TraSIS Team Wins the Award for Best Scientific Poster at Faculty of Humanities Research Day

TraSIS Team Wins the Award for Best Scientific Poster at Faculty of Humanities Research Day

TraSIS won this year’s award for Best Scientific Poster at the Research Day of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Bern, organised by the Walter Benjamin Kolleg, an inter- and transdisciplinary research centre. Bringing together researchers from diverse fields, the event cultivates an atmosphere of creative exchange and networking within the Faculty. This year’s Research Day took place on 27 March 2023 at the Unitobler and was opened by Dean Prof. Dr Gabriele Rippl and the President of…

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The Case of Najma Saʿīd Ismāʿīl: A ‘Proof of Ownership’ Document Issued by the Islamic State (2016)

The Case of Najma Saʿīd Ismāʿīl: A ‘Proof of Ownership’ Document Issued by the Islamic State (2016)

Laura Emunds 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. Content note: the source discussed in this month’s blogpost originates from the context of the most recent genocide of the Yezidi people and speaks about the sale of a woman enslaved by the so-called Islamic State. This post therefore contains material of a sensitive nature, and reader discretion is…

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On Eunuchs: An Italian Medical Doctor’s View (Cairo, 1902)

On Eunuchs: An Italian Medical Doctor’s View (Cairo, 1902)

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 The subject of this month’s blog post is not a “typical” source for our project, as it is not properly legal. It is a paper presented by an Italian medical doctor on…

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Legal and Theological Dimensions of Slavery in an Early Ibāḍī Text

Legal and Theological Dimensions of Slavery in an Early Ibāḍī Text

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. Introduction The text translated below, edited by the prolific Abdulrahman al-Salimi, is excerpted from an epistle authored by the Ibāḍī qāḍī Abū ʿAlī Mūsā b. ʿAlī (d. 237/851) on behalf of the Omani Imam al-Muhannā b. Jayfar (r. 226/841-237/851) addressed to Muʿādh b. Ḥarb (d.?).[1] According to al-Salimi, the text…

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CfP WorkshopTraSIS (Trajectories of Slavery in Islamicate Societies) and the BCDSS (Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies)

CfP WorkshopTraSIS (Trajectories of Slavery in Islamicate Societies) and the BCDSS (Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies)

Recent scholarship on various forms of dependency has demonstrated that a straightforward freedom/slavery binary does not help to account for how slavery operates in different historical and social contexts. In this workshop, we aim to contribute to discussions on the necessity of transcending this binary, focusing in particular on legal sources from Islamicate contexts.  We invite scholars working on any aspect of slavery and law (both normative texts and legal practices) to join us for a workshop convened jointly by the TraSIS project…

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TraSIS: Trajectories of Slavery in Islamicate Societies. Three Concepts from Islamic Legal Sources

TraSIS: Trajectories of Slavery in Islamicate Societies. Three Concepts from Islamic Legal Sources

For centuries, slavery in various forms was an integral part of Islamicate societies. Different manifestations of unfreedom are rooted in different legal concepts and have produced varying social realities for the individuals concerned. For the purposes of this project, slavery is an analytical category that includes various forms of dependency, even if the connections between them are not explicitly reflected in their Arabic terms.  Content and aim of the research project Muslim jurists have conceptualised freedom and unfreedom in a range of…

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