Whispers of Abu Dhabi History in the Oral Tradition

Talk

WHEN February 20, 2014
6:30-8pm WHERE NYUAD Downtown Campus, Abu Dhabi WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

Please note that there will be some road closures from 2PM to 8PM due to the Qasr Al Hosn Festival, please see the map for details. We suggest approaching from the Corniche. 

This lecture explores the earliest mentions of Abu Dhabi in the historical record; focusing first on important figures in the Islamic tradition and the status they enjoyed in the region, then examining the oral tradition and its importance in capturing unwritten history as an essential complement to the archival records of the colonial powers that held sway in the region historically. Two specific examples of the region’s important contribution to history are considered: The Falaj irrigation system and the figure of Al-Muhallab. This lecture concludes with a brief sketch of how the tribal system works, a snapshot of early governance.

Simultaneous Arabic translation will be provided.

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