H-IDEAS is a network for scholarly collaboration on the history of ideas, broadly defined.

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New Book: Freedom in the Arab World: Concepts and Ideologies in Arabic Thought in the Nineteenth Century

Relying on the hypothesis that the mental preoccupation with the subject of freedom became a core issue in the construction of all modern ideologies, this book traces the semantic inflation and the extreme politicization of signifiers that indicate the concept “freedom” in Arabic during the time between the French and the British invasions of Egypt (1798–1882). The work displays the semantic evolvement of the concept of “freedom,” its ideological offshoots, their modes, and their substance as they developed in the dynamics of the Arabic language in early Ottoman Arab modernity.

Journal of the History of Ideas July 2016 Table of Contents

Below is the Table of Contents for the July 2016 issue (Vol. 77.3) of the Journal of the History of Ideas, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

"The Boys on the Beach: Children's Games and Baptismal Grace in Medieval Thought" by Marchia L. Colish

"Democritus Junior as Reader of Auctoritates: Robert Burton's Method and The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Giuliano Mori

"John Punch, Scotist Holy War, and the Irish Catholic Revolutionary Tradition in the Seventeenth Century" by Ian W.S. Campbell

Emotion Concepts in Urdu and Bengali

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce that Volume 11, Issue 1 of Contributions to the History of Concepts has been published by Berghahn Journals. This issue features a special section titled Emotion Concepts in Urdu and Bengali. The aim of this section is to clear the theoretical and methodological ground for an investigation of emotion concepts in South Asian traditions.

Please visit the Berghahn website for more information about the journal: www.berghahnjournals.com/contributions

Hagley Library Fellowships/Grants Awarded July 2016

The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware is pleased to announce the recipients of grants and fellowships awarded in July, 2016.  Please note that the next deadline for applications for the exploratory and Henry Belin du Pont Fellowship is October 31th.  The H. B. du Pont Dissertation Fellowship deadline is November 15th.


Carol Ressler Lockman

Manager, Hagley Center

PO Box 3630

Wilmington DE  19807