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Philip Kennedy | On the First Arabic Novella

This talk will showcase a little-known gem of medieval Arabic creative literature, the Da`wat al-Aṭibbā’ or Doctors’ Dinner Party by Ibn Butlan (d.1066 CE). This text is an important, but little-known, milestone in the history of pre-modern Arabic narrative. The significance of the work will be discussed along with the challenges of translating such a work into English in the 21 century and why it ill appeals to a contemporary audience. 

  • Part of the Literaturhaus event at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, the talk will be moderated by Anna Seaman
Earlier Event: September 14
Contemporary Istanbul
Later Event: September 20
2D/3D Form-making in Drawing and Sculpture