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'Against Muslim Cities: On hijāʾal-mudun in Arabic Literature'

Date: April-26-2017 12:00 PM till April-26-2017 02:00 PM
Location: Building 37, Conference A
Contact Person: CAMES ,
Category: Lecture

Majãlis in Islamic Studies and the Center for Arts and Humanities at the American University of Beirut cordially invite you to:

“Against Muslim Cities: On hijāʾal-mudun in Arabic Literature”
Bilal Orfali
(Chair and Associate Professor-Dept. of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, AUB)
April 26, 2017
12-2pm, Seminar Room, Building 37
(behind the old Lee Observatory, AUB)

Abstract : In the pre-modern Muslim world, it was customary for a poet to praise his city of origin or cities of his patrons. This praise often utilized themes of nostalgia (ḥanīn), estrangement (ghurba), and lament (rithāʾ). Some poets however did the opposite thing — they attacked their own cities or those of their patrons. This paper introduces the theme of hijāʾ al-mudun in Arabic literature and analyzes select poems directed against Muslim cities in pre-modern Arabic literature.

Bilal Orfali is Chair and Associate Professor of Arabic Studies in the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages at the American University of Beirut. He previously held the M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies at the Ohio State University. He specializes in Arabic literature, Sufism, and Qur’anic Studies. His recent publications include: The Anthologist’s Art (Brill, 2016), The Book of Noble Character (Brill, 2015), The Comfort of the Mystics (Brill, 2013), Sufism, Black and White (Brill, 2012), In the Shadow of Arabic (Brill, 2011). He is co-editor of Brill's series Texts and Studies on the Qurʾān, co-editor of Brill's Encyclopedia of Islamic Mysticism, and serves on the board of several journals, book series, and academic projects across North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Co-hosted by: Program for Islamic Studies, Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) & The Center for Arts and Humanities (AUB)

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