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Dynamics of Transmission: Families, Authority and Knowledge in the Early Modern Middle East (15th-17th centuries)

du 7 mars 2018 au 9 mars 2018


Organization :
Sandra Aube
Sacha Alsancakli
Emmanuel Giraudet
Anthony T. Quickel
Alberto Tiburcio

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Presentation :

Following the three previous workshops held in Marburg (2015), Cairo (2016) and Naples (2017) which paid a particular attention to the sources, methodologies, as well as to the mechanisms and modalities which facilitated the transmission of knowledge through family structures, this Symposium moves away from an emphasis on families as transmitters, in order to focus more on other existing networks, such as institutions (for example madrasa, ateliers) or professional and spiritual links (master-disciple relationships), or on factors such as geographical mobility of individuals. This approach not only would enable the research to concentrate on the question of how transmission occurred, but also to investigate its circumstances.

Identifying patterns pertaining to the actors, the process and the forms of transmission is closely related to the question about the ways in which cross-cultural transmission occurred. This could have taken the form of trade, movement of books, or movement of peoples. The issue of transmitting across neighbouring cultural areas and movement within and between networks remains to be examined in more depth, especially as it directly touches the cultural and geographic spread of topics in the larger DYNTRAN framework. Exploring the movement between networks in Arabic, Persian and Turkic cultural, societal and political spheres could help to pinpoint patterns, characteristics and/or specificities of the areas under investigation.

Program :
  • Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
9h30 Opening session
9h45 Keynote Lecture
Jacqueline Sublet (CNRS, IRHT) and Asma Hilali (Université de Lille)
: La transmission des textes en islam dans le Moyen Orient pré-ottoman : sources, concepts et histoire
10h45 Coffee break
11h15 - 12h30 Learned Communities and Book Transmission
11h15 Christopher D. Bahl (SOAS): Sharing Practices of Manuscript Transmission: a Transoceanic Community Reading Arabic Grammar Works
11h45 Anthony T. Quickel (Philipps-Universität Marburg/Aix-Marseille Université): Book Ownership, Intellectual History, and the Transmission of Knowledge in Early Ottoman Egypt: a State of the Art
12h15 Discussion

12h30 Lunch 
14h - 15h45 Family Histories
14h Adam Sabra (University of California at Santa Barbara): Hagiography and Family History in Ottoman Cairo
14h30 Nicolas Michel (Aix-Marseille Université/IFAO, Cairo): Families of Cairene Civil Servants, from Mamluk to Ottoman Times (15th-16th c.)
15h Astrid Meier (Orient Institut Beirut): Family Connectivities: Mobility, Stability and Continuity in Ottoman Syria and Beyond
15h30 Discussion
15h45 Coffee/tea

  • Thursday, March 8th, 2018

9h30 – 12h30 • Dynasties and Networks of Power
9h30 • Albrecht Fuess (Philipps-Universität Marburg): Ṣihr and Muṣāhara in Mamluk Royal Relations. Transmitting Power and Enlarging Networks through In-law Ties in Pre-Modern Egypt
10h • Sacha Alsancakli (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3): Tribal Warriors, Sassanid Kings and Abbasid Caliphs: Questions of Origins and Dynastic Culture in 16th and 17th-Century Kurdistan
10h30 • Discussion
10h45 • Coffee break
11h15 • Michele Bernardini (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”): L’indulgence paternelle de Tamerlan
11h45 • Malika Dekkiche (Universiteit Antwerpen): “In the Name of my Father”: Timurid and Turkmen Parallel Diplomacy with the Mamluks in the 15th Century
12h15 • Discussion

12h30 • Lunch
14h – 15h45 • Strategies of Transmission of Knowledge and Skills
14h • Sandra Aube (CNRS, Mondes iranien et indien): Tracing a Family of Woodworkers: the Lineage of Ostād Aḥmad Najjār b. Ḥoseyn in Māzanderān (Iran, second half of 15th century)
14h30 • Francis Richard (BULAC / Mondes iranien et indien): Formation des calligraphes à la fin du XIVe et au début du XVe siècle : transmission d’un savoir dans le monde iranien
15h • Daniel Zakrzewski (Philipps-Universität Marburg): Intersecting Networks of Transmission. Sufis and Calligraphers in 15th– and 16th-Century Tabriz
15h30 • Discussion
15h45 • Coffee/tea

  • Friday – March 9, 2018

9h30 – 12h30 • Building Family and Social Networks in Religious Contexts
9h30 • Alberto Tiburcio (Philipps-Universität Marburg): A Network Theory for Polemics and Conversion
10h • Christoph Werner (Philipps-Universität Marburg): Sayyid Families of Mashhad and the Guardianship of the Shrine of Imam Reżā
10h30 • Discussion
10h45 • Coffee break
11h15 • Maria Szuppe (CNRS, Mondes iranien et indien): Sufi Connections and Timurid Legitimacy in Safavid Herat: Issues of the “Family Memoirs” of the Khwājas of Barnābād
11h45 • Colin P. Mitchell (Dalhousie University): Understanding Sufi Siblings in 17th-c. Mughal South Asia
12h15 • Discussion
12h30 • Closing remarks

Type :
Colloque / Journée d'étude
Lieu(x) :
Maison de la Recherche - 4 rue des Irlandais - 75005 PARIS
Salle Athéna

mise à jour le 27 février 2018