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54th Seminar for Arabian Studies

From May 18, 2021 until July 11, 2021Ffom 2nd July to 11th July.
CORDOBA / ONLINE
Ffom 2nd July to 11th July.

The International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA) and Casa Árabe (Cordoba, Spain) organise this event from 2nd July to 11th July in Córdoba and online.

The Seminar for Arabian Studies is an annual international conference for the presentation of the latest academic research on the archaeology, history, epigraphy, languages, literature, art, culture, ethnography, geography, geology and natural history of the Arabian Peninsula (and associated areas), from the earliest times to the present day or, in the case of political and social history, to the end of the Ottoman Empire (1922).

This is the first time that the Seminar is held virtually, with the exception of the special sessions on the relations between al-Andalus and Arabia and the keynote lecture of the CSIC Professor Maribel Fierro, which will take place on 9th July on Casa Árabe (Cordoba) and will be broadcast live in open access via the Youtube and Facebook channels of Casa Árabe (special sessions will be only partially broadcast; for full access, registration in the Seminar is required)

General Sessions
The core sessions of the Seminar are dedicated to the presentation of the latest research produced in the Arabian Peninsula and associated areas (such as the Iranian coast of the Gulf, the Jordanian Desert, the western coast of the Red Sea or the extensive territories of the Omani empire in the 19th century). This fascinating territory has served as a link of contact between cultures for millennia and witnessed developments that have changed history. In spite of this, the study of Arabia is still young in comparison with those of the rest of the Middle East and each year research offers new surprises. The general sessions of the Seminar cover the latest academic research on the archaeology, history, epigraphy, languages, literature, art, culture, ethnography, geography, geology and natural history of the Arabian Peninsula from the earliest prehistory to the most recent times. For more details in recent sessions, please follow this link: https://www.theiasa.com/2021-seminar/

Special Session 1: Comparison of cultural environmental adaptations in the Arabian and Iberian peninsulas.
In this session we aim at discussing diversity in human adaptations to arid environments in the Arabian and Iberian peninsulas. These two peninsulas are both large land masses with a range of geographies and with rich cultural histories. Although they came closely into contact only from the Islamic period onwards they shared similarities in climate, land, and connectivity long before that. This session is intended to allow scholars to present on behavioural strategies developed to cope with the specifics of arid landscapes in both Arabia and Iberia from the early prehistory to modern times. There is particular interest in settlement dynamics, subsistence strategies as well as water control and management from an archaeological point of view, but contributions from other perspectives are also welcome.

Special Session 2: Intellectual links: language, law, literature, history and geography of Jazirat al-‘Arab in Jazirat al-Andalus.
As in other regions of the Islamic world, in al-Andalus Arabia had an important presence in the writings of its scholars and the imaginaire of its inhabitants. The process of Arabization, the spread of the Maliki legal school with its origins in Medinan legal practice, the literary and historical memory of pre-Islamic Arabia, and the interest for its geography and history against the background of the hajj practices are some of the aspects that have been explored although there is still room for new approaches and perspectives. In this Special Session we invite papers to deepen the study of these and other aspects.

Keynote Lecture by Prof Maribel Fierro (CSIC): Medina in al-Andalus and North Africa: representations, beliefs and practices
In the early Islamic period, Medina was the destination of most Andalusis who travelled to the East in their search of knowledge. Medina was associated with the Maliki legal school that prevailed in Muslim Iberia and eventually also in North Africa. The centrality of Malikism favoured different attempts at spreading the conviction that Medina was somehow 're-located' in Cordoba. In her lecture Professor Fierro will deal with such attempts and with specific practices that through time maintained the special link between the Maghrib and Medina.

More details on the Seminar can be found in: https://www.theiasa.com/2021-seminar/

Registration and Fees
Seminar for Arabian Studies 2-4 and 9-11 July 2021 (6 days)
Full fee: £80
IASA Member: £60
Student: £40

Seminar for Arabian Studies 2-4 July 2021 (3 days)
Full fee: £45
IASA Member: £35
Student: £25

Seminar for Arabian Studies 9-11 July 2021 (3 days)
Full fee: £45
IASA Member: £35
Student: £25
54th Seminar for Arabian Studies
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