This welcome message is designed to provide you with basic information about this listserve. It contains information on using the list (managing your subscription; tips on contacting and communicating via the list; mailing addresses of the list editor); and contact information and associated services for the listserv's parent, H-Net.

I. The H-ISLAMART Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.

H-ISLAMART is sponsored by the Historians of Islamic Art Association [HIAA], an international professional organization for the study of Islamic art. The mission of HIAA is to promote high standards of scholarship and instruction in the history of Islamic art; to facilitate communication among HIAA members through the association's website, listserve, meetings, and other programs; and to promote scholarly cooperation among persons and organizations interested in and involved with the study of Islamic art. We look forward to your participation and encourage you to take the additional step of joining HIAA, where you may take an active role in shaping the future of our constantly growing professional organization. Information about membership can be found at the HIAA website, located at http://www.historiansofislamicart.orgH-ISLAMART is particularly committed to expanding this list to serve the needs of our colleagues globally. We invite you to encourage interested colleagues to join both the list and the Historians of Islamic Art Association, and we welcome you warmly to the discussion.

II. Editors.

The editor serves a two-year renewable term, with the approval of the H-Net Executive Committee. The current editor will be identified in all messages coming from the list. The editor will solicit postings, assist people in managing subscriptions and setting up options, handle routine inquiries, and consolidate some postings. Anyone with suggestions about what H-ISLAMART can and might do is invited to share ideas. The editor will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions) and may also commission book and article reviews and post book announcements from publishers. H-ISLAMART will be moderated to filter out extraneous messages (like requests for subscription) and items that do not belong on H-ISLAMART. They may belong somewhere else, or they may be removed should the editor determine they do not aid the scholarly dialogue. The editor will not alter the meaning of messages without the author's permission.

For a list of current editors, visit:

III. Communicating Through the List.

A. Posting to the List. To send a message to all of the people currently subscribed to the list, just send an email to <H-ISLAMART@H-NET.MSU.EDU> which is the list address. Your message will then be reviewed for appropriateness and content by the list serve editor before being forwarded on to the list. If necessary, the list serve editor may make certain minor editorial changes. In most cases, postings are sent to the list within a day or two of receipt. If for some reason your posting is delayed, do not hesitate to contact the editor at <smulder@MAIL.UTEXAS.EDU>.

To REPLY to a message so that all subscribers can read it, be sure that the outgoing reply is directed to, and not to the original author of the message. The email address of the original author will appear as the top line in the body of the message. Replies intended only for individual authors should be sent directly to the original author using their email address. PLEASE NOTE that simply hitting the “reply” button of your email program in response to an H-ISLAMART message will result in your response being sent to the list editor, who may then assume you intend the message for distribution to the list.

B. Copyright notice. All contributions to H-ISLAMART fall under the H-Net Council Policies' sections 3.01-3.08 covering copyright: "[Art. III,Secs. 3.01]: "H-Net is a nonprofit communications service intended to advance the teaching, research, and service of scholars, educators, and students. Preserving copyright rights is a collective responsibility: H-Net users and editors must respect the intellectual property of others. Consistent with the objective of encouraging creativity in scholarship and education, editors and users are encouraged to transmit copyrighted works to or through H-Net, with the express permission of the copyright holder or in accordance with the fair use provisions of copyright law. H-Net considers posting to H-Net lists or Web, as contrasted with private e-mail correspondence, to be a form of publication." In general, the author retains copyright rights to publication of any submission to the list, and H-ISLAMART and H-Net retain the right to store, disseminate with full attribution, and make available to subscribers such submissions. Postings (such as H-net book reviews) that are commissioned by H-ISLAMART or H-Net are copyrighted by H-Net and available for redistribution under "fair use" provisions of applicable United States copyright law. A full copy of the H-Net charter and other important information may be found on the World Wide Web at:

C. Managing your subscription. When you subscribe, the H-Net LISTSERV program will send you a confirmation message containing important information about managing your subscription. You are encouraged to save that message for future reference. Changes to your subscription may be made in two ways: 1. Directly, using the online interface at Via email, by sending messages to, (the software that manages the distribution and archiving of listserve mail) and using the commands in the above-mentioned confirmation message. For your convenience, these commands are also copied below.

1. Online Interface: You may manage your subscription directly by going to clicking on the "Manage Subscription" tab on the left. There, you will be able to leave the list, change your name or email address, stop receipt of messages for a time should you go on vacation, change your settings to "digest" form, in which you will receive a daily or weekly digest of postings, and otherwise manage your subscription information. All contributions to the list are automatically archived on this site as well, which also provides searchable access to all postings since the inception of the list.

2. LISTERV Commands: If you do not wish to use the online interface, you may also make changes by emailing the H-Net LISTSERV program. a) To UNSUBSCRIBE, logon to the email account from which you subscribed to the list, and, leaving the subject line blank, send a message with the following text to SIGNOFF H-ISLAMART
Please unsubscribe from H-ISLAMART and all other mailing lists if you are terminating a particular email account. You can then resubscribe from the new account. b) TO SUBSCRIBE or RESUBSCRIBE: send this message to listserv@h- sub H-ISLAMART your name, institution
Example: sub H-ISLAMART Jane Smith, Illinois State U. Follow the instructions in the reply that LISTSERV will send you in response to this command. c) VACATION SETTING: If you are away for an extended period, you may temporarily suspend H-ISLAMART email by sending this to SET H-ISLAMART NOMAIL
After vacation, you can resume by sending to listserv@h- SET H-ISLAMART MAIL
d) DIGEST SETTING: If you prefer to receive one daily digest of all posts to H-ISLAMART instead of various individual posts, you can do so by sending this to SET H-ISLAMART DIGEST
To return to individual messages, send the following message: SET H-ISLAMART NODIGEST
D. "Netiquette." The tone and content of H-ISLAMART depend directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars. Please sign all mail to the list -- the editors will delay posting until authorship is confirmed. The list also strictly enforces a "no flame" rule: ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed from the subscription list.

IV. The H-ISLAMART Website

In addition to providing interactive communications via email, H-ISLAMART also maintains a website for the listserve. The site is located on the H-Net server at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. The site is located at The H-ISLAMART website contains the following information and services:

The archives of the H-ISLAMART list, known as its "logs." They are in searchable and sortable format.

The network's official documents: its welcome files, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and informational documents.

Links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other lists.

V. Editorial Board.

H-ISLAMART's daily activities are managed by the editor. Its long-term policies are developed by the editorial board, composed of HIAA Board members. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editor on disputes among subscribers; and monitor the list and make active contributions to discussion.

For a current list of the advisory board, visit:

VI. Our Parent Organization: H-Net

H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources. The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.

Among H-Net's many services are:

Book and software reviews: timely, exhaustive, authoritative, professional, fast. Mailed through our lists and stored in searchable, printable, retrievable format on our site at the World Wide Web.

Job guide postings: at regular intervals, H-Net offers employment information in a broad array of fields in the humanities and social sciences.

H-Net calendar: announcements of conferences, papers, and professional activities, archived and searchable at our web site. You can visit our site and sample these and other services, at:

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Executive Director: Prof. Peter Knupfer
Michigan State University

Associate Director: Heather Hawley
Michigan State University