Wed, Jun 14|
3-Week SASA Reading Group: Reading the Abbasid Past: History and Islamic Heritage
3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group Wednesdays at 11 am Eastern Time Led by Sara Knutson.
Time & Location
Jun 14, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
About the Event
The era of the Abbasid Caliphate is often described as a “Golden Age” of the Islamic World. Throughout the Abbasid Caliphate, communities contributed to global advances in mathematics, science, medicine, literature, theology, art, and philosophy. The famous collection of stories, “One Thousand and One Nights” was compiled during this time and includes the Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid as a protagonist. This reading group will explore the fascinating political, economic, social, and cultural history of the Abbasids and their contributions to the Islamic World and beyond. We will also discuss how history of the Abbasids lives on in our present day in textual and material archives and in intangible heritage practices. As historians, we will engage current scholarly debates and discussions on heritage and memory to help us analyze the Islamic past and its ongoing relevance to our world today. There are no pre-requisites or expectations of prior knowledge of the Islamic World or the Arabic language for this reading group.
3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group
Wednesdays at 11 am Eastern Time
Start date: June 14th
End date: June 28th
MUST RSVP TO GET THE ZOOM LINK. The same link will be used for all 3 sessions.