Third Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Chicago, June 23-June 25, 2016


Third Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Chicago, June 23-June 25, 2016

1. Conference Fees

The conference registration fee is $40 for participants and attendees. If you would like to attend the farewell dinner on Saturday, June 25, the cost is $50. Payment must be made in advance through this website:

The deadline for payment is April 30, 2016.

2. Travel

See SMS2016_First_Circular.pdf

3. Accommodations

See SMS2016_First_Circular.pdf

4. Conference Venue

The conference will be held in Room 122 of the Joseph Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago ( 1100 East 57th Street)

5. Conference Organization

Participants should read the organizational information in SMS2016_First_Circular.pdf for details on how to prepare for the conference.

6. Program Listing

A detailed schedule will be circulated subsequently.

Themed day: Exchange in the Mamluk Sultanate: Economic & Cultural (June 23)

  • Housni Alkhateeb Shehada (Levinsky College of Education; Ben­Gurion University of the Negev), “Mamluk Acquisition of Horses and Slaves: A Comparative Approach”
  • Hannah Barker (Rhodes College), “Boys Like Gold Coins: The Trade in Mamluks for the Mamluk Sultanate”
  • Stuart Borsch (Assumption College), “Exchange Systems, Human Capital, and Technological Regression”
  • Malika Dekkiche (University of Antwerp), “The Right of Embassy: Pattern of Exchanges and Recognition in the Mamluk Sultanate”
  • Amina Elbendary (American University in Cairo), “Food and Social Exchange in Ibn Tawq’s Diaries”
  • Rania Elsayed (Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University), “The Pureblood Horse as a Currency of Exchange in the Mamluk Sultanate”
  • Nathan Hofer (University of Missouri), “Baraka and Commodity Fetishism: A Study in Mamluk Political Economy”
  • Milana Iliushina (National Research University Higher School of Economics [HSE]), “Concubines, Daughters and Wives: Family Ties inside the ‘Dynasty’ of Circassian Sultans”
  • Mustafa I. Kaya (University of Chicago), “Difficult Deal: Mystics, Rulers and the Terms of Patronage in the Early 14th Century”
  • Ellen Kenney (American University in Cairo), “Makers On­the­Move: Mobility and Artistic Exchange in Mamluk Material Culture”
  • Adeline Laclau (Aix­Marseille University), “Economic and Cultural Exchanges between Mamluks and Ilkhanids: The Example of Manuscript Productions”
  • Fadi Ragheb (University of Toronto), “Mamlūk­Timurid Embassy Exchanges and the Gifting of a Mātūrīdī Tafsīr: a Historical and Bio­bibliographical Inquiry”
  • Rebecca Sauer (Heidelberg University), “The Penbox (Dawāt): an Object between Everyday Practices and Mamlūk Courtly Gift Culture”

Panels (June 24-25)

Aesthetics and Performance of Knowledge: The Social and Courtly Roles of Scholarship in Mamluk Cairo

Chair: Elias G. Saba (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Yehoshua Frenkel (University of Haifa), “The Social Role of Knowledge and Scholarship”
  • Christian Mauder (University of Göttingen), “From Quizzing to Religious Policy: Kalām Debates in Sultan al-Ghawrī’s Majālis”
  • Matthew L. Keegan (New York University), “Legal Riddles, Levity, and the Law: From Alghāz to Furūʿ”
  • Elias G. Saba (University of Pennsylvania), “Forms of Law: Ritual Purity in the Works of Jamāl al-Dīn al-Asnawī”

Between Narrative Representation of Individuals and Discursive Production of Identities

Chair: Kristof D’hulster (University of Ghent)

  • Kristof D’hulster (University of Ghent), “Looking at Mamluk Biographical Dictionaries through the Lens of Physiognomy”
  • Stephan Conermann (University of Bonn), “Baybars and his Amirs as Depicted by Izz al-Din Ibn Shaddad (d. 1285) in his al-Rawd al-Zahir fi Sirat al-Malik al-Zahir—Fact or Fiction?”
  • Mohammad Gharaibeh (University of Bonn), “Biographical Dictionaries in the Service of the Intellectual Agenda of Religious Scholars”
  • Anna Katharina Angermann (University of Bonn), “From Othering to Appropriation? Representing Mongols, Muslims and Muslim Mongols”

Beyond Cairo and Damascus: Archaeological Contributions to the Study of Mamluk Frontiers

Chair: Bethany J. Walker (University of Bonn)

  • Bethany J. Walker (University of Bonn), “What is a ‘Village’?: A Comparative Study of Village Society and Land Use in Mamluk-Era Bilād al-Shām”
  • Reem Samed Al Shqour (University of Bonn), “The Economics of the Rural and Urban Khān Markets of Mamluk Jordan”
  • John P. Cooper (University of Exeter), “Mamluk Manzala: Reconfiguring a Landscape”
  • A. Asa Eger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), “Patronage and Commerce on the Northern Frontier at the Twilight of Mamluk Rule”

Endowments as Source for Mamluk Social History

Chair: Yossef Rapoport (tentative) (Queen Mary University of London)

  • Munther al-Sabbagh (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Women’s Waqf Credit as Social Currency in Mamluk Damascus”
  • Amenah F. Abdulkarim (Queen Mary University of London), “Mamluk Endowment Deeds and the Regulations of Building Craft”
  • Sarra Hilali (University of Chicago), “Towards a Reexamination of the Role of Mamluk Women in Madrasas and Ribats”

Literature in Mamluk Times Revisited—Poetry, Prosimetrum and Poetics

Chair: Hakan Özkan (University of Münster)

  • Syrinx von Hees (University of Münster), “Sorry, but This is Not White Hair Excuse-Poems—a Special Rhetorical Device as Presented by aṣ-Ṣafadī”
  • Stephan Toelke (University of Münster), “Ibn Nubāta’s Anthological Composition of Prose and Poetry in his Fürstenspiegel Sulūk Duwal al-Mulūk”
  • Hakan Özkan (University of Münster), “Why Stress Does Matter—New Material on Zajal-Metrics”

Makings of the Military and Political Elite in the Mamluk Sultanate

Chair: Nobutaka Nakamachi (Konan University)

  • Takao Ito (Kobe University), “Slave Traders and Mamluks”
  • Wakako Kumakura (University of Tokyo), “Reconsideration of the Mamluk Iqṭāʿ System on the Basis of an Ottoman Register”
  • Nobutaka Nakamachi (Konan University), “The Life of a Quasi-Mamluk, Ibn al-ʿAynī: Was He a Military Man or a Civilian?”

Mamluk Patronage: An Expansion of a Traditional Concept

Chair: Iman R. Abdulfattah (University of Bonn)

  • Iman R. Abdulfattah (University of Bonn), “From Behind the Scenes: Amir Sanjar al-Shujāʿī ’s Involvement in Building the Complex of Qalawūn”
  • Noha Abou-Khatwa (University of Toronto), “Continuity and Change: Quran Manuscripts of Sultan Faraj ibn Barqūq”
  • Hani Hamza (Independent Scholar), “Small is Beautiful: Zawiyya of al-Nāṣir Faraj (811/1408)”
  • Dina Ishak Bakhoum (Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne), “The Comité de Conservation des Monuments de l’Art Arabe and its Members: Patrons of the Study of Mamluk Architecture in Egypt”

Mamluk Receptions

Chair: Adam Talib (American University in Cairo)

  • Elias Muhanna (Brown University), “The European Reception of Mamluk Encyclopedias in the 17th-18th Centuries”
  • Adam Talib (American University in Cairo), “Mamluk Literature for Modern Tastes: Ibn al-Wardī’s Poem Rhyming in Lām as a Tracer”
  • Ahmed El Shamsy (University of Chicago), “The Rediscovery of Mamluk Encyclopedias in Modern Egypt”
  • Joel Blecher (Washington & Lee University), “Trustees across the Ocean: The Afterlife of Mamluk Hadith Commentary in India”

June 20-22: Intensive Course on Mamluk Numismatics

As with the two previous conferences, there will again be an advanced, intensive course. The topic will be Mamluk coins and related areas of study. Contact the organizer to apply for admission.

Once the full schedule is set, it will be posted here. If you wish to be notified, please complete the form on this page.

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