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Indiana University Arabic Literature Workshop

Upcoming Indiana Arabic Literature Workshops

Fall 2013 Indiana Arabic Literature Workshop

Indiana University
Friday and Saturday, December 6– December 7, 2013
Workshop events are conducted entirely in Arabic
Free and open to the public

Workshop Director: Professor Suzanne P. Stetkevych
Associate Director: Professor Hussain Abulfaraj, King Abulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Program of Events

Opening Reception

Friday, December 6, 2013
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Faculty Room, University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

Workshop Panels

Saturday December 7, 2013 Cedar Hall C-103
Opening Remarks: 9:15 am Professor Suzanne Stetkevych, Indiana University

Panel 1: 9:30- 11:00 am. Poetry and Politics in the Umayyad and Abbasid Periods

  • Dr. Mohammad al-Qanaei, Indiana University/Kuwait University
    "Tribalism and the Destabilization of the Umayyad State: Poetry and the Deposing of al-Walīd ibn Yazīd"
  • Enass Khansa, Georgetown University
    "Rivalry and Continuity in Ibn ʿAbd Rabbih’s Al-ʿIqd al-Farīd"
  • Fahd Abdulaziz Alebdha, Indiana University
    "The Arabic Qasīdah and Negotiation of Arab-Persian Ethnicities and Status from the Late Umayyad to the Late Abbasid Period"

First Year Graduate Student Roundtable: 11:15 am-1:00 pm

  • Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal, Indiana University
    "The Poetics of Grammar: The Conditional “man” in the Muʿallaqah of Zuhayr ibn Abī Sulmā"
  • Inas Nassar, Indiana University
    "Monotheism in pre-Islamic Poetry: Umayyah ibn Abī al-Ṣalt, ʿAdī ibn Zayd, and al-Samawʾal ibn ʿArīḍ"               
  • Abdullah Alotaibi, Indiana University
    "The Classical Arabic Wine-Poem (Khamiriyyah): A Bibliographical Introduction"
  • Shadi Bayadsy, Indiana University
    "Architecture and/in Classical Arabic Poetry: A Bibliographical Introduction"
  • Abd’Llah Al-Ansari, Indiana University
    "Orality Confronts Enlightenment and the Winner is Didactic Poetry"

Panel 2: 2:00-4:00 pm. Performance and Comparative Aspects of the Arabic Ode

  • Prof. Hussain Abulfaraj, King Abulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    "News to the Capitals: Political Satire in the Maqsūrah of al-Mutanabbi"
  • Ali Alnahhabi, Indiana University
    "Reciting the Qasidah: The Performance Rituals of the Classical Arabic Ode"
  • Nana Aba Bentil-Mawusi, Indiana University
    "Behold the King: In Search of a Comparative Approach to African and Arabic Court Poetry"
  • Al Amein Alshareif, Indiana University
    "The Badī‘ Style and the Poetry of Madīḥ Nabawī: al-Qaṣīdah al-Shuqrāṭīsiyyah"

Panel 3: 4:15-5:45 pm. Modernism, the Nation and the Poetics of Tradition

  • Prof. Abdulmueen Balfas, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    "Al-Barūdī’s Poetic Anthology and the Project of the Arab Revival (Nahḍah)"
  • Katrien Vanpee, Georgetown University
    "Pledging Allegiance with a Qaṣīdah: Nabaṭī Waṭaniyyāt from the UAE"
  • Aya Bassiouny, Indiana University
    "Sultans, Spiders, and Pharaohs: Literary and Historical Intertextuality in Muḥammad ʿAfīfī Maṭar’s “Rhythms of the Divine Craftsman”"

Concluding Remarks: 5:45-6:00 pm. Prof. Hussain Abulfaraj, King Abdulaziz University & Prof. Suzanne Stetkevych, Indiana University


The Workshop is grateful for outside support from
The late Professor Alice Reid Jwaideh
Dr. Robert C. and Bridget McKinney
Al-Babtain Central Library for Poetry, Kuwait


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