Events: Week of September 21, 2020
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Continuities and Crossings: East African Illuminated Quar'ans Faza and Siyu

[Online] Silsila Fall 2020 Lecture Series, Islam in Africa: Material Histories

Drawing upon ongoing research on a little-known corpus of remarkable ca. late 18th-early 19th century illuminated Qur’an manuscripts from Coastal East Africa, this paper situates the Islamic material production of this region within broader debates about Islamic art in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly questions about origins and influences. An exploration of these Qur’ans’ decorative programs, calligraphic styles, bindings, paper, scribal signatures, waqf inscriptions, and annotations, provides new evidence to explore the historical and socio-cultural contexts in which Muslims of the East African coast produced diverse material expressions of their faith.

Zulfikar Hirji is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, York University (Toronto), and has held fellowships at the University of Oxford, the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, and the Institute of Ismaili Studies. His research focusses on Muslim knowledge production, representation and identity, visual and material culture in a range of historical and contemporary contexts, particularly around the Western Indian Ocean. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork and archival research in East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and South Asia. He is the co-author of The Ismailis: An Illustrated History (2008), editor of Diversity and Pluralism in Muslim Contexts (2010), author of Between Empires: Sheikh-Sir Mbarak al-Hinawy, 1896-1959 (2012), co-author of Islam: An Illustrated Journey (2018), and editor of Approaches to the Qur’an in Sub-Saharan Africa (2019).

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Time: 12:30- 2:30 PM EST
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Silsila: Center for Material Histories is an NYU center dedicated to material histories of the Islamicate world. Each semester we hold a thematic series of lectures and workshops, which are open to the public. Details of the Center can be found at:
THIS WEEK: Mediating the News: Digital Platforms and Publics
Date: September 24, 2020
Time: 12:30 PM EST

Upcoming Events:

Critical China Scholars Webinar

The Critical China Scholars present:

China’s Rural Capitalism: Land, Labor, and Environment

Crucial to understanding contemporary hostility between the Chinese and US states is China’s growing significance and positioning within global capitalism. While often viewed from abroad primarily in terms of an urban, export economy, China’s capitalism is uneven, varied, and full of tensions. Beginning a new series on “China’s Capitalism,” this webinar looks at the emergence, dynamics, and effects of capitalist agrarian change in China.


Alexander F. Day, Occidental College

Zhan Shaohua, Nanyang Technological University

Jia-Ching Chen, UC Santa Barbara

Julia Chuang, Boston College

Joshua Goldstein, University of Southern California

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM EST
Register: Email; after registration you will receive a link
COMING UP: NYU Alumni Networking Event
Date: October 16, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM EST
COMING UP: The Protracted Present of Uprising
Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST

Global Asia

Global Asia Colloquium 

1. Nicola di Cosmo: “Environmental Aspects of the Mongol Conquest”
November 5th, 8AM EST/9PM CST = 9AM NY time
2. Jonathan Brack: “Religious Tolerance and Interreligious Encounter in the Mongol Empire.”
November 12th, TBD
3. Michal Biran: “The Mongol Imperial Space: From Universalism to Gocalization.”
December 3rd, TBD
4. Guy Burak: Post-Mongol Islam as historiographical issue (TBD)
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