Authors, Editors, and Audiences of Medieval Middle Eastern Texts

The Authors, Editors, and Audiences of Medieval Middle Eastern Texts, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, September 1–2, 2014

This conference considers the history and literature of the medieval Middle East and discusses what it might mean when we refer to “authors”, “editors”, and “audiences” of medieval texts. Medieval is to be interpreted broadly as falling between the seventh and fifteenth-centuries CE.


September 1, 2014
Waving the Mantle of the Prophet: The journey of Umm Salama’s narration of Ḥadīth al-kisāʾ over six centuries
Yasmin Amin (Exeter)
Authoring Ḥujja: The Difficult Subjectivity of Early Imāmī Muḥaddithūn
George Warner (SOAS)
Concepts of Governance and the Governance of Concepts in “Sultanic” Political Literature
Jennifer Viehl (Salle/Beirut)
Al- Ḥarīrī and Authorial Self-Fashioning: Reception, Authorization, and Commentary
Matthew Keegan (New York)
Inspiration, Instability, and Authorship in Umayyad Poetry
Sam Wilder (Cambridge)
The Sources of al-Balādhurī's Kitāb Futūḥ al-Buldān
Ryan J. Lynch (Oxford)
Representations of the Marwanids in the Ansāb al-ashrāf and the reception of its audience in the ninth-century cultural milieu
Su i-Wen (Edinburgh)
Authors, Editors, Compilers? Al-Balādhurī, al-Dīnawarī and al-Ṭabarī on Kharijite Origins
Hannah Hagemann (Edinburgh/Hamburg)

September 2, 2014
Whose martyrdom is it anyway? An exploration of Syrian-Palestinian Martyr life audiences 9th-10th centuries CE
Anna Chrysostomides (Oxford)
Whatever works: Coptic Historiolae starring ancient Egyptian deities, and their Christian redactors and audiences in late Coptic and early Islamic Egypt
Edward Love (Oxford)
Authorship versus Authority: the case of the Pseudepigrapha from Umayyad Egypt
Cecilia Palombo (Princeton)
The compilers of medieval Arabic geographical works: authors or editors?
Aglaya A. Yankovskaya (Saint Petersburg)
Composing, editing and transmitting an Arab cosmography: The case of the Ḫarīdat al’ajā’ib wa Farīdat al-Ġarā’ib by Sirāj al-Dīn Ibn al-Wardī
Francesca Bellino (Turin)
From Prolegomena to Populace: Tafsīr Writing with al-Biqāʿī in Medieval Cairo
Roy Michael McCoy III (Oxford)
Idrīs ʿImād al-Dīn and Ismāʿīlī Historical Writing in 9th/15th Century Yemen
Asif Rawji (Cambridge)
Author, Editor or Compiler? The Construction of a Medico-Philosophical Encyclopaedia in the Mid Ninth-Century
Joshua Olsson (Cambridge)
An Adīb or Defensor Fidei: Intellectual Enterprise of Amr ibn Mattā in the late tenth Century Iraq
Ayse Icoz (Birmingham)

Registration required.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 in Conferences & Symposia



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