IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 121: Liminal Pleasures in the Early Abbasid Period

Monday 1 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Humboldt Universität, Berlin
Organiser:Ignacio Sánchez, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Krisztina Szilágyi, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Paper 121-aSilenced Sexualities, Refined Passions: The Etiquette of Love in the Early Abbasid Period
(Language: English)
Ignacio Sánchez, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
Index terms: Gender Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Sexuality, Social History
Paper 121-bHeaven on Earth?: Cults of Pleasure in Abbasid Iraq
(Language: English)
James Weaver, Universitärer Forschungsschwerpunkt (UFSP) Asien und Europa, Zürich
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Religious Life, Theology

This panel proposes to explore the liminalities of the concept of pleasure and the dichotomies body/soul, nature/civilisation, and world/hereafter in the Early Abbasid Period. H.P. Pökel will discuss the concept of male pleasures by focusing on the representation of third gender categories in Classical Arabic sources and their epistemological relation with late antique discourses. I. Sánchez will study the restraint of emotions and pleasures by the Abbasid courtly etiquette. J. Weaver will discuss the interplay of Gnostic and Zoroastrian imagery used in heresiographical sources to characterize the blurring of the divide between worldly pleasures and the promised pleasures of Paradise.