New Voices from the Street: Historians of the 18th-Century Levant 

Lecture

New Voices from the Street: Historians of the 18th-Century Levant

when 6:30‐8pm where NYUAD Campus, Conference Center who NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
Open to the Public

New Voices from the Street: Historians of the 18th-Century Levant 

The presentation exposes and explains a literary and social phenomenon when regular people from all walks of life took up the pen and wrote history in a language that mixed in their own colloquial dialects and oral literary forms. The authorship of chronicles had been the exclusive purview of the scholars (the`ulamā') who recorded events related to their interests and concerns in high Arabic (fuṣḥā). Rather than looking at the colloquial texts as the end of a great Islamic tradition, this talk presents them as entirely new products ushering in the brave new world of al-Nahda and its journalistic print culture.

Speaker
Dana Sajdi, Associate Professor of History, Boston College

Hosted by
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute


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