Researching the Islamic State: New Challenges and Opportunities

Start: Mar 28, 2017 11:15 AM
End: Mar 29, 2017 05:30 PM

Location: UCL Wilkins Building, IAS Commons, South Wing

The Origins of the Islamic State: Sovereignty and Power in the Middle Ages

A workshop exploring diverse aspects of the development of the earliest Islamic states will be held at UCL on 28 & 29 March.

The workshop, jointly hosted by the UCL Institute of Archaeology and the Institute of Advanced Studies and generously funded by the British Academy's Rising Star Engagement Award scheme, brings together early career historians, archaeologists and art historians to present the latest research on the development of the earliest Islamic states, Christian-Muslim relations and the emergence of new techniques, styles and architectural forms in the early middle ages and to reflect on current challenges and opportunities for scholars working on the early Islamic world.


Further details


Tuesday 28 March

11:15am: Coffee & Registration

  • 11:45am: Introduction
  • 12:00pm: Corisande Fenwick (UCL) - Archaeology and the Early Islamic State: A view from North Africa
  • 12:30pm: Sam Ottewill-Soulsby (University of Cambridge) - The Second Part of the World: Charlemagne and Ifrīqiya

1:00-2:00pm: Lunch

  • 2:00pm: Harry Munt (York) - The Hijaz and the Early Islamic State
  • 2:30pm: Marie Legendre (SOAS) - Did the Abbasids have an empire? A view from Egypt 
  • 3:00pm: Nicholas Evans (Vienna) - The North Caucasus and the Early Islamic State

3:30-4:00pm: Break

  • 4:00-4:30pm Matt Phelps (UCL) - Changes in Glass Production and Trade in Early Islamic Syria-Palestine: Evidence from Glass Analysis
  • 4:30pm-5:00pm: Salam Rassi - Syriac Christian Involvement in Arabic Alchemy: The Case of One Pseudo-Aristotelian Epistle on the Craft
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Panel - Writing about the Islamic World: Where, When, How

6:00pm: Drinks Reception

7:00pm: Dinner

Wednesday 29 March

9:30am: Tea & coffee

  • 10:00-10:30am: Chloe Duckworth (Newcastle University) - Born in the West. Making materials, constructing palaces in al-Andalus
  • 10:30-11:00am: Javier Martínez Jiménez (University of Cambridge) - Aqueducts and urban munificence in Umayyad Spain
  • 11:00-11:30am: Anna McSweeney (Warburg) - Object Biographies: the Alhambra cupola from the Partal Palace

11:30am-12:00pm: Break

  • 12:00-1:00pm: Panel - Communicating Research Beyond the Academy - Media Tips & Tricks in the Digital Age

1:00-2:00pm: Lunch

  • 2:00-2:30pm: Louise Blanke (Oxford) - Christian lives in a Muslim world: social and economic transition in Egypt's monastic communities (500-1000 CE)
  • 2:30-3:00pm: Jose Carvajal Lopez (UCL-Qatar) - Islamization as cultural change. Views from the South East of al-Andalus
  • 3:00-3:30pm: Philip Wood (Aga Khan University) - An Islamicate church: The world of Dionysius of Tel-Mahre and the first Abbasid century (750-850)

3:30-4:00pm: Break

  • 4:00-5:30pm: Final Discussion - The Future and Opportunities for Funding Collaborative Research

5:30pm: Drinks reception

6:30pm: Dinner

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