Art and Power of Arabic Oration (Khutba): Past and Present


WHEN March 1, 2021
6:30-8 PM WHERE Zoom Webinar Part of "Art and Power in the Middle East: Past and Present" WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

In the early Islamic world of the 7th and 8th centuries AD, religion, politics, and aesthetics coalesced in the rich art of Arabic oration (khutba). Today, the legacy of Arabic oratory continues to shape the idiom and concepts of religion and politics across the Muslim world. Drawing on ten years of research for her recent book, Arabic Oration: Art and Function (Brill 2019), the speaker will discuss the major features of classical Arabic oration and explores their deliberate echoes in the contemporary Friday sermon. Decoding these echoes can help us better understand the subtext of speeches by mosque-imams and political leaders in the Middle East and beyond. 

Time: 6:30pm Gulf Standard Time

             9:30am Eastern Standard Time
  • Tahera Qutbuddin, Professor of Arabic Literature, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

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