Established in 1982 as the North American Historians of Islamic Art (NAHIA), the organization has since grown into an international group with members in the Middle East, Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Europe. In 1996, the name was changed to Historians of Islamic Art (HIA) to reflect the broader objectives of the organization and its efforts to foster cooperation with colleagues beyond North America. In 2006 the organization became an unincorporated association under the laws of the state of New York, and the name expanded to Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA).
To fulfil its objectives and promote its goals, HIAA holds a Majlis (gathering) in conjunction with the annual meetings of affiliated professional associations, most often the College Art Association (CAA). At these gatherings members present short papers on current research and participate in HIAA’s annual business meeting. In 2008 the association launched a series of biennial symposia, held over several days, designed to encourage in-depth discussion of themes and issues relevant to the study of Islamic arts and cultures today. The inaugural Biennial Symposium, on the theme of “Spaces & Visions,” took place at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in October 2008, and the most recent one, in 2018, at Yale University with the theme "Border Crossing."
In April 2021, the University of Michigan will host the Seventh Biennial Symposium "Regime Change," which will be held remotely. See the conference program and abstracts here.
Read the president's newsletter here.
Current HIAA Board
- Kishwar Rizvi, President
- Sussan Babaie, Past President
- Christiane Gruber, President-elect
- Simon Rettig, Treasurer
- Fatima Quraishi, Secretary
- Sinem Casale, Webmaster and News Editor
- Ashley Dimmig, H-ISLAMART Editor
- Hala Auji, International Representative
- Matthew Saba, Social Media Manager
- Bihter Esener, Graduate Student Representative
To join HIAA, visit: https://www.historiansofislamicart.org/membership
For membership and payment queries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org