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On the Meanings of Hair in Medieval Islam

Friday 9 December 2016 - Saturday 10 December 2016
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden

On 9 and 10 December 2016 LUCIS will organize a workshop entitled: “On the Meanings of Hair in Medieval Islam”. In the workshop the sociological meaning of hair in medieval Islam will be explored. The aim of the workshop is to learn how hair, the cutting and growing of it, functioned in religion, theology, rituals, legal contexts, and other social settings in the medieval Muslim world.

Eight speakers will present case studies on the meanings of hair in medieval Islam and two commentators will offer a comparative perspective from the Byzantine and medieval European world.

Confirmed speakers

Petra Sijpesteijn (Professor of Arabic at Leiden University)
Camilla Adang (Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Tel Aviv University)
Christian Lange (Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Utrecht University)
Geert Jan van Gelder (Laudian Professor of Arabic Emeritus at Oxford University)
Jan van Ginkel (Affiliated Fellow at Leiden University)
Megan Reid (Lecturer in History at California State University Long Beach)
Shahzad Bashir (Professor in Islamic Studies at Stanford University)
Wen-chin Ouyang (Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London)

Marie-France Auzépy (Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris) and Ian Wood (Professor of Early Medieval History) will be the commentators.

Biographies and topics speakers

Barber at the souk (1897) by Enrique Simonet


Please find the full programme of the workshop here


The workshop will be in English, participation is free. You can register by sending an email to lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

For Dutch-language readers: read this interesting article in NRC Handelsblad by Ian Buruma (only accessible for subscribers) about how politicians nowadays use their haircuts as a political weapon. 

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