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The Prophet and the other prophetic figures in the mystical interpretation of the Quran. The case of Abraham

Pierre LORY (EPHE) Paper presented at the workshop « Between God and Man. The Representations of the Prophet in the Construction of Islamic Knowledge » (Paris, 5-6 July 2017)   BNF, Supplément turc 1614, fol. 18v, Abraham sauvé des flammesOur starting point is a specific literature, that of the mystical commentaries on the Quran,…

T-RECS #8: The Production of Royal Rank through Ambassadorial Presence: Frederick I and the utilisation of Anglo-Prussian relations

Crawford Matthews (University of Hull, UK) Johann Friedrich Wentzel (?), Friedrich I. in Preußen, SPSG, GK I 10819, Foto: Jörg P. Anders On the 8th of July 1706 [1], an agent dispatched by Frederick I. King in Prussia arrived the allied army camp in the Spanish Netherlands. Here he met…

“F” for Feathers: Symbols of European Rulers in the Renaissance. Les plumes : symboles des rois de la Renaissance. Chloé Nevicato, MA in History and Anthropology, University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Dans l’imagerie de l’Amérique ibérique, la plume tient une place majeure. Pour les indiens de l’Amazonie, le mythe, dit de l’origine de la couleur des oiseaux, permet par exemple de comprendre les symboles des plumasseries. Un monstre cannibale ou un immense serpent, par exemple, semait alors la terreur parmi les…

Matching, Optimal Transport and Statistical Tests

To explain the “optimal transport” problem, we usually start with Gaspard Monge’s “Mémoire sur la théorie des déblais et des remblais“, where the the problem of transporting a given distribution of matter (a pile of sand for instance) into another (an excavation for instance). This problem is usually formulated using…

Bathing without water

New publication on everyday practices of sanitation and hygiene in the low-income areas of Lilongwe, Malawi Hygiene matters to people! by Maria Rusca, Cecilia Alda-Vidal and Nienke Kral What do good smell, personal cleanliness, a spotless environment, clean clothes, and tidy appearance have in common? This is what matters to…

Casinos as Paradigmatic Sites of Modern Capitalism in Walter Benjamin’s Das Passagen-Werk

In the incomplete oeuvre of Walter Benjamin known as The Arcades Project1 or in the original German Das Passagen-Werk, modern casinos are enumerated in the series of architectural structures coeval with industrial capitalism that comprise railway stations, universal expositions and theatre and industrial buildings. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin.…

A conversation about water through art

This post was written by Leslie Ford Art is a conversation. Thirteen Urban Water Governance students took part in that conversation on Wednesday, July 19th at the Water ZomerExpo 2017. For many this was the first time they had considered art as a method of discussing water. Though some were…

Strawberries: Delicious and Devotional

By Sarah Peters Kernan While looking through the Newberry Library’s extraordinary collection of medieval books of hours, I was surprised to see how frequently strawberries dotted the marginal illuminations. The berries usually appear alongside colorful flowers; while obviously decorative, I began to wonder why this food was so prolific in…

The Ichthyologist’s Garden

By Didi van Trijp  and Robbert Striekwold On a gloriously sunny day in May we rang the doorbell of ichthyologist Martien van Oijen’s home in Leiden for a rather peculiar project. Even though the original plan had been to carry it out in a laboratory setting, on account of the beautiful…

Poetry in Honor of the Prophet in the Works of Sanāʾī (1080 – 1130) and ‘Aṭṭār (ca 1145 – ca 1221)

Eve FEUILLEBOIS-PIERUNEK (Paris 3 Nouvelle Sorbonne) Paper presented at the GIS conferences (Paris,  7th July 2017)  Une scène du mi‘râj, « l’ascension céleste » de Muhammad. Sur le dos de sa monture ailée, le prophète rencontre lors de sa traversée des sept ciels un ange en forme de coq. Manuscrit produit…

Breakfast for Thought

On a standard weekday morning, I pull myself out of bed at 8:45 AM and drive to my local coffee shop: The Daily Grind. I wait in line, swipe my credit card, and receive my grandee vanilla almond milk latte with one pump of vanilla and an everything bagel with…

Dictionaria: Farewell to linear dictionaries

Dictionaries are structured databases, and they are linear only because of the inflexible paper medium of earlier times. Like linear phonebooks, linear timetable books, or antiquarian book catalogs, they are bound to disappear, but the process seems to be much slower. I’ve been wondering if there is a reason for…

“F” for Feather: Pre Hispanic Feather Textiles from Peru, Lena Bjerregaard, Centre for Textile Research, SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Organic material remains for thousands of years, when there is no humidity, no light, no air. In the graves along the coast of Peru such conditions are present, and textiles, feathers, bone, straw etc. have been preserved for thousands of years. Feather Tunic, Pachacamac, 12-1500 AD. Ethnological Museum, Berlin, V…

Negotiating Machismo, ‘Exoticism’ and Feminism on the Dancefloor: Tango Argentino and Transcultural Encounters in the 20th and 21st Century

Federico Ribas, La Evolución del Tango …, Mundial Magazine, Nr. 28 (1913). In the 20th century, tango argentino, Argentinean tango dancing, became a popular cultural practice in many metropolises all over the world. The image the broader public has of the traditional pair dancing style is, to a large degree,…

Vast and Bewildering: Early America at The Recipes Project

By Carla Cevasco From the outside, the field of early American studies still looks an awful lot like the Founding Fathers. (Even if they have a catchy soundtrack.) But this white, wealthy, male stereotype is no small source of frustration to those of us who study the global connections and…