Insaniyyat Talks

This series of meetings will be delivered in a format of seminar talks that will include a lecture and a discussion afterwards. We aim to bring together Insaniyyat members and other anthropologists into a conversation about recent ethnographic research in/on Palestine, and beyond. Lectures will be delivered in either English or Arabic, according to the preference of each speaker. All meetings will be conducted online to allow broad participation. Interested friends from other disciplines are also welcome to join.

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Spring & Summer 2022

Memory of Resistance

ذاكرة المُقاومة


Tuesday, 5th July 2022, 8PM Palestine | 6PM Algeria | 1PM EST

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Sharīʿa Genres and their Writers in Imamic Yemen

أجناس من الشريعة وكُتّابها في اليمن الإمامي


Wednesday, 15th June 2022, 6 p.m (Palestine time) - Anthropologist Brinkley Messick

Abstract: The historical instance in question is the twentieth century decades of an imam-led polity in the non-colonized, late agrarian age society of highland Yemen. With the support of ethnographic photography, this talk surveys the relations in the textual formation of the period between the main roles in sharīʿa governance and the main types of writings. The perspectives are those of historical anthropology and Islamic Studies.

In conversation with Dr. Eirik Hovden, researcher in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at University of Bergen.

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