2011

​" Book Culture before Book Print:The Early History of Arabic Media"

This lecture was given by Prof. Beatrice Gruendler on May 13, 2011 as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Prof. Beatrice Gruendler is Professor of Arabic language and literature at Yale University. She received her B.A. from Tübingen (1975) and her Ph.D. from Harvard (1995). She is active in four areas of research: the development of Arabic script, classical Arabic poetry and its social context, the integration of modern literary theory into the study of Near Eastern literatures, and early Islamic book-culture (3rd/9th century C.E.) viewed within the history of communication. She is author of The Development of the Arabic Scripts: From the Nabatean Era to the First Islamic Century and Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry: Ibn al-Rûmî and the Patron’s Redemption. Among her edited volumes are Understanding Near Eastern Literatures: A Spectrum of Interdisciplinary Approaches, Writers and Rulers: Perspectives from Abbasid to Safavid Times, and Classical Arabic Humanities in Their Own Terms: Festschrift Wolfhart Heinrichs for his 65th Birthday.

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