Dante and the Muslim World
Thursday 16 December 6pm
Dante and the Muslim World: A talk by Professor Daniel Newman
A Lit & Phil Live Event
It has been suggested that Dante’s work was influenced by Arabic sources, both secular and religious. Firstly, the talk will examine this connection within the broader context of intercultural contacts between Christian Europe and the Muslim world. Secondly, it will discuss the fraught reception of the Comedy in the Muslim world until the present day.
Professor Newman is a British writer, scholar and translator of Arabic literature and is currently the head of the Arabic department at the University of Durham. He has recently completed an edition and translation of a 15th-century cookery manual entitled Zahr al-ḥadīqa fi ‘l-aṭcima al-anīqa (‘Garden flowers in elegant food’), which contains over 300 recipes.
Our thanks to Helena Biosciences for their overall sponsorship of the celebration and to The British Italian Society for their grant support.
The Dante exhibition opens on the 2nd December and will be displayed within the main library until 23rd December.
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