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Annual History Seminar

Each spring semester, the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations hosts an annual history seminar. Established in the early '90s, the seminars initially served the department’s graduate students, but have since expanded to include young historians from national universities throughout Egypt. Today, attendance at the annual history seminar at AUC regularly includes graduate students from universities in Alexandria, Benha, Zagazig, Mansura and Sohag. The annual history seminar also attracts European, American and Japanese scholars residing in Cairo who are keen on expanding their research and knowledge.

Over the years, the annual history seminar has become one of Cairo’s cultural landmarks, and a prominent forum providing young scholars with inspiring intellectual and social discourse. During the three-day seminar, young scholars have a chance to present and receive feedback on their research, engage in discussions with faculty from various universities within Egypt and abroad, and expand their intellectual horizons. The seminar encourages a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Egyptian and Arab history through a focus on literary analysis and revisions of social, economic and cultural histories.

Spring 2018

For its 2018 session the Annual History Seminar will focus on working in Egypt in the 19th century to question issues related to workers, their recruitment, training, organization and management, both rural and urban work, crafts, handicraft and industrial work, and other forms of labor. This focus aims to bring into the presentations and discussions a number of vital questions which have a bearing on our understanding of the century as a whole and the subsequent history of Egypt. For more information, click here

 


 

Spring 2017

 Annual History Seminar, Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Square

This round of the Annual History Seminar aims to focus on Upper Egypt in particular, in order to better understand its relation to the capital, and its importance in the Egyptian social, economic and cultural history. The seminar will seek to understand it also in comparison with other regions of Egypt, in an attempt to study Egyptian history in its variety and diversity, to restore balance to our understanding of long-term developments and change. Focusing on an important region such as al-Sa‘id could allow scholars to trace some of the important patterns of change in Egyptian and Middle Eastern history. 

For more information about the Seminar, click here

 

 

Spring 2016
 
Annual History Seminar, Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Square
This annual seminar organized by the Department of Arab and Islamic CIvilizations brings together established and young scholars from Egypt and the Middle East. This year's theme is "Shari’a, Fiqh, ‘Urf, Qanun: Entangled Legal Histories of the Middle East" 

 

For more information about the seminar, click here

 

Spring 2015
Annual History Seminar, Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Square
This annual seminar organized by the Department of Arab and Islamic CIvilizations brings together established and young scholars of Egypt and the Middle East. This year's theme is "The 15th Century: Deep Transformations and New Possibilities." Participants include scholars from the United States, Germany, Syria and Egypt. 

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Previous sessions have focused on the following topics:

  • A Reconsideration of the Economic History of the Middle East, co-organized with the European Science Foundation (February, March and May 1997)
  • Reconsiderations in the Economic History of the Middle East, co-organized with European Science Foundation, The Individual and Society in the Mediterranean Muslim World (February, March, May and June 1998)
  • Making a Living: Between the Possible and the Impossible (February 26 - 28, 1999)
  • Control, Mobility and Self-Fulfillment: Learning and Culture in Egypt since the Middle Ages (April 13 - 15, 2000)
  • Khassa and ‘Amma: Elite and Commoners in Egyptian History (March 14 - 16, 2002)
  • The Marginalized in History and Society (February 20 - 22, 2003)
  • Families and Households in History (March 18 - 20, 2004)
  • The Uses of Waqf: Pious Endowments, Founders and Beneficiaries (March 17 - 19, 2005)
  • Food for Thought: Cuisine, Culture, Politics and Society (March 20 - 22, 2008)
  • Reading and Books in Arab History (March 26 - 28, 2009)
  • The Historian’s Craft: Official and Popular Historical Narratives of Egypt and the Arab world since the Middle Ages [Session in Memory of Mohamed Hakim (1962-2007)](March 18 - 20, 2010)
  • Craftsmen and Labour in Medieval and Modern Egyptian History [Session In Memory of Professor Raouf Abbas (1939-2008)] (March 24 - 26, 2011)
  • Protest, Revolt, Revolution in Egyptian and Arab History (March 22 - 24, 2012)
  • Before the Modern, After the Medieval: Egypt and the Middle East in the 18th Century (March 28 - 29, 2014)

  •  The 15th Century: Deep Transformations and New Possibilities (March 20 - 21, 2015)

  • Sharia, Fiqh, 'Urf, Qanun: Entangled Legal Histories of the Middle East (March 25-26, 2016)

Publications

Some of the papers presented at previous sessions have been published in:

Nelly Hanna (ed.), The State and its Servants: Administration in Egypt from Ottoman Times to the Present (AUC Press, 1995).

Nelly Hanna (ed.), Money, Land and Trade: An Economic History of the Muslim Mediterranean (I.B. Tauris, 2002).

Pascale Ghazaleh (ed.), Held in Trust: Waqf in the Islamic World (AUC Press, 2011).