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Islamic Art at the Crossroads

Cross-Border Migration

Interview Arab Weekly

BTS 136

Nora Derbal

Newsletter 7/2015
Events and News

Islamic Art at the Crossroads: Artistic Exchanges between the Middle East and East Asia under the Mongols
Public research seminar by Yuka Kadoi (LAU)
Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 6-8pm, Orient-Institut Beirut
The Mongol invasion in the thirteenth century marked a new phase in the development of Islamic art. Trans-Eurasian exchanges of goods, people and ideas were encouraged on a large scale. With the fascination or portable objects brought from East Asia, a distinctive cultural taste was born and articulated in the art of the Middle East, particularly modern-day Iran. This illustrative lecture - using rich visual materials from various media of decorative and pictorial arts - offers a fascinating glimpse into the artistic interaction between the Middle East and East Asia under the Mongols, looking at processes of adoption and adaptation of East Asian themes in the art of the Mongol-ruled Islamic world.

Yuka Kadoi is an art historian and currently a visiting professor of Islamic art and architecture at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. She received her PhD in Islamic art history from the University of Edinburgh in 2005, and has worked internationally at various educational and cultural institutions in Europe, the USA and the Middle East as a lecturer, curator and research consultant.

Critical Analysis of Conceptual Issues in the Current Work on Migration: Cross-Border Migration as the Transnational Social Question 
Public lecture by Thomas Faist (Bielefeld University)
Friday, 27 November 2015, 6-8pm, Orient-Institut Beirut
In nineteenth century Europe, the "social question" was the central subject of extremely volatile political conflicts between the ruling classes and working-class movements. Are we now on the verge of a new social conflict, this time on a cross-border scale, characterised by manifold boundaries, such as those between capital and labour, North and South, developed and underdeveloped or developing countries? Looking at cross-border migration, this lecture exemplifies crucial mechanisms resulting in the reproduction of old inequalities and the emergence of new ones, and shows how the "transnational social question" relates to political conflicts around these inequalities. The lecture is the public keynote address of a two day workshop on "Migration Studies: Reflections and Challenges".

Thomas Faist is professor for sociology and deputy dean at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University. His fields of interest are transnational relations, migration, citizenship, social policy and development.

The Arab Weekly: German Academia Placing Premium on Humanities
Interview with OIB Director Stefan Leder

Samar Kadi of the new English language paper The Arab Weekly interviewed Stefan Leder for their special focus on German education in the Arab world. Read the full article here (p.13).



Ahmad Abd-Elsalam: Das beduinische Rechtssystem: Konzepte - Modelle - Transformationen (BTS 136, Würzburg 2015)
Can Bedouin law be considered as its own legal system, and what are the dynamics it has developed in a historical perspective? These are the main questions of Ahmad Abd-Elsalam's new book, entitled "The Beduin Legal System: Concepts - Models - Transformations" (in German), which investigates concepts of law among Bedouin groups and their legal norms and practices in the time period between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. After introducing Bedouin legal thought, the study focuses on transformations of this legal system through the frame of social, economic and political developments. Published in our series Beiruter Texte und Studien, the book is available through Ergon (Europe) and al-Furat (Middle East), and can also be obtained directly from the OIB secretariat.


Nora Derbal
Nora Derbal has joined the OIB in October 2015 and works at the Cairo office. She is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Freie Universität Berlin. Her thesis focuses on charitable traditions in Saudi Arabia and asks how welfare associations approach the growing phenomenon of poverty and social inequality in the kingdom. Her field research includes several journeys to Jeddah and Riyadh in 2012 and 2013. Nora previously studied Islamic Studies and history at Freie Universität Berlin, Oxford University and King Abd al-Aziz University in Jeddah. She holds an MA in Islamic Studies and History from Freie Universität Berlin.

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