Newsletter No.8, March 2014
Arabic Website now Online!
Events and News
The Arabic version of our website is now online! Browse here to learn more about our research projects, people, library, publications and more.
Constitutional Experiences in the Middle East and North Africa (from approx. 18th to 20th centuries)
International Conference, Call for Papers
Beirut, 6-7 November 2014
This conference aims to explore political concepts and practices which are related to constitutional experiences prior and parallel to the occurrence of written constitutions. Combining political, intellectual, legal and social history across the region, we invite papers on legal and organizational frameworks, administrative bodies, associations, councils, corporative structures, customs, as well as discourses of rule, power and statehood aimed at containing authority. Adopting a cross-temporal approach and taking account of diverse historical trajectories, we are interested in exploring the extent to which social practices of power sharing as well as Islamic and other conceptual systems or habitual institutions provide a context that is akin to constitutional thought. Call for Papers (deadline 16 May 2014) and further information here.
2013 Annual Report now Online!
Find out about the Orient-Institut Beirut's activities in 2013 in our latest Annual Report (in German), including information about our research projects, publications, events, fellows, library news and more. Jahresbericht 2013.
Sinno's "Lebanon after the Ta'if Agreement" and other BTS for sale at the OIB
Abdel Raouf Sinno's new book, Lebanon after the Ta'if Agreement: Cohabitation, Sovereignty, and Foreign Interference in a Sectarian State, published in our Beiruter Texte und Studien (BTS) series, as well as our other BTS publications can be purchased in Lebanon at the OIB's secretariat (Tel: +961 (0)1 359 423) or from al-Furat Publishing house (Tel: +961 (0)1 750 054).
Torsten Wollina joined the OIB as Research Associate in March 2014, and is taking over from Kurt Franz in managing our Beiruter Texte und Studien (BTS) book series. Torsten wrote his PhD thesis entitled Twenty years of everyday life. Biography, Worldview and Self Image in the journal of Ahmad Ibn Tawq about a text from late Mamluk Damascus, and graduated from the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (Free University Berlin) and the Anne Marie Schimmel Kolleg "History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517)". His research interests encompass the pre-modern history and literature of the Near East. He is intrigued by material culture and the everyday practices in which it manifests itself, by the systems which determine and structure knowledge, by the way this information was presented in writing, and in storytelling in general. His research at the OIB focuses on Syrian and Egyptian historiography between the Mamluk and Ottoman eras and how it reflects shifts and changes in audience, authorship, genres and their social and literary functions.
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