The Devil’s in the Details

Sakkaki’s Magic Book of Everything (April 30th 2021)

Dr. Emily Selove, Senior Lecturer of Medieval Arabic Language and Literature, at the University of Exeter, discusses her Leverhulme-funded research project, “A Sorcerer’s Handbook,” which will create an edition, translation, and literary study of Siraj al-Din al-Sakkaki’s (d. 1229) Arabic encyclopedia of practical magic.

In conversation with Professor Travis Zadeh of the Department of Religious Studies, Yale University.

  • WhenFriday, April 30, 2021 12:00 PM to Friday, April 30, 2021 1:30 PM
  • WhereOnline/Virtual Event

Watch the recording here:

Magic, Healing, and Religion Workshop

McMaster University (Online)

May 26th

This workshop proposes an interdisciplinary and inter-religious approach to healing in religious traditions. Religious healing can be syncretic between traditions, relegated to the margins of official religion, or use non-mechanical logics to address imbalances of body, spirit, and social identity. By comparing religions, and by fostering dialogue between different fields, we hope to understand the relationship between religion, science, magic, and healing.

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Keynote talk:
Dr. Matt Melvin-Koushki, “Healing is Believing: Medical Magic Between Science and Religion.”

Workshop paper titles and schedule:

11:00 AM-11:40 AM
Dr. Hanna Tervanotko and Katharine Fitzgerald, “Food That Revives: Healing Rituals in Ancient Jewish Texts”

1:00 PM-1:40 PM
Dr. James Benn, “Dangers to the Body and Mind Caused by Meditation in the Chinese Buddhist Tradition”

1:40 PM-2:20 PM
Dr. Ellen Amster, “Kabbalists, Sufis, and Solomon’s Magic Ring: Magic Healing Amulets as a History of Judeo-Islamic Exchange in Morocco and Islamic Spain”

2:20 PM-3:00 PM
Dr. Mark Rowe, “The Alchemy of Ritual and Words: Healing Grief in Contemporary Japan”

3:00 PM-3:40 PM
Dr. Ellen Badone, “Laer Amann, Guérisseurs, Priests and Prayers”