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Congratulations to Professor Prashant Keshavmurthy

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates  Professor Prashant Keshavmurthy on the publication of his book Persian Authorship and Canonicity in Late Mughal Delhi.

Persian Authorship and Canonicity in Late Mughal Delhi situates the diverse textual projects of ‘Abd al-Qadir “Bidil” and his students within the context of politically threatened but poetically prestigious Delhi, exploring the writers’ use of the Perso-Arabic and Hindavi literary canons to fashion their authorship. Breaking with the tendency to categorize and characterize Persian literature according to the dynasty in power, this book argues for the indirectness and complexity of the relations between poetics and politics. Among its original contributions is an interpretation of Bidil’s Sufi adaptation of a Braj-Avadhi tale of utopian Hindu kingship, a novel hypothesis on the historicism of Siraj al-Din ‘Ali Khan “Arzu”s oeuvre and a study of how Bindraban Das “Khvushgu" entwined the contrasting models of authorship in Bidil and Arzu to formulate his voice as a Sufi historian of the Persian poetic tradition.

The first book-length work in English on ‘Abd al-Qadir “Bidil” and his circle of Persian literati, this is a valuable resource for students and scholars of both South Asian and Iranian studies, as well as Persian literature and Sufism.

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Congratulations to Professor Michelle Hartman

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates  Professor Michelle Hartman on the publication of her book Beirut Noir. 

Her newest translation is an exciting collection of short stories published by Akashic. Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Rawi Hage, Muhammad Abi Samra, Leila Eid, Hala Kawtharani, Marie Tawk, Bana Baydoun, Hyam Yared, Najwa Barakat, Alawiyeh Sobh, Mazen Zahreddine, Abbas Beydoun, Bachir Hilal, Zena El Khalil, Mazen Maarouf, and Tarek Abi Samra.

Most of the writers in this volume are still living in Beirut, so this is an important contribution to Middle East literature—not the “outsider’s perspective” that often characterizes contemporary literature set in the region.

From the review in Qantara : “The fifteen new stories of Beirut Noir were assembled by Lebanese novelist Iman Humaydan and deftly translated by Michelle Hartman. They were written in all of Lebanon′s three main languages—Arabic, English, and French—and they approach the noir genre in markedly different ways. But they are united by loss: their characters have been left behind after so many countrymen have fled for the Lebanese countryside, Canada, the Gulf, the United States, South America, and Europe.”

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Congratulations to Professor F. Jamil Ragep

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor F. Jamil Ragep on the publication of On 'Astronomia' An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 3, which he co-edited and translated with Dr. Taro Mimura.  Dr. Mimura was a member of the Rational Sciences in Islam team from 2009-12; he is currently a researcher at the University of Manchester, UK.

This book is an annotated edition and translation of Epistle 3 of the encyclopedic Epistles of the Brethren of Purity, which was composed in 10th-century Iraq by a society of adepts with Platonic, Pythagorean, and Shi'i tendencies. This particular epistle deals with astronomical and astrological knowledge as understood by the Brethren.

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Congratulations to Dr. Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Dr. Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, Senior Faculty Lecturer on the publication of her book What the Persian Media Says: A Coursebook.

What the Persian Media Says: A Coursebook is a comprehensive and stimulating course for intermediate to advanced students of Persian. Presenting many exercises based on authentic Persian newspaper texts, the course thoroughly introduces students to the language of the news in Iran. Real cultural content is featured throughout and there is a strong focus on enabling students to gain familiarity with day-to-day modern Persian discourse.

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Congratulations to Professor Michelle Hartman

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Michelle Hartman on the publication of her newest translation Ali and His Russian Mother.

Alexandra Chreiteh's Ali and his Russian Mother is at once an ordinary and extraordinary story of two young people in Lebanon. At the outbreak of the July War in 2006, the novel's unnamed young protagonist reconnects with her childhood friend and develops a little crush on him, as they flee the bombs unleashed upon their country by Israel. Displaced, along with a million others across the country, she and her Russian mother have joined an evacuation for Russian citizens, when she again meets up with Ali, her former schoolmate from the South, who also has a Russian (Ukrainian) mother.

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Congratulations to Professor Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim on the publication of his book Pragmatism in Islamic Law.

In Pragmatism in Islamic Law, Ibrahim presents a detailed history of Sunni legal pluralism and the ways in which it was employed to accommodate the changing needs of society. Since the formative period of Islamic law, jurists have debated whether it is acceptable for a law to be selected based on its utility, rather than weighing conflicting articulations of the law to determine the most likely expression of the divine will.

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Congratulations to Professors Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professors Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab on the publication of their latest book The Shi‘ites of Lebanon. Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists.

The complex history of Lebanese Shi‘ites has traditionally been portrayed as rooted in religious and sectarian forces. The Abisaabs uncover a more nuanced account in which colonialism, the modern state, social class, and provincial politics profoundly shaped Shi‘i society.

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Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata on the publication of Three Treatises on the I'jaz of the Qur'an. Qur'anic Studies and Literary Criticism (al-Khattabi, al-Rummani and 'Abd al-Qahir al-Jurjani). The book is edited by Muhammad Khalaf-Allah Ahmad and Muhammad Zaghlul Sallam, and translated by Issa J. Boullata.

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Congratulations to Professor F. Jamil Ragep

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor F. Jamil Ragep on the publication of The Herbal of al-Ghafiqi, which he co-edited with Faith Wallis. It is a facsimile edition with critical essays by eminent scholars that discuss the physical features and history of the manuscript, the philological complexity of the text, al-Ghafiqi’s sources, the Andalusian and larger global contexts of the Herbal, and the illustrations accompanying the text.

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Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata

The Institute of Islamic Studies is proud to congratulate Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata on the publication of his memoir, Bells of Memory, which has been nominated for the Quebec Writers Federation Mavis Gallant prize for non-fiction.

Book | Article in the Montreal Gazette | Shortlist for QWF Awards 2014


Michelle Hartman's new book, Native Tongue, Stranger Talk, now published

Can a reality lived in Arabic be expressed in French? Can a French-language literary work speak Arabic? In Native Tongue, Stranger Talk Hartman shows how Lebanese women authors use spoken Arabic to disrupt literary French, with sometimes surprising results. Challenging the common claim that these writers express a Francophile or "colonized" consciousness, this book demonstrates how they actively question the political and cultural meaning of writing in French in Lebanon. Hartman argues that their innovative language inscribes messages about society into their novels by disrupting class-status hierarchies, narrow ethno-religious identities, and rigid gender roles. Because the languages of these texts reflect the crucial issues of their time, Native Tongue, Stranger Talk guides the reader through three key periods of Lebanese history: the French mandate and early independence, the Lebanese civil war, and the postwar period. Three novels are discussed in each time period, exposing the contours of how the authors “write Arabic in French” to invent new literary languages.

http://syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu/spring-2014/native-tongue-stranger-talk.html


Congratulations to Institute Faculty Lecturer Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi on her recent publication

"Processing Compound Verbs in Persian" (A Psycholinguistic Approach to Complex Predicates) has been distributed for Leiden University Press and will publish September 2014.