Conference: The Racecourse of Literature - An-Nawāǧī and His Contemporaries
4th and 5th of May 2018
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The conference is organized by Leibnizpreis-Research-Unit "Arabische Literatur und Rhetorik Elfhundert bis Achtzehnhundert" (ALEA) and
will take place on the 4th and 5th of May at the Institut für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft (2nd floor), Schlaunstraße 2, 48143 Münster.

Friday, 4th of May
An-Nawāǧī’s Contemporaries
(with contributions from Adam Talib, Nefeli Papoutsakis, Maurice Pomerantz, Andreas Herdt, Luca Rizzo and Hakan Özkan)

Saturday, 5th of May
The Many Faces of an-Nawāǧī’s Poetry
(with contributions from Raed M.H. Abdelraheem, Thomas Bauer, Geert Jan Van Gelder, Syrinx von Hees, Alev Masarwa
and Samir Mubayd)

Main topic:
Shamsaddīn an-Nawāǧī (ca. 1386–1455), a native of Cairo or an-Nawāǧ, a town north-east of Ṭanṭa, has been famous for his literary anthologies of love poetry (e.g. Marātiʿ al-ġizlān – “The Gazelle‘s Pastures”) and wine poetry (Ḥalbat al-kumayt – “The Racecourse of the Bay”). Apart from his work as an anthologist he was also a renowned poet and academic teacher who taught adab and ḥadīṯ in the madrasahs of Cairo.

This conference aims to shed some light on hitherto understudied writings of an-Nawāǧī but also on those of some of his contemporaries like Ibn Ḥiǧǧa and Ibn Ḥaǧar al-ʿAsqalānī as they all vied with each other on the racecourse of literature of their age.

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Die ALEA-Gruppe organisierte eine erste Konferenz an der WWU vom 1. bis 2. April 2015 über:

The Sultan’s Anthologist: Ibn Abī Ḥaǧala and His Works

Ibn Abī Ḥaǧala (1325-1375) was born in Tlemcen, spent his youth in Damascus and settled later in Cairo. He was a recognized poet who composed mainly panegyrics and was proud of his religious poetry. As a prolific adīb he mastered the art of short picaresque prose narratives known as maqāmāt as well as the art of anthology. Ibn Abī Ḥaǧala is best known for his anthology Sukkardān as-sulṭān (The Sultan’s Sugar Box) and his collection on passionate love (Dīwān aṣ-ṣabāba) which he both dedicated to the Mamluk Sultan Ḥasan who reigned from 1347 until 1361. Yet, most of his work is still unedited and understudied.

The program of the conference is now available here.