Two Medieval Muslim Anthologists Reading Christian Arabic Poetry: ʿImād al-Dīn al-Iṣafahānī (d. 1201) and a Rediscovered Manuscript by Abū al-Maʿālī the Bookseller (d. 1172), lecture by Nathaniel Miller (NYU Abu Dhabi), Columbia University via Zoom, December 9, 2022, 1:00 pm
Discussant: Salam Rassi, Edinburgh University
Several new poems by sixth-/twelfth-century Christian poets are now available in the recently rediscovered manuscript of Abū al-Maʿālī’s Zīnat al-Dahr. It is now possible to triangulate between ʿImād al-Dīn, who used Abū al-Maʿālī as a source, and several poems by Christians addressed to Muslims and vice versa, to reconstruct the space for Christian participation in late Abbasid literary discourse.
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