“The Doubts of Ibn al-Shibl al-Baghdādī (d. 474/1081-2): Poet, Philosopher, and Physician”

This lecture was given by Prof. Geert Jan van Gelder on Feb. 19, 2014 as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Geert Jan van Gelder studied Semitic Languages in Amsterdam and Leiden and received his doctorate in Leiden in 1982. He was Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Groningen from 1975 until 1998 and Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford from 1998 until 2012. He has published widely on classical Arabic literature. Among his books are Beyond the Line: Classical Arabic Literary Critics on the Coherence and Unity of the Poem (1982); The Bad and the Ugly: Attitudes Towards Invective Poetry (Hijā’) in Classical Arabic Literature  (1989); Of Dishes and Discourse: Classical Arabic Literary Representations of Food (2000); Close Relationships: Incest and Inbreeding in Classical Arabic Literature (2005); Sound and Sense in Classical Arabic Poetry (2012); Classical Arabic Literature: A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology (2013); Abū l-‘Alā’ al-Ma‘arrī, The Epistle of Forgiveness (Risālat al-Ghufrān), 2 vols., ed. and trans., with Gregor Schoeler (2013–14). He is currently involved, with several others, in the edition and translation of Ibn Abī Uaybi‘ah’s Book of Physicians (‘Uyūn al-anbā’).

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