AKU-ISMC in collaboration with SOAS held a workshop entitled “Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiography” on Friday 17 September. The workshop, held annually since 2008, brought together scholars for one day to discuss and debate major issues relating to recollections of the past in Arabic, and to chart out future projects. The workshop was exploratory in nature and this year entertained questions ranging from the literary and narrative qualities of texts, the conventions of particular genres and the hermeneutics of history writing, to the ways that history writing shapes collective memory, contributes to and reflects ideas of human subjectivity and shapes political discourse. The materials under discussion began with the earliest histories and ran through to modern Iraqi and Libyan contexts.
•Peter Webb, SOAS
•Maria Giovanna Stasolla, Rome "Tor Vergata" University
•Hugh Kennedy, SOAS
•Fozia Bora, Oxford Oriental Institute
•Johannes den Heijer, Université catholique de Louvain
•Jakob Krais, Freie Universität Berlin
•Lutz Berger, University of Kiel
•Stephan Milich, University of Göttingen
Agenda and Workshop Abstracts
The workshop agenda and abstracts are available here.
The workshop was convened by Sarah Bowen Savant, AKU-ISMC, Konrad Hirschler, School of Oriental and African Studies and James McDougall, Oxford University.
Coordinator, Planning & Academic Development
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations