Moving Biography: First Keynote by Tarif Khalidi

The Biographical Tradition in pre-Modern Arabic Literature

First Keynote Event in the run-up to the Moving Biography Summer School

Orient-Instut Beirut

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 6-7.30pm Beirut time (GMT+3)

This is an attempt to examine in the broadest terms the biographical tradition in pre-Modern Arabic Literature from approximately the eighth century to approximately the fifteenth centuries A.D. It will endeavor, first, to explore the various technical terms of this tradition, then sketch a short his history of its evolution and, finally, will seek to consider issues of style, content and dimensions of the human personality.

Tarif Khalidi is Shaykh Zayed Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, at the American University of Beirut. Previously he was Sir Thomas Adams’s Professor of Arabic and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. His publications include Arabic Historical Thought in the Classical Period (Cambridge University Press, 1994), The Muslim Jesus (Harvard UP 2001) and Images of Muhammad (Doubleday, NY, 2008).

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Nadia von Maltzahn (2022, March 30). Moving Biography: First Keynote by Tarif Khalidi. LAWHA Lebanon's Art World at Home and Abroad. Retrieved April 14, 2024, from

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