From: 9/6/2019   To: 9/8/2018


Conference Programme

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Day 1 / 6 September 2019

9. 30 – 10.00



10.00 – 10.30

Opening remarks


10.30 – 11.30


Session 1: New Approaches to Documenting Inscriptions



Ludvik Kalus

Processing the Islamic Inscriptions of the Middle Ages: Thesaurus d’épigraphie islamique


Hakan Karateke, Kayoko Hayashi & Hatice Aynur

Database for Ottoman Inscriptions, 2009-2019



Coffee break





Session 2: Inscriptions and religious texts



Bernard O’Kane

Stars and Symmetry: The Prophet Muhammad’s Name in Architectural Inscriptions


Noha Abou-Khatwa

Amir Shaykhu al-‘Umari al-Nasiri and his Epigraphic Communications



Lunch break





Session 3: Epigraphic Style and Form



Sheila Blair

Luted Letters: The Relief Inscriptions on Kashan Luster mihrabs


Robert Hillenbrand

The Inscriptions of the Qutb Minar in Delhi: Between Islam and Hinduism


Scott Redford

Lapidary Styles in Medieval Anatolia: Expressions of Legitimacy, Regionalism, or Training?



Tea break





Session 4: Inscriptions and Religious Life



Viola Allegranzi

Expressing Power and Piety: The Ghurid Inscriptions at Chisht-i Sharif Reconsidered


Mamoona Khan

Marvel of Adornments in Mughal Edifices: Inscriptions in the Wazīr Khān Masjid


Barbara Stöcker-Parnian

Islamic Inscriptions – Documents of Muslim Life in China





Day 2 / 7 September 2019



Session 5: Inscriptions and Royal Power



Roberta Giunta

Royal Protocols of the Great Seljuq Sultans in Monumental Inscriptions


Richard McClary

Micro and Macro Power Projection in the Medieval Islamic World: The Architectural and Numismatic Epigraphic Evidence


Tarek Swelim

Two Unique Inscriptions on the qiblah Wall of Sultan al-Muʾayyad Shaykh's Complex


Risa Tokunaga

Development of Formulae of Early Islamic Arabic Rock Graffiti in Light of Recent Discoveries in al-Hijaz


Coffee break




Balsam Saleh & Muhammad Emad

Exhibition Opening, Future Gallery Preserving Architectural Heritage: Highlights from the Regional Architecture Collection at AUC








Session 6: Inscribed objects


Becky Wrightson

Epigraphic Ceramics of the Early Islamic Period and the Role of Ambiguous Script


Doris Behrens-Abouseif

‘I am a pot’: The Poetical Speech of Mamluk Vessels


Frédéric Bauden

‘ʿUyun al-aqalim aqlamuha’: An Enquiry into Verses of Poetry on Mamluk Pen Cases



Tea break





Session 7: Inscriptions in the Maghreb



Jonathan Bloom

The Public Text Revisited: Inscriptions in Early Islamic North Africa


Umberto Bongiano & Péter Nagy

Barakat Muhammad: Square Kufic Epigraphy in the Medieval Maghrib


Razan Francis

The Arabic Inscriptions of the Monastery of Las Huelgas in Burgos


Day 3 / 8 September 2019 [Location: Hill House, Sixth Floor, Room 602]



Session 8: Funerary Inscriptions


  Venetia Porter
The Gravestones from the Cemetery of Aswan in the British Museum


Fatima Quraishi

Rituals of Reading: Funerary Inscriptions at the Makli Necropolis, Pakistan


Heba Hassanein & Nurul Iman Rusli

Sixteenth-century Islamic Gravestones from the Malay World



Coffee break





Session 9: Inscriptions as Historical Sources


Carole Hillenbrand

Diyarbakr (Amid) and Mayyafariqin, 426-485/1034-1092: The Interplay of Chronicles and Epigraphy


Sami ‘Abd al-Malek al-Bayyadi

Inscriptions of Saladin in Sinai: A Study in the Art of Ayyubid Naskh Calligraphy








Session 10: Inscriptions of the Turkic World



Nicole-Kancal Ferrari

Inscriptions from the Golden Horde Period and the Crimean Khanate in Crimea: a Body of Hitherto Neglected Material within the Study of the Inscriptions of Islamic Lands


Mehmet Tütüncü

(Non-)Usage of Turkish language in Islamic Inscriptions



Tea break




Session 11: Artistic practice


Anna-Marija Grbanovich

Carved Letters, Designs and Ornaments: Ilkhanid Stuccos and “Signatures” of their Craftsmen



Selin Unluonen

Between the Artist and the Patron: Painted inscriptions of the Khamsa of Shah Tahmasp


Ahmed Masour, Mamoun Sakkal & Mohammed Hassan

Refining Arabic Typography: Square Kufic in Bulaq Press Books