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TuesdaysWith kind regards: convention, standards and breaking the rules in letter-writing

Whenever one writes a letter, one engages with different kinds of conventions: social conventions dictating the interaction between sender and addressee, like forms of address, appropriate contents, and suitable levels of formality In practice, however, we find a lot of variation in the language use, and use of conventions in letters. In this lecture series we want to focus on variation in language use, and the use of conventions in letters from different regions and periods. For more information see here

Tuesdays│Worlds to discover: manuscripts from the Muslim world. A lecture series

The Muslim world produced tens of thousands of manuscripts on any imaginable topic – from travel logs and geographical descriptions to accounts of talking trees and great walls that keep monstruous enemies away; from historical accounts about kings and prophets to explanations for the presence of the natural and built surroundings; from veterinary sources and treatises on horsemanship to poetry in which horses complain about heavy riders, and from sophisticated scientific astronomical and medical treatises to instructions on how to turn stones into gold and where to find the source of life. For more information see here

12 -14 September International Conference: Historicizing the Shiʿi Hadith Corpus – EmCo related event

16 & 17 September│Petra Sijpesteijn – Munich t.b.a.

26 & 27 September│Petra Sijpesteijn Vienna – congres t.b.a.

6 October│Petra Sijpesteijn – London t.b.a.

8-10 December A matter of speech: language of social interdependency in the early Islamicate empire (600 – 1500)

For the final conference of the Embedding Conquest: Naturalising Muslim Rule in the Early Islamic Empire (600-1000) project we will focus on the rhetoric of social dependency. How is language used to describe, establish, cancel, exploit, and manipulate relationships in the early Islamicate empire? We want to examine how relationships between individuals, and between and within groups, are referred to, and how other forms of solidarity underwriting social cohesion are cultivated and perpetuated. CFP available

15 December Henriëtte van Lynden-lezing


7 February │Bilal Orfali – Leiden Lecture on Arabic Language and Culture 2023, location RMO

8 February │University Dies

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