In January 2021, President Erdoğan controversially appointed Melih Bulu as the new rector of the prestigious Boğaziçi University, inciting protests from both students and academics. Faculty member Olcay Akyıldız provides an insider’s perspective on the protests and their impact.
Central banks are supreme national economic institutions. What happens when, during a war, they become part of the power struggle? Heba Taha looks at the case of Yemen, which since 2016 has had two competing central banks, resulting in rivalling banknotes and currencies with different values.
Since the late nineteenth century, Modernist Muslim commentators have argued for the ejection of “foreign” texts, Isrāʾīliyyāt, and a return to an “untainted” Islam. In academic literature, however, the connections between the late-Ottoman ʿulamāʾ and the Arab Modernist exegetes are often neglected.
Peter Webb discusses the shortcomings of studying printed editions of Arabic sources, and introduces a new Leiden initiative designed to help overcome the pitfalls: Mouse&Manuscript, a free online suite of lessons covering the essentials of how to read Middle Eastern manuscripts.
Delaram Hosseinioun discusses the mirror art of dame Monir Farmanfarmaian, through the lens of Judith Butler’s theories on feminine Otherness, highlighting the influence of the fourteenth-century Shāh Chérāgh Mosque on Farmanfarmaian’s work.
'Is islam verenigbaar met westerse waarden?' Maurits Berger ontleedt het ‘waardendebat’ en beargumenteert dat wat er schuurt tussen gelovige moslims en de Nederlandse samenleving niet de politiek-juridische waarden van vrijheid en democratie zijn, maar cultureel-religieuze tradities en gewoontes.