Forum Presentations

Presentations at the Scholars Forum, March 14-15, 2011, George Mason University

As one of two events in the project, a Scholars Forum was held from March 13-15, 2011 at George Mason University under the auspices of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that is part of the Bridging Cultures Initiative. The Forum brought together more than 20 scholars in the fields of Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal history and 7 leading world historians. About 100 invited guests and faculty attended the interactive sessions. In addition to forum presentations highlighting their research on the transformation of Muslim societies during this period, the scholars were invited to reflect on the paradigms of golden age and decline and offer new perspectives with a view to understanding the world historical significance of Muslim societies and their contribution to the modern period, and contribute to round-table discussions on these topics. Further reflections by the scholars can be found on this website under Forum Issues and Resources.

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1. Opening Remarks

Cemil Aydin, George Mason University, Principal Investigator of the Project and Director, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies

Peter Stearns, Provost, George Mason University

Robert Vaughan, President, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Jim Leach, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanties

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2. Plenary Panel: Art and Architecture of Muslim Societies

Gulru Necipoglu, Harvard University

Massumeh Farhad, Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries

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3. Panel 1: Recent Historiography on the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Empires

Cemal Kafadar, Harvard University

Rajeev Kinra, Northwestern University

Kathryn Babayan, University of Michigan

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4. Panel 2: Re-Framing the Narratives of Muslim Societies in World History Literature

Edmund Burke, III, University of California, Berkeley

John Voll, Georgetown University

Jerry Bentley, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Patrick Manning, University of Pittsburgh

Richard Bulliet, Columbia University

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5. Panel 3: Countering the Main Arguments of Decline

Giancarlo Casale, University of Minnesota

Gabor Agoston, Georgetown University

Baki Tezcan, University of California, Davis

Himmet Taskomur, Harvard University

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6. Panel 4: Cosmopolitanism and Political Theory in the Age of Three Empires

Hayrettin Yucesoy, St. Louis University

Husseyin Yilmaz, University of Florida

Stephen Dale, Ohio State University

Cengiz Sisman, Furman University

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7. Panel 5: Islamic Law in/and the Literature of Decline

Engin Akarli, Brown University

Nelly Hanna, American University, Cairo

Andrew Newman, University of Edinburgh

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8. Panel 6: New Scholarship on Science, Ideas and Philosophy

George Saliba, Columbia University

Ahmed Rahim, University of Virginia

Nabil Matar, University of Minnesota

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9. Concluding Session

Discussion led by John Voll and Richard Bulliet

 

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