Tuesday 02/09/2014 icon-3

Time Speaker Institution Topic
9.00-9.30 Registration
9.30 Andreas Görke and Mattia Guidetti Introductory remarks
Part 1: Holy cities in literary traditions
9.45 Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino (University of Tübingen) The making of the “City of Saints”: Fez as holy place in hagiographic discourse
10.30–11.00 Coffee break
11.00 Myriam Wissa (SOAS) Holy journey, holy landscapes and the tale of three holy places in early Islamic Egypt and beyond. Contrasting the forgotten “Osirion Baraka”, Saint Moses healings at Abydos and the ceaseless dispossessions of Saint George at Mit Damsis
11.45 Ahmad Khan (University of Oxford) The City of the Devil: Framing Cities and Heresies in Medieval Islamdom
12.30–2.00 Lunch break
2.00 Zacharie Mochtari de Pierrepont (University Paris 1) Zabid and the making of sacred spaces. Narratives, powers and identities in Rasulid Yemen
Part 2: Sacredness in architecture and visual culture
2.45 Yuka Kadoi (Alwaleed Center, University of Edinburgh) Buddhist-Muslim dialogues in the Medieval East Islamic World
3.30–4.00 Coffee break
4.00 Corisande Fenwick (University of Leicester) Conquest to Conversion: archaeology and religious change in medieval North Africa

Wednesday   03/09/2014 icon-2

9.45 Claus-Peter Haase (Freie University Berlin) From Qutham, Compagnon of the Prophet Muhammad, to the Shah-i Zinda – theological and political development of a mausoleum site in Samarqand
10.30–11.00 Coffee break
Part 3: Holy figures, relics and pilgrimages
11.00 Zayde Gordon Antrim (Trinity College) Virtual Pilgrimage and Mapping the Umma
11.45 Karen Pinto (Boise State University) What is Islamic about Islamic Maps?
12.30–2.00 Lunch break
2.00 Eric Ross (Al Akhawayn University) A comparison of the shrines described in the Rihlahs of Ibn Jubayr and Ibn Battuta
2.45 George Quinn (Australian National University) Faith comes from the sea: Maritime symbolism in the origin stories of four Muslim pilgrimage sites in Java
3.30–4.00 Coffee break
4.00 Daphna Ephrat (Open University  Israel) Venerated Sheikhs and  Sacred Sites: The proliferation of saintly tombs and the emergence of regional and local patterns  in Ayyubid and early Mamluk Syria


Thursday   04/09/2014 icon-1

9.00 Daniella Talmon-Heller (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) Vicissitudes of a Holy Relic: Construction, Destruction and Visitation of Shrines in Honor of Ra's Husayn
9.45 Sara Ethel Wolper (University of New Hampshire) Urban Landscapes and Holy Figures in the Post Seljuk city
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00 Final Discussion