Ramadaniyyat رمضانيّات

Monday, April 3 – Thursday, April 6, 2023
NYU Abu Dhabi, East Plaza

On the occasion of Ramadan, NYU Abu Dhabi presents the return of Ramadaniyyat, a diverse, week-long series of events ranging from live talks to performances and workshops. 

The program will be hosted jointly by NYUAD’s three public-facing institutions: The Arts Center, The Art Gallery, and The Institute. A suhoor will be served nightly after the events throughout the week.

On Poetry and Music with Barween Habib, Mahdi Mansour, and Faraj Abyad

Monday, April 3, 9:30pm
Conference Center (A6) Auditorium

Booking required | Free

On this Ramadan evening, poet Mahdi Mansour and musician Faraj Abyad are in conversation with the poet, critic, and media expert Barween Habib about the interwoven relationship between poetry, philosophy, and music. Beginning with Andalusian poetry and classical music, they delve deeper into contemporary poetry and music, exploring the profound impact the Andalusian Maqamat have had on the present-day Arabic poem structure and its musical Maqamat. 

The event is in Arabic with simultaneous English interpretation available.

Faraj Abyad: Andalusian Love Story

Wednesday, April 5, 9:30pm
The Red Theater

Booking Required

Andalusian Love Story, composed by Faraj Abyad, is based on a series of love letters written between Ibn Zaydun and Wallada Bint Al Mustakfi. Influences from modern Khaleeji, Latin, and classical music intertwine with classical Egyptian and Syrian Muwashshah styles to create a new modern sound rooted in Arabic Turath and tradition.

Exploring intergenerational Healing and Medicinal Practices

Thursday, April 6, 9:30pm
Reading Room, NYUAD Art Gallery | Register here

In this workshop led by artist and curator Zuhoor Al Sayegh, participants will explore natural healing processes passed down throughout generations, using plants and herbs often sold at Hakeem (Arabic for 'wise' and 'healer') spice shops that are ubiquitous in the UAE. There is an urgency to document these practices as the passing down of knowledge from elder generations becomes less common. Al Sayegh will draw from her own experiences and knowledge from her parents and grandparents, and will invite participants to create space to explore their own personal histories with medicinal practices. Combining oral history, shared by participants, with books on Andalusian plant medicine from the NYUAD library, the group will be invited to document, imagine, write, and research recipes that can be relevant and accessible to us today.

Jointly hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi’s three public-facing institutions: