The Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, cordially invites to the international conference:

Father, theologian, warrior – male archetype in Muslim culture.

4-5.06.2019, the Kazimierz Palace, University of Warsaw


9.00 – 9.10                 Opening speeches


Tuesday, June 4


Session I


9.10-9.30                    prof. dr hab. M. Dziekan, University of Łódź

Nie tylko hurysy: wildan muchalladun w Koranie i muzułmańskiej literaturze



9.30-9.50                    prof. dr hab. Katarzyna Pachniak, University of Warsaw

Pojęcie męskości w średniowiecznej etyce muzułmańskiej


9.50-10.10                  dr hab. Barbara Ostafin, Jagiellonian University

Władca idealny według „Księgi o władzy”, pierwszej części Kitāb al-iqd al-farīd Ibn Abd Rabbihiego


10.10-10.40                discussion


10.40-11.00                coffee break



Session II


11.00-11.20                mgr Sebastian Żbik, University of Warsaw

Wzór muzułmańskiego władcy w Omanie. Wymagania wobec kandydata na imama w doktrynie ibadyckiej


11.20-11.40                Ayatollah dr. Ali H. Al-Hakim, Islamic College, IJCA, London

The Male-Female Relationship, and the Androcentric Standpoint


11.40-12.00                dr Arshad Munir, University of Gujarat

Am I Honest With You (Perception Of Uog Female About Man)



12.00-12.20                mgr Jacek Galewski, University of Warsaw

  1. E. Lawrence once again. Biography and the order of history.


12.20-12.40                dr Kamila Stanek, University of Warsaw

Językowy obraz męskości i mężczyzny w przysłowiach tureckich


12.40—13.10             discussion


13.10-14.30                lunch break



Session III



14.30-14.50                Matthew Ryan Sparks and Leen Barghouti, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Palestinian Masculinity in the Post-Oslo Era: A Critical Analysis


14.50-15.10                mgr Anna Banasiak, University of Warsaw

Show me your moustache and I’ll tell you who you are: The link between the Turkish men’s appearance and their worldview.


15.10-15.30                dr Jacob Kreis, Universität Berlin

The Sportsman: A New Muslim Male Archetype in the Colonial Period


15.30-15.50                dr Zuzanna Augustyniak, University of Warsaw

Mężczyzna etiopski – między chrześcijaństwem a islamem


15.50-16.10                discussion





Wednesday, June 5


Session IV


10.30-10.50                dr Piotr Bachtin, University of Warsaw

Mężczyźni w dziennikach pielgrzymkowych Iranek (1880-1901)



10.50-11.10                dr Marta Woźniak-Bobińska, University of Łódź

Asyryjscy/aramejscy mężczyźni w Szwecji i ich zmieniające się role w rodzinie i społeczeństwie


11.10-11.30                dr Georges Kass, University of Warsaw

الرجال قوامون على النساء



11.30 – 11.50             discussion


11.50-12.00                coffee break


Session V


12.00-12.20                prof. dr hab. Ewa Machut-Mendecka, University of Warsaw                                                                      Arabski mężczyzna w pojęciu feministek


12.20-12.40                dr Magdalena Pinker, University of Warsaw

                                   Beard and Masculinity in Islamic Art



12.40-13.00                mgr Aleksandra Szklarzewicz, Jagiellonian University

When a woman writes in a man’s voice; cross-gender narrative in Fātiḥa Muršīd’s novel ‘Al-Mulhimāt’.




13.00-13.20                dr Agnieszka Syliwoniuk-Wapowska, Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education in Biala Podlaska

Siedmiu ojców narodu. Obrazy twórców Zjednoczonych Emiratów Arabskich w pamięci zbiorowej


13.20-13.40                dr Magdalena Ginter-Frołow, The Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw

Wizerunek proroka w malarstwie perskim – analiza ikonograficzna postaci na podstawie miniatur ze zbiorów polskich


13.40 – 14.00             discussion


14.00- 15.00               lunch break





Session VI


15.00-15.20                mgr Kamila Panek, University of Warsaw

صورة الرجل الحاكم في الشعر النبطي، مع استخدام التحليل المعرفي



15.40- 16.00               dr Aboulfazl Alishahi, Yasuj University

تکلیف الولی (الولد الاکبر) بقضاء الصلاه عن المیت فی فقه الامامیه


16.00- 16.20               Bendahoua Kheira, M’hamed Bougara University of Boumerdès

رجال الطوارق بالجزائر بين الحقيقة والأسطورة في المخيال الأنثوي

(مقاربة سيميائية أنثروبولوجية)


16.20- 16.40               dr Youcef Laieb, Emir Abdelkader University

الذكوري والنسوي، إشكالية الصراع والتنافس

في الأديان السماوية الثلاث


16.40- 17.00               Sajjad Al-Yasiri, Yanka Kupala University of Grodno

دور المرأة العربية في المجتمع من المنظور التاريخي


17.00-17.20                discussion


It is the role of the Arab and Muslim women that draws special attention as a topic analyzed and described widely, and seemingly „for ages and ages”, both in the common images of the culture and in the research on it. In the recent decades, this interest has been spurred even farther by gender studies. Regrettably, research on the role of men in the Arab and Muslim world is rare. It is safe to say that the research being carried out remains marginal. It is difficult to reconcile with the cultural and research neglect of the man’s role, especially as in consequence this may lead to the idea of gender equality, one of the most prominent among the ideas of the 20th and the 21st century, being pushed into the background. The crisis of masculinity is an often mentioned phenomenon of the Western culture. If we take into account the commonly-conceived concept of cultural diversity, is the same phenomenon present in the areas of the Arab and Muslim world as well?

The conference is intended as an attempt at filling up the gap. We invite to analyze the male figure on similar terms as in the case of a female. What is the man’s role in the Arab and Muslim culture and what is the frequently presented picture of masculinity? Is the widespread depiction of a man’s domination over a woman actually true? What is the language used to describe the Arab and the Muslim male, and what may be found out by means of the linguistic analysis? What are the man’s stereotypes that arise in the Muslim literature and in the literature of the West? We assume it is possible to bring out the facts about the man’s role in the Arab and Muslim world and avoid the duplication of clichés or vague conceptions.
The conference welcomes contributions dealing with such topics as:
– man in society, currently and in the historical perspective;
– man in the Muslim law;
– man in theology;
– man and human (rajul and insan);
– male roles in the family: father, brother, husband, son;
– male characters in literature;
– depiction of a man in the women’s writing;
– self-image of a man;
– man in the Islamic art;
– man and masculinity in language;
– man as a subject of queer studies.

We invite researchers involved in the studies of Islam in Arabic and Muslim countries: orientalists, anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, historians, literary scholars and linguists. It is encouraged for the contributions to be based as far as possible on sources in the original languages of the area of a given study. We are looking forward in anticipation to the submission of compelling scholarly works.

Date and place of the conference: June 4th and 5th, 2019, University of Warsaw.
Conference languages: Polish, English, Arabic.