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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 642: Disease in the Medieval Islamicate World, II: Observing and Remembering Plague

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Nahyan Fancy, Department of History, DePauw University, Indiana
Monica Green, Department of History, Arizona State University
Moderator/Chair:André Filipe Oliveira da Silva, Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar 'Cultura, Espaço e Memória' (CITCEM), Universidade do Porto
Paper 642-aHow the Black Death Became 'Global': Plague Focalisation and Epidemic Perceptions in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Monica Green, Department of History, Arizona State University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Medicine, Science
Paper 642-bObserving Others at the End of the World: Arabic Accounts of the Black Death
(Language: English)
Adam Talib, Department of Arab & Islamic Civilizations, American University in Cairo
Index terms: Daily Life, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Medicine, Social History
Paper 642-cRecycling Prayers in Exile: A Hebrew Plague Liturgy Moves from Mallorca to the Maghreb
(Language: English)
Susan Einbinder, Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages, University of Connecticut
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Semitic, Liturgy, Medicine

New understandings of the biological history of plague have had their greatest impact in shifting our thinking about the events leading up to the unprecedented severity of the 'Great Plague' in the 1340s and attempts thereafter to make sense of a world learning to live with continuing afflictions of plague. Green (paper -a) examines the creation of the first stories of the Black Death's origins and routes, suggesting ways in which we might now decipher the phenomena these writers were witnessing. Using an untapped source, poetry, Talib (paper -b) examines how people saw the changed behaviors of their neighbors. Einbinder (paper -c) assesses how a Hebrew liturgy, first developed in Mallorca, brought continuity in Jewish mourning practices to exiled communities in the Maghreb.