October 2014

Volume 52, Number 7
Contents of the online edition

Editor: Allen Mikaelian
Associate Editor: Shatha Almutawa
Editorial Assistant: Jacob Ingram


The Digital Historian

More than “Map Porn”?
by Robert K. Nelson

Perspectives on Books

Trees in a Forest of Knowledge
by Jacob Soll

Historians in Collaboration

More than One
by Julia Brookins

The Find a Grave Assignment
by Angela Firkus

Historians Writing Collaboratively
by Bridget Maria Chesterton

Writing The Historian’s Macroscope in Public
by Shawn Graham, Ian Milligan, and Scott Weingart

Career Paths

Launching Pad—PhD, Target—TBD
by Robert Oxnam

The 129th Annual Meeting

Welcome To New York 2015
by Andrew W. Robertson

Make Plans to Attend the 129th Annual Meeting in New York City
by Sharon K. Tune

Hotel Rates

Information and Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
by Sharon K. Tune

Child Care for the 2015 Annual Meeting

Tours Organized by the Local Arrangements Committee

Annual Meeting Registration Fees

Dates and Deadlines

On The Cover

OctPer-150x196cover.jpgInspired by Jacob Soll’s review of Manual Lima’s The Book of Trees, we found dozens of examples of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge from a range of cultures and traditions. Trees convey connections between earthy and celestial knowledge, taxonomies built around a strong central core, and, increasingly in the digital age, complex relationships and hierarchies.

The tree that appears in this window screen of the Sidi Sayed mosque in Ahmedabad, India, was made in 1573. The mosque, still in use today, was built near the Sabarmati River in the Gujarat region. In Islamic traditions, the tree encompasses all. The Sufi author Ibn Al-‘Arabi named one of his treatises Shajarat Al-Kawn (The Universal Tree). This tree is imagined to be “at the navel of the earth, whose roots go down to the deepest reaches of the underworld, whose branches extend to embrace east and west, and whose topmost branches penetrate to the highest heaven. . . . The Prophet Muhammad is concerned with the root of this Tree, but also with its fruits, and with the Tree of Life mentioned in Sura XXIV, 35, the blessed olive tree,” writes Arthur Jeffery in “Ibn Al-‘Arabi’s Shajarat Al-Kawn” (Studia Islamica 10 [1959], pp. 43-77).

The photo on the cover was taken by Hardik Trivedi, and has Creative Commons license CC-BY-SA 3.0. The photo to the left was uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by user Bgag, with license CC-BY-SA 3.0.