The 2001-2002 Sawyer Seminar at the University of Chicago

From Medieval to Modern

in the Islamic World

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation



SEMINARS

The seminar will meet bi-weekly through each quarter, with papers or position statements circulated in advance. Initially, at least, preference will be given to presentations that address the large issue of mapping the field. Throughout the project, emphasis will be given to intellectual and cultural production in the appropriate social context, as this remains the arena most grossly neglected in the extant literature; our goal here is, quite simply, to encourage and help direct new research.


SAWYER SEMINAR ON ISLAM

AUTUMN 2001 PROGRAM:

STATE OF KNOWLEDGE AND ISSUES

[Please note that our seminars will meet on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the Franke Institute.]

OCTOBER 02, 2001: Adnan Husain (Asst. Prof., Dept. of Middle Eastern Studies, New York Univ. and
Post-Doc fellow at the U of Chicago)
Sufism and Ghuluww: Radical Pieties and the Late Medieval Muslim Middle East

OCTOBER 16, 2001: Ahmet Karamustafa (Assoc. Prof., History, Washington University in St. Louis)
Revisiting the Emergence of Institutional Sufism

OCTOBER 30, 2001: Shahzad Bashir (Assist. Prof. of Religion, Carleton College)
The Traditional and Philosophical Bases for Hurufi Cosmology

NOVEMBER 13, 2001: Ahmad Dallal (Assoc. Prof., History; Stanford University)
The Interplay of Science and Theology in the Fourteenth-century Kalam



WINTER 2002 PROGRAM :

THE FORMATION OF REGIONAL EMPIRES

JANUARY 15, 2002: Kathryn Babayan (University of Michigan)
Breaking with the Way of Metempsychosis: Extremism in Early Modern Iran and its Rational Other

JANUARY 29, 2002: Muzaffar Alam (University of Chicago)
Negotiating the Distance: Aspects of State building under the Mughals

FEBRUARY 12, 2002: Charles Melville (University of Cambridge, UK)
Geographical Awareness in late Mediaeval Persian Historiography and the Concept of the Land of Iran

FEBRUARY 19, 2002: Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
When Hell is Other People: A Safavid View of Seventeenth-Century Mughal India

FEBRUARY 26, 2002: Ahmet Yasar Ocak (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
Perspectives on Islam in the Ottoman Empire: Conceptions, politics, problems, transformations

MARCH 07, 2002: Peter Heath (American University in Beirut)
Arabic Literature in the Middle Period: Problems of Scope, Approach, and Method

NOTE: Seminars convene at 4:00 pm except for the February 19 meeting, which will be held at 2:00 pm



SPRING 2002 PROGRAM :

ISLAMDOM AND CHRISTIANITY:
FROM MEDIEVAL TO EARLY MODERN

APRIL 02, 2002: Thomas E. Burman (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Reading the Qur'an in Latin Christendom, 1140 to 1540

APRIL 16, 2002: Carina Johnson (Northwestern University)
Reconstructing the Ottomans: Habsburg and Reformation Strategies in the Sixteenth-Century Holy Roman Empire

APRIL 30, 2002: Olivia Remie Constable(University of Notre Dame)
Conquest and Commercial Space: The Case of Iberia

MAY 14, 2002:
Sinem Eryilmaz (University of Chicago, Sawyer Doctoral Fellow)
The Official Ottoman Shehname: an Instance of Cultural Mimesis?
and
Ebru Turan (University of Chicago, Sawyer Doctoral Fellow)
Some Reflections on Ottoman Grand Vizierate in the Classical Age (1300-1600)


SPRING 2004 PROGRAM:

FORMATION OF THE REGIONAL EMPIRES: OTTOMAN ISSUES

APRIL 1, 2004, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Ihsan Fazlioglu, Department of Philosophy, Istanbul University
The Introduction of Modern Scientific Thought to the Ottoman-Turkish
Intellectual Community: Towards an Understanding of Attitudes of Ottoman Scientists

Pick Hall 216, 5828 South University Avenue

MAY 5, 2004, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Gilles Veinstein, Professeur au College de France, Directeur D'etudes a l'Ecole des hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Succession Crises and Rites of Accession in the Ottoman Empire, From the Beginning to the Eighteenth Century
Franke Institute for the Humanities, 1100 E. 57th St, JRL S-118


WINTER COLLOQUIUM: January 18, 2002


SPRING 2002 CONFERENCE: May 31, 2002