ARAM Past Conferences:
ARAM Eighth International Conference (American University of Beirut, 1-4 April, 1997) The Mamluks in Bilad Al-Sham: History and Archaeology Under the Patronage of H.E. Mr. Rafiq Al-Hariri, the President of the Lebanese Council of Ministers

Tuesday, April 1, 1997

Opening Ceremony:
Rev. Dr. Shafiq AbouZayd (Chairman of ARAM Society): Address
H.E. Mr. Rafiq Al-Hariri (The President of the Lebanese Council of Ministers): Address.
Inaugural talk: Prof Nicola Ziadeh (Emeritus Professor): "The Mamluks in the balance".

Wednesday, April 2, 1997

Chair: Prof. Angelica Neuwirth (Director of the German Institute for Oriental Studies-Beirut)
Prof. Ahmad Hoteit (Lebanese University): "Les expéditions mameloukes du centre du Mont-Liban: Répercussions sur la répartition des habitants".
Prof. Elias Kattar (Lebanese University): "La géographie de la population et relations entre les groupes au Liban à l'époque des mameloukes Circassiens".
Dr. Erica Cruikshank Dodd (University of Victoria): "Christian Arab painters under the Mamluks".
Dr. Lucy-Anne Hunt (University of Birmingham): "The production of illustrated manuscripts by Christians in 13th-14th century Syria and Mesopotamia".
Prof. Rifaat Ebied: (University of Sydney): "Inter-religious attitudes: al-Dimashqi's (d. 727/1327) letter to the people of Cyprus".

Chair: Prof. Ahmad Shboul (University of Sydney)
Prof. Dr. Heinz Grotzfeld (University of Munster): "Contes populaires de l'époque des Mameloukes dans les Mille et Une Nuits".
Drs. Sabri Jarrar (Oxford University): "Suq al-Ma'rifa (Market of Knowledge), a Hanbalite Shrine in al-Haram al-Sharif".

Thursday, April 3, 1997

Chair: Mr. Camille Asmar (Director General of the Lebanese Department of Antiquities & Museums):
Drs. Sami el-Masri (Free University of Berlin): "Medieval pottery from Beirut's Downtown excavations: the first results".
Dr. Eveline J. van der Steen (University of Leiden): "What happened to Arabic-Geometric pottery in Beirut?"
Mr. Abrecht Fuess (University of Cologne): "Beirut during the Mamluk Era". Prof. Omar Tadmury (Lebanese University): "The Mamluk architecture of Tripoli al-Sham".

Chair: Dr. Samir Seikaly (American University of Beirut)
Drs. Marcus Milwright (Oxford University), "The cup of the Saqi: Origins of an emblem of the Khassakiyya".
Dr. Lutz Wiederhold (University of Halle): "Legal-religious elite and temporal authority in Mamluk society: a "Zahiri Revolt" in Damascus in 1386".
Prof. Suad al-Hakim (Lebanese University): "Le soufism et son message culturel durant la période des Mameloukes".

Friday, April 4, 1997

Chair: Dr. Helga Seeden (American University of Beirut)
Dr. Alan Walmsley (University of Sydney): "Village life in Mamluk Jordan: Views of the Jordan Valley from Fahl (Pella)"
Drs. Laurent Tholbecq (IFAPO-Amman): "Une installation d'époque islamique dans le sanctuaire de Zeus de Jérash: la céramique, chronologie et technologie".
Ms. Alison McQuitty, Ms. Mads Sarley, Ms. Mona Khoury and Ms. Chantell Hoppe: (BIAAH-Amman): "Archaeology from Khirbet Faris (Jordan): the Mamluk evidence".
Dr. Margreet Steiner (University of Leiden): "The excavation at Tell Abu Sarbut - a Mamluk village in the Jordan Valley".

Chair: Prof. Nicola Ziadeh (Emeritus Professor)
Dr. Sarab Atassi (IFEAD, Damascus): "Damas au temps des Mameloukes, la poursuite d'un développement urbain soutenu".
Dr. Howyda Al-Harithy (American University of Beirut): "Mamluk architecture in Damascus".
Dr. Nasser Rabbat (MIT-Boston): "The Mosaics of the Qubba al-Zahiriyya in Damascus: A classical Syrian medium requires a Mamluk signature".

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