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Middle Eastern Literatures of the 18th Century. A Departure towards Modernity?

Added by admin on 2010-03-03

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2010-03-26
Last Date Last Day: 2010-03-28

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Ralf Elger
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Address Address: NA, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

Conference Description:

The Seminar for Christian Oriental Studies and the Seminar for Arabic and Islamic Studies as part of the Oriental Institute at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg are organising a conference on Middle Eastern literatures in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century, with special reference to a comparison of Muslim, Christian and Jewish authors. The basic question is whether in 18th century Middle Eastern literatures aspects of modernity are visible. The conference aims at overcoming the disciplinary barriers between Islamic Studies, Christian Oriental Studies and Jewish Studies in order to get a better grasp of the whole range of literary production in the Middle East.

The Oriental Institute Halle thus continues to encourage interdisciplinary research in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Christian Oriental Studies and Jewish Studies, and also aims to strengthen cooperation with the IZEA (Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment) in Halle as well as the German Oriental Institute in Beyrouth and several Lebanese Universities (St. Joseph, Balamand, Tripolis).

Papers concerning the following fields are invited:
1. 18th century Arabic Literature
2. Muslim, Christian and Jewish Scholars – Barriers and networks
3. New and established cultural and literary traditions in the 18th century
4. The European Enlightenment and the Orient in the 18th century

Papers are accepted in German, English or French.

The main goal of the conference is to look at the development of different literary genres, the appearance of new forms of expression and motives, and how they mirror social changes as well as increasing European influences.
Paper titles and abstracts (up to 100 words) should be sent by email to the Organising Committee ( until 15th May 2009.

Speakers will be hosted by the Oriental Institute and will get their travel and accomodation expense reimbursed. Please contact the Organising Committee Prof. Dr. Ralf Elger and Dr. Ute Pietruschka for further inquiries.
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