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Amulets and Talismans in the Muslim World

Thursday 19 May 2016 - Friday 20 May 2016
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden


Located at the interchange of the studies of material culture, history, religion, and anthropology, this multi-disciplinary conference will focus on the role amulets and talismans have played in the Muslim world. We seek to understand how different Muslim communities and individuals pursue their religiosity when unfastened from specific local and temporal settings and how amulets and talismans become articulated with other elements of local religiosities in rural, urban and different social contexts by exploring local ways of engagement with the sacred space, natural forces and unexplainable phenomena and their impact to devotional experiences where amulets play a role. The conference will address the following lines of inquiry in 6 panels:

1. The study of amulets and talismans comprised in collections.

2. Methodological approaches that different disciplines have proposed for the study of amulets and talismans.
3. Different kinds of power that amulets and talismans bear and convey.
4. Physical features and materiality of amulets and talismans.
5. Amulets and Talismans within ritual processes.
6. Influence of medieval texts and traditions in the development of amulets and talismans.

Confirmed speakers

Luit Mols (Curator of the Middle East Collections, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde Leiden)
Ursula Bsees (University of Vienna)
Baha Jubeh (Dar Al-Tifel Organisation, Jerusalem)
Remke Kruk (Leiden University)
Ab de Jong (Leiden University)
Gideon Bohak (Tel Aviv University)
Yasmine al-Saleh (Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, American University of Kuwait)
Hazem Hussein Abbas Ali (Beni-Suef University)
Karl Schaefer (Drake University, Iowa)
Anne Regourd (University of Copenhagen)
Pedram Khosronejad (Oklahoma State University)
Juan E. Campo (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Jean-Charles Coulon (Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes)
Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad (The Shia Institute)
Lucia Raggetti (Freie Universität Berlin)


Thursday 19 May: Gravensteen building, room 0.11, Pieterskerkhof 6, Leiden.
Friday 20 May: Lipsius building, room 148, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden.


If you wish to attend the conference, please register by sending an email to lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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