The MIND project is hosting an international conference

The Muslim Self: A Transregional History

an international workshop at the University of Amsterdam, December 1-3, 2022
Convenors: Alfrid Bustanov, Roy Bar Sadeh, Galiia Muratova


Conference Programme

Thursday, 1 December

Location: University Library Singel, Room: Doelenzaal
Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam

  • 18:00. Alfrid Bustanov & Roy Bar Sadeh. Welcoming Remarks
  • Book Presentation: Muslim Subjectivity in Soviet Russia: The Memoirs of ‘Abd al-Majid al-Qadiri, ed. by Alfrid Bustanov & Vener Usmanov (Leiden: Brill, 2022).

Friday, 2 December

Location: University Library Singel, Room: Belle van Zuylen
Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam

Panel I. Visions of the Self
Chair and discussant: Marleen Rensen

  • 11:00 Faridah Zaman. Muslim Subjectivity and Portraiture
  • 11:30 Galiia Muratova. The Grief Poetry of the Volga-Ural Muslims
  • 12:00 Discussion
  • 13:00 Lunch

Panel II. The Hybrid Self
Chair and discussant: Teo Benussi

  • 14:00 Julien Columeau. Posture and anti-posture in 20th century Urdu autobiography: Josh Malihabadi and Jaun Elia
  • 14:30 Michael O’Sullivan. Familiar Juxtaposition and Conversion Narratives across the Twelver-Ismaili Khoja Divide, 1905-1925
  • 15:00 Discussion
  • 16:00 Coffee break

Panel III. An Autobiographic Self
Chair and discussant: Michael Kemper

  • 16:15 Or Pitusi. The Muslim Self in the Post Ottoman Age: ‘Abd al-Wahab ‘Azzam (1894-1959) and his Eastern-Islamic Selfhood
  • 16:45 Kelvin Ng, Islam after the Oceanic Turn: Islam and Universality in Tan Malaka’s Late Writings, 1942–1948.
  • 17:30 Discussion
  • 19:00 Dinner

Saturday, 3 December

Location: Singelkerk
Singel 452, 1017 AW Amsterdam

Panel IV. Individual Experiences
Chair and discussant: Gulnaz Sibgatullina

  • 11:00 Masha Kirasirova. Building Heaven on Earth: Nature, Labor, and the Hajj in the Work of Uzbek Filmmaker Malik Kaiumov
  • 11:30 Mansur Gazimzianov. The Muslim Prison Experiences in Imperial and Soviet Russia
  • 12:00 Discussion
  • 13:00 Lunch

Panel V. Subjectivity on the Meta
Chair and discussant: Roy Bar Sadeh

  • 14:00 Shamil Shikhaliev. Models of Ideal Muslim Personality in the Sufi Tradition in Daghestan (17th – 20th Centuries)
  • 14:30 Nur Sobers-Khan. Subjectivity, Visuality, and Muslim Devotional Practices
  • 15:00 Discussion
  • 18:00 Dinner


Conference Participants

Matteo Benussi is a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

Alfrid Bustanov is an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam.

Julien Columeau is currently affiliated with Giorgi Tseriteli Institute of Oriental Studies, Tbilisi. He also writes fiction in Urdu, French, and Punjabi. 

Mansur Gazimzianov is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam. 

Micha Kemper is a Professor of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Masha Kirasirova is an Assistant Professor at the NYU Abu Dhabi.

Galiia Muratova is a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam. 

Kelvin Ng is a PhD candidate at the Department of History at Yale University.

Or Pitusi is a Ph.D. candidate in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at Hebrew University.

Marleen Rensen is a Senior Lecturer of Modern European Literature at the University of Amsterdam.

Shamil Shikhaliev, PhD in History, a postdoc at the University of Amsterdam for the ERC project The Muslim Individual in Imperial and Soviet Russia.

Roy Bar Sadeh is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization at Yale University Law School. 

Gulnaz Sibgatullina is an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam.

Nur Sobers-Khan is Head of Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions at the Museums Commission, Ministry of Culture Saudi Arabia

Michael O’Sullivan is a Senior Research Fellow for the ERC project CAPASIA, which is hosted at the European University Florence.

Faridah Zaman is an Associate Professor in the History of Britain and the World at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow in History at Somerville College.