The 2020 Seminar

The 54th Seminar for Arabian Studies, organized by the International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA), has been postponed and will now take place in Casa Arabe, Cordoba, Spain, from 14th to 17th July 2021.

Seminar for Arabian Studies: COVID-19 update

Due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic and after much deliberation we have decided to cancel this year’s Seminar for Arabian Studies. The Seminar has been rescheduled to be held at Casa Arabe in Cordoba from the 14th to the 17th July 2021.

Thank you to all those who submitted abstracts to the Seminar in 2020.  We received a great number of high quality proposals.  We hope that it will now be possible for the planned Special Sessions to take place in Cordoba in 2021. A call for papers for the rescheduled Seminar will be issued later in the year. When this call for papers goes out we will contact all those who submitted abstracts this year to ask if they wish to re-submit their proposal.

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Special Sessions (as proposed for 2020)

These are the Special Sessions proposed for 2020.  Any changes will be announced in due course.

Special Session 1: Intellectual links: language, law, theology and culture in Jazirat al-‘Arab and Jazirat al-Andalus.

Al-Andalus was an integral part of the Islamic civilization that originated in the Hijaz in Arabia. There were of course important continuities from previous autochthonous and Mediterranean cultures in the Andalusian world, but Arabian cultural influence is probably one of its most important, and yet at the same time the one most ignored by scholars. In this Special Session we invite papers which discuss the intellectual and cultural links between Arabia and Al-Andalus, in law, literature and culture in its widest sense.

Special Session 2: Comparison of cultural environmental adaptations in the Arabian and Iberian peninsulas.

In this session we aim at discussing diversity in human adaptations to arid environments in the Arabian and Iberian peninsula. These two peninsulas are both large land masses with a range of geographies and with rich cultural histories. Although they came closely into contact only from the Islamic period onwards they shared similarities in climate, land, and connectivity long before that. This session is intended to allow scholars to present on behavioural strategies developed to cope with the specifics of arid landscapes in both Arabia and Iberia from the early prehistory to modern times. There is particular interest in settlement dynamics, subsistence strategies as well as water control and management from an archaeological point of view, but contributions from other perspectives are also welcome.

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