Ilker Evrim Binbas – Intellectual Networks in Timurid Iran

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 29th, 2016

Event Date: 13 June 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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Dr Ilker Evrim Binbas (RHUL) – Intellectual Networks in Timurid Iran

By focusing on the works and intellectual network of the Timurid historian Sharaf al Dīn ‘Alī Yazdī (d.1454), this book presents a holistic view of intellectual life in fifteenth century Iran. İlker Evrim Binbaş argues that the intellectuals in this period formed informal networks which transcended political and linguistic boundaries, and spanned an area from the western fringes of the Ottoman State to bustling late medieval metropolises such as Cairo, Shiraz, and Samarkand. The network included an Ottoman revolutionary, a Mamluk prophet, and a Timurid occultist, as well as physicians, astronomers, devotees of the secret sciences, and those political figures who believed that the network was a force to be taken seriously. Also discussing the formation of an early modern Islamicate republic of letters, this book offers fresh insights on the study of intellectual history beyond the limitations imposed by nationalist methodologies, established genres, and recognized literary traditions.

Dr Ilker Evrim Binbas is lecturer in Early Modern Asian Empires at Royal Holloway University of London.

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Michael Loewe – Problems of Han Administration

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 23rd, 2016

Event Date: 23 June 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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Professor Michael Loewe (Cambridge) – Problems of Han Administration

Michael Loewe calls on literary and material evidence to examine three problems that arose in administering China’s early empires. Religious rites due to an emperor’s predecessors must both pay the correct services to his ancestors and demonstrate his right to succeed to the throne. In practical terms, tax collectors, merchants, farmers and townsmen required the establishment of a standard set of weights and measures that was universally operative and which they could trust. Those who saw reason to criticise the decisions taken by the emperor and his immediate advisors, whether on grounds of moral principles or political expediency, needed opportunities and the means of expressing their views, whether as remonstrants to the throne, by withdrawal from public life or as authors of private writings.

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Konrad Hirschler – Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 13th, 2016

Event Date: 13 June 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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Professor Konrad Hirschler (SOAS) – Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library

The written text was a pervasive feature of cultural practices in the medieval Middle East. At the heart of book circulation stood libraries that experienced a rapid expansion from the twelfth century onwards. While the existence of these libraries is well known, our knowledge of their content and structure has been very limited as hardly any medieval Arabic catalogues have been preserved. This book discusses the largest and earliest medieval library of the Middle East for which we have documentation – the Ashrafiya library in the very centre of Damascus – and edits its catalogue. The catalogue shows that even book collections attached to Sunni religious institutions could hold very diverse titles, including Mu’tazilite theology, Shi’ite prayers, medical handbooks, manuals for traders, stories from the 1001 Nights, and texts extolling wine consumption. At the same time this library catalogue decisively expands our knowledge of how books were thematically and spatially organised on the shelves of such a large medieval library. Listing over two thousand books the Ashrafiya catalogue is essential reading for anybody interested in the cultural and intellectual history of Arabic societies. Setting it into a comparative perspective with contemporaneous libraries on the British Isles opens new perspectives for the study of medieval libraries.

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Sarah Ansari – India at War: the Bombay Presidency’s ‘Home Front’, 1914-1918

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 9th, 2016

Event Date: 9 June 2016
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Professor Sarah Ansari (Royal Holloway) – India at War: the Bombay Presidency’s ‘Home Front’, 1914-1918

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William Lubenow – West to East/East to West

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 1st, 2016

Event Date: 1 June 2016
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Professor William Lubenow (Stockton University, USA) – West to East/East to West: The Royal Asiatic Society and Western Knowledge of Asia

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Celia Washington – The Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre

in Academic Service - Archive by on May 26th, 2016

Event Date: 26 May 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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Celia WashingtonThe Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre

Celia Washington is a practicing artist based between London and Kathmandu. After a nomadic childhood, she studied painting at the Byam Shaw Art School in London 1977 – 81. Since then she has lived in Florence, Edinburgh, Paris, Tokyo, Madrid London and Kathmandu – painting, printing and searching. In 2006 she became Artist in Residence at Kathmandu University. In 2007 she set up the British Charity Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre.

“In 2006 I spent seven months as artist in residence at Kathmandu University. I was impressed by the creativity and determination of a newer, younger generation of artists despite their dificulties and felt their voice deserved to be heard by the outside world. I wanted to help and began collecting books to expand the University Art Library.
UK friends generously donated over 800 books which, with the support of the British Council, arrived in Nepal in October 2006. Over the next few months in discussion with Napali artists the proposal for the KCAC began to evolve. Then I met Sangeeta Thapa, of the Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu and we discovered that we shared the same vision. I am excited to be involved with her on such an extraordinary and ground-breaking project.”

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George Manginis – Mount Sinai

in Academic Service - Archive by on May 25th, 2016

Event Date: 25 May 2016
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George ManginisMount Sinai

Mount Sinai examines the history of Hagia Koryphē (in Greek) and Jabal Mūsā (in Arabic): a mountain peak above the Monastery of St Catherine at South Sinai in Egypt. Known for centuries as the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God, as described in Exodus, the book explores the ways in which the landscape of the summit of Mount Sinai was experienced and transformed, using textual criticism, historical analysis, art history and, for the first time, archaeological interpretation. Beginning in the third century AD, when the identification of the Biblical ‘Mount Sinai’ was established, Mount Sinai extends through to the early twentieth century. Covering the natural environment, the Bedouin and early Christians, the importance of Mount Sinai in Muslim tradition, the cult of St Catherine, pilgrimage, as well as the scholarly, artistic and tourist phenomenon of the nineteenth century, Mount Sinai is a comprehensive and complete history of this remarkable place.

George Manginis has taught at the University of Edinburgh, SOAS – The University of London, the British Museum, the Benaki Museum in Athens and the New College of the Humanities in London. In 2013 he was a Stanley J Seeger Fellow at Princeton University.

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Cam Sharp Jones – Indian Tribal Ethnography in the 19th century

in Academic Service - Archive by on May 17th, 2016

Event Date: 17 May 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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Cam Sharp Jones (Manchester) – Indian Tribal Ethnography in the 19th century

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Nicholas Sims-Williams – The Bactrian archives: Reconstructing the lost history of Ancient Afghanistan

in Academic Service - Archive by on May 12th, 2016

Event Date: 12 May 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams (SOAS) – The Bactrian archives: Reconstructing the lost history of Ancient Afghanistan

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Jenny Balfour-Paul – Journeys in the Footsteps of Thomas Machell, forgotten explorer

in Academic Service - Archive by on April 14th, 2016

Event Date: 14 April 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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Dr Jenny Balfour-Paul (University of Exeter) – Journeys in the Footsteps of Thomas Machell, forgotten explorer

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