Shiʿi Piety: Theory and Materiality from Premodern to Postmodern, Early-career workshop funded by the Juynboll Stichting and LUCIS Organized by EmCo team member, Edmund Hayes, at which EmCo member Reza Husseini discussed “Representations of the Shiʿa-Sunni conflict in Mughul Historiography: the case of Tārīkh-i alfī” Programme available here.    Read More →

Lunch talk: Networks of Protection. Travel documents in Early Islamic Egypt Next week’s Ancient World Lunch Talk at Leiden University will be given by EmCo team member Eline Scheerlinck, PhD candidate in Papyrology  who will be speaking on Networks of Protection: Travel Documents in Late Antique and Early Islamic Egypt Tuesday, November 27th, 13:00-14:00 Matthias de Vrieshof 3, room 104 (Verbarium) Free pizza or bring your own lunch!Read More →

EmCo team member Ed Hayes, and our research trainee Munirah Eskandar presented a paper entitled “Documents and Digital Analysis in Assessing the Early Islamic Tradition,” in the Colloquium, Whither Islamicate Digital Humanities? Analytics, Tools, Corpora, at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 13-15 December 2018. The paper addressed how digital text-mining tools can be use to find parallels in the literary sources to documentary evidence from papyri and parchment letters.Read More →

On 23.1.2019 we will host Prof. Hugh Kennedy (, who will discuss with us two of his current research projects:   The economic history of the Central Islamic World, c.750-1050 The changing meaning of the term “sultan” in the early Islamic period   The meeting will take place from 14:00- 16:00 at Vrieshof 4 room 005. The meeting is for Emco members, but if you want to register you can check availability by sending an email to  Read More →

Eline Scheerlinck and the rest of the Emco team are organising a workshop with international specialists on the theme: Acts of Protection in the early Islamic Empire. The goal of this workshop will be to explore the relevance of arrangements of protection, and threatened withdrawal of protection as part of the frameworks of reciprocity and solidarity which allowed the early Islamic Empire to function. Through specific documents, or the historical or literary presentation of specific events, the participants will present instances where protection is offered, requested, or withheld. See our programme for a list of the participants.Read More →

  Send in your abstracts for our conference in Leiden, 2-6 December 2019! Deadline: 31 January 2019.    “The Ties that Bind”: Mechanisms and Structures of Social Dependency in the Early Islamic Empire, 2-6 December 2019 As part of the ERC-funded project, “Embedding Conquest, Naturalising Muslim Rule (600-1000)”, at Leiden University, this conference aims to bring together both senior and junior scholars to present research which illuminates the structures and mechanisms that allowed the early Islamic empire to function. The period to be focused on at the conference is roughly 600-1000 CE. Structures and mechanisms The papers should describe the way that local and regionalRead More →