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“Eating the Flesh of Your Friend”: The Adventure of a Semitic Idiom

Date: March-02-2017 06:00 PM till March-02-2017 07:30 PM
Location: West Hall, Auditorium C
Contact Person: CAMES ,
Category: Lecture

Date/location: March 2  2017  6:00pm West Hal AUD C
Title: Lecture on “Eating the Flesh of Your Friend”: The Adventure of a Semitic Idiom
from the Code of Hammurabi to the Qur’ān
by Suleyman Dost
Organized by:  Department of Arabic and Near Easter Languages

American University of Beirut

The Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages

Cordially invites you to a public lecture

Suleyman Dost, Ph.D.

“Eating the Flesh of Your Friend”: The Adventure of a Semitic Idiom
from the Code of Hammurabi to the Qur’ān

Thursday March 02, 2017
06:00 pm
West Hall – Auditorium C
Suleyman Dost earned his PhD from the University of Chicago Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 2016. He also holds an MA degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. His research interests include comparative Semitics, early Islamic history and historiography, Arabic paleography, Syriac Christianity and Biblical studies. In his PhD dissertation he discusses the historical and linguistic context of the Qur’ān’s origins and the background of Qur’ān’s thematic and lexical content within pre-Islamic Arabian epigraphy. To this end, he conducted research on Old South Arabian, Ancient North Arabian, Nabataean, Syriac and Greek inscriptions from the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring areas. He is also interested in the process of cross-confessional scriptural codification and canonization during the early Islamic period. In addition to finalizing his dissertation for publication, Dost is preparing an edition and an annotated translation of an early tenth-century treatise on the history of the early Qur’ān codices titled “Kitāb al-Maṣāḥif” by Ibn Abī Dāʾūd (d. 929) to be published by the University of Chicago Oriental Institute Publications.
Qur’ān 49:12 equates slandering a friend to eating his dead flesh -an interesting simile that Muslim commentators often considered to be an exaggerated corporeal Comparison to the foul act of slander. In fact, this metaphor, the background of which was seemingly unknown to the mufassirūn, has a long and complicated history across a number of Semitic and Classical languages. This talk aims at a diachronic linguistic analysis of this peculiar idiom beginning with Hammurabi’s Laws in Akkadian and going through the Aramaic portions of the Old Testament, Syriac New Testament, sayings of the desert fathers and the Qur’ān.

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