Institute of Islamic Studies

Public Declaration: 29 January 2018

On this one year anniversary of the murderous attack on worshippers at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec, the Institute of Islamic Studies renews its position of support to the families of victims, and all others still affected by it. We continue to stand in solidarity with Muslim Quebecers and reaffirm our ongoing condemnation of Islamophobia in all its forms.

Déclaration publique : 29 janvier 2018

À l'occasion de l'anniversaire de l'attaque meutrière contre des croyants au Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec il y a un an, l'Institut d'Études Islamiques réitère son soutien aux familles des victimes et à toutes les personnes encore affectées par l'attaque. Nous restons solidaires des musulmans québécois et réaffirmons que nous condamnons l’islamophobie sous toutes ses formes.


Welcome to the Institute of Islamic Studies

In its academic programmes, the Institute of Islamic Studies focuses on the religion of Islam, on the history and civilization of the Islamic world, and on the dynamics of contemporary Muslim societies.

Founded in 1952, the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill is a dynamic community devoted to research and teaching in a broad range of related fields and languages. Building on its origins as a place where Muslims and non-Muslims came together to study the multifaceted worlds of Islam and Muslim texts, peoples and cultures, the Institute has always maintained a mix of scholarly, community and other engagements in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and worldwide. Our diversity of perspectives and approaches to Islamic Studies, as well as our local commitments and global engagements, have made the IIS a unique institution in the world.


News and Events

Congratulations to Mr. Christopher Anzalone

The Institute of Islamic Studies would like to congratulate Mr. Christopher Anzalone on his successful PhD oral defense on October 2, 2018, entitled “Localizing "Global" Jihad: The Organization and Narration of Violence and Community in Islamist Insurgencies".


 

Film screening of A Tongue Untied: The Story of Dakhani

The Institute of Islamic Studies cordially invites you to the film screening of A Tongue Untied: The Story of Dakhani (2017)

 

Gautam Pemmaraju is a Mumbai based writer, independent filmmaker who works in the areas of history, literature and art.

With publications for several print and digital magazines, he retains a special interest in the cultural history of Hyderabad and the Deccan province of India. He has also published extensively on sound/music production and art. 

A Tongue Untied: The Story of Dakhani (2017) on the vernacular satire & humour poetry of the Deccan and its language history is his first independent feature documentary film, which is currently screening at venues across the world.

October 15, 2018
Morrice Hall - Room 017
3485 McTavish Street
17:00

 


McGill University’s School of Religious Studies, Institute of Islamic Studies and Department of Anthropology present:


Islamic Encounters Lecture Series - October 16, 2018


Islamic Encounters Lecture Series - October 9, 2018


Commemorating the Sabra and Shatila Massacres - NARRATIONS OF WOMEN AND WAR

This two-day symposium coincides with and commemorates the thirty-sixth year anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palestinian refugees and displaced Lebanese in the aftermath of the 198 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. It aims to remember and honour its victims and works to build knowledge about women and war. The symposium was developed out of a collaboration between a SSHRC-funded project based at McGill University “Women’s War Stories: Building an Archive of Women and the Lebanese Civil War” and the Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice an international, multi-year, multi-site project initiated by the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies program at San Francisco State University Interventions at this symposium will center on the way in which we tell the stories of Palestinian women, and other women in war, through their own narrations and the ways these are narrated by others. This event will be aimed at attracting both community and university participants.

All events are free and open to the public and the university community. In addition to these interventions, we will prepare resources for distribution at the event, including bibliographies and zine for further reading, research, and popular education in the tradition of pedagogical praxis.

This project was initiated by Professors Malek Abisaab and Michelle Hartman at the Institute of Islamic Studies and Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University in collaboration with Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, director and senior scholar at the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program at San Francisco State University. Abdulhadi and Hartman co-organized a number of previous interventions related to the symposium and leading to it including: a panel on Teaching Palestine at the Left Forum (3 June 2017) to mark the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of 1967 and a thematic conversation (2017 MESA meeting) on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

WOMEN’s WAR STORIES

EVENT PROGRAM:

Monday September 17:
6:00pm Screening of film: Frontiers of Dreams and Fears: A discussion with filmmaker Mai Masri (by Skype) and Professor Diana Allan -- Morrice Hall 017
for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/261426827816076/

Tuesday September 18:
9:00 am Gathering and Coffee -- ARTS 160

9:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 am Whose Stories * Whose Narratives * Whose Knowledge?: The Politics and Ethics of Scholarship and Solidarity on Colonialism and Resistance : Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi -- ARTS 160
for more information: TBA

11:30 am Israeli Crime, Jewish Witness: Responses to and Responsibility for the 1982 Sabra and Shatilla Camps Pogrom : Ariel Salzmann -- ARTS 160
for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/323294701825541/?ti=cl

12:30 pm LUNCH BREAK -- Morrice 017

2:00 pm Truth, Fiction, and Leaving the page Blank: Women, Children and the Sabra and Shatila Massacre : Michelle Hartman -- Morrice 017
for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/256499135072930/

3:00 pm Women and Massacres in Modern Lebanon: Sabra and Shatila : Malek Abisaab -- Morrice 017
for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/529048860867465/

5:00 pm Roundtable Discussion: Black and Puerto-Rican Solidarity with
Palestine solidarity activism -- ISLA Library (Octagon Room)
for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/957080501159120/?ti=cl

Some of our sponsors include:

The Islamic Institute of McGill; The History of Department of McGill; the Institute of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; The Quebec Palestinian Association; The Druze Association; The Lebanese Cultural Association; Gilgamesh; QPIRG McGill; QPIRG Concordia; ISID; Canada Research Chair In Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production

For more information please click on link for Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/223361751857841/

 


Congratulations to Mr. Naser Dumairieh

The Institute of Islamic Studies would like to congratulate Mr. Naser Dumairieh on his successful PhD oral defense on September 4, 2018, entitled “Intellectual Life in the Hijaz in the 17th Century: The Works and Thought of Ibrahim al-Kurani (1025-1101/1616-1690)”.


Islamic Paleography & Codicology Workshop

The Institute of Islamic Studies, along with McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Students Council and the Islamic Studies Library presents: Islamic Paleography & Codicology Workshop - September 10-14, 2018 – 5pm to 7pm

Sep 10 | Islamic Studies Library, Octagon Room | Open to the public
An Introduction to the arts of bookmaking by Anaïs Salamon, McGill University
Editing Islamic Scientific Manuscripts: Challenges and Specificities by Professor Jamil Ragep & Dr. Sally Ragep, McGill University

Sep 11 | Tuesday Night Café (TNC) Morrice Hall Room 017| Registration required
One manuscript may hide another. An episode of Umayyad-Abbasid rivalry by Professor François Déroche, Collège de France

Sep 12 | Islamic Studies Library, Octagon Room | Open to the public
Exploring South Asian Manuscripts and Rare Print Books by Professor Pasha Khan, McGill University
Persian and Turkish manuscripts traditions by Dr. Eliza Tasbihi, McGill University

Sep 13 | Tuesday Night Café (TNC) Morrice Hall Room 017 | Registration required
The Decorated Page: Illumination and Illustration in Islamic Manuscripts by András Riedlmayer, Harvard University

Sep 14 | Islamic Studies Library, Octagon Room | Open to the public
Describing and cataloguing Islamic manuscripts by Dr. Eliza Tasbihi, McGill University
Proving the Authenticity of a Handwriting, the Case of Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī by Sajjad Nikfahm Khubravan, McGill University

For more information please visit the following Facebook pages:

Full week of events: https://www.facebook.com/events/422693788138176/

Professor Deroche’s lecture: https://www.facebook.com/events/2017694274947470/

Professor Riedlemayer’s lecture: https://www.facebook.com/events/254627501800987/

The Octagon Room is located at 3485 McTavish Street in the Islamic Studies Library

 


New Book edited by Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Dr. Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi and Professor Anousha Sedighi of Portland State University on the publication of their new book The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics.

The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics, edited by Anousha Sedighi and Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, offers a comprehensive overview of the field of Persian linguistics, discusses its development, and captures critical accounts of cutting edge research within its major subfields, as well as outlining current debates and suggesting productive lines of future research. Leading scholars in the major subfields of Persian linguistics examine a range of topics split into six thematic parts. Following a detailed introduction from the editors, the volume begins by placing Persian in its historical and typological context in Part I. Chapters in Part II examine topics relating to phonetics and phonology, while Part III looks at approaches to and features of Persian syntax. The fourth part of the volume explores morphology and lexicography, as well as the work of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature. Part V, language and people, covers topics such as language contact and teaching Persian as a foreign language, while the final part examines psycho- neuro-, and computational linguistics. The volume will be an essential resource for all scholars with an interest in Persian language and linguistics.

For more information and to purchase the book, please click here.

 


Congratulations to Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim on the publication of his new book Child Custody in Islamic Law - Theory and Practice in Egypt since the Sixteenth Century.

Pre-modern Muslim jurists drew a clear distinction between the nurturing and upkeep of children, or 'custody', and caring for the child's education, discipline, and property, known as 'guardianship'. Here, Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim analyzes how these two concepts relate to the welfare of the child, and traces the development of an Islamic child welfare jurisprudence akin to the Euro-American concept of the best interests of the child, enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Challenging Euro-American exceptionalism, he argues that child welfare played an essential role in agreements designed by early modern Egyptian judges and families, and that Egyptian child custody laws underwent radical transformations in the modern period. Focusing on a variety of themes, including matters of age and gender, the mother's marital status, and the custodian's lifestyle and religious affiliation, Ibrahim shows that there is an exaggerated gap between the modern concept of the best interests of the child and pre-modern Egyptian approaches to child welfare.

For more information and to purchase the book, please click here.

 


Congratulations to Michelle Hartman

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Michelle Hartman on her translation of Radwa Ashour, The Journey.

The Journey narrates the years which Ashour spent in the US and captures so vividly the spirit and ethos of the time it chronicles—the early 1970s. Anti-colonial movements, a commitment to popular struggles and people’s liberation, as well as linking scholarship and work on the ground, are all alive and real in her memoir.

Radwa Ashour’s work—through the unique lens of this incisively observant visitor—reminds us of what the issues and debates in the US of this period were like and how deeply connected they are to struggles today such as Black Lives Mater and Ferguson-Palestine.

For more information and to purchase the book, please click here.

 


With Prof. Ulrich Rudolph of the University of Zurich, Prof. Robert Wisnovsky is co-organizing and co-hosting an international workshop on philosophy and translation in the Islamic world on June 21-22. See the flyer here for more information. 


McGill Honours the Victims of the Massacre at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec

Pictured: (r-l) Pasha Khan, Michelle Hartman, Principal Suzanne Fortier, Imam Hassan Guillet 

On Monday June 18, 2018 the Institute of Islamic Studies co-hosted a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the men murdered in the mosque in Quebec City on January 29, 2017 and honour their families. Faculty, staff and students of the IIS attended, as well as people from all around the university, to welcome the guests from the Quebec City community who joined us: Mr Larbi Yahia, Mr Hakim Chambaz, and Mr Amir and Ms Amanda Belkacemi. Provost Christopher Manfredi and Principal Suzanne Fortier spoke as did Professor Pasha Khan and Professor Michelle Hartman, the director of the IIS. 

For more information, please see the McGill Reporter article.

 


The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Ha Dong, BA and Takatomo Inoue, MA, two of our recent alumni; they received their degrees at the Spring 2018 convocation.


Appointment of New Director

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Michelle Hartman on her appointment as Director of the Institute for the period of June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2021.


Congratulations to Ms. Kathryn Kalemkerian

 

The Institute of Islamic Studies would like to congratulate Ms. Kathryn Kalemkerian on her successful PhD oral defense on May 25, 2018, entitled “Being an Otto-Man: Entangling Identities in Beirut and Beyond – 1860-1914”.


Congratulations to Dr. Laila Parsons

The Institute of Islamic Studies warmly congratulates Dr. Laila Parsons on her promotion to Full Professor.


Congratulations to PhD student Hasan Umut

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates our PhD student Hasan Umut and his research team at the Canada Science and Technology Museum for being granted the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Research by the Canadian Museums Association.

For more details, please click here


Congratulations to Dr. Fadia Bahgat

The staff and students of the Institute warmly congratulate Dr. Fadia Bahgat (PhD 2017) on being awarded McGill’s 2018 Arts Insight Dissertation Award in the Humanities. Dr. Bahgat’s dissertation, entitled “Gender, labour, and the modern nation-state in Egypt: lower-class working women and the law from 1919-1952”, was supervised by Prof. Malek Abisaab.


Lecture in memory of Donald P. Little (1932-2017) on April 13, 2018
Fred Donner: New Directions in the Study of Islam's Origins

The Institute of Islamic Studies invites you to a lecture in memory of Professor Emeritus Donald P. Little (1932-2017)

Don Little taught for many years as Professor of Islamic History at McGill, and also served as Director of McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies.

 

 

 

New Directions in the Study of Islam's Origins

by Fred M. Donner
Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Near Eastern History
The Oriental Institute and Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, The University of Chicago

Abstract
A quick review of the traditional view of how Islam began; the wave of revisionist studies and their foundations in the sources; the emergence of several unresolved questions that constitute the focus of ongoing research at present; and new sources of evidence that have contributed to transforming our views on early Islam.

Friday April 13, 2018
Morrice Hall - Room 017
3485 McTavish Street
16h00 – 17h00 reception to follow

 


New book edited by Professor Michelle Hartman

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Michelle Hartman on the publication of her new book Teaching Modern Arabic Literature in Translation.

Teaching Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
Edited by Michelle Hartman

Understanding the complexities of Arab politics, history, and culture has never been more important for North American readers. Yet even as Arabic literature is increasingly being translated into English, the modern Arabic literary tradition is still often treated as other—controversial, dangerous, difficult, esoteric, or exotic. This volume examines modern Arabic literature in context and introduces creative teaching methods that reveal the literature’s richness, relevance, and power to anglophone students.

Addressing the complications of translation head on, the volume interweaves such important issues such as gender, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the status of Arabic literature in world literature. Essays cover writers from the recent past, like Emile Habiby and Tayeb Salih; contemporary Palestinian, Egyptian, and Syrian literatures; and the literature of the nineteenth-century Nahda.

Not only is the Institute of Islamic Studies pleased to announce Professor Hartman's book but also congratulations are in order for her article Teaching Scandals: Gender and Translation in the Arabic Literature Classroom  and Professor Rula Jurdi Abisaab's article Arabic Poetics through a Canonical Translation: Teaching Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North.  List of contributors also include:

Allen Hibbard
Rebecca C. Johnson
Maya Kesrouany
Anne-Marie McManus
Philip Metres
Mara Naaman
M. Lynx Qualey
Ken Seigneurie
Caroline Seymour-Jorn
Stephen Sheehi

Heartfelt dedications to Islamic Studies PhD students Katy Kalemkerian, Shirin Radjavi and Islamic Studies alumni, Dima Ayoub.

For more information and to purchase the book, please click here.


Congratulations to Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Dr. Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi and Professor Emeritus Patricia J. Higgins on their translation of The Thousand Families coming out early April 2018.

The Thousand Families by Ali Shabani, former court journalist and writer under Mohammad Reza Shah, is a lively and entertaining anecdotal history of the Qajar family, who ruled Iran from 1796 to 1925, as well as a number of their associates. Using memoirs, diaries, government documents, and nineteenth century histories, the author paints a vivid picture of the strengths and weaknesses, character and habits, and family backgrounds and familial legacies of the leading figures of the day.

For more information and to purchase the book, please click here.



PAST EVENTS


 

Lecture: The poetry of anomie: Reading Forugh Farrukhzad and Qaysar Amin’pur’s world-vision

A lecture in Persian by Farshid Sadatsharifi

This talk employs the methodology and concepts of sociology and existentialism to propose a novel approach to the study of contemporary Persian poetry. It explores the formation and transformations of “individualism” and its relation to the experience of loneliness by taking into account how world-visions changed in Iran in the wake of the constitutional period at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Through an interdisciplinary analysis of pre-modern world-visions and codes of existential introspection, I argue for the importance of considering the notion of anomie to have a deeper insight into contemporary Persian poetry. Such endogenous patterns of modernity, along with their shifting psycho-socio-political balances, can be contrasted with the model of the European anomic experiences that Durkheim analyzed in his study Suicide.

Farshid Sadatsharifi received his Ph.D. in the field of Persian Language and Literature from Shiraz University. He worked on the existential dimensions of contemporary Persian poetry in his Ph.D. dissertation. He has taught in eight universities and higher education institutions at his home city Shiraz and altogether, he had spent ten years celebrating literary theories, the meaning of life, existentialism, and other subjects related to studying and teaching Persian Language and Literature in a multidisciplinary and applied approach. All of these attempts were in tandem with studying medieval part of Persian Language and literature as the nature of official programs/credits in departments of Persian Language and literature in Iran.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Morrice Hall - Room 328
3485 McTavish Street
18h00

Congratulations to Professors Michelle Hartman and Setrag Manoukian

Manifestos for World Thought
Edited by Lucian Stone and Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professors Michelle Hartman and Setrag Manoukian for essays published in Manifestos for World Thought.  This book brings together prominent scholars from varying disciplines to speculate on this obscure question and the many crossroads that face intellectuals in our contemporary era and its aftermath. The result is a collection of “manifestos” that contemplate a potential global future for thinking itself, venturing across some of the most marginalized sectors of East and West (with particular emphasis on the Middle Eastern and Islamicate) in order to dissect crucial issues of culture, society, philosophy, literature, art, religion, and politics. The book explores themes such as as universality, translation, modernity, language, history, identity, resistance, ecology, catastrophe, memory, and the body, offering a groundbreaking alignment of texts and ideas with far-reaching implications for our time and beyond.

For more information click here.

Lecture: The Historical Record of the Civil War in Lebanon: The Perspective of Marie Kosseifi

Students, colleagues, and members of the Montreal community were delighted to attend Dr. Omar Nashabe's lecture: The Historical Record of the Civil War in Lebanon: The Perspective of Marie Kosseifi on Thursday March 1, 2018. This event was sponsored by the Women's War Stories Project, Institute of Islamic Studies as well as the Canadian Druze Society in Quebec and Le Centre Culturel Libanais.

Lecture: Writing the Anthology and the Search for Canadian-Arab Poets and Literary Figures

A Lecture in Arabic by Latifa Halim

Professor Halim from University of Muhammad al-Kharnis Rihat, Morocco will discuss her Anthology on Canadian Arab Poets

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Morrice Hall - Room 328
3485 McTavish Street
18h00

 

Lecture:Fathieh Saudi: A Journey to Finding Her Voice

A lecture by Alia’ Afif Kawalit

London is a city known as a cold alienating place. John Clement Ball writes in his book Imagining London (2004) that “many who travel to London perceive it as a place for struggle against overwhelming obstacles: marginalization, segregation, and solitude; an alien climate and built environment, racism, poverty and cultural conflict” (Ball 6). However, this does not define London for the poet I will be discussing. For the Jordanian poet Fathieh Saudi who moved to England in 2001, the multi-faceted character of London mirrors life in its diverse meaning. It is also a place to rise above the limits previous places and experiences instilled in her. In my talk, I will be looking at Saudi’s literary experience in England and how writing in a second language, i.e. English, provided her with a better understanding of herself and her surroundings.

Alia’ Afif Kawalit completed her Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Kent where she also taught poetry and languages. She has her work published in different anthologies such as Beached Here At Random By Mysterious Forces, 2015. Currently, she is teaching at the University of Ottawa. Also, she is a co-editor in the multi-lingual magazine Mïtra.

Monday, February 19, 2018
Morrice Hall - Room 328
3485 McTavish Street
16h30

Film Screening: ENGLAND TIMES PALESTINE

by Director Caroline Rooney

England Times Palestine is a film that engages with Palestinian exiles living in England. Completed in 2017, the film marks the centenary of the 1917 UK Balfour Declaration, which granted permission for ‘the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people’, as led to the creation of the state of Israel and the consequent displacement of millions of Palestinians.

Camera: Ximena Alvarez Maschio, Bahriye Kemal and William Parry
Musical Director: Yara Salahiddeen
Associate Producer: Loubna Turjuman
Director: Caroline Rooney
Executive Producer: Global Uncertainties (RCUK)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Arts - W215
853 Sherbrooke Street West
18h00

Lecture: Embodiment and the Representation of Time in Islamic Materials

A lecture by Shahzad Bashir

In narratives that report about past events, the human body is a crucial locus for thematizing time. This can occur through treating human life, bookended by the birth and death of the body, as a unit for constructing sequences of time such as genealogies. Similarly, reports on the past that invoke emotive aspects of human experience, such as pain and pleasure, contain appeals to presumed common understandings of bodily reactions and sensations to create discursive meaning. This talk will thematize such deployments of the body in Islamic materials for the purposes of understanding the conjunction between corporeality and temporality.

Shahzad Bashir is Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Humanities at Brown University. He specializes in Islamic Studies with interest in the intellectual and social histories of the societies of Iran and Central and South Asia circa fourteenth century CE to the present.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Morrice Hall - Room 328
3485 McTavish Street
16h30

Laila Parsons wins 2017 Palestine Book Award

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Laila Parsons, whose book The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Liberation, 1914-1948, has won the 2017 Palestine Book Award (Academic category).

For more information on the award, please go to: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171127-palestine-book-awards-2017-celebrates-another-year-of-literary-excellence/

 

Lecture: Rabindranath Tagore in Iran and Iraq (1932):‘Dialogue among (Asian) Cultures’ on Modernity, Nationalism, Religion, and Tolerance

A lecture by Nahid Mozaffari

Rabindranath Tagore, the great Indian poet and philosopher embarked on a trip to Iran and Iraq in April 1932 as a guest of the Iranian and Iraqi states. The Pahlavi regime in Iran attempted to use this trip to strengthen its new discourse of nationalism through situating Iran in the realm of an Indo-Iranian civilization rather than an Islamicate one. However, Tagore met with many members of the educated elite who were dissatisfied with the dominant political narratives.   What were the exchanges between Tagore and his Iranian interlocutors regarding the meaning(s) of modernity, and nationalism and the role of religion and tolerance in the construction of new Asian (national) identities?  What do these discussions tell us about the emerging discourses in early 20th century Asia regarding visions of modernities which sought to limit or remove colonial manipulations and hegemony?

Nahid Mozaffari is currently a Senior Research Fellow (Kolleg-Forschergruppe “Multiple Secularities”) at the Humanities Center for Advanced Studies at Leipzig University. She has taught at the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, New York University Paris, and at the New School for Social Research. She received her PhD in history and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Morrice Hall - Room 328
3485 McTavish Street
16h30

 

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Laila Parsons

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Laila Parsons, whose book The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Liberation, 1914-1948, has been shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction, sponsored by the Quebec Writers Federation.

For more information, please go to http://www.qwf.org/images/awards/19th-annual-qwf-awards-gala-2017_hi-res.jpg

 

McGill Medievalists and the Institute of Islamic Studies present:

Lecture: Arabic Praises for the Norman Kings: Between Chaos and Seduction

On Wednesday 1 November at 5:30 p.m. in Arts 160, McGill Medievalists and the Institute of Islamic Studies will host a guest lecture by Prof. William Granara of the Dept. of Near eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, entitled “Arabic Praises for the Norman Kings: Between Chaos and Seduction”. All are invited to attend, and as is the “custom of the castle”, refreshments will follow!

 

Lecture: Embodied Forbearance:  Mercy and Mediation in Iranian Criminal Law

A lecture by Arzoo Osanloo

Iran's criminal justice system affords families of victims a right of retribution, but the laws also encourage them to forgo that right and to reconcile with perpetrators. However, the state does not provide guidance on how parties should arrive at reconciliation. Focusing on murder cases, this talk will explore the work of mediators, individuals and groups, that work towards cultivating “a feeling of forgiveness” in victims’ families by touching upon the aesthetic and emotional sources of their faith.

Arzoo Osanloo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Law, Societies, and Justice and the Director of the University of Washington's Middle East Center

Tuesday, October 24,  2017
Morrice Hall - Room 017
3485 McTavish Street
16h30

 

Laila Parsons winner of the Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Prof. Laila Parsons, who is this year’s winner of the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Associate Professor category). The prize will be formally presented at the Fall Convocation on 31 October in Place des Arts.  Laila was also the 2014 winner of the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Teaching in the Faculty of Arts.

 

Laila Parsons: The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Liberation, 1914-1948

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Laila Parsons whose book The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Liberation, 1914-1948, has been shortlisted for the Palestine Book Award.

For more information, please go to https://www.palestinebookawards.com/news/item/palestine-book-awards-2017-shortlist-announced

 

F. Jamil Ragep's: Before Copernicus: The Cultures and Contexts of Scientific Learning in the Fifteenth Century

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professors F. Jamil Ragep and Rivka Feldhay on their publication of Before Copernicus: The Cultures and Contexts of Scientific Learning in the Fifteenth Century.  Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.

In this edited volume comprising an introductory essay and 8 papers, contributors explore the multi-cultural, multi-religious, and multi-lingual context of learning on the eve of the Copernican revolution, shedding light on the relationship between Copernicus and his predecessors. Highlighting the often-neglected intercultural exchange between Islam and early modern Europe, Before Copernicus reimagines the scientific revolution in a global context.

For more information, please go to https://www.rasi.mcgill.ca/Before_Copernicus.pdf

 

Celebration in honour of Emeritus Professor Issa Boullata


A beautiful reception was held on April 11, 2017 with guest of honour Issa Boullata and guest lecturer Roger Allen.  Please enjoy some photos of the event with Professors Michelle Hartman, Jamil Ragep and Institute of Islamic Studies Alumna student Nadia Wardeh who was the last student of Prof. Boullata.

 

 

Pasha Khan winner of AUS Teaching Award 2017

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Prof. Pasha M. Khan for winning the AUS (Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill) Teaching Award for 2017. Prof. Khan is an Assistant Professor and Chair in Urdu Language and Culture. He thanks the AUS and his students for this humbling recognition.
 

 

The Institute of Islamic Studies warmly congratulates Dr. Michelle Hartman on her promotion to Full Professor

 

The Happy Traitor: Tales of Translation

Please join us in celebrating the career of Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata with guest lecturer Roger M.A. Allen.

Roger M.A. Allen  Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor Emeritus of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, School of Arts & Sciences;
Professor Emeritus of Arabic & Comparative Literature. University of Pennsylvania.
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Lecture followed by reception on:

Tuesday April 11, 2017
Morrice Hall - Room 017
3485 McTavish Street
15h00

 

 

Lecture: The Possible State: Charisma and Civility Within Islamicate Proto-Modernity

lecture by: Armando Salvatore

 This talk employs methodologies of historical sociology, while it also aims to critique and reconstruct categories of Western social theory. It explores developments spanning the Later Middle Periods and early modernity, particularly through the formation and transformations of Timurid and Ottoman rule and court cultures. In the process, combinations of saintly charisma and codes of civility were appropriated by religious scholars and state administrators for supporting the political legitimacy of ever more centralizing states. Such endogenous patterns of precolonial modernity, along with their shifting religio-political balances, can be contrasted with the model of the European Leviathan.

Armando Salvatore is a sociologist who has taught and held professorial positions at Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Naples “L’Orientale,” McGill University, and Australian National University. He is the author of The Sociology of Islam: Knowledge, Power and Civility (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016) and the chief editor of The Wiley-Blackwell History of Islam (forthcoming). He is presently working on a manuscript tentatively titled The Impossible Leviathan, the Possible State: Narrativity, Normativity and Sovereignty Within Islamicate Modernity.

Wednesday April 12, 2017
Morrice Hall - Room 017
3485 McTavish Street
16h30

 

Fadia Bahgat's PhD Oral Defense (March 2017)

The Institute of Islamic Studies would like to congratulate Ms. Fadia Bahgat on her successful PhD oral defense on March 28, 2017, entitled Gender, labour, and the modem nation-state in Egypt: lower-class working women and the law from 1919-1952.

 

Screening of Shahrzaad's Tale (March 2017)

Followed by discussion with film-maker Shahin Parhami,
In conversation with Diana Allan (McGill, Anthropology), Farbod Honarpisheh (Columbia U. Film Studies) and Setrag Manoukian (McGill, Islamic Studies and Anthropology)

Shahrzaad’s Tale is a story of a lost era and a forgotten star of pre-revolutionary Iranian cinema, a tale of a working class woman who against all the odds struggled and succeeded to become an icon in the mainstream popular culture of the 1960s-70s Iran. Trailer https://vimeo.com/147125019

Shahin Parhami
Born in Shiraz, Iran, accomplished author Shahin Parhami has directed award-winning short and feature films which have been screened in major international festivals and won numerous awards. Besides the trilogy: Nasoot (1997), Lahoot (1998), and Jabaroot (2003), his 2007 film Faces, an experimental documentary premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival and won the best feature film award at the flEXiff 2007 (Sydney, Australia). The creative documentary, Amin, won awards at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival(Japan), Taiwan International Documentary Festival and Dubai International Film Festival and was also nominated for best feature documentary at Asian Pacific Screen Awards 2011. His latest film Shahrzaad’s Tale, premiered at Montreal’s World Film Festival in 2016, and was officially selected at Busan, Freiburg, Jihlava, and Eurasia Film Festivals and for the Asian Pacific Screen Awards in 2016.

Tuesday March 28, 2017
Arts Building  W-215
16h00- 19h30

Screening of Tell Your Tale, Little Bird (March 2017)

Film screening and discussion with filmmaker Arab Lutfy.

Seven women who took part in the military fight of the Palestine people back in the sixties and seventies. Through their tales, we understand what made these women the symbols of their people’s fight.

Wednesday March 22, 2017
Otto Maass 10
801 Sherbrooke Street West
18h00

Screening of IN THIS LAND LAY GRAVES OF MINE (March 2017)

Film screening and discussion with filmmaker Reine Mitri

Reine Mitri (born Lebanon) worked as a cine-club programmer and the organizer of the Docudays film festival in Beirut for over five years. Since 2001, she has written and directed five films, including VULNERABLE (2009), which was broadcast in the "Lucarne" slot on ARTE. She has also worked as projects coordinator at the Fondation Liban Cinéma.

THURSDAY March 16, 2017
LEACOCK BUILDING – Room 219
855 Sherbrooke Street
18h00

Dr. Sally P. Ragep's Jaghmīnī’s Mulakhkhaṣ: An Islamic Introduction to Ptolemaic Astronomy
(New York: Springer-Verlag, 2016).

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Dr. Sally P. Ragep on the publication of her book Jaghmīnī’s Mulakhkhaṣ: An Islamic Introduction to Ptolemaic Astronomy (New York: Springer-Verlag, 2016).

This book provides the only critical edition and English translation of Maḥmūd al-Jaghmīnī’s al-Mulakhkhaṣ fī al-hayʾa al-basīṭa, the most widely circulated Arabic treatise on Ptolemaic astronomy ever written. Composed in the early 13th century, this introductory textbook played a crucial role in the teaching, dissemination, and institutional instruction of Islamic astronomy well into the 19th century (and beyond). Establishing the base text is a fundamental prerequisite for gaining insights into what was considered an elementary astronomical textbook in Islam and also for understanding the extensive commentary tradition that built upon it. 

Within this volume, the Mulakhkhaṣ is situated within the broader context of the genre of literature termed ʿilm al-hayʾa, which has become the subject of intensive research over the past 25 years. In so doing, it provides a survey of summary accounts of theoretical astronomy of Jaghmīnī’s predecessors, both Ancient and Islamic, which could have served as potential sources for the Mulakhkhaṣ. Jaghmīnī’s dates (which until now remained unsettled) are established, and it is definitively shown that he composed not only the Mulakhkhaṣ but also other scientific treatises, including the popular medical treatise al-Qānūnča, during a period that has been deemed one of scientific decline and stagnation in Islamic lands. The book will be of particular interest to scholars engaged in the study of Islamic theoretical astronomy, but is accessible to a general readership interested in learning what constituted an introduction to Ptolemaic astronomy in Islamic lands. 

For more information, it can be accessed at SpringerLink or Springer.com

Lecture: The Worldview of the Astrologer Abu Ma‘shar of Balkh (Albumasar) (March 2017)

lecture by Charles Burnett, Warburg Institute, University of London

Abu Ma‘shar Ja‘far ibn Muhammad al-Balkhi (787-886 AD), known as Albumasar in the West, was the eminent Arabic astrologer of the Middle Ages. Throughout his Great Introduction to Astrology, which was translated twice into Latin in the twelfth century, is an integrated worldview, embracing not only prognostication, but also cosmology, astronomy, physics, geography, medicine and ethics. This lecture addresses Abu Ma‘shar’s ideas of the position of man within his world and how they were subtly changed in the process of transmission from Arabic into Latin. 

Charles Burnett, MA, PhD, LGSM is Professor of the History of Arabic/Islamic Influences in Europe at the Warburg Institute, University of London, and Co-Director of the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe.

Tuesday March 7, 2017
Morrice Hall – Room 017
3485 McTavish Street
17h00

Professor Michelle Hartman's translation: The Ninety-Ninth floor

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Michelle Hartman on the publication of her translation: The Ninety-Ninth Floor.

At times as cold and hard-edged as the skyscrapers in its backdrop, The Ninety-Ninth Floor follows the struggles and triumphs of Majed as he manages to make it in Manhattan at the turn of the century, after surviving the devastating 1982 massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp. A Palestinian born and raised in Lebanon, Majed has never seen Palestine but is told by his father that his mother and never-born baby, both slaughtered in the massacre, are waiting for him there. Injured and scarred by the war, he makes a new life for himself in the glittery world of New York City’s computer games industry. He never feels more satisfied with himself than when he is staring out of the window of his sleek, modern office on the ninety-ninth floor

For more information and to purchase the book, please click here

The Institute of Islamic Studies co-sponsors McGill African Students’ Society: Africa in the 4th Dimension :

Professor Khalid Medani along with the McGill African Students' Society members (left to right) Selome Gizaw,Michelle Rugamba, Trixie Birikundavyi, Shona Musimbe and Keynote speaker, Nnedi Okorafor.

 

The Institute of Islamic Studies hosts a Conversation about Islamophobia and Racism, in the aftermath of the murders in the mosque in Quebec City (February 2017):

 

 

Lecture:"Between Literature and History: Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age" (January 2017)

A lecture by Jens Hanssen, Associate Professor of Arab Civilization, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History at the University of Toronto.

The Nahda has served as the bedrock of discourses of Arab modernity ever since it first acquired programmatic status in the 1890s. If the study of this 19th- and early 20th century reform-and-revival movement has traditionally been the domain of historians in search for the roots of Arab nationalism, recently new literary approaches have widened the scope of inquiry and challenged the way the Nahda has been celebrated and criticized in the Arab world and beyond. Drawing on Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss’s recently published book Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda (Cambridge University Press, 2016), this talk will explore the temporal structures of the movement, its many beginnings, ends and ruptures.

Jens Hanssen is Associate Professor of Arab Civilization, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History at the University of Toronto. His past book publications include Fin de Siècle Beirut (2005) and a co-edited volume on Arab Provincial Capitals in the Late Ottoman Empire (2002).