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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1110: Cultural Crossroads in the Medieval Arab World

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Sally Hany Abed, English Language & Literature Department, Alexandria University
Maha Baddar, Department of Writing, Pima Community College, Arizona
Moderator/Chair:Maria Joana Gomes, Instituto de Filosofia, Universidade do Porto
Paper 1110-aWho is a Rhetor?: Ibn Sina's Reinvention of the Role of the Speaker in Political Rhetoric
(Language: English)
Maha Baddar, Department of Writing, Pima Community College, Arizona
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Philosophy, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 1110-bArabic Voices in the Cairo Genizah
(Language: English)
Sally Hany Abed, English Language & Literature Department, Alexandria University
Index terms: Daily Life, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Local History
Paper 1110-cThe Making of the Arab World in the Travelogues of Ibn Jubayr and Sir John Mandeville
(Language: English)
Hülya Tafli Düzgün, School of English, Erciyes University, Turkey
Serife Güllüce, Department of English Language & Literature, University of Erciyes, Turkey
Index terms: Daily Life, Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Abstract

The session examines the cultural crossroads in the medieval Arab world that resulted from travel in the form of the circulation of ideas, objects, trade, and exploration. Unexpected networks and exchanges took place between the medieval Arab world on the one hand, and Europe, and Asia on the other hand, from as far east as China to the Americas. In these crossroads, and through both peaceful and hostile interactions between cultures and ideologies, a rich heritage of medieval artifacts and scholarship awaits our investigation. These connections and shifts highlight the centrality of the Arab world in shaping the global Middle Ages. With this in mind, the session fills the gap in medieval scholarship that still, to some extent, focuses on Eurocentric history and culture. Rather than focus on a single culture, the panel explores the overlaps between East and West.