Announcement: Call for Papers, Inscriptions from the Islamic World, AUC, 6-8 September 2019

Inscriptions in Arabic, Persian and Turkish constitute a remarkable source for the history of the Islamic world. The earliest Arabic inscriptions represent some of our earliest firmly dated Muslim sources for Islamic history, while in later periods inscriptions often constitute unique contemporary evidence for not just the building activities sponsored by rulers and high officials, but also raw historical data such as dates of rulers and events. 

MEMbership Renewal


Dear MEMbers (and prospective MEMbers),

We need you to renew your membership! Our new initiatives for the field – ranging from book and paper prizes to our peer-reviewed and open-access journal al-ʿUsur al-Wusta (http://islamichistorycommons.org/mem/al-usur-al-wusta/) – depend on your continuing support. We ask therefore that you renew for one year ($40/individuals or $250/institutions) or for multiple years at your earliest convenience.

Medieval MESA


Dear Colleagues attending MESA,

We would like to invite you to attend the Middle East Medievalists business meeting on Thursday, November 15 at 3-5 pm in Travis C. At the meeting, we will be awarding two prizes:

  • MEM’s inaugural prize for best dissertation on the medieval Middle East (500-1500)

  • The Lifetime achievement award, to be awarded to Donald Whitcomb, who will provide reflections on the field

At the board meeting, we will also release the 26th volume of our now online and open access journal, al-ʿUṣūr al-Wusṭā.

“Persian classics today: Contemporary visual interpretations of Medieval literature” York Islamic Art Circle

“Persian classics today: Contemporary visual interpretations of Medieval literature”
with Dr Firuza Abdullaeva-Melville (University of Cambridge)
on Thursday 15th November 2018
from 6:30pm – 8pm
at The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, YO10 5DD, UK
Abstract: Dr

Endangered Archives Programme Live Q&A Webinar – Friday 2 November 2018, 15.00-16.00 GMT

The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) is inviting grant applications to enable researchers to locate culturally important but vulnerable archival collections in areas of the world where resources are limited, to arrange their transfer wherever possible to a suitable local archival home, and to deliver digital copies into the international research domain via the British Library.

2ND ANNUAL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE BYZANTINE CONFERENCE, Reception, Appropriation, and Innovation: Byzantium between the Christian and Islamic Worlds, 30th November – 1st December 2018

Registration is now open for the second Edinburgh International Graduate Byzantine Conference, 'Reception, Appropriation, and Innovation: Byzantium between the Christian and Islamic Worlds'. Please register online at online now: https://bit.ly/2OShQq7.


For further details, see our programme below:

Reception, Appropriation, and Innovation:
Byzantium between the Christian
and Islamic Worlds

Looking for Muslim Beta Readers for my historical fantasy set in the 9th century

Hello everyone,

I am in the final editing stages of a novel adapting the legends of Charlemagne into novels for modern day audiences and am looking for feedback before publication. In other words, this isn't a rough draft and you won't be asked to read multiple versions - just this one.

My story is set in the beginning of the ninth century and takes place in both the Frankish Empire and in the Maghreb. Some of the historical figures  I am adding into the legend cycle includes Caliph Harun al-Rashid and his faithful companions.


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