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TraSIS team: Reflections on the 29th DAVO Congress

TraSIS team: Reflections on the 29th DAVO Congress

The TraSIS team made their way to the charming city of Vienna last week for the 29th annual congress of the DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association), held in conjunction with the fourth annual Turkologentag (European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies). Some 800 delegates were in attendance. The congress featured a fascinating mix of papers by Middle Easternists and Turkologists, with a compelling keynote by Professor Edhem Eldem that addressed the progress of the last few decades—as well as the very…

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What Can We Learn about Slavery from a Manual for Judges and Notaries?

What Can We Learn about Slavery from a Manual for Judges and Notaries?

Serena Tolino is Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and co-director of the Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies at the University of Bern, where she also leads the project TraSIS.We recommend that readers explore our other blog contributions which are linked here Introduction This month’s blog post focuses on the relevance that shurūṭ manuals written for judges and notaries have for understanding practices related to slavery, and legal practices more generally. Shurūṭ works, or “model…

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Unfortunately, it Ended: Slavery in Islamic Law and Muslim Societies Conference in Murtensee

Unfortunately, it Ended: Slavery in Islamic Law and Muslim Societies Conference in Murtensee

The TraSIS team organised its first project conference last week, in collaboration with the BCDSS (Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies). We were honoured to welcome scholars from more than ten countries to discuss questions related to slavery in Islamic law and Muslim societies. The conference, which took place on the shores of Lake Murten, featured a keynote lecture by Prof. Christian Müller (CNRS, Paris) on ‘New Sources for Muslim Social History? Premodern Legal Documents from a Comparative Perspective’. Over…

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On the “Guile” of Slaves: Thirteen Recommendations of Samawʾal b. Yaḥyā al-Maghribī (d. 570/1175) on the Purchase of Male and Female Slaves

On the “Guile” of Slaves: Thirteen Recommendations of Samawʾal b. Yaḥyā al-Maghribī (d. 570/1175) on the Purchase of Male and Female Slaves

Aurora Magliozzi is a PhD student at the Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Naples L’Orientale. She is also an associate researcher at the Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies (ISNO) at the University of Bern. Her research focuses on Arabic erotic literature in the classical and post-classical periods. This is the first guest post on the TraSIS blog. We recommend that readers explore our other blog contributions which are…

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The Sins of the Father: Theodicy, Salvation and the Enslavement of Children in Some Kalām Texts

The Sins of the Father: Theodicy, Salvation and the Enslavement of Children in Some Kalām Texts

Dr Omar Anchassi, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bern on the SSC-funded Trajectories of Slavery in Islamicate Societies (TraSIS) project.We recommend that readers explore our other blog contributions which are linked here. Content warning: this blog post discusses issues of a highly sensitive nature, including the suffering of children (this- and otherworldly). Reader discretion is advised. This month’s blog post departs from previous contributions by exploring a series of closely interrelated legal and theological questions in the longue durée, rather…

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TraSIS PI Prof. Serena Tolino presents at Max Planck Institute

TraSIS PI Prof. Serena Tolino presents at Max Planck Institute

Serena Tolino was invited to give a presentation on May 27, 2023 with the title «Intersectionality Matters: New Perspectives on the Study of Islamic Legal Sources» at the Afternoon Talks on Islamic Law, a series of lectures taking place regularly on Thursdays afternoon at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. The series is hosted by the Research Group on the Law of Islamic Countries, head by Nadjma Yassari. The talk was introduced and moderated by Shéhérazade Elyazidi.  In her…

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The Standard Unified Contract for Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon — Recognition of Rights and Responsibilities or Facilitation of ‘Modern Slavery’?

The Standard Unified Contract for Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon — Recognition of Rights and Responsibilities or Facilitation of ‘Modern Slavery’?

Laura Rowitz is a PhD candidate at the University of Bern, where she conducts her research in the TraSIS team.We recommend that readers explore our other blog contributions which are linked here. Please note that this source of the month is not related to slavery in the sense of the legal ownership of persons, as is commonly understood. We are, nevertheless, convinced that the perspective adopted in this post allows us to reflect on dependencies in the contemporary world that are not altogether unrelated. In 2020, a new Standard Unified Contract for…

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The TraSIS Team in Toronto

The TraSIS Team in Toronto

Four members of the TraSIS team went to the University of Toronto to present on methodological aspects of the project, as well as sharing some of their early research findings.  At the end of April 2023, four members of the TraSIS team went to Toronto to introduce the project in a workshop immediately preceding a major conference on Re-evaluating Methodological Trajectories in the Academic Study of Islam. Jointly hosted by the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto and the Centre…

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Research Colloquium and Workshop: “Contested Concepts of Labour: Slavery and Informality”

Research Colloquium and Workshop: “Contested Concepts of Labour: Slavery and Informality”

On 29–30 March 2023, TraSIS PI Serena Tolino and postdoc Omar Anchassi presented at a workshop hosted by the Institute of History (Chair of Modern History) and the Center for Global Studies, University of Bern, organised by Sibylle Marti (University of Bern, SNSF Ambizione Fellow).  The workshop was launched on 29 March by Seth Rockman, a leading historian at Brown University working on the nexus of the fields of slavery studies, labour history, material culture studies and the history of capitalism in the United States. In his presentation, “Field…

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