International Conference on ‘Arabic Historiography’ in Trier

Prof. Dr. Lutz Raphael and Dr. Amar S. Baadj, members of the DFG-Leibniz Research Group “The Contemporary History of Historiography”, organise a conference about “Modern Arabic Historical Scholarship on the Ancient and Medieval Periods” from 21. to 23. November in Trier. They will bring together an international group of specialists in a variety of pre-modern historical disciplines ranging from Assyriology to Mamluk Studies who will discuss contemporary Arabic-language scholarship in their respective fields. Some presentations will give an overview of a particular discipline across the entire Arabic-speaking World while others will focus on an historiographical “school” or a single major scholar as a case study. The conference will be a stepping-stone in the production of a multi-author handbook which will consist of studies and bibliographies of Arabic scholarship on Ancient and Medieval history.

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Day 1, Tuesday November 21

9:15 Welcoming Addresses by Prof. Dr. Michael Jäckel (President of Trier University), Prof. Raphael (Trier University), and Dr. Baadj (Trier and Bonn Universities)


Chair: Prof. Fayza Haikal (American University in Cairo), 
Discussant: Prof. Christoph Schaefer (Trier University)

10:00 “Assyriology in Iraq” Dr. Laith Hussein (Baghdad and Jena Universities; in German)

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 “Egyptology in Egypt” Dr. Amr Omar (Cairo University; in English)

12:15 “Recent Arabic scholarship on the Civilizations of Pre-Islamic Yemen” Dr. Mohamed Maraqten (Heidelberg University; English)

13:15-14:45 Lunch

14:45-15:45 “Classical Studies in the Arab World” Dr. Usama Gad (‘Ain Shams University [Cairo]; in English)

15:45-16:00 Final Discussion for Panel 1

coffee break 16-16.15


Chair: Prof. Mohamed Gad (King Faisal University [Saudi Arabia]), Discussant: Prof. Albrecht Fuess (Marburg University).

16:15-17:15 “Byzantine Studies in the Arab World” Dr. Abdelaziz Ramadan (‘Ain Shams University [Cairo]; in English)

17:15-18:15 “The Approach of Hichem Djait and the Tunisian School to the study of early Islamic History” Prof. Khaled Kchir (Tunis University; in French)

18:30 Dinner

 Day 2, Wednesday, November 22

9:00 “Umayyad Studies in the Arab World” Prof. Abdulhadi Alajmi (Kuwait University; in English)

10:00 “Fatimid Studies in the Arab World” Prof. Bouba Medjani (Constantine University 2; in Arabic)

11:00-11.15 Final Discussion for Panel 2

11:15-11:30 Coffee Break


Chair: (T.B.A.), 
Discussant: Prof. Maribel Fierro (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid)

11:30 “Ifrīqīya from 600 to 1500 in Modern Arabic Historical Scholarship” Prof. Mounira Chapoutot-Remadi (University of Tunis; in English)

Lunch 12:30-13:45

13:45-14:45 “The Study of Medieval History in Algeria from 1962 to the Present” Prof. Allaoua Amara (Emir Abdelkader University [Constantine]; in French)

14:45-15:45 “The Social and Economic History of the Medieval Maghrib in Modern Arabic Scholarship “ Prof. Azeddine Guessous (Chouaib Doukkali University [El Jadida, Morocco]; in Arabic)

16:00-17:00 Break: Tour of Roman Trier

Dinner 18:00

 Day 3 Thursday, November 23

9:00 “Modern Arabic Scholarship on Relations between the Maghrib and Mashriq in the Middle Ages” Prof. Lotfi Ben Miled (Kairouan University; in French)

10:00 “The Contribution of Egyptian Scholars to the Study of Al-Andalus” Dr. Soha Abboud Hagar (Complutense University [Madrid]; in English)

11:00-11:15 Final Discussion for Panel 3

11:15-11:30 Coffee Break


Chair: (T.B.A.), 
Discussant: Prof. Stephan Conermann (Bonn University)

11:30 “Mamluk Studies in the Arab World” Prof. Emad Abou-Ghazi (Cairo University; in Arabic)

12:30-13:45 Lunch

13:45 “Modern Egyptian Arabic Scholarship on Mamluk Arts and Architecture (1250-1517)” Dr. Hani Hamza (Independent Scholar [Cairo]; in English)

14:45-15:00 Final Discussion for Panel 4

18:00 Dinner