Transformations and Continuities in Islamic Intellectual Thought Conference

Transformations and Continuities in Islamic Intellectual Thought Conference

In March 2019, Georgetown University in Qatar is proud to host an international, multidisciplinary conference with the aim of bringing together scholars involved in research on Islamic Intellectual Thought between the 16th and 18th centuries.

These Centuries are of particular interest as the Muslim world was ruled by three distinct empires: The Safavids, The Ottomans and The Mughals. Though increasing attention has been paid to this time period, this conference aims to highlight the intertextuality of the intellectual production under these various empires and relate it to a broader global history of ideas. The conference also aims to uncover the socio-political and institutional settings within which this thought developed and changed as a means to promote a methodological turn towards research that pays closer and more critical attention to the intellectual contexts of sources, and challenges narratives of rupture and decline.
Potential themes for panel and paper presentations include, but are not limited to:

- Social and Intellectual History

- Law and Politics

- Reason and Ethics

- Culture and Literature

Exceptional papers from the conference will be considered for publication.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

9:00 am    Welcome and Registration

9:15 am    Keynote Address by Judith Pfeiffer, University of Bonn
The Order of Things in Constantinople: The Circulation of Knowledge at the Dawn of the Islamic Empires

10:15 am  Break

10:30 am  Panel 1: Political Thought
Moderator: Abdul Rahman Chamseddine, Georgetown University in Qatar    

Mayte Green-Mercado, Rutgers University
Ottoman Rome: The Idea of Universal Empire in Morisco Political Thought

Pratyay Nath, Ashoka University
The Wrath of God’: Military Violence and Imperial Ideology in the Mughal Empire

Huseyin Yilmaz, George Mason University
The Early Modern Ottoman Discourse on the Concept of Meşveret (Consultation in Government)

12:00 pm  Lunch

1:00 pm    Panel 2: Legal Interconnections
Moderator: Amira Sonbol, Georgetown University in Qatar

Rifa’at Abou-El-Haj, Binghamton University
Development of the Jury System in 16th Century Ottoman Jerusalem

Randi Deguilhem, Aix-Marseille University
Connectedness of Religious Jurisprudence and Court-Registered Contracts: Renting Waqf Property in 18th century Damascus       

Mahmood Kooria, Leiden University
In the Waves of Law: Transmission of Islamic Legal Ideas across the Indian Ocean World in the Sixteenth Century

2:30 pm   Break

2:45 pm   Panel 3: Law
Moderator: Sohaira Siddiqui, Georgetown University in Qatar

Talal al-Azem, University of Oxford
Ibn ʿĀbidīn on Reading the Madhhab

Sohaib Baig, University of California Los Angeles
The Hanafi Madhhab in the Early Modern Indian Ocean: Integrating Hadith Scholarship and Hanafi Law in the 16th Century

Asma Afsaruddin, Indiana University
Al-Shawkani and His Juridical Views on the Military Jihad with Regard to the People of the Book

4:30 pm  Panel 4: Literary Landscapes
Moderator: Ian Almond, Georgetown University in Qatar

Mufti Mudasir, University of Kashmir, India
The Politics of the Indian Style (Sabk-e Hindi): The Use of Literary Persian during the Mughal Decline

Abdul Hussainmiya, Southeastern University of Sri Lanka
Cultural and Literary Interactions among the Arab-Persian, Indian Ocean and Malay Muslims during the 16th to 18th centuries

5:30 pm  Closing

Monday, March 18, 2019

9:00 am   Panel 5: Scholars and Sultans
Moderator: Gabor Agoston, Georgetown University

Abdurrahman Atçıl, Istanbul Şehir University
Comparing Madrasa and University: Administration, Curriculum, and Certification in Madrasa Under the Control of the Ottoman Government

Nathan Spannaus, University of Jyvaskyla
‘The Execution of One Who Goes Against This Creed Becomes Necessary’: Contestation and Orthodoxy in Historical Context

Tom Papademetriou, Stockton University
The Intellectual Circle and Influence of Theophilos Korydalleus (1574-1646)

10:30 am  Break

10:45 am  Panel 6: Intellectual Thought
Moderator: Reza Pirbhai, Georgetown University in Qatar

Lejla Demiri, University of Tübingen
Reading Andalusian Poetry in 17th-century Ottoman Damascus

Sajjad Rizvi, University of Exeter
Contesting Avicenna in Early Modern Iran and India

Charles Ramsey, Baylor University
The Substance of Things Unseen: Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindī, Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Shirazī,and the State of Natural Philosophy in 17th Century Persianate Islam

12:15 pm  Lunch

1:15 pm   Panel 7: Textual Interconnections
Amira El-Zein, Georgetown University in Qatar

Nur Sobers-Khan, The British Library
Tilsim-i Aja’iband Ta’bir al-Ruya: The Relationship Between Visuality and Text in Bibliomantic Practices in Urdu Divination Manuscripts          

Asli Niyazioglu, University of Oxford
Ottoman Literary Landscapes and Connected Early Modern: Sixteenth-Century Garden Stories

John Perry, University of Chicago
Lexicography as Enabler of Islamic Intellectual Dialogue

3:00 pm  Closing Remarks