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SQCC Poetry and Prose Series - Dr. Erez Naaman

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

On 13 November SQCC hosted its third and last presentation of the Poetry and Prose Series for 2018. Our honored guest for the evening was Dr. Erez Naaman, who is an associate professor of Arabic at American University and a Classical Arabic literature scholar. He studied Arabic literature and Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University and earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 2009. He published articles on such topics as literary borrowing in classical Arabic poetry; euphemisms, taboos, and language censorship in the medieval Islamic world; and collaborative composition of classical Arabic poetry.

Dr. Naaman’s presentation was about the "Lāmiyya of al-Samawʾal Ibn ʿĀdiyāʾ". Al-Samawʾal was a Jewish-Arab poet of the sixth century CE, who lived in northwestern Arabia. He is widely remembered for the celebrated lāmiyya (an ode rhyming in lām) attributed to him and for the proverbial loyalty associated with his name in the cultural heritage of the Arabs. Dr. Naaman focused on the poem’s medieval commentaries, modern critics’ readings of the poem, and the iconic status achieved by the poet.

The event was attended by over 60 poetry enthusiasts and Arabic language scholars. After the presentation, Dr. Naaman mingled with the crowd while enjoying Omani coffee and dates.

Photos from the event can be viewed here

Posted By: hguthorn - Friday, 16 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM