Online Conference: ‘The Umayyads from West to East: New Perspectives’, 22 – 23 March 2021 (CEST)

Organiser: RomanIslam – Center for Comparative Empire & Transcultural Studies Universität Hamburg

The conference will be transmitted online via ZOOM and external participants are welcome. Please contact Laura Donath ( by March 18th 2021 to gain access to the link.

Conference programme

Monday 22 March 2021

15.00-15.10pm – Opening words by Isabel Toral (Freie Universitat Berlin) and Antonia Bosanquet (Romanlslam, Universitat Hamburg)

15.10-15.20pm – Welcome speech by Sabine Panzram and Stefan Heidemann (Directors of Romanlslam, Universitat Hamburg)

15.20-16.00pmEduardo Manzano (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid), From the Jjijaz to a/Anda/us: The rawcja of the Umayyad rulers in the Alcazar of Cordoba

Moderator: Stefan Heidemann

16.00-16.15pm – Coffee break

16.15-17.45pm – Panel 1: Imperial heritage and legitimation

Arietta Papaconstantinou (University of Reading), Reconfiguring Rome: Umayyad engagement with the imperial heritage

Jorge Elices (Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo), Between East and West: Objects of sovereignty and Umayyad discourses of Legitimation

Aurelien Montel (Universite Lyon), “When the Umayyad caliphate fell, people of the Maghrib acted like the Anda/usians”. Can the Maghrebi princes of the 11th century be considered as “party-kings”?

Discussant: Georg Leube (Universität Bayreuth / Universität Hamburg)

17.45-18.00pm – Coffee break

18.00-19.30pm – Panel 2: Ideology, legitimacy and rhetoric

Sebastian Bitsch (Georg-August-Universität Gottingen), The Rhetoric of Caliphal Legitimacy. On the use of alqab by the Umayyad rulers in East and West

Isabel Toral (Freie Universität Berlin), ‘Abd al-Raf:iman al-Dakhi/, the “Falcon of Quraysh “. The chain of legitimacy between the Umayyads in East and West

Elsa Cardoso (Universidade de Lisboa), ‘Syria rises to receive the Caliph’: Umayyad legitimacy from Damascus to Cordoba

Discussant: Antoine Borrut (University of Maryland)

Tuesday 23 March 2021

15.00-16.30pm – Panel 3: Rebellion, conflict and Islamication

Antonia Bosanquet (Romanlslam, Universität Hamburg), How the Umayyads lost the Maghrib: Presentations of the Berber revolt in Arab historical texts

Javier Albarran (Romanlslam, Universität Hamburg/ Universidad Aut6noma de Madrid), The Battles of the Umayyads. Remembering War from West to East

Hannah-Lena Hagemann (Universität Hamburg), Talking about a Revolution – The Rhetoric of Rebellion against Umayyad rule

Discussant: Jens Scheiner (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

16.30-16.45pm – Coffee break

16.45-18.15pm – Panel 4: Cities and material culture

Eneko Lopez (Universidad del Pafs Vasco), An authority from Damascus or Baghdad? Origin and consolidation of the political conception of the Umayyad tfraz of Cordoba

Antonio Vallejo (Conjunto Arqueol6gico Madinat al-Zahra, Cordoba), Between East and West: the ceremonial center of the Umayyad Caliphate

Stefan Heidemann (Romanlslam, Universität Hamburg), The Umayyad Visual Language of Power

Discussant: Isabel Toral

18.15-18.30 – Coffee break

18.30-19.10pm – Maribel Fierro (Consejo Superior de lnvestigaciones Cientificas, Madrid), Final remarks

Moderator: Sabine Panzram

19.10-19.20pm – Closing words by Javier Albarran and Elsa Cardoso


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

One thought on “Online Conference: ‘The Umayyads from West to East: New Perspectives’, 22 – 23 March 2021 (CEST)

  1. I’d like to attend many of your online lectures however I don’t see a Registration and don’t know where I’d go to log on. Kindly advsie. Also, I live in California however don’t see you listing the times as GMT. Shall I assume that the lecture times are GMT?

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