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ISP Conference. After Alexander: Classical Texts in Arabic, Persian, and Armenian

Convener: Karla Mallette, ISP director
Monday, April 18, 2016
2:00-8:30 PM
Henderson Room Michigan League Map
In recent years, translations between the classical languages – principally Greek, Arabic and Latin – in the western Mediterranean have attracted robust scholarly attention. This conference aims to shift attention to a prequel to the late medieval translation movement in the west. The title suggests both a geography – east of the Mediterranean – and a historical arc, late antique and medieval (or Umayyad and Abbasid). The conference will explore the entangled traditions of scientific and literary translation that flourished after Islamic expansion into territories once conquered by Alexander and ruled by the Sasanian Empire, where Arabic, Persian and Armenian intellectual and literary traditions encountered and responded to the heritage of the Greeks – and to each other.

This conference is presented in conjunction with the Classical Translation Contest - Classical Arabic, Persian, Armenian, and Turkish. Open to all U-M undergraduate and graduate students. Winners of this contest will be invited to present their translations on April 18, 2016 during the “After Alexander” conference. Submissions for the contest are due on Friday, April 1, 2016 by 5:00 PM to the Comparative Literature Main Office, 2021 Tisch Hall (2nd floor). Visit for details.

Sponsors: Islamic Studies Program, Armenian Studies Program, Center for European Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Contexts for Classics, Department of Classical Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Institute for the Humanities, Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Building: Michigan League
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: Classical Studies, International, Literature
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Global Islamic Studies Center, Comparative Literature, Institute for the Humanities, Center for European Studies, Department of Middle East Studies, International Institute, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, Center for Armenian Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Upcoming Dates:
Monday, April 18, 2016 2:00-8:30 PM

The Global Islamic Studies Center organizes a number of public events each year such as lectures, conferences, and films, many in collaboration with other U-M units. Please use our searchable events calendar for information about upcoming programs sponsored by GISC and the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar (IISS).