May 4, 2021

CML videoseminar. Fozia Bora, Archives and Archival Sensibilities in Medieval Arabic Historiography

Online via Zoom

3:00 PM CET

Centre for Medieval Literature

Fozia Bora (Leeds) will be giving an online seminar 4 May on Archives and Archival Sensibilities in Medieval Arabic Historiography. The seminar will be online via Zoom and all are welcome. 

To register please write to cml@sdu.dk 

Download poster with all CML spring seminars here

Abstract 

When premodern Arab historians reconstructed the Islamic past, which criteria governed their use of previously-written sources? Was their worldview shaped by sectarian concerns, or did they value knowledge of all kinds for its own sake? In this talk, we will explore the wide-ranging archival mindset that shaped medieval Arabic history writing, via the rich and understudied chronicle of the Egyptian Mamluk historian Ibn al-Furat (d. 1405). This, in turn, sheds unique light on epistemological values and intellectual culture in the premodern Islamicate world.


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