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Newsletter 9, April 2014 (4/2014)
Events and News

DISMEMBER REMEMBER: The anatomical theatre of Lina Saneh and Rabih Mroue
Public book presentation by Dr Monique Bellan
Tuesday, 13 May 2014, 6-8pm, Orient-Institut Beirut
What happens if a body is dissected by words rather than physically? If what is taken apart is reassembled? What impact does this have on how we see things? DISMEMBER REMEMBER is an introduction to the work of Lebanese theatre artists Lina Saneh and Rabih Mroué. The two artists offer new perspectives and ways of looking at things by deconstructing omnipresent images, long-established beliefs and myths. They do so using theatre, performance and video to unravel existing constructions of reality. Saneh and Mroue are considered in light of theories from theatre and cultural studies, and in relation to local theatre history and within the context of contemporary art in Lebanon. Join us for a public presentation of DISMEMBER REMEMBER by its author, OIB Research Associate Monique Bellan, discussed by Sonja Mejcher-Atassi (AUB). The presentation will focus on Lina Saneh and the aspect of deconstruction.

Vacancy: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Deadline: 30 April 2014
Since Kurt Franz left the OIB at the end of March to take up a position at the University of Tübingen, we have a new vacancy for a Research Associate based in Beirut. Deadline for applications is 30 April 2014. For more details, read here.

Our New Seminar Room

Following the transformation of the former caretaker's apartment into a storage room to hold some of our library stacks, the old storage room next door was converted into a new seminar room. Attention was paid to preserving the traditional architecture of Villa Farjallah.



Bibliotheca Islamica Now Online!
Bibliotheca Islamica (BI) is the OIB's platform for the critical edition of mainly Arabic texts. The series dates back to 1929, when Hellmut Ritter edited the Kitab Maqalat al-islamiyyin wa-khtilaf al-musallin of Abu l-Hasan 'Ali al-Ash'ari, a seminal text on dogmatic positions in the early Islamic period. Since then, the OIB has published more than fifty titles in this series. Among the most prominent are the 30-volume biographical lexicon al-Wafi bi l-Wafayyat by Salahaddin Khalil al-Safadi (d.1362), and the monumental history of Egypt and the Syrian lands entitled Bada'i az-zuhur fi waqa'i ad-duhur by Ibn Iyas (d. after 1522). Both these editions have recently been completed with the publication of extensive and detailed indices. 
Nearly all titles of the series can now be displayed page per page or be downloaded in their entirety in a PDF format from our website, via the links to the MENAdoc collection of the special subject repository "Middle East and North Africa" (Sondersammelgebiet Vorderer Orient einschließlich Nordafrika), hosted by the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt in Halle. The rest of the backlist will soon follow. New titles will become available in open access at the time of publication. Watch this space!

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