Seminars

  • Founded
    1977
  • Seminar Number
    559

The concerns of this seminar are interdisciplinary and humanistic. In addition to Arabic language and literature, the range of interests includes topics of significance for Islamic studies: religion, philosophy, science, law and history of the Muslim world, and modern social and cultural history. The seminar affords an opportunity to members and guest speakers to discuss research in progress. Because the members come from several disciplines, the substantive discussions draw upon various fields to expand the sources, help reformulate questions, and anticipate future publications.


Chair
Professor Muhsin al-Musawi
ma2188@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Ruwa Mohammed Alhayek
rma2152@columbia.edu


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.


Meeting Schedule

09/26/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

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10/24/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

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11/21/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

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01/30/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Adūnīs’s Mufrad bi s̩īghat al-jam‘: Writing where the World Begins and Begins Again
Huda J. Fakhreddine, University of Pennsylvania
Abstract

Abstract

This paper will trace Adonis’s ventures in the prose poem from his early experimentations in the collection Awrāq fī al-Rīḥ (1958) to his seminal contribution, his book-long poem Mufrad bi s̩īghat al-jam‘ (1977) passing through the major poetic stations in his career including Aghānī Mihyār al-Dimashqī (1961). Before delving into key poems, I will trace a parallel thread of discovery through translation and anthologizing which informed and expanded Adonis’s vision of the prose poem as a framework for re-reading and creating. From Aghānī to Mufrad, Adonis gradually traces, not the disintegration of poetic form from verse into prose, but rather charts the emergence of poetic composition (kitāba) and arrives at form as a consequence of language, away from the binary of verse and prose.





02/27/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Anti-Genealogical Novel and its World Literary Alignments: Reframing Egalitarianism in Mahfouz’s Experimental Fiction
Annette Lienau, Harvard University




04/29/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

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