Tadween Publishing, is a new kind of publishing house that seeks to both  produce critical knowledge and interrogate existing processes and frameworks of knowledge production.  A subsidiary of the Arab Studies Institute, Tadween aims to institutionalize a new form of publishing and knowledge production by challenging existing barriers, boundaries, and preconceived notions of the mainstream publishing world.

By critically engaging existing scholarship and, simultaneously, by expanding the scope of what is deemed publication worthy, Tadween will interrogate the notion of publishable knowledge. Tadween will publish in Arabic, English, and French, with no restrictions on region or topic. Continue reading


(De-)Centering Islam and the Question of Authenticity

10th Annual Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina- February 16 & 17, 2013 Continue reading

Saharan Crossroads: Views from the Desert-Edge
22-24 Juin 2013 - Ghardaïa, Algeria

The 3rd international conference « Saharan Crossroads: Views from the Desert-Edge » is planned to be held in Ghardaïa, Algeria June 22-24, 2013.  The Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA) is partnering with the Centre National de Recherche en Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle (CRASC) in planning this conference to be held at the University of Ghardaïa. This conference is part of a series of activities organized by the West African Research Association (WARA) and the American Institute of Maghribi Studies (AIMS) aimed at strengthening the cultural, artistic and historical links among the peoples living within and across the Sahara Desert.

Applications and abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted by December 30th, 2012 at the following website:

For further enquiries, you may contact the conference organizers at Continue reading


The latest issue of the Mamluk Studies Review, a refereed journal on the study of the Mamluk Sultinate of Egypt and Syria, has been published by the Middle East Document Center (MEDOC) at the University of Chicago.  As an open-access journal, the articles and book reviews in Mamluk Studies Review are available to the public without fee or institutional affiliation.

“The goals of Mamluk Studies Review are to take stock of scholarship devoted to the Mamluk era, nurture communication within the field, and promote further research by encouraging the critical discussion of all aspects of this important medieval Islamic polity.”

Articles in the latest issue cover a wide range of topics  including Ulama response to dhimmi questions in Mamluk Cairo and Syria and an Arabic history of the Byzantine Empire.

The Mamluk Studies Review is one of many projects undertaken by the Middle East Document Center (MEDOC) at the University of Chicago to support scholarly work in Islamic and Middle East Studies which includes, Mamluk Listserv, a discussion forum for scholars interested in the history and culture of the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria.

November 16, 2012:

The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students’ Association
The 17th Annual Graduate Symposium
Call for Papers: Science and the Occult in the Near and Middle East
March 14-15, 2013
Deadline for Submissions: January 13, 2013

The Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students Association of the University of Toronto invites proposals for the 17th Annual Graduate Symposium to be held on March 14-15, 2013. Since 1997, the NMCGSA Symposium has provided the opportunity for promising graduate students to share their original research with the broader scholarly community in a conference-like forum, and to publish their presentations as proceedings.

By annually bringing together specialists in archaeology, history, anthropology, comparative literature, religion, art, philosophy, and political science, the symposium provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary discourse focused on the study of the Near and Middle East. The 2013 symposium aims to highlight this diversity in order to foster communication and exchange across disciplinary boundaries. While we encourage submissions that are related to the topics of science and the occult, we are nevertheless open to any variety of topics that pertain to the realm of Near and Middle Eastern Studies.