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Expectations of justice and political power in the Islamicate world (ca. 600-1500 CA)

Wednesday 27 October 2021 - Friday 29 October 2021
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
online conference
From the Maqamat of al-Hariri, by Yahyâ ibn Mahmûd al-Wâsiti.

Expectations of justice and political power in the Islamicate world (ca. 600-1500 CE)

Speakers: Or Amir, Sean Anthony, Nasrin Askari (Keynote), Mustafa Banister, Enki Baptiste, Linda Darling, Sébastien Garnier, Hanna-Lena Hagemann, Najam Haider, Angela Isoldi, Büşra Kaya, Noëmie Lucas, Taryn Marashi, Christian Mauder, Aseel Najib, Marta Novo, Rana Osman, Marina Rustow, Deborah Tor. 

Expectations and notions of just rule

In the Islamicate world, as elsewhere, requests for just rule surface constantly as notions of justice are debated and contested. Exemplary rule can be sought in direct and open ways, through entreaties and demands, but also subversively through irony, flattery and satire. Expectations of justice can be pursued through reform or revolution, or via secession, utopianism and millenarianism. This conference, organised in the framework of the ERC-funded project Embedding Conquest: Naturalising Muslim rule in the Islamic empire (600-1000), examines how such expectations of justice shaped political discourse and behaviour in the early and medieval caliphate (ca. 600-1500 CE).

Participants will present case studies discussing how just rule was defined and what actions and reactions it precipitated in specific historical, geographical and cultural contexts (local, regional and imperial). How was just rule or, conversely, the abuse of political power understood and defined? What solutions were at hand to redress unjust rule or to institute just rule? How was the call for just rule theorised, and what values (scriptural, moral, customary) were invoked? What concrete actions followed from them? Case studies may discuss single instances initiated by individuals (petitions, speeches, literary works) or groups (utopian settlements, revolts) or long-term initiatives (organised, large-scale, revolutionary movements, institutions and structures to implement just rule). Discussion is not limited to Muslim debates and initiatives but can include any group or individual in the Islamicate world.

The conference will be held online using ZOOM.
·        A ZOOM account is necessary to join the sessions (can be made with any email address for free)
·        Colleagues, students, and others are welcome to listen in and should register through: emco@hum.leidenuniv.nl to receive the link for the meeting.

check out our website https://emco.hcommons.org/events/event/970/ for the programme and any updates


Embedding Conquest

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