András Riedlmayer retires as AKPIA Bibliographer
András Riedlmayer, Bibliographer in Islamic Art and Architecture, has directed the Documentation Center of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard’s Fine Arts Library, building world-class collections while supporting teaching and research on the history of art and architecture of Islamic societies since 1985.
A native of Hungary, András is a specialist in the history and culture of the Ottoman Balkans, spending the past 25 years documenting the destruction of manuscript libraries and other cultural heritage during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. He has testified about his findings as an expert witness before the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He has published extensively on the study of Ottoman manuscripts, on the Islamic heritage of the Balkans, and its history and its fate in time of armed conflict. András has also been invited to present papers at international academic symposia and conferences. He is a co-founder of the Bosnian Manuscript Ingathering Project, an international effort to trace and recover photocopies representing some of the thousands of manuscripts that were destroyed when Bosnian libraries were burned during the 1990s. In 2018, he was awarded the David H. Partington Award from the Middle East Librarians Association, given to members who have displayed a high standard of excellence and accomplishments in the field of Middle East librarianship.In anticipation of his retirement at the end of the Fall 2020 semester, the library hosted an online celebration of András, complete with tributes, presentations, and words of thanks. András has been an invaluable resource to generations of students, fellows, faculty and staff members at AKPIA, and the History of Art and Architecture department. His expertise, enthusiasm and good humor have influenced many who have passed through Harvard University, and he will be sorely missed. From all of us in AKPIA, thank you András, and congratulations on your well-deserved retirement!
The British Academy welcomes new Fellow Gülru Necipoğlu
The British Academy has elected Professor Gülru Necipoğlu as a Corresponding Fellow at the Annual General Meeting on July 23, 2020. She is one of 86 new Fellows welcomed this year. As a Corresponding Fellow, Professor Necipoğlu is affiliated with the disciplinary section History of Art and Music. Sections meet twice a year and discuss a range of matters about the Academy and the disciplines; they also conduct electoral business.
The British Academy is the UK’s leading organization for the humanities and social sciences – as a Fellowship, as a funding body, and as a forum for debate and engagement. Their purpose is to deepen understanding of people, societies and cultures, enabling everyone to learn, progress and prosper. The Academy, founded in 1902, currently boasts a fellowship of 1,400 leading UK national and international academics, elected for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences. As a charity, the British Academy is funded in part by government, philanthropy, and donations from its members. Through the diversity of their funding, the Academy aims to retain their independence so that they can continue to inspire, support, and promote outstanding achievement and global advances in the humanities and social sciences. For more information about the British Academy, please see their New Fellow Announcement, or their website.
Harvard librarian puts this war crime on the map: András Riedlmayer catalogued years of cultural heritage destruction by Serbian nationalists in the Balkans
Harvard Gazette, February 21, 2020. To read article, click here
Gülru Necipoğlu's The Arts of Ornamental Geometry: A Persian Compendium on Similar and Complementary Interlocking Figures is an award winner for the 26th World Award for Book of the Year of Iran
February 2019: The Ministry of Culture, Deputy of Cultural Affairs, and The Secretariat of the 26th World Award for Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran are pleased to announce that The Arts of Ornamental Geometry: A Persian Compendium on Similar and Complementary Interlocking Figures (Brill, 2017) by Professor Gülru Necipoğlu of Harvard University, has been selected as one of the best new works in the field of Islamic / Iranian Studies.
On Tuesday February 5, 2019 an Award Ceremony was held in Tehran Iran, in which all the selected distinguished works and their authors were honored. This year, after the primary selection of more than 2,700 books in different fields of Islamic and Iranian Studies, 244 books were assessed, from which 9 books were selected as winners. The evaluated books have been written in English, French, German, Italian, Arabic, Georgian, Chinese, Greek, Turkish, Bengali and Finnish languages. The winners are from Germany, Russia, Lebanon, Italy, Ireland, Turkey and the USA.
The “World Book Award of the Year” winners are:
Gülru Necipoğlu. The Arts of Ornamental Geometry: A Persian Compendium on Similar and Complementary Interlocking Figures. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017
Allessandra Lazzari, Masasimo Vidale. Lapis Lazuli Bead Making at Shahr-I Sokhta: Interpreting Craft Production in the Urban Community of the 3rd Millennium BC. Rome: ISMEO (Italian Institute for Middle and Far East), 2017
Alexander Knysh. Sufism: A New History of Islamic Mysticism. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017
Maurice A. Pomerantz. Licit Magic: The Life and Letters of al-Sahib b. Abbad (d. 385/995). Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017
Moya Carey. Persian Art: Collecting the Arts of Iran for the V&A. London: V&A Publishing (Victoria and Albert Museum), 2018
George Archer. A Place Between Two Places: The Quranic Barzakh. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2017
Hussein Ali Abdulsater. Shi’i Doctrine, Mu’tazili Theology: al-Sharif al-Murtaa and Imami Discourse. Edinburgh University Press, 2017
Yousef Casewit. The Mystics of al-Andalus: Ibn Barrajan and Islamic Thought in the Twelfth Century. Cambridge University Press, 2017
Juliane Müller. Nahrungsmittel in der arabischen Medizin: Das Kitab al-Aiya wa-l-asriba des Naib ad-Din as-Samarqandi. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017
The World Book Award homepage was here: http://www.bookaward.ir/Home-En. The page dedicated to The Arts of Ornamental Geometry: A Persian Compendium on Similar and Complementary Interlocking Figures was here: http://www.bookaward.ir/BookDetails-En/3151/26/The-Arts-of-Ornamental-Ge.... Click here for the event's printed program (in English). Click here for the publisher's website (Brill).
Steering Committee for Aga Khan Award for Architecture's 13th Cycle Announced
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has announced the members of the Steering Committee for the Thirteenth Award Cycle (2014 – 2016). Established in 1977, the Award is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. The Steering Committee is chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. Farrokh Derakhshani is the Director of the Award.
The Steering Committee is the governing body of the Award. It is responsible for establishing the eligibility criteria for project nominations, providing thematic direction to the Award, and developing plans for its cyclical and long-term future. For each Award cycle, the Steering Committee appoints an independent Master Jury to select the award recipients from the nominated projects. The Award seeks projects that represent the broadest possible range of architectural interventions, with particular attention given to building schemes that use local resources and appropriate technology in innovative ways, and those that are likely to inspire similar efforts elsewhere. Projects can be anywhere in the world, but must successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies in which Muslims have a significant presence. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has a prize fund of US$ 1 million. The rigor of its nomination and selection process has made it, in the eyes of many observers, one of the world’s most influential architectural prizes. Projects that have received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture include the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Central Market of Koudougou, Burkina Faso, the rehabilitation of the Walled City of Nicosia in Cyprus and the Salaam Cardiac Surgery Centre in Khartoum, Sudan.
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Gülru Necipoğlu at the opening session of the 15th International Congress of Turkish Art. Naples, Italy
Gülru Necipoğlu (front row, second from right) at the opening session of the 15th “International Congress of Turkish Art," held in Naples, 16-18 September 2015, and hosted by the Oriental Studies Department of the University of Naples (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”).
To see the Conference Program, click here
Gülru Necipoğlu travel, Summer 2015
Gülru Necipoğlu, Horezi Monastery, Romania. June 2015
Gülru Necipoğlu and Ioli Kalavrezou in a group photograph, Bucharest conference, organized by Alina Payne, sponsored by the Getty Program. June 2015
Gülru Necipoğlu in Bulgaria with art historian and historian colleagues, Sarafina-Haus, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria. June 2015
Gülru Necipoğlu was invited to lecture for the Universität Zürich History Department Summer School in İstanbul: "Master of Advanced Studies in Applied History," directed by Prof. Maurus Reinkowski, titled “The Topkapı Palace in Istanbul: Center of Ottoman Imperial Rule,” followed by Gülru giving a tour of the palace itself. June 6, 2015.
Gülru Necipoğlu named one of the 30 Most Influential Turkish-American Women by TURKOFAMERICA (Summer 2015)
Turk Of America is a quarterly magazine, founded in 2002. The magazine is the first Turkish American nationwide business magazine and its mission is to report news about the Turkish-American community in the U.S. The magazine's content includes primarily the lives of Turkish people in the U.S. and their social, cultural and economic activities as well as the activities of Americans who are related in any way with Turkey or the Turkish community.
Gülru Necipoğlu article in Arredamento Architecture magazine (February 2015)
For twenty years Arredamento Architecture has been Turkey's leading architectural magazine
Gülru Necipoğlu featured in Hürriyet newspaper (October 2014)
Gulru Necipoglu lecture at NYU Institute of Fine Arts
October 2, 2014
NYU Institute of Fine Arts Lecture Series
Points of Contact: New Approaches to Islamic Art
Gülru Necipoğlu, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.
Persianate Images Between Europe and China: The "Frankish Manner" in the Diez and Topkapı Albums, ca. 1350-1450
Gülru Necipoğlu interviewed for Turkish Airlines' in-flight magazine Skylife