Arab Historiography and Arab History: How was Arab history written, and how is it being written today?

 

Following on from the success of the first and second annual Conferences on Historical Studies (dedicated to Oral History and the Arab reflections on the First World War, respectively), the ACRPS will host the third annual Conference on Historical Studies from April 22 to 24, 2016 in Beirut. This third meeting will be titled “Arab Historiography and Arab History: How was Arab history written, and how is it being written today?” As with the preceding conferences, this meeting seeks to advance historical scholarship within the Arab academy.

(Updated) Proposed themes for consideration (see link to the English  background paper):

One: Defining historical eras for Arab history? Does the traditional delineation of historical eras in European history—ancient, medieval and modern—adequately meet the needs of Arab history and historiography? How did Arab historians regard the times to which they were contemporaneous?

Two: Islamic-Arab history? Arab-Islamic history? Or Comparative World History? Why and how?

Three: Historiography of the local Arab states from the perspective of nation-states: the present state of affairs, the impasse facing us and the horizons for change.

Four: New fields of historical enquiry: a history of structures, emotions, ideas and of disease and insanity; a history of the climate and of infectious disease. Revitalized perspectives and critical reviews.

·         All correspondence regarding the conference should be directed to conference director Wajih Kawtharani via the administrative coordinator and his secretary Mohammed Makiyeh at mohammed.makiyeh@dohainstitute.org