IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 551: Mythical Figures, Legendary Characters, and Great Men in the So-Called Occult Sciences in Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin Medieval Texts

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre d'Etudes Orientales - Institut Orientaliste de Louvain / H37 - Histoire & Cultures Graphiques, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Organiser:Odile Dapsens, Faculté de Philosophie, Arts et Lettres, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Moderator/Chair:Paul Bertrand, Faculté de Philosophie, Arts et Lettres, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Paper 551-aThe Figure of the Prince Khālid ibn Yazīd in Arabic Alchemy
(Language: English)
Marion Dapsens, Faculté de Philosophie, Arts et Lettres, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Science
Paper 551-bA Magic Book Attributed to Adam: The Liber Razielis
(Language: English)
Odile Dapsens, Faculté de Philosophie, Arts et Lettres, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 551-cOutstanding Alchemists: Great Men and Legendary Characters in Arabic Medieval Alchemy
(Language: English)
Sebastien Moureau, Warburg Institute, University of London
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Science
Abstract

The attribution of texts to mythical and legendary figures as well as to great men was a very common practice in the so-called occult sciences, and pseudepigraphy was a widespread tradition usage. This use was for the authors a manner to give credit and authority to their texts. In this session, various authors of magical and alchemical works will be investigated in Hebrew, Arabic and Arab-Latin medieval literature.