Hartford Seminary

The Arabian Nights (RS-633)

This new course explores from several perspectives the world famous collection of Arabian tales
developed within the Muslim Middle East since the ninth century and introduced into Europe in
1704 by the French Antoine Galland. The origins of the Nights corpus, the historical, cultural and
interreligious contexts in which it evolved, its manuscripts and editions, the key figures of its
passage to the West, its major English translations and their challenges, the literary, artistic and
other socio-cultural developments it triggered, in Islam, in Europe and in the US, will be among
the topics covered. Read in Arabic and/or English, a number of the core tales will be discussed.
Great benefit will be drawn from the scholarship of Hartford Seminary’s former professor D. B.
Macdonald (d. 1943) and from his Nights collection preserved in the Seminary’s library. While
being accessible to the general public, the course should be of particular interest to students of
Islamic studies (history, societies and, even, religion) as well as to professionals of pastoral care.
Isn’t indeed the whole matter about healing a serial killer of women by telling him more and
more amazing stories?

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Yahya Michot


January Intersession 2018

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