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Shaha Parpia, PhD Candidate, The University of Adelaide.

Shaha Parpia is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) in The University of Adelaide. She holds a Masters degree in the history of Islamic art and architecture from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

The Mughal Shikar: A Pursuit of Knowledge. The Mughal hunt was a motivational factor for scientific enterprise in natural history and technology. Zoological studies enabled improved hunting techniques which were successfully adapted as military tactics. Technological innovations brought success in war and hunt. Paintings of hunts and animal studies furthered the transmission of scientific knowledge.


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Javad Khajavi, PhD candidate, Nanyang Technological University.

Javad Khajavi is an artist-researcher and PhD candidate at the Nanyang Technological University. Javad’s research interests include animated documentary, Experimental and Fine-art animation, Visual music, meaning-making through animation, information visualization, social semiotics, and Islamic art and aesthetics.

Fluid Calligraphy: the Multifaceted Evolution of Islamic Calligraphy in Time-based Media.  Recently, due to the ubiquity of screen technology, one may notice an increasing interest in using time-based media to create calligraphic art. This paper studies one of the unique possibilities that such media offer, which is to transform the function of calligraphy and unfold its meaning over time.


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Sabiha Göloğlu, PhD Candidate, Koç University.

Sabiha Göloğlu is a PhD candidate in History of Art at Koç University, Istanbul. She received her Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architectural History from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. She is currently conducting research abroad with the Ilse Böhlund Hanfmann Fellowship granted by the American Research Institute in Turkey.

Variations on a Theme: Representing the Islamic Pilgrimage and Visitation Sites. For centuries, the Islamic pilgrimage and visitation sites have been represented in various media with different architectural drawing techniques, compositional arrangements, and artistic attributes. This paper aims to examine nineteenth-century Ottoman variations on the same religious theme depicting architecture, urban fabric, and landscape of the Islamic holy sites.


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 Yasmina Raiani, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley.

Yasmina Raiani is a PhD student in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the practices and articulations of the sharī‘a by Algerian Sufi orders engaged in anti-colonial struggle in the mid-nineteenth century.

Navigating Empire: ‘Ilm and Ma‘rifa in the Writings of ‘Abd al-Qādir al-Jazā’irī. In this paper, I explore how the relationship between rational knowledge (al-‘ilm al-‘aqlī), revelational knowledge (al-‘ilm al-shar‘ī), and ma‘rifa is differently framed in two texts by ‘Abd al-Qādir al-Jazā’irī (1808–1883): Dhikrā al-‘Āqil, Tanbīh al-Ghāfil, and Kitāb al-Mawāqif. I ask how these two renditions of Islamic epistemology intersect and diverge, considering how ‘Abd al-Qādir’s dual articulation of Islamic epistemology might be understood in light of his declared commitments to imperial cosmopolitanism.



Sadra Zekrgoo, PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne.

Sadra Zekrgoo is a PhD candidate at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation. His research is focused on the historical recreation, and analysis of traditional Persian Inks. He received his M.A. in Conservation of Fine Arts, specializing in paper conservation from Northumbria University, UK.

Peacock Ink: a Scientific Examination of the most Prized Ink in Persia. This paper focuses on the most celebrated ink, known as “Morakkab-e Tavousi” or “Peacock ink”, which was created and used by Persian master calligraphers, and intends to shed light on the science and wisdom behind all the different plant and mineral based materials which were used in its creation.


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Leila Alhagh, PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne.

Leila Alhagh is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Cultural Material Conservation. She holds a Masters degree from the International Islamic University Malaysia in the field of Islamic art. She used to work as a paper conservator in the Library, Museum and Document Centre of Iranian Parliament in Tehran.

Artistic Analysis of Qājār Marriage Certificates: the Study of Motifs. This paper studies the artistic aspects of 100 Iranian marriage contracts of Qājār period including various motifs, their symbolism, and the correlation between the style of illumination and original owner’s social class. The studied marriage certificates were acquired from the Iranian National Archives, the private collections presented in the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in 2000 and the online Harvard University’s collection named “Women’s Worlds in Qājār Iran”.


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Suleyman Sertkaya, PhD Candidate, Australian Catholic University.

Suleyman Sertkaya graduated from the School of Divinity at University of Marmara, Istanbul. His PhD dissertation is titled “Fethullah Gülen’s Approach to the Sīrah Genre (The Biography of the Prophet Muhammad)”, and his research interests include Sīrah of the Prophet, Sīrah Philosophy, Exegesis of the Qur’an, and Fethullah Gülen’s scholarship.

The Notion of Fatānah (Prophetic Intellect) in Fethullah Gülen’s Conceptual Repository of Prophethood. Fatānah is one of the necessary characteristics (sifāt al-wājiba) that are attributed to prophets in Islamic Theology (kalām). Although terminologically it is used as an attribute of prophets referring to their intelligence, wisdom, observant and insightful nature, contemporary Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen describes it as “prophetic logic” and the means in “overcoming intelligence with intelligence”. This paper examines Gülen’s unique approach to this notion and the perennial religion versus science debate.


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Jahfar Shareef, PhD Candidate, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Jahfar Shareef is a Phd candidate in Centre For the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His doctoral study ‘Making of Muslim Sacred Spaces: A Study of emerging Islamic architecture in Kerala’ focuses on architectural transformations of mosques and shrines in Kerala, India.

Jasad-ul-Muslim’ Sailing Across ‘Duniyavu’: Imagery, Pedagogy and ‘Ilm, a Painting from a Mosque in Malabar, Kerala.  Illustrating with the image of a ship that appears on the wall of a mosque as well as with a poem (on the same theme as the painting) circulated among Mappila Muslims of Kerala, India; the paper exposes the pedagogical and didactic dimensions of Islamic art meant to disseminate Islamic knowledge and worldview.


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Majdi Faleh, PhD Candidate, The University of Western Australia.

Majdi Faleh is an architect and Fulbright scholar who earned his Master in 2011. He practiced architecture for four years in France, Tunisia, USA, and Australia. Majdi is pursuing a PhD in architecture and philosophy at The University of Western Australia, and he is an awardee of the IPRS/APA scholarship. Majdi speaks 5 languages fluently and he is also an artist and an activist.

For paper see Space and Spatial Thinking in Islam: the Case of the Medina of Tunis with Dr. Caitilin de Bérigny.