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Kahlaoui, Tarek


Assistant Professor
Islamic Art
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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Tarek Kahlaoui completed a dissertation on "The depiction of the Mediterranean in Islamic cartography (11th -16th centuries): The images of the Mediterranean from the bureaucrats to the sea captains," where he emphasized the pre-modern visual sources, notably cartography, representing the Mediterranean, which were usually marginalized in favor of the textual sources. The dissertation used a largely unstudied list of cartographic samples along geographic writings made within the Islamic world between the 11th and the 16th centuries. He is also working on the publication of the "Jerba Studies" a survey and archeological project that began in the Tunisian island of Jerba since the mid 1990s and which is in the process of publication in two volumes in the Journal of Roman Archeology. He worked notably on the archival sources and rural landscape of the medieval and early modern history of the island. He took part in various excavations in Islamic and ancient sites in Tunisia. He worked also on Ottoman numismatics, which was the topic of his master thesis and a recent article in the publication of the collection of the Tunisian Central Bank. Tarek is currently researching the collections of the Islamic manuscripts in North Africa as part of an ongoing research on early Islamic codicology and paleography. Tarek also writes in two blogs on Islamic art history (http://arts-of-islam.blogspot.com/) and cartography (http://islamic-cartography.blogspot.com/).

Co-author with Abdelhamid Fenina, "La Monnaie Hafside (XIIIe-XVIe)" (in French) In Numismatique et Histoire de La Monnaie en Tunisie, Tome 2 : Monnaies Islamiques, pp. 119-146 (Editor: Abdelhamid Fenina), La Banque Centrale de Tunisie: Tunis, 2007.


"Conceptualizing the Classical Sura: An Investigation of an Islamic Art Historical Term," presented in the annual conference of the College Art Association (CAA) in Dallas-Fort Worth, Feb. 20-23, 2008 (Session on Islamic Art).

"The Creation and Propagation of the Mediterranean through Islamic Cartography," presented in the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in Montreal, Nov. 17-21, 2007 (Session of Tuesday, Nov. 20/NP35: Mapping Place, Space, and Memory)

"On a Western Islamic School of Mediterranean Navigational Knowledge and Mapmaking in the Late Medieval Period," presented in the 22nd International Conference on the History of Cartography, Berne (Switzerland), session of Asian and Islamic Mapping , July 11, 2007.

"Physical Geography and Cartography in the Muqaddimah: Ibn Khaldun's Obedience and Disobedience of the contemporary authorships," presented in Les Mondes d'Ibn Khaldun, the annual conference of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), Tangier (Morocco), June 8-10, 2006.

"Tracing Urbanization on Jerba in the Early Modern Period," presented in Mediterranean Medina, an international conference organized in the Faculty of Architecture, Pescara (Italy), June 17-19, 2004.



Current Interests & Research:

--Islamic cartography

--Islamic Art and Architecture

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