International Conference : Muslim Cultures in the Indian Ocean Diversity and Pluralism, Past and Present
Muslim Cultures in the Indian Ocean
Diversity and Pluralism, Past and Present
12-14 September 2018
Address: The Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim
Civilisations, 10 Handyside Street, King’s Cross , London N1C 4DA
Firoz Rasul – President of the Aga Khan University
Professor Leif Stenberg – Director of the Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Introduction by the organisers:
Professor Stéphane Pradines
Dr. Farouk Topan
Some Notes about Indian Ocean Heritage
Dr. Mechtild Rössler – Director of the Division for Heritage and UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Stephen Battle – Program Director of the World Monuments Fund
First day conference will be followed by the opening of the exhibition:
Indian Ocean Architecture
By Pierre Blanchard, Miki Desai, Mauroof Jameel and Stéphane Pradines
Day 1: Manuscripts and Literature
Aḥmad Ibn Mājid and the Indian Ocean before European Hegemony
Alexis Wick: Associate Professor of History, the American University of Beirut.
A Persian View on the Maritime Muslim Frontier in Southeast Asia: The Jāmʿa al-Bar waʾl-Baḥr
Roghayeh Ebrahimi: Ph.D candidate, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris.
Exploring the Geographies and Locales in Siyar al-ʿArifin
Gulfishan Khan: Associate Professor in Medieval Indian History, the Centre of Advanced Study, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University.
The Qur’ans of Harar: Indian Ocean Resonances in an Ethiopian Manuscript Tradition
Sana Mirza: Ph.D candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
The Indic Chronicle of Light from Zanzibar
Iqbal Akhtar: Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and International Relations, Florida International University, Miami.
One Book, Multiple Cultures: In the Making of Quranic Manuscript in East Africa
Walid Ghali: Assistant Professor at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and the Head Librarian of the Aga Khan Library, London.
Al-Buṣīrī on the Shores of the Indian Ocean: Swahili and Malay Qaṣīda Manuscripts in Comparative Perspective.
Mulaika Hijjas: Lecturer in South East Asian Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, SOAS University of London. Angelica Baschiera: Manager of the Centre of African Studies, SOAS University of London.
Transmission of Islam to Southeast Asia: Islamic Identity in the Malay Hikayat Genre
Katia Chaterji: Ph.D candidate, Department of History, University of Washington-Seattle.
Printed Texts, Translated Ideas and Islamic Network in Indian Ocean Littoral: Shaping Muslim and Arabic Cosmopolis in South-West India, 1800-1921
Muhammed Niyas Ashraf: Doctoral Fellow, the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie University Berlin.
The Distribution of Qur’ans Printed in India and Singapore throughout Southeast Asia
Ali Akbar: Researcher, Bayt Al-Qur’an and Museum Istiqlal, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Jakarta.
A Refuge of Ideas? Muslim Scholars in Transit and Sri Lanka in Transition
Arun Rasiah: Associate Professor and Director of Liberal Studies, Holy Names University, Oakland, California.
Day 2: Objects and Spaces
Shāsha/ Shāshk or Varji Boat Type: An Ethnological Study on Its Construction Technic, Function and Its Influence on the Northern Persian Gulf`s Societies
Abdolreza Dashtizadeh: Head of Cultural Heritage Organization of Qeshm Free Area (Q F.A), Qeshm Island and Shadi Kalantar, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Tehran University.
The Dhow in Early Modern History: Continuity and Change
Dionisius A. Agius: Fellow of the British Academy and Emeritus Al-Qasimi Professor of Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture, the University of Exeter.
Manifestation of Cultural Tolerance on Earliest Islamic Buildings in Java, Indonesia
Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja: Ph.D, ICOMOS-ICICH, Helsinki.
The Origins of the Mosque Plan in the Malay-Indonesian Archipelago
Bernard O’Kane: Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, the American University in Cairo.
Architectural and Archaeological Investigations on the Coral Stone Mosques of the Maldives
Stephane Pradines: Archaeologist, Professor of Muslim Art and Architecture, the Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London. Mohamed Mauroof Jameel: MSc Arch, RIBA, ICOMOS, Architect. Fabien Balestra: Archaeologist, Department of Val-de-Marne.
Traditional Bohra Dwellings of Gujarat, India: Architectural Response to Cultural Ethos
Madhavi Desai: Adjunct Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad.
Omani Mosques, Indian Ocean Trade and Arab Society
Soumyen Bandyopadhyay: Professor Sir James Stirling Chair in Architecture and Head of School of Architecture, University of Liverpool.
The Islamic Port of al-Balid (Oman), between Land and Sea: Place of Trade, Exchange, Diversity, and Coexistence
Agnese Fusaro: Ph.D, archaeologist, pottery specialist and research member of the ERAAUB team, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Barcelona. Alexia Pavan: Ph.D, archaeologist and the Director of the excavation of Husn Al Baleed, Salalah.
Tex-Tiles: Islamic Architecture and Material Culture along the Swahili Coast and the Indian Ocean World, 1250-1450 AD.
Vera-Simone Schulz: Research collaborator in the Department of Gerhard Wolf at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and Ph.D candidate at the University of Berlin and Columbia University, New York City.
Historical Roles of the Female Face Mask in the West Indian Ocean
Manami Goto: Ph.D candidate in Arab and Islamic Studies, the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter.
Muslim Cultures through the Aperture: An East African Photo Story
Nasira Sheikh-Miller: Senior museum professional with a background in learning, interpretation and community engagement.
Day 3: Identities and Diasporas
Monsoon Islam: Muslim Traders and Islamic Networks
Sebastian R. Prange: Assistant Professor of South Asian History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Africans in the Palace: The Testimony of Taj al-Sultana Qajar from the Royal Harem in Iran
Anthony A. Lee: Ph.D lecturer, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Transcending Boundaries: Emily Said-Reute, nee Princess Salme of Zanzibar and Oman (1844 – 1924)
Farouk Topan: Associate Professor, the Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London.
Religion, Ethnicity, and Identity in the Zanzibar Sultanate
Valerie J. Hoffman: Professor of Islamic Studies and Head of the Department of Religion, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Muslim Identities in the Indian Ocean: The Ibadi Al Bu Sa’id of Oman during XVIII-XIX Centuries
Beatrice Nicolini: Associate Professor of History and Institutions of Africa, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan.
Trading Spirits and Slaves – Spirit Possession in Zanzibar and Iran
Sara Zavaree: Ph.D candidate, Institute of African Studies and Egyptology, University of Cologne.
The Jinni and the Divorcee in the Maldives – Notes from a Small Muslim Island Nation
Eva-Maria Knoll: Researcher, group leader and financial coordinator, the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna.
Interactive Dynamics of the Hadrami Women in Malabar, Southwest India
Muhammed Faris Kallayi: Research Scholar, Department of Islamic The-ology, Philosophy and Mysticism, Darul Huda Islamic University, Kerala. Mirfathbeevi Puthiyamaliyakkal: M.Phil candidate, Department of History, Annamalai University, Tamilnadu.
Cultural Resilience of Tiny Minorities: A Case Study of the Sri Lankan Malays
Melathi Saldin: Ph.D candidate, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
‘Sword of the Two Sanctuaries’: The Hijaz as a Discursive Hub of the Modern Indian Ocean
Reza Pirbhai: Associate Professor of South Asian and World History, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Iranian Migrants in the Early 20th century Gulf and the Transformation of the Port Towns of Kuwait and Bahrain
Lindsey Stephenson Javadi: Post-Graduate Research Associate, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, New Jersey.
Struggling with History and Arab Tribalization: The Reconfiguration of the Khoja in Post-Nationalist Muscat, Oman
Amal Sachedina: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University.
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