The Darfur Sultanate: A History, by R.S. O'Fahey (London: Hurst 2008).
This book presents an analytical narrative of Darfur, from the beginnings of its
recorded history onwards. This work focuses on three themes: Darfur's complex history
and its equally complex ethnic and ecological issues. It covers various phases of
Darfur's history - under the sultans (1650-1916), under the British (1916-56) and
since independence (1956).
Interpreting Welfare and Relief in the Middle East, edited by Nefissa
Naguib and Inger Marie Okkenhaug (Leiden: Brill 2007).
Based on different problematic and methodological perspectives and new
sources, this book’s contributions lie in the close study of welfare
beyond the religious divides, codifications and indoctrinations. The
time span – from 1850 to the present day - represents moments
of colonisations, occupations, wars and conflicts which resulted in
un-met needs and broken down institutions.
Recent centre news:
Bjørg Anja Teigland has now taken over as administrative assistant at the Centre in a part-time capacity. She will be at the Centre every Wednesday and every other Friday. She can be contacted at those times at (555) 82647, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The weekly email bulletin Vekenytt has started again, giving details of upcoming events at the Centre and the Middle East milieu at Bergen. Contact the Centre to be added to the mailing list.
Notice that the new Levant seminar meets regularly, mostly Thursdays. Contact the Centre for programme details.
GLOBAL CITIES; TRACING LOCAL PRACTICES:
Linking global cities; tracing local practice. Islamic literature and
networks in the South-Western Indian Ocean, 1800-2000 is a new research
project that will run from 2007 - 2010.
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The University of Bergen recently received a unique book collection
on the Sudan. The book collection belongs to the Sudanese businessman
Mahmoud Salih and UoB will keep the collection at The Centre for
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies for at least five years before
it will be returned to the Sudan. The collection contains about
2,000 volumes on the Sudan written in European languages.
Some of the books are from the eighteenth century
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Global Moments in the Levant. - Towards an Understanding of a Contact
Zone Between Peoples, Cultures and States
Global Moments are breakthrough events that change peoples lives
and futures. They are developments that call for significant adaptations
leading to new forms of cooperation or conflict. In this project,
Historians, Anthropologist, and Archeologists from Norway, Palestine
and the USA will pursue research projects centred around a common
objective of exploring selected Global Mioments in the history
of the Levant, and the way in which peoples identities and traditions
have been affected by inter-cultural encounters. The researchers
at this project, lead by Leif Manger, had their second annual
workshops in Bergen, March 26th - 29th 2007. Global Moments has
been approved for funding over the next four years by the Norwegian
Research Council. A number of researchers are already well into
their work, and information about some of the researchers involved
and their individual projects is available on the Global Moments website.
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OF ISLAM - SEMINAR / PH.D COURSE:
"Conceptions of Islam" was both a seminar and a Ph.D course arranged
by Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, Centre for Women and
Gender studies (SKOK) and IMER at University of Bergen on August 27th
- 30th 2007.
The seminar dealt with mainly two themes, Islam and Feminism, and Interpretations of Islam today. A number
of well-known speakers was invited.
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"The Middle East: Diversity – Variation – Interpretation",
was held September 21-23, 2007 at the University of Helsinki.