CALL FOR PAPERS – Muslim Intellectual History in Mughal South Asia [Conference and Publication]

The ongoing study of Muslim intellectual pursuits in the subcontinent is bringing to light a world far more dynamic than previously believed. The region appears better situated within transregional contexts, and offers intellectual trajectories with reverberations across a range of fields. This conference invites specialists to present research on Muslim intellectual history in Mughal South Asia within the following areas:

1. Philosophy, Theology, and Science

2. Rhetoric, Law, and Scripturalist Disciplines

3. Islamo-Sanskrit Engagements

4. Socio-Intellectual History.

Abstracts of 300-400 words must be submitted by June 23 to Selected applicants will be notified by July 7. The event will be hosted at U.C. Berkeley on October 6-7, 2023, with travel and accommodation covered for visiting presenters. Each participant will have 45 minutes to present (including Q&A). The final articles will be published as a special issue or volume edited by the organizers. The submission deadline for complete articles is March 15, 2024.

For further details see the full call for papers attached below.

New Publication by Mathieu Tillier

If you have not read the latest article by Mathieu Tillier and you’d be happy to practice your French, I highly recommend you

Vers une nouvelle méthode de datation du hadith : les invocations à Dieu dans les inscriptions épigraphiques et dans la sunna.

Mathieu Tillier has gathered a corpus of epigraphic invocations (duʿāʾ) which he compares with invocation formulae contained in ḥadīth narratives. He covers the first three centuries of Islamic history and anaylses in details what he has coined the “prophetisation” of ḥadīth narratives, whereby formulae attributed to anonymous figure slowly become the saying of companions, successors and finally Muḥammad. His comparative approach, in which he combines lexical and textual analysis, allows him to uncover the rare formulae that could be traced back to the first century of the Islamic era and were preserved untouched in the literature. His scrupulous comparison also highlights the evolution of the different phenomena observed regarding the formulae that remained untouched, those which were attributed to non-prophetic figures and finally the ones which were ‘prophetised’, i.e. attributed to the Prophet Muḥammad. It is to be hoped that this well-documented work will inspire more similar interdisciplinary studies and help us understand better the ḥadīth literature in its historical context.