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The following scholars will present a paper (in chronological order):


Prof. Dr. Dame Averil Cameron

“New Themes and Styles Revisited Again: Literature, Theology and Social and Political Change” (Open lecture)





Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford



Prof. dr. Wout van Bekkum

“Developments and Changes in Jewish Hymnology (5th-8th centuries)”







Faculty of Arts, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen



Prof. Dr. Nicholas de Lange

“A General Survey of Internal Developments within Judaism, 5th-8th Centuries” (Open lecture)





Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge


Emeritus Fellow, Wolfson College Cambridge



Prof. Dr. Hagit Amirav

“Heresiology: Themes and Desiderata”






Faculty of Theology, VU University, Amsterdam



Dr. Joke van Saane

“Psychological Models and Concepts of Authority, in Relation to (Contemporary) Religion”





Faculty of Theology, VU University, Amsterdam



Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth

“The Qur’an and the Discovery of Writing: An Epistemic Turn in Late Antiquity” (in absentia; read prof. Petra Sijpesteijn.)








Seminar für Semitistik und Arabistik, Fachrichtung Arabistik, Freie Universität Berlin


Dr. Mat Immerzeel

“The Cult of the Martyrs and the Golden Age of Egyptian Monastic Art, 7th-10th Centuries”






Faculty of Humanities (Religious Studies), Leiden University


Dr. Emilie Villey

“Syriac Astronomical Texts (6th-8th c.): Christian Voices Defending Ptolemaic Astronomical Science”





Humboldt University, Berlin



Dr. Muriel Debié

“Historical and Hagiographical Genres in Syriac Literature”







Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT), Section Grecque, Paris



Tineke Rooijakkers

“New Styles, New Fashions: Christian Dress in Late Antique, Early Islamic, and Modern Egypt”





Faculty of Humanities (Religious Studies), Leiden University


Prof. Dr. Faustina Doufikar-Aerts

“The Arabic Version of a Hellenistic Mirror for Princes, Written at the Umayyad Court for Caliph Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (reigned 724-743)”






Faculty of Theology (Center for Islamic Theology), VU University, Amsterdam



Dr. Mariella Menchelli

“Synesius’ Curricular Studies and his Mirror for Princes: Some Observations on the Genre of specula principum in the First Centuries of Byzantium”




University of Pisa