Hartford Seminary

Chop Off her Head! ‘The Arabian Nights’ from Antoine Galland to Mark Twain and Paul Poiret

The world famous collection of The Arabian Nights is all about pastoral care: how to heal a serial killer of women by telling him more and more amazing stories. It developed within the Muslim Middle-East from the ninth century onward and was introduced into Europe in 1704 by the Frenchman Antoine Galland. This richly illustrated lecture by retired professor, Dr. Yahya Michot, will explore the origins of the Nights corpus, the diversity of its versions, its major English translations and their challenges, as well as the literary, artistic and other socio-cultural developments it triggered, in Islam, in Europe and in the U.S.

Four tales will be looked at in some detail for their particular interest relative to the Islamic tradition, children, sexuality and feminism. Should the Nights be burned as demanded by some muftis?

Note: Hartford Seminary is committed to providing accessibility for all. Please contact Susan Schoenberger at sschoenberger@hartsem.edu or 860-509-9519 if you need accommodations.



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