I took part in the leading international conferences regarding Yemen and Arabia:
- Seminar for Arabian Studies (SAS)
- Society for Arabian Studies
- Jews of Yemen: Identity and Heritage
- Yemen – The Sunni Renaissance & Hebrew Illuminated Bibles: The Immanent Connection
- Researchers conference on Yemen. Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East, Jerusalem
Researchers conference on Yemen. Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East, Jerusalem
Yemen – The Sunni Renaissance & Hebrew Illuminated Bibles: The Immanent Connection
At the Second Annual Symposium on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, Missouri, U.S.A., June 16-18, 2014, I gave a lecture entitled: Yemen – The Sunni Renaissance & Hebrew Illuminated Bibles: The Immanent Connection, as part of the Session: ‘Distinctions & Boundaries Across Medieval Islam’.
See: page 72 of the site (=p. 22 in the schedule of lectures). Marked W31, with Yellow color. Wednesday, June 18, at 4:30PM.
Jews of Yemen: Identity and Heritage
At the International Conference on ”Jews of Yemen: Identity and Heritage, Marking 60 years for ‘On Wings of Eagles’ Aliyah” (coming back to Israel), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, 18-19 October 2010, I gave a lecture entitled: Do we have the Shalom Shabazi Pentateuch? Its Art program.
Seminar for Arabian Studies (SAS)
At Seminar for Arabian Studies (SAS) I had two posters presentation regarding two phenomena in the corpus of the postdoctoral research and the problems derived out of them.
The first is the Arabic writing in ‘carpet pages’ of Hebrew illuminated Bibles from Yemen entitled: San’a & Aden: Arabic Writing in carpet pages of Hebrew Illuminated Bibles.
The second is the Rasulid coinage in Yemen (1229-1454) as a source of inspiration for some of the art programs in Hebrew illuminated Bibles from Yemen, entitled: Fishes (Huti).
A Special workshop on the subject ‘The Development of Arabic as a Written Language’, was included in the Seminar. I addressed the workshop my main question regarding the Arabic writing in carpet pages of Hebrew illuminated Bibles from Yemen, which is, ‘Is it readable?’.
Thanks to them, it is now clear that Arabic writing in carpet pages of Hebrew illuminated Bibles from Yemen is rooted, at the latest, in the Rasulid praising titling. Though, it needs farther research and collaboration with these experts, that is a break through.
You are welcome to download the photos of the Arabic writing and the paper I had addressed that workshop.
Seminar for Arabian Studies (SAS)
I gave a lecture entitled Mi’dad מעצ’ד (bracelet): Jewish Art or Islamic Art?. It based on my Ph.D. dissertation. I showed that the concept of the bracelet, dated to the 18th century, is based on and inspired from a carpet page of the Hebrew illuminated Bible from Yemen from the 15th century, attributed to the famous Jewish Sanaanian scribe, known as Benaya the scribe.
The lecture’s abstract as appeared in the Seminar for Arabian Studies (SAS) website:
Yemenite jewels are famous. However, jewels from the 18th century has been less scrutinized. The aim of this paper is in respect of Mi’dad (bracelet) from the 18th century, Sanaa. It will be examined from new attitudes of comparative research of Jewish and Islamic Art.
Even though the concept for Mi’dad (bracelet) was based on carpet pages of Hebrew illuminated Bible from the 14th/15th centuries, the actual work was operated under the new law of the Zaydi imams, ruling from Sanaa, from the beginning of the 18th century – known as Qanun Sanaa Law.
Mi’dad (bracelet) is very important as a test case to analyze Yemenite jewels in the 18th century as it juxtaposes jewels, Hebrew illuminated Bibles, Islamic Art and the Islamic Law.
Society for Arabian Studies
The subject of the Biennial Conference of Society for Arabian Studies was Death, Burial, and the Transition to the Afterlife in Arabia and Adjacent Regions. I presented a poster entitled THE SCORPION, in respect of al-Shabazi illuminated Pentateuch and the phenomenon of pilgrimage to his grave in Taizz as implemented in jewels.
You can also download the conference program, as it does not appear at the conference’s website (my poster presentation is mentioned in page 5).