Guest Lecture - Comparative Empire Studies: Categories of Exclusion and Inclusion In the Islamic Middle Ages

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Lattie Coor Hall Room 4403

Professor Nina Berman’s talk explores the dynamics between cultural textual archives (such as travel writings, folk talks, and geographical and anthropological texts) and data about social, economic and political practices (such as marriage, conversion, war, trade and taxes). She discusses mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion operative in textual representations from the medieval Islamic period and uses observations gained from this analysis to shed light on comparative cases of imperial discourses. She argues that only careful contextualization and comparative inquiry facilitate an understanding of the political role played by literary/cultural discourses.

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This event is co-sponsored by the ASU Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies (CAIS) was established at Arizona State University to acknowledge the significant contributions of Arabic Studies and Islamic civilization and cultures to the world at large both historically and in the modern age. The Council’s research and teaching programs seek to promote multiculturalism, diversity, inter-faith dialogue, cross-cultural understanding, and the expansion of human civilization and cultures through Arabic as well as other Middle-Eastern languages including Persian and Turkish. The Council seeks to develop constructive academic and cultural interaction and partnerships between ASU and similar groups in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

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