Events & News

Book Publication: 'Arabic in context: celebrating 400 years of Arabic at Leiden university'

The edited volume 'Arabic in context: celebrating 400 years of Arabic at Leiden University' edited by Ahmad Al-Jallad is out. The volume contains the contributions to the 2013 conference with the same title, held at Leiden University and was published as part of Brill's the Studies in Semitics Language and Linguistics series. For more information, see the link to Brill's webiste in the sidebar.


Conference 17-18 March Landscapes of Survival

On Friday and Saturday 17 and 18 March, the conference Landscapes of Survival will take place in the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden. For this conference scholars working on the archaeology, epigraphy of Jordan's North Eastern desert and beyond are brought together to present on the newest insights and developments in the field.


Michael Macdonald on the Leiden Islam Interview Series

Michael Macdonald - Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and Research Associate of the Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford - explains in a short video why we need to know about undiscovered Ancient Arabia. He talks about the unique documentary evidence available to us from Ancient Arabia and the siginificance of writing in the desert in ancient times.


Lecture: Monday 4 July, 3 pm: Prof. Lutz Edzard (Erlangen), Verboids, impersonal verbs, and the use of the dependent case. Location: Lipsius 308.

On Monday 4 July, Prof. Lutz Edzard (Erlangen University) will present a talk in which he will investigate the relationship between verboid and impersonal verbal constructions in Hebrew, Arabic and Amharic, focusing thereby on the morpho-syntactic reanalysis of grammatical subjects as objects in such contructions. The lecture will take place at 3 pm, location: Lipsius 308.


Lecture: Thursday 16 June, 3 pm: Dr J. Rohmer (CNRS), Oases, Tribes and Empires: New Insights into the Political History of Northwest Arabia in the First Millennium BC: Location Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, RMO: Leemans- zaal (begane grond)

LeiCenSAA teams up with NINO to bring you a fascinating talk by Dr. J. Rohmer (CNRS) titled ‘ Oases, Tribes and Empires: New Insights into the Political History of Northwest Arabia in the First Millennium BC’. The lecture will take place on Thursday 16 June, at 15.00 in the Leemans-zaal (begane grond), Rijksmuseum Oudheden. Jérôme Rohmer will reassess our understanding of the chronology of the different ancient political phases in North Arabia, based on the most recent archaeological developments in the area.


Lecture: Friday 18 March 2016, 5 pm: Prof John Healey (British Academy), Pagan Edessa: discrepancies in the Syriac Evidence

On Friday March 18th Prof. John Healey, who is a fellow at the British academy, will give a lecture titled: ' Pagan Edessa: discrepancies in the Syriac Evidence'. The lecture will give a summary of the evidence on pre-Christian Edessa, but with a focus on the contradictions and difficulties in the evidence available to us. The lecture will take place at 5 pm, location tba.


Books from Saudi Arabia Arrived

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Abdullah S. Al-Saud Director General of Research and Archaeological Studies, Prof. Dr. Ali Ghabban and Prof. Dr. Abu-l-Hassan some great new books were added to the library of the center. All the books that were sent are works on the epigraphical material and archaeology from Saudi Arabia that are very difficult to access in Europe.


Greater focus on pre-Islamic heritage

War and terrorism overshadow interest in the pre-Islamic heritage of the Arabic peninsula. The new Leiden Centre for the Study of Ancient Arabia aims to make the general public more aware of the ancient history of this region.


Tue 17 March 2015 | Leiden-Aramco Lecture on Ancient Arabian Civilization | "Ancient Arabia: Forgotten Civilizations at the Heart of the Ancient Near East" | Michael Macdonald | Leiden University

On Tuesday 17 March Michael Macdonald (Oxford University) delivered the 2015 Leiden-Aramco Lecture on Ancient Arabian Civilization entitled: "Ancient Arabia: Forgotten Civilizations at the Heart of the Ancient Near East". Also, the Leiden Center for the Study of Ancient Arabia was launched. Venue: National Museum of Antiquities, Temple Hall, Leiden.