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10:30 - 13:00 6 May 2016

Enlightenment views of near eastern civilisations


G11 | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Jan Loop, University of Kent / Warburg Institute
Charlotte Roberts, UCL English
Avi Lifschitz, UCL History

Could the acknowledged beauty of Koranic poetry serve as evidence of its divine origin? What is the relationship between ancient sources on near eastern civilisations and contemporary Muslims and Jews? How did the rise of the Islamic Caliphate influence the Roman and Byzantine empires? These were only some of the questions at the centre of eighteenth-century inquiries into the cultures of the Near East. They will be discussed at this interdisciplinary workshop, examining the selective yet diverse perspectives through which Enlightenment authors viewed the area and its inhabitants.


Avi Lifschitz
+44 (0)20 7679 2075 | avi.lifschitz@ucl.ac.uk


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