CfP Mamluk Symposium II: Science, Thought, Art and Institutions

Gürzat Kami Discussion

Dear Colleagues,

We welcome papers for the following symposium, to be held in Istanbul on 1-2 June 2023:



1–2 JUNE 2023

Organized by Istanbul University, İslam Tetkikleri Enstitüsü, İslami İlimler Araştırma Vakfı (İSAV) 

The era of Mamluk rule was a time of intellectual and artistic flourishing. From 1250 to 1517, the Mamluk elite established madrasas, dervish lodges, hospitals, and observatories across the lands they ruled in Egypt, Syria, and the Hijaz, including in the great cities of Cairo, Damascus, Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, and Aleppo. Scholars, scientists, thinkers, artisans, and Sufis from all over the Muslim world relocated to the Mamluk realm, further nourishing its intellectual and cultural dynamism. Meanwhile, pilgrims, students, and other visitors to Mamluk lands brought what they learned there back to their homes, thereby helping to spread Mamluk accomplishments in various fields to other parts of the Muslim world, including both newer territories like Anatolia and the Balkans as well as older centers of learning, trade, and governance like the Maghreb, Andalusia, Iran, Transoxiana, and India.

The rich endowments established by the Mamluks and the institutions and activities those endowments supported played an essential role in preserving, developing, and transmitting the scientific and intellectual heritage of Islam across the Muslim world, even long after Mamluk rule itself had come to an end. For this symposium, we invite scholars to present papers on this legacy, on the intellectual and artistic activities of the Mamluk lands and their effects on other regions and later periods.

Papers may focus on any aspect of this legacy. We welcome papers on the mobility of knowledge, ideas, and skills between regions, whether through institutional structures, travel, books, or other means. We welcome papers on religious studies, the sciences, technology, and political and Sufi thought, as well as activities and institutions related to the cultivation and transmission of these and other fields of inquiry and endeavor, including those dealing with figures, ideas, and works in such disciplines as hadith, jurisprudence, juristic opinions, theology, Sufism, historiography, logic, philosophy, ethics, political thought, the natural sciences, math, art, architecture, linguistics, and Quranic studies, exegesis, and recitation.


Application and Important Dates

Proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panels of 3–4 papers will be considered.

Papers can be presented in Turkish, Arabic, or English.

Proposals including an abstract (max. 400 words) and a short biography (max. 200 words) can be sent to

Deadline for the submission of papers: 1 December 2023

Announcement of accepted papers: 15 December 2023



Several activities will be organized to introduce symposium participants to important historical sources, institutions, and resources relating to Mamluk studies in Turkey and Istanbul.

Participants will be introduced to a selection of Mamluk-era works produced in Egypt, Syria, and the Hijaz in the manuscript libraries in Istanbul, and researchers will be able to examine these works on screens placed in the Istanbul University Rectorate Building during the symposium.

A trip will also be organized to the Süleymaniye Library of the Turkish Manuscript Institution (Yazma Eserler Kurumu), where participants will have the chance to examine physical copies of a group of Mamluk-era works.


Travel, Accommodation, and Food

Participants coming from outside Istanbul will receive support to defray the cost of travel, and their accommodation expenses will be covered for three nights.

During the symposium, all meals will be provided.


Organizing Committee: Abdurrahman Atçıl, Ahmet Hamdi Furat, Mürteza Bedir, Özgür Kavak, Halil İbrahim Hançabay, Güllü Yıldız, Gürzat Kami, Mustafa Taş, Muhammed Enes Buluş, Sefer Korkmaz

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I hope you're well. Thank you for your post.

Is December 1, 2022 the deadline for the submission of completed papers or just a proposal and abstract?

Also, is there a particular citation style for the paper?