ORIENTALIST APPROACHES TO ISLAMICJERUSALEM (12th International Academic Conference on Islamicjerusal

Venue: Brunei Gallery – SOAS (University of London)

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Nov 06, 2010
Early Registration Date: Oct 16, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 18, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Oct 01, 2010
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The 12th International Academic Conference on Islamicjerusalem Studies (2010)


Saturday 6 November 2010

Brunei Gallery – SOAS (University of London)

Abstract Deadline: 18 August 2010

*** Theme

Following Edward Said's Orientalism, the topic has been debated from various angles and dimension by scholars from different fields and disciplines over the past few decades. The depiction and understating of Islam’s relation and view of the Holy Land by Orientalists is interesting as it crosses many boundaries with their inherited cultural and religious bias. Moreover with the rise of Zionism and the creation of the state of Israel, further religious and political dimension were added. To date these links have been given little attention and most critiques almost exclusively miss out discussion on these issues. This is more important today because of the ongoing conflict on this contested land and the way much of these approaches have been carried over into contemporary scholarship, much of the time to undermine the importance of this region in Islam for political implications.

In the recent past and during the establishment of the Field of Islamicjerusalem Studies in the UK, a number of scholars were concerned about the reception of this terminology, especially linking the term "Islamic" with "Jerusalem". Their main worry was the use of this term could open up hostility and non-acceptance by some Western scholars on religious and political grounds. This may be seen as provocative and challenging for those in academic, religious, and political establishments who are interested in the region and who may not accept the term on the basis that it goes beyond their political and religious agenda and attachments. Indeed, to advance such knowledge, promote serious dialogue, as well as developing new horizons of critical thinking is to challenge long-established Orientalist claims.

Another dimension for discussion is the analysis of the visual culture as a crucial component of Orientalism. Some of the nineteenth century’s artists have embedded some of their imagination and perceptions within their paintings. Some paintings of the East were intended as propaganda in support of imperialistic and colonialist agendas. However in the case of Islamicjerusalem, the religious factor adds further significance, as the backdrop for religious works with Christian themes. The depiction of Muslim holy sites and Muslim practices within their paintings is a topic worth investigating.

This one-day conference will be looking into the religious and political agendas of the Orientalist approaches towards Islamicjerusalem and its Studies. It will bring into focus not only the importance of this topic in the study of classical Orientalists, but also, the way this has been taken forward by neo-orientalist and Israeli Academics.

We welcome papers stemming from classical Orientalist approaches to contemporary ones. Topics for discussion may include (but are not limited to):

* Theoretical Framework of Orientalist Approaches
* Relationship between Knowledge and Power
* The Developments and legacy of Islamicjerusalem terminology and studies
* The depiction of Islam and Muslims in Orientalist Art
* The Significance of Islamicjerusalem as understood by Orientalist and Israeli Academic (eg. Night Journey, Quranic & Hadith references, Umar’s visit …)
* Case Studies of Orientalist works
* Case Studies of Israeli Academics
* Stereotypes and Oriental Myths

Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, UK.

***Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts of no more than 250 words, for 20 minutes presentations, should be submitted to conference organisers, the Academy for Islamicjerusalem Studies, by 18 August 2010 along with full contact details. All accepted papers must reach the Academy by 1 October 2010.

Registration Fees (including refreshments and lunch)

£20 students/ unwaged
£50 others


For any inquires, please contact the conference convenor
Professor Abd al-Fattah El-Awaisi.
E-mail: info@isra.org.uk