Events

December 16 and 17, 2019, Gülru Necipoğlu lecture, Università degli Studi di Palermo

Universita Palermo Necipoglu Lectures

Monday December 16, 2019, 11:30am: Early Ottoman Socio-Religious Architecture: Fifteenth-Century Bursa, Edirne and Istanbul

Tuesday December 17, 2019, 4:30pm: Ottoman Socio-Religious Architecture: The Age of Sinan (Chief Architect, 1539-1588)

Università degli Studi di Palermo, Aula Magna Margherita De Simone, Dipartimento di Architettura, Edificio 14, Viale delle Scienze, Palermo, Sicily, Italy

 

December 21, 2018, Workshop: Recent Trends in the Historiography of the Early Modern Islamic Empires, Delhi University

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Participants:

Professor Cemal Kafadar, Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies, History Department, Harvard University

Professor Gülru Necipoğlu, Aga Khan Professor and Director Aga Khan Programme for Islamic Architecture, Harvard University

Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Distinguished Professor and Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, UCLA

There has been considerable historiographical interest in rethinking the ‘Early Modern’ outside developmental paradigms of the industrialised world. The IESHR and the Centre for Advanced Study in History are pleased to organise a workshop that will feature three scholars whose work has been significant in developing different aspects of this subject. Professors Kafadar, Necipoğlu and Subrahmanyam will give brief presentations on the subject of ‘Early Modern Islamic Empires’ before more wide ranging discussions amongst themselves and the audience.

There will be an opportunity to mingle with the speakers over tea and refreshments at 5:00 pm.

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December 20, 2018, Gülru Necipoğlu lecture, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

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April 17, 2018, Gülru Necipoğlu lecture, University of California, Santa Barbara

Gülru Necipoğlu named R. Stephen Humphreys Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle East Studies at UCSB (2018)

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March 13, 2018, Gülru Necipoğlu lecture, Harvard CMES Tunisia

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March 7, 2018, David Roxburgh lecture, Bryn Mawr College

Roxburgh

 

January 2017 Conference, The Arts & Culture of Mughal India, K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai

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Group photo of The Arts & Culture of Mughal India conference participants

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Gülru Necipoğlu talking with Cathy Asher; on the far right, 2011-12 AKPIA Associate Laura Parodi

Conf GN as panel chair. The Arts and Culture of Mughal India, KR Cama Oriental Institute Mumbai

Gülru Necipoğlu as panel chair

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Gülru Necipoğlu lecturing

Panel, Finbarr Barry Flood, Shela Canby, GN, Subhash Parihar, Yael Rice

Panel with Finbarr Barry Flood, Shela Canby, Gülru Necipoğlu, Subhash Parihar, and Yael Rice

 

November 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Ceremony, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Gülru Necipoğlu shakes the hand of His Highness The Aga Khan while Farrukh Derakshani looks on, at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Ceremony dinner reception which took place in Dubai, on November 5, 2016.

 

September 2016 Szigetvár, 1566: Commemorative International Conference on the Siege of Szigetvár and Süleyman the Magnificent and Miklós Zrínyi's death

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June 2016 Eurasian Empires Conference - Gravensteen, Leiden University

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Friday April 29, 2016

"What is Islam?" A symposium to honor the memory of our friend, colleague and teacher, Shahab Ahmed

"What is Islam?" A symposium to honor the memory of our friend, colleague and teacher, Shahab Ahmed

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Friday April 29, 2016

1:00pm to 6:30pm, Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

You are invited to join us on the afternoon of Friday April 29, 2016 for "What is Islam? A Symposium in Memory of Shahab Ahmed." This symposium honors the memory of our friend, colleague and teacher Shahab Ahmed. While Shahab's too-early death robbed all of us of a brilliant scholar, the publication of his groundbreaking and challenging book What Is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic (Princeton University Press) offers a wonderful opportunity to consider his intellectual legacy from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Those who will reflect on Shahab's book and its impact include Michael Cook, Noah Feldman, Cemal Kafadar, Gülru Necipoğlu, Parimal Patil, and Nicholas Watson. This important event is sponsored by the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, the Committee on the Study of Religion, with support of the Rabbi Joseph S. Shubow Memorial Fund, the South Asia Initiative, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the Islamic Legal Studies Program.

For more information, please contact Nora Lessersohn (noralessersohn@g.harvard.edu).

For a copy of the event poster, please click here

Nicholas Watson, Nora Lessersohn and Sean Gilsdorf

Symposium Co-Organizers

 

In Memory of Shahab Ahmed, 1966-2015

Photo of Shahab Ahmed   A photo of Shahab Ahmed (middle table) deep in discussion with his colleagues Dimitri Gutas and Khaled Al Rouayhebat, at a luncheon during the MS. Török workshop at Harvard, April 5, 2014.

Left: Shahab Ahmed in Pakistan. Photo by Rehan Lashari, courtesy Nora Lessersohn. Right: Shahab Ahmed (middle table) deep in discussion with his colleagues Dimitri Gutas and Khaled Al Rouayhebat, at a luncheon during the MS. Török workshop at Harvard, April 5, 2014.

We were greatly honored to have Shahab Ahmed as an Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Associate (2015-2016). He was a leading scholar in Islamic Studies, whose loss leaves a great void in the field. Shahab was a participant in the ongoing Török project, an AKPIA-sponsored publication focusing on a unique manuscript in the Oriental Collection of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. As one of twenty distinguished scholars working on this collaborative publication project, Shahab presented his findings on “Books on Interpretations of the Qur’an and the Science of Qur’anic Recitation” at the Harvard University workshop called “The Ottoman Palace Library Inventory of 1502-3,” held in Cambridge on April 4-6, 2014. We are grateful to Shahab for his contribution to this project and hope that it will be regarded as an important and lasting part of his intellectual legacy. At Harvard, Shahab was a Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows (2000-2003); he subsequently became Associate Professor of Islamic Studies; and Lecturer on Law, and Research Fellow in Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard Law School (2014-15). As an AKPIA Associate, he was to have delivered a lecture on 28 April, 2016, titled "Some Exploratory Thoughts on Ottoman Islamic Aesthetics." We feel great sadness that we will not hear what he had planned to say. We will miss him greatly, and anticipate his forthcoming publication, What Is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic (Princeton University Press). Shahab's memorial service was scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2015, from 4 to 5:30 pm at Memorial Church at Harvard University, followed by a reception. A one-day workshop celebrating and discussing Shahab’s book took place at Harvard, on Friday, April 29, 2016. It will consist of two panels focusing on History/Islamic Studies/Law and on Religion/Anthropology/Art.

LINKS:  More about his publication, What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic. Shahab's Academia webpage. A tribute by Beena Aswar. A tribute by Noah Feldman.

 

April 2014 Workshop - The Ottoman Palace Library Inventory of 1502-3 

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November 2014 International Symposium - The Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

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2012 AKP Joint Reception at Harvard

September 24, 2012 - Hosted by Sharon C. Smith, András J. Riedlmayer, and Ophelia Celine, this year's Aga Khan Program reception brought together Documentation Center and library staff, students, postdoctoral scholars, administrators, and faculty from GSAS, the GSD, and MIT.

Photo of Andras J. Riedlmayer

 

2012 Mimar Sinan Conference

September 17, 2012 - International Conference on Mimar Sinan organized by Gülru Necipoğlu on behalf of the President of Turkey in Sinan's birthplace, Kayseri. Harvard presence in this event: Howard Burns, Gülru Necipoğlu, Cemal Kafadar, Alina Payne.

Conference Poster

 

2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar

Doha, Qatar, 11/25/2010 - His Highness the Aga Khan presented the fourth AKAA Chairman’s Award to Professor Oleg Grabar on November 25th for his contributions to Islamic art and architecture. The AKAA Seminar (pictured below) was held the following day.

Oleg Grabar

Oleg Grabar

Oleg Grabar

Oleg Grabar

Gulru Necipoglu, Mohammad al-Asad

Gulru Necipoglu, Mohammad al-Asad

L-R: Glenn Lowry, Renata Holod, Oleg Grabar, Gulru Necipoglu, Mohammad al-Asad

L-R: Glenn Lowry, Renata Holod, Oleg Grabar, Gulru Necipoglu, Mohammad al-Asad

L-R: Glenn Lowry, Renata Holod, Oleg Grabar

L-R: Glenn Lowry, Renata Holod, Oleg Grabar

Oleg Grabar, Gulru Necipoglu

Oleg Grabar, Gulru Necipoglu

L-R: Oleg Grabar, Gulru Necipoglu, Mohammad al-Asad

L-R: Oleg Grabar, Gulru Necipoglu, Mohammad al-Asad

L-R: Glenn Lowry, Renata Holod, Oleg Grabar, Gulru Necipoglu, Mohammad al-Asad

L-R: Glenn Lowry, Renata Holod, Oleg Grabar, Gulru Necipoglu, Mohammad al-Asad

 

2011 AKP Joint Reception at MIT

October 17, 2011 - A joint reception for the  Aga Khan Programs at MIT, at Harvard (GSAS), and at the GSD was held in the Stella Room at MIT. The reception was hosted by Sharon C. Smith, Andrea Schuler, and András Riedlmayer. It brought together Documentation Center and library staff, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, program administrators, and faculty from the AKP programs.

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Photo of conference particpants

 

2011 AKM, AKF & AKPIA Meeting

November 18, 2011 - Aga Khan Professor, Gülru Necipoğlu, organized a one-day meeting at the Harvard University History of Art and Architecture Department, bringing together all the Aga Khan Professors with Aga Khan Foundation (Geneva) and Aga Khan Museum (Toronto) directors and curators to discuss future collaborations. This meeting took place the day after Dr. Michael Brand delivered his AKPIA lecture at Harvard on plans for the Toronto museum.

Michael Brand's presentation on the new Toronto museum

Michael Brand's presentation on the new Toronto museum

Shiraz Alibhai's ArchNet presentation

Shiraz Alibhai's ArchNet presentation

Meeting attendees

Meeting attendees

Gulru Necipoglu, Karen A. Leal, Andras Riedlmayer, Nasser Rabbat, Shiraz Alibhai, Sharon C. Smith

Gulru Necipoglu, Karen A. Leal, Andras Riedlmayer, Nasser Rabbat, Shiraz Alibhai, Sharon C. Smith

Michael Brand's presentation

Michael Brand's presentation

Meeting attendees

Meeting attendees

Michael Brand's presentation

Michael Brand's presentation

Gulru Necipoglu, Karen A. Leal, Andras Riedlmayer, Nasser Rabbat

Gulru Necipoglu, Karen A. Leal, Andras Riedlmayer, Nasser Rabbat

Michael Brand's presentation

Michael Brand's presentation

Sharon C. Smith, Hashim Sarkis, James Westcoat

Sharon C. Smith, Hashim Sarkis, James Westcoat

Michael Brand's presentation

Michael Brand's presentation