Other Activities

“The Digitisation of Religion“ reports’ series of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, winter term 2023/24: Ines Weinrich presented the Digital-Humanities elements of the HiMuJe-project: „SprachRäume. Religiöse Texte als Ressource im kolonialen Kontext“, 23 January 2024.

Interview with Ines Weinrich: https://www.uni-muenster.de/Religion-und-Politik/aktuelles/themenjahr/digitalisierung_der_religion/werkstattbericht_Weinrich_2024.shtml (in German).

Ophira Gamliel introduces the research question of the project in her presentation

In October 2024, Ophira Gamliel and John Davies organised the International Workshop “South Asian Coastal Heritage: Connections and Disconnections Past and Present” at the University of Glasgow as part of the Arts Lab Theme: Heritage, Urban Studies and Development (12 October 2023). We presented the findings of our first six months work into the project: “The Moon-Splitting Episode in West and East Asian Arabic Sources” (Ines Weinrich) and “The Moon-Splitting Episode in Malayalam Royal Chronicles” (Ophira Gamliel). For the full program, see https://www.gla.ac.uk/events/listings/index.html/event/13167

Our project is suspended from October 2023 to September 2024, as Ines Weinrich is working as Acting Professor of Arabic Literature and Rhetoric at the University of Münster in that period. We, however, do not stop entirely working on themes related to the project and thus continue the activities report.

Onam Festival, Glasgow 2023. Second on the left: King Bali

We were invited to take part in the Onam celebration of the Scotland Malayalee Cultural Community (SMaCC), which happened to take place during our first work meeting in Glasgow. Onam is the national festival of the state of Kerala celebrating the annual visit of the legendary King Bali who was relegated to the underworld by Lord Vishnu because of his commitment to justice and righteousness. On Saturday, 19 August 2023 Ophira Gamliel and Ines Weinrich conveyed greetings and informed about their project in a short welcoming address and enjoyed the speeches, music, and dance.

The tenth slide of the presentation showing a synagogue inscription d. 1489 and a tombstone d. 1616 from Kochi with the map of premodern Indian Ocean trade routes at the background
Slide 10 of the presentation at the Ben-Zvi Institute, 20 June 2023

Ophira Gamliel presented a lecture on “Local Contacts and Transregional Exchange in the Wedding Songs of Kerala Jews”, in the conference “History, Memory, and Identity among Jewish Communities in the Muslim World”, the Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem (19-22 June 2023). For the programme (in English), see here. For the lecture (in Hebrew), see here.

Students ask Ines Weinrich questions on the new project [in German]. https://www.uni-muenster.de/ArabistikIslam/aktuelles/aktuelles.html

Quran from Kashmir, 18th cent. (c) Monika Springberg

Ines Weinrich presented a lecture on “Versteckte Macht. Layout und Funktion von Handschriften arabischer religiöser Texte“ in the Spring School “Manuskriptkulturen. Interdisziplinär. Digital“, University of Münster (27-31 March 2023). https://www.uni-muenster.de/EvTheol/gkm/forschung/fruehlingsschule/

Ophira Gamliel presented a lecture: “Reading Sources against the Grain: Relocating Malabar Jewry 849–1489,” in the international workshop Historical Registers of Cosmopolitanism: Communities in Pre-colonial South India, at the History Department in the University of Hyderabad (21 March 2023).