الأحد، 12 نوفمبر، 2017

حوار في منتدى لا تنقصه الصراحة

كتب الأخ سعد الميموني في أحد المنتديات التي كنت عضواً نشطاً فيها"
تعجبني كتاباتك، وأستمتع بأسلوبك ... وصدقك
وأتمنى أن يُثمن طلابك تواضعك معهم، ولكننا يا دكتورنا الفاضل
شعبٌ ورث الاستبداد حتى تشربه، فترسبت الاستبدادية في أرواحنا، وأصبحت جزءاً حتى من نخاع العظم فينا، فمن يقدرنا ويحترمنا، للأسف يصبح حسب عقليتنا المعتنقة للاستبداد ضعيفاً ويغرينا عقلنا الباطن ونخاعنا الشوكي بأن نتهجم عليه ونستغل ضعفه ونمارس قوتنا واستبدادنا وجبروتنا.
وقلائل هم من يشبهون الدكتور مازن، قد تطهروا من لوثة الاستبداد فأصبحوا خالين تماماً منه، يتعاملون مع الجميع حولهم بمبدأ العدل
حتى لو ظلموهم، ولا يسيرون على نهج من قال:
ألا لا يجهلن أحدٌ علينا *** فنجهل فوق جهل الجاهلينا
أحببت أن أسطر إعجابي بشخصك، وأنا متابع لكل ما تطرح وكلما واجهتُ اسمك توقفت عنده لأعرف ما الجديد عند مازن لأني أعرف هذا الرجل، أعرف صدقه، وضميره الحي.
 إلّا أني أختلف معك كثيراً، وقد يكون ذلك لجهلي.
فالدكتور مازن، لا ينتقد المجتمع السعودي، ولا ينتقد الواقع السياسي السعودي ولا حتى العربي، ويصرف كل جهده في دراسة الاستشراق، والتحذير من المؤامرة وللأمانة لا أذكر أنك كتبت يوماً كلمة مؤامرة ولكن أفكارك التي تنشرها توحي لي أنك مؤمن بأن هناك تآمر... ورأيي أن المؤامرة هي في حقيقتها هجوم، فالمؤامرة لا يصح أن تُسمى مؤامرة، إذا كان المستَهدَف على علم بما ينويه المستهدِف، هنا ستلغي تلقائياً المؤامرة، وسنتحول إلى مواجهة مكشوفة، فيها قوي جداً وفيها ضعيف جداً، ونحن الضعيف جداً للأسف، فلماذا لا ينصرف الدكتور مازن لتقوية ضعفنا لماذا لا يخبرنا مازن لماذا نحن ضعفاء، هل بسبب بُعدنا عن الدين، إذا كان كذلك، فهل هذا البعد هو في جانب الأفراد، دون السلطة، هل سلطتنا سلطة إسلامية قريبة من الدين...؟
أتوقف عند هذا السؤال، وعندي الكثير من الأسئلة للدكتور مازن، ولكن لعل هذا هو أبرزها، لماذا ينصرف الدكتور مازن لمحاولة إضعاف القوي، لماذا لا يقوم بتقوية الضعيف أم أننا أضعف من أن نقوى الآن!؟
أم أن الدكتور مازن يشكو إلى الله قلة حيلته وضعف قوته، فيختار أن يتوجه للخارج أم أنه فقط إيمانٌ خالص بالتخصص، وعدم رغبة في التشتت؟ وشكراً للحوار العام على اتاحة الفرصة وللدكتور مازن هذه العفوية، وهذه الحماسة

أخبار استشراقية: مؤتمرات وورش عمل ومنح دراسة ووظائف


CONFERENCES

1. Conference: “Arab Spring and the Quest for New Metaphors: Modernity, Identity and Change”, Guelph, Canada, 11-12 November 2017
 2. Conference: "Crisis in Saudi Arabia: War, Succession and the Future", Middle East Monitor, London, 18 November 2017
 3. 51st Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), Washington DC, 18-21 November 2017
 4. Symposium: "The Idea of Iran: The Turko-Timurid Intermezzo", SOAS University of London, 18-19 November 2017
 5. Conference: „Modern Arabic Historical Scholarship on the Ancient and Medieval Periods“, University of Trier, Germany, 21-23 November 2017
 6. Workshop: "The Measure of Integration: Economic Structures and Resources of the Early Islamic Empire", Universität Hamburg, 16-17 February 2018
 7. Conference: "Religio, Religare, & the Capacities of Religion in the Modern World", University of Florida, 16-17 March 2018
 8. Conference: “U.S. Hegemony and the Arab World”, Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies, California State University, San Bernardino,  20-21 April 2018
 9. International Conference: "Tourism is Sustainable Development", University of Sharjah Branch Khorfakkan, UAE, 24-25 April 2018
 10. Fourth International Symposium on Crusade Studies: "Crusades - Medieval Worlds in Conflict”,  Saint Louis University, 18-20 June 2018
 11. Workshop: "The Politics of Islam in Europe and North America", Paris, 27-28 June 2018

12. International Conference: “The Syrian War: Later Evolution, Future Prospects”, Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS), University of St Andrews, Scotland, 1-3 August 2018
 13. Conference: "Innovative Approaches in Islamic Sciences and Education", Institute of Islamic Theology, University of Osnabrück, Germany, 20-22 September 2018

POSITIONS
 14. Lecturer in Modern Iranian History, University of Oxford
 15. Professor, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisation, Aga Khan University, London
 16. Assistant Professor in Political Science, Aga Khan University, London
 17. Assistant or Associate Professor in Comparative Politics/Methods, American University in Cairo

18. Senior Policy Analyst,  Qatar University, Doha
 19. Research Assistant/Associate in Social Sciences,  Social and Economic Survey Research Institute, Qatar University, Doha
 20. Lead Methodologist, Social and Economic Survey Research Institute, Qatar University, Doha
 21. Lecturer in Arabic Language, Department of Middle Eastern South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University
 22. Faculty Fellow in Material Histories of Pre- and Early Modern Islam, Silsila: Center for Material Histories, New York University
 23. Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle East/South Asian History, Denison University (near Columbus, Ohio)
  
OTHER INFORMATION
24. PhD Research Grants 2018/2019 by the Orient-Institut Istanbul

25. Two PhD Scholarships (Home/EU fees only) in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Edinburgh
 26. 2018 Sudan Archive Visiting Library Fellowship at Durham University
 27. Chevening British Library Fellowship: "Endangered Archives - North Africa and the Middle East"
28. Course: "Palestine Refugees and International Law", British Institute, Amman,  2-3 March 2018
29. Articles on: "Realising Youth Potential in the Mediterranean: Unlocking Opportunities, Overcoming Challenges" for the New-Med Research Network
 30. Articles for "Oxford Middle East Review"

CONFERENCES


1.  Conference: “Arab Spring and the Quest for New Metaphors: Modernity, Identity and Change”, Guelph, Canada, 11-12 November 2017

2. Conference: "Crisis in Saudi Arabia: War, Succession and the Future", Middle East Monitor, London, 18 November 2017
With the prospect of democratisation and political openness still remote and with human rights still a challenging issue, what is the future for relations between the UK and Saudi Arabia beyond the significant arms trade? And what of the 'purge' of officials?
3. 51st Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), Washington DC, 18-21 November 2017

See program with more than 230 sessions at http://mesana.org/pdf/17-preliminary-program-10-12-17.pdf

4. Symposium: "The Idea of Iran: The Turko-Timurid Intermezzo", SOAS University of London, 18-19 November 2017
 Convened by Sarah Stewart, SOAS and Charles Melville, University of Cambridge.

5. Conference: „Modern Arabic Historical Scholarship on the Ancient and Medieval Periods“, University of Trier, Germany, 21-23 November 2017
The conference will bring together an international group of specialists in a variety of pre-modern historical disciplines ranging from Assyriology to Mamluk Studies who will discuss contemporary Arabic-language scholarship in their respective fields.

6. Workshop: "The Measure of Integration: Economic Structures and Resources of the Early Islamic Empire", Universität Hamburg, 16-17 February 2018

This workshop aims at developing an empirically based theoretical framework to gain a better understanding of the economic structures within the early Islamic Empire, as well as their potential as an integrative force connecting the different regions governed by the early caliphate.
 7. Conference: "Religio, Religare, & the Capacities of Religion in the Modern World", University of Florida, 16-17 March 2018

The conference aims to bring together scholars and graduate students from a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives to discuss theoretical frameworks, present research and receive collegial feedback.

8. Conference: “U.S. Hegemony and the Arab World”, Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies, California State University, San Bernardino,  20-21 April 2018

This conference aims to critically evaluate the impact of U.S. policy decisions, alliances, military interventions, and popular resistance in the region from a socio-political and historical perspective.
Submission Deadline: 5 December 2017. Information: muhtase@csusb.edu
9. International Conference: "Tourism is Sustainable Development", University of Sharjah Branch Khorfakkan, UAE, 24-25 April 2018

Deadline for abstracts: 15 December 2017. Information: http://www.sharjah.ac.ae/en/Media/Conferences/branches_conf/Pages/cp.aspx

10. Fourth International Symposium on Crusade Studies: "Crusades - Medieval Worlds in Conflict”,  Saint Louis University, 18-20 June 2018
11. Workshop: "The Politics of Islam in Europe and North America", Paris, 27-28 June 2018

The Project on "Middle East Political Science (POMEPS)" and the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI) Sciences Po, Paris invite proposals related to the following questions: Electoral politics and collective mobilization among Muslims; Islamic political groups and movements; The politics of refugees and migration from the Middle East and North Africa; Religiously motivated extremism and violence; The political economy and marketization of Islam; etc. 
12. International Conference: “The Syrian War: Later Evolution, Future Prospects”, Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS), University of St Andrews, Scotland, 1-3 August 2018

The theme of the conference will be the late uprising period since roughly 2015, with the focus on issues such as the sectarianization of the conflict; the evolution of the balance of power among groups in the conflict; governance and civil society amidst civil war in both regime and opposition areas; diplomacy and external intervention in the conflict; the Syrian diaspora; and issues of “reconciliation” and “reconstruction.”
 Deadline for abstracts: 15 December  2017. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/731842553674360/

13. Conference: "Innovative Approaches in Islamic Sciences and Education", Institute of Islamic Theology, University of Osnabrück, Germany, 20-22 September 2018

Papers are invited that focus on the following themes: Islamic legal thought; Islamic theology; Islamic philosophy; Islamic history; Koran exegesis; Hadith studies; Religious education; Psychology; Didactics; etc.

POSITIONS

14. Lecturer in Modern Iranian History, University of Oxford

The successful applicant will hold a doctorate within the field of modern Iranian history.  He/she will show ability to teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students in this field. An excellent command of New Persian is essential,
Deadline for applications: 1 December 2017. Information: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=55955

15. Professor, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisation, Aga Khan University, London

Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant discipline with extensive academic and research leadership experience. They will be expected to actively engage in discussions on contemporary issues within Muslim societies.
 Deadline for applications:  30 November 2017. Information: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=55985
16. Assistant Professor in Political Science, Aga Khan University, London

Candidates should have a PhD in Political Science with expertise in Muslim contexts.
Deadline for application; 30 November 2017. Information: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BFH545/assistant-professor-political-science/
17. Assistant or Associate Professor in Comparative Politics/Methods, American University in Cairo

The five-year fixed term contract position will start in Fall 2018.  Teaching responsibilities will include a combination of courses in comparative politics, using examples outside as well as inside the Middle East and North Africa.
Deadline for applications: 1 December 2017. Information: https://aucegypt.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=74098
18. Senior Policy Analyst,  Qatar University, Doha
The position is attached to SESRI Policy Department, which utilizes new and existing SESRI data to engage in empirically-backed analysis and debate of policy questions of relevance to Qatar and the Gulf region.
priority will be given to candidates who are bilingual in Arabic and English.
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2017. Information: spasearch@qu.edu.qa

19. Research Assistant/Associate in Social Sciences,  Social and Economic Survey Research Institute, Qatar University, Doha
Priority will be given to candidates who are bilingual (Arabic and English) and who have experience with collecting and using survey data as part of their own research as well as substantive interests in the cultures, societies, and public affairs of the Arabian Gulf.
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2017. Information: pdsearch@qu.edu.qa
20. Lead Methodologist, Social and Economic Survey Research Institute, Qatar University, Doha

Applicants should posses expert-level knowledge and understanding of social sciences, economics, or other related field, with a demonstrated record of design and analysis of randomized controlled trails for the purposes of policy evaluation.
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2017. Information: rctsearch@qu.edu.qa
21. Lecturer in Arabic Language, Department of Middle Eastern South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University
 We are seeking a professional language teacher with a serious commitment to teaching languages for academic purposes while developing pedagogical materials and incorporating technological innovations into the curriculum.
 Deadline for application: 1 December 2017. Information: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=56005

22. Faculty Fellow in Material Histories of Pre- and Early Modern Islam, Silsila: Center for Material Histories, New York University

Applicants should have a PhD in hand, relevant language skills, and proven research interests in transcultural dimensions of the art, architecture or material culture of Islamicate societies before 1500.
Deadline for application: 1 December 2017. Information: https://apply.interfolio.com/46720

23. Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle East/South Asian History, Denison University (near Columbus, Ohio)

The one-year visiting position id to begin in Fall 2018. Teaching responsibilities in a 3/3 load include a two-semester introductory survey sequence in the Middle East or South Asia and upper level seminars in the candidate’s areas of expertise.
Deadline for application: 2 January 2018. Information: https://employment.denison.edu/postings/1819

OTHER INFORMATION

24. PhD Research Grants 2018/2019 by the Orient-Institut Istanbul
The purpose of the grant is the support of field research in Istanbul for Ph.D. students not living in Turkey. Grants are available to support research in one of the research areas of the Institute, especially: Musicological research on the Ottoman Empire and Turkey; Narrative sources on Istanbul and the late Ottoman Empire: Historic and contemporary forms of religious expression in Anatolia since the 11th century; Manuscript cultures in the Ottoman Empire and Iran; Human, medicine, and society.
Deadline for application: 8 January 2018. Informationen: https://www.oiist.org/stipendien/

25. Two PhD Scholarships (Home/EU fees only) in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Edinburgh

The award is open to UK, EU and overseas students commencing a PhD degree in the academic year 2018-2019.

26. 2018 Sudan Archive Visiting Library Fellowship at Durham University
The residential fellowship (April-June 2018) carries a small grant, accommodation and meals, and is a valuable research opportunity for doctoral students studying Sudan, South Sudan, or the wider East Africa region, and whose research would be significantly supported by two months’ study of materials held in the Sudan Archive at Durham University.
Application deadline: 1 December 2017. Information: francis.gotto@durham.ac.uk
27. Chevening British Library Fellowship: "Endangered Archives - North Africa and the Middle East"
This fellowship will provide the opportunity to research the archival collections in one of these countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia), engage with archival experts, at the British Library and internationally, to develop a targeted engagement strategy, and support its delivery through an outreach program.

28. Course: "Palestine Refugees and International Law", British Institute, Amman,  2-3 March 2018

The course examines, within a human rights framework, the policies and practices of Middle Eastern states as they impinge upon Palestinian refugees. Instructors: Dawn Chatty (Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration; former Director, RSC) and Susan M Akram (Clinical Professor, Boston University School of Law).
29. Articles on: "Realising Youth Potential in the Mediterranean: Unlocking Opportunities, Overcoming Challenges" for the New-Med Research Network

8 young professionals from the countries of the MENA region  who are under the age of 32 are invited to present their ideas and perspectives on the major socio-economic and political challenges impacting states and societies in the region and the future prospects of youth in particular. Remuneration of 400 euros for the policy paper.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November  2017. Information: n.champion@iai.it
30. Articles for "Oxford Middle East Review"
The editors invite article submissions, on any topic of relevance to Middle Eastern and North African studies in the Research Section and the Policy Section where papers aim at influencing contemporary debate or policy-making.

Deadline for submissions: 20 November 2017. Information: https://omerjournal.com/