SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Arabic Pasts: Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiography 2013


Date: 20 September 2013Time: 12:00 AM


Type of Event: Conference

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

Session 1
Chair: James McDougall, Trinity College, Oxford
9.45am - 11am 
Julia Bray, St John’s College, Oxford

Welcome and introduction: Thoughts on history and social memory in the Middle East and North Africa

Hugh Kennedy, SOAS, University of London

Ibn Hawqal and the economic history of the Abbasid caliphate

Session 2
Chair: Julia Bray, St John’s College, Oxford
11.30am - 1pm
Antoine Borrut, University of Maryland

Early Islam between memory and oblivion

Sarah Bowen Savant, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University

Patronizing Iran’s pre-Islamic past

1 pm - 2pmLunch
Session 3
Chair: Konrad Hirschler, SOAS, University of London
2pm - 4.15pm
Marie Legendre, Oriental Institute, Oxford

Forgetting the conquest: Egyptian subjects of the early Islamic state and the making of the “Copts”

Isabel Toral-Niehoff, AKU-ISMC, London

Caliphs, Astrology, Christian monks and Ancient prophecies: The foundation legends of Baghdad in context

Graham Barrett, St John’s College, Oxford

Remembering Hispania

4.15pm - 4.30pmTea
Session 4
Chair: Sarah Bowen Savant, AKU-ISMC, London
Ed McAllister, St Antony’s College, Oxford

Memories of state in Bab el-Oued

Malika Rahal, CNRS-Institut d’histoire du temps présent, Paris

Time standing still in a country without a past : Algeria, 2011-2013

Workshop convened by: Dr Sarah Bowen Savant (, Julia Bray (, Dr Konrad Hirschler (, and Dr James McDougall ( There is a limited budget for travel and accommodation.