Conference Courts and Performance in the Premodern Middle East

Open to the Public


Location Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi

In bringing together leading scholars and performers of the Abbasid, Byzantine, Fatimid, Crusader, Jewish, Persianate, and Ottoman traditions, this conference engages three major themes: the power of patronage to affect and inflect performance modes in comparison with other settings; the ways court performers express emotion and invite emotional response in their audiences; and how performance often blurs the line between oral and written traditions.

Image: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Convened by

Maurice Pomerantz Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU

Evelyn Birge Vitz Professor of French, NYU