (Bilad ash-Sham, 16th–18th centuries)
  • Konrad Hirschler (London)
    Beginnings of the early modern period in the Arabic Eastern Mediterranean: Documents and biographical dictionaries

10.15 - 10.30 – Break

10.30 - 11.30 – Geographies of change

  • Giancarlo Casale (Minneapolis)
    1517 in global perspective: Indian Ocean Muslims and the Ottoman conquest of Egypt
  • Kurt Franz (Halle)
    From imperial to provincial science? Arabic geography and world view before and after ‘1517’

11.30 - 11.45 – Break

11.45 - 12.45 – Dynamics of the political

  • ‘Abdul-Karim Rafeq (Williamsburg/Damascus)
    Localism and centralization in Ottoman Syria: A changing relationship, 1516-1798.
  • Henning Sievert (Bonn)
    Bridging gaps in a web of webs: Manifestations of political culture in the Middle Eastern old and new régimes

12.45 - 14.15 – Lunch

14.15 - 15.15 – Mystical dimensions

  • Richard McGregor (Nashville)
    The evolution of the display of religious banners in Mamluk and Ottoman Egypt
  • Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen (Paris)
    The two lives of Sha‘rani (1492–1565): Mamluk models, Ottoman realities. Autobiography as an introduction to the devout life

15.15 - 15.45 – Break

15.45 - 16.45 – Writing cultures and publication networks

  • Thomas Philipp (Erlangen)
    The price of paper and the proliferation of ‘non-learned’ authors in the Eastern Mediterranean lands
  • Stefan Reichmuth (Bochum)
    Scholarly networks in transition

17.00 - 18.00 – General discussion

Saturday, 22 September 2012

9.00 - 9.30 – New aesthetic visions?

  • Çiğdem Kafescioğlu (Istanbul)
    Representing the city in the early modern Ottoman world: Connections, continuities, and departures

9.30 - 10.30 – New and old medicines

  • Natalia Bachour (Zurich)
    New medicine – old medicine: Was the 17th century a turning point in Middle Eastern medical doctrine?
  • Christian Oberländer (Halle)
    New and old medicine in Japan, 18th century

10.30 - 11.00 – Break

11.00 - 12.00 – Social groups and mobility

  • Nicolas Michel (Aix-en-Provence)
    The future of civil servants in Cairo after 1517
  • Stefan Knost (Beirut)
    Individualizing urban space: Private initiatives and public order in the ‘middle centuries’ (17th and 18th centuries). The case of Aleppo

12.00 - 13.30 – Lunch

13.30 - 14.30 – Alternative turning points: Christians in the Ottoman Arab lands

  • Hilary Kilpatrick (Lausanne)
    The Coptic, Maronite and Greek Orthodox communities in the 16th–18th centuries: What turning points – if any?
  • Carsten Walbiner (Bonn)
    The publication of “Mizan al-zaman wa-qistas abadiyyat al-insan” at the printing shop of al-Shuwayr (Lebanon) in 1734 as a turning point in Arabic printing and intellectual history

14.30 - 14.45 – Short break

14.45 - 15.45 – Continuity and changing paradigms in scholarly discourse

  • Lutz Berger (Kiel)
    The uses of continuity: Islamic theology in the Ottoman Empire
  • Astrid Meier (Halle/Zürich)
    Ancients and moderns: Dialectics of political, social and cultural change in juridical and historical writings of the early Ottoman period

15.45 - 16.15 – Final discussion

 

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