On the First Arabic Novella from the 11th Century:: The Doctors' Dinner Party by Ibn Butlan


WHEN December 12, 2017
6:30-8 PM WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

This talk showcases a little-known gem of medieval Arabic creative literature, the Da`wat al-Aṭibbā’ or Doctors' Dinner Party by Ibn Butlan (d.1066 CE). This text is an important, but little-known, milestone in the history of pre-modern Arabic narrative. This talk also focuses on the significance of the work along with the challenges of translating such a work into English in the 21st century as well as why it still appeals to a contemporary audience.

  • Philip Kennedy, General Editor, Library of Arabic Literature and Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYUAD
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
In conversation with
  • Maurice Pomerantz, Assistant Professor of Literature, NYUAD

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