IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 722: Banquets and Festivities in Medieval Islam

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Limor Yungman, Spécialité 'Histoire et civilisations', École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
Moderator/Chair:Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Paper 722-aMeal Festivals in Fatimid Egypt
(Language: English)
Mohamed Ouerfelli, Laboratoire d'archéologie médiévale et moderne en Méditerranée (LA3M - UMR 7298), Aix-Marseille Université
Mohamed Ouerfelli, Laboratoire d'archéologie médiévale et moderne en Méditerranée (LA3M - UMR 7298), Aix-Marseille Université
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 722-bAlimentation carnée et repas de fête dans l'Occident islamique médiéval
(Language: Français)
Marianne Brisville, CIHAM - Histoire, archéologie, littératures des mondes chrétiens et musulmans médiévaux (UMR 5648), Université Lumière Lyon II / École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid
Marianne Brisville, CIHAM - Histoire, archéologie, littératures des mondes chrétiens et musulmans médiévaux (UMR 5648), Université Lumière Lyon II / École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 722-cCelebration Foods in the Abbasid Court
(Language: English)
Limor Yungman, Spécialité 'Histoire et civilisations', École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
Limor Yungman, Spécialité 'Histoire et civilisations', École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Abstract

Banquets and feasts for the celebration of convivial occasions and religious holidays are social activities that have always centred on food. The richness, complexity, and variety of foods, mainly meats, poultry, sweets, and candies proposed on the medieval Muslim ruler’s table were manifestation of wealth, gastronomic taste, and power. The proposed session will examine this phenomenon of holding banquets in the medieval Islamic context from three different angles, in three case-studies from Abbasid Baghdad, Fatimid Cairo, and Almohad Marrakesh. The papers will show the similarities as well as the differences of festivity practices in medieval Islam.