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Abbasid History Podcast

Abbasid History Podcast

An audio platform for the study of the pre-modern Islamic(ate) past and beyond. We interview academics, archivists and artists on their work for peers and junior students in the field. We aim to educate, inspire, perhaps infuriate, and on the way entertain a little too. Suitable also for general listeners with an interest in geographically diverse medieval history.

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EP020 Dr. Kevin Blankinship on al-Farazdaq (c.641-c.730CE). Part 2 of 12 - Spring of Classical Arabic Poetry

Dr. Kevin Blankinship, BYU Utah, speaks about the life, works and legacy of one of the greatest Umayyad poets, al-Farazdaq, known particularly for satirizing rival poets as well as amorous verse.

This is the second part of a twelve part series exploring classical Arabic poetry which can be utlised in college-level teaching programmes. For more on our guest, see kblankinship.com.

2021-01-16
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EP019 Dr. Kevin Blankinship on ?Imr al-Qays (501-544CE). Part 1 of 12 - Spring of Classical Arabic Poetry

Dr. Kevin Blankinship, BYU Utah, speaks about the life, works and legacy of the boisterous prince, ?Imr al-Qays. Was he actually a Christian? Are his recorded poems authentic? This is the first part of a twelve part series exploring classical Arabic poetry which can be utlised in college-level teaching programmes. For more on our guest, see kblankinship.com.

2021-01-02
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EP018 Dr. Christian Sahner on Christianity under the Caliphate

Dr. Christian Sahner gives a fluent and concise introduction to Christian life prior and after the Arab-Islamic conquests of the Levant including the phenomenon of conversion and martyrdom of executed Christian converts from Islam.

Sponsored by IHRC bookshop. Visit shop.ihrc.org. Use discount code AHP15 for 15% off purchases. Terms and conditions apply. 

2020-12-05
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EP017 Dr. Laury Silvers on her Abbasid crime fiction quartet The Sufi Mysteries

Dr. Laury Silvers shows how the move from academic historian to novelist requires the same imagination that the study of history demands.

Sponsored by IHRC bookshop. Visit shop.ihrc.org. Use discount code AHP15 for 15% off purchases. Terms and conditions apply. 

2020-11-07
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EP016 Dr.Yasir Qadhi on the life, works and legacy of Jahm b. ?afw?n (d. 746CE)

Dr. Yasir Qadhi offers insights into this enigmatic figure whose legacy aroused furore amongst Sunni theologians during the Abbasid era.

Sponsored by IHRC bookshop. Visit shop.ihrc.org.

2020-10-10
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EP015 Dr. Sohaib Saeed on Fakhr al-D?n al-R?z? (d. 1210): life, work and legacy as exegesist

Dr. Sohaib Saeed offers perhaps the most coherent introduction to this influential exegesist of the Quran revealing shortcomings in current scholarship on his work.

Sponsored by IHRC bookshop. Visit shop.ihrc.org.

2020-09-19
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EP014 Dr. Salman Younas on Ab? ?an?fa (d. 767CE): Life, Works and Legacy

Dr. Salman Younas gives an introduction to the eponymous 'founder' of the Hanafi school of Sunni law. He tackles misconceptions about Abu Hanafi's standing as hadith transmitter and allegations of his Murjia heresy.

Sponsored by shop.ihrc.org

2020-08-16
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EP013 Dr. Khalil Andani on a brief history of Ismailism

Dr. Khalil Andani gives perhaps the most succinct introduction to the history of Ismailism. We cover their beginnings, understanding of revelation, the Qaramatians, the Fatimid caliphate and sub-sects.

Sponsored by IHRC bookshop. Visit shop.ihrc.org.

2020-07-15
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EP012 Dr. Eric Hanne on the Buyid Dynasty 934-1062CE: Rise, Fall and Legacy?

Dr. Eric Hanne speaks passionately about not imposing simple sectarian or ethnic identities onto the history of the Buyid dynasty's relationship with the Abbasid caliphate. Funny, candid and insightful.

Sponsored by IHRC bookshop. Visit shop.ihrc.org.

2020-06-15
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EP011 Dr. Rachel Schine on Race and Blackness in a medieval popular epic, Sirat Delhemma (C.11/12th CE)

Dr. Rachel Schine speaks about understandings of race and blackness in premodern Islamic(ate) societies through the tale of Delhemma, a popular epic of rival families and 'Abd al-Wahh?b, the black offspring of F??imah, the eponymous Delhemma (lit. "the one of high aspiration"), disowned by her husband.

Sponsored by IHRC bookshop. Visit shop.ihrc.org.

2020-05-17
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EP010 Dr. Liana Saif on Islamic(ate) Astrology?: themes, works and practitioners

We speak with Dr. Liana Saif for an introduction on astrology in premodern Islamic(ate) societies. We cover origins, developments and key writers. A much overlooked topic explored with one of the leading authorities in the field. Find her work here: sas.academia.edu/LianaSaif.

2020-04-23
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EP009 Dr. Kevin Blankinship on the life and works of poet-philosopher 'heretic' Ab? al-?Al?? al-Ma?arr? (d. 1058)

Considered a heretic, the vegan anti-natalist poet Ab? al-?Al?? al-Ma?arr? (d. 1058) provoked throughout his life but only had his head chopped off in 2013 as a statue by fanatics in his Syrian hometown. Dr. Kevin Blankinship, Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at Brigham Young University, challenges what we think we know about the man. For more on his work, see kblankinship.com.

2020-03-29
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EP008: Dr Yakoob Ahmed on the Ottoman takeover of the Caliphate 1517

We hear from Ottoman Studies specialist Dr. Ahmed about the cusp of our podcast's remit: the assumption of the caliphate from the shadow Abbasid caliphs of Cairo by the Ottomans. We also speak candidly about his thoughts on the TV show Ertugrul, how he navigates academia as a practising Muslim and teaching in Istanbul as an ex-pat

2020-02-01
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EP007 Dr. Elaine van Dalen on Arabic commentaries on Hippocratic paediatrics

Originally recorded 21 August 2019 via Zencastr. Produced by Talha Ahsan.

00.00
Introduction and biography

01.45
Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms project at the university of Manchester

02.25
A description of the Hippocratic Aphorisms

03.30
A survey of Arabic commentaries

04.20
Why look at paediatrics?

05.25
On the five aphorisms of paediatrics

06.55
Commentators disputing classifications within paediatrics

07.55
On the importance of Galen to the Arabic commentators
Dr Kamran Karimullah

09.23
On how Galen can elucidate Hippocratic paediatrics

11.10
On translators as trained philologists as well as medics

12.39
Arabic commentators disputing Galen

14.45
Arabic commentators rejecting Galen

16.06
Gendered division of theoretical and practical medicine?

18.50
Resemblance to scriptural commentaries?

20.04
Arabic commentaries as historical sources of lost Greek commentaries

21.30
On learning Greek, Hebrew and Syriac as an Arabist

https://brill.com/view/title/1456?lang=en

https://www.amazon.com/Robinsons-Paradigms-Exercises-Syriac-Grammar/dp/0199261296

https://www.cambridge.org/nl/academic/subjects/classical-studies/classical-languages/reading-greek-grammar-and-exercises-2nd-edition?format=PB&isbn=9780521698528

https://www.amazon.com/Grammar-Biblical-Hebrew-Subsidia-Biblica/dp/8876536299

23.13
Introductory texts to medieval Islamic sciences

Medieval Islamic Medicine
Peter E. Pormann + Emilie Savage-Smith
(Edinburgh University Press 2007)

Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance
George Salibas
(MIT Press 2007)

24.25
On studying a PhD for a topic not of your choosing

29.00
Forthcoming projects and on going from Manchester to New York

Mighty Have Fallen by Ruth Dinosaur
(c) Dr. Emily Selove (2019)

You can follow Dr. van Dalen on Twitter @elainevdalen

 

2019-09-03
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EP006 Dr. Emily Selove on ?ik?yat Ab? l-Q?sim (summer 2019)

Originally recorded 15 August 2019 via Zencastr. Produced by Talha Ahsan.

00.00
Introduction and biography
02.00
On the success of the Party-Crashing book
Shawkat Toorah
04.15
On defining Adab
05.38
On defining ?ik?yah and ris?lah
07.35
On defining mujun
08.08
On how to learn Latin as an Arabist
Amy Richlin
Loeb Classical Library
10.15
On the circadian structure of HAQ
24 (TV series)
12.27
On the plot
13.40
A work to be read or performed?
16.29
On authorship
18.29
On the manuscript

SOURCE: https://www.instagram.com/p/BylDBKyBVbN/

19.45
On conflicts and choices in collaborative translation?
25.08
On Emily Selove's own literary background
Her Bandcamp page: Ruth Dinosaur
26.40
On donkeys and toothpicks
31.37
On the Sufi connection
35.20
On her Magic and Esotericism project
http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/magic
38.00
A reading from her forthcoming translation of ?ik?yat Ab? l-Q?sim
40.10
Mighty Have Fallen by Ruth Dinosaur
(c) Dr. Emily Selove (2019)

2019-08-18
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EP005 Ian D. Morris on the Macoraba-Mecca Fallacy (pilot series)

Originally recorded 20 May 2019 via Zencastr. Produced by Talha Ahsan.

You can read more about Ian D.Morris's work at iandavidmorris.com and follow him on Twitter @iandavidmorris.

2019-07-03
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EP004 Yusuf Chaudhary on the Islamisation of the Ilkhanate (pilot series)

Originally recorded 13th April 2019 at a private location. Produced by Talha Ahsan.

You can read more about Yusuf Chaudhary's work at yusufchaudhary.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter @ayusuf_c.

2019-06-16
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EP003 Dr. Alex Strick on learning Arabic (pilot series)

Originally recorded 29th April 2019 at SOAS. Produced by Talha Ahsan.

You can read more about Dr Strick's work at  alexstrick.com and follow him on Twitter @strickvl.

2019-06-16
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EP002 Dr. Anees Lodhi on Hijrah (pilot series)

Originally recorded 26th March 2019 at SOAS Radio studio. Produced by Talha Ahsan

You can see some of Dr. Lodhi's work here aku.academia.edu/AneesLodhi.

2019-06-16
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EP001 Prof. Hugh Kennedy on general Abbasid historical studies (pilot series)

Originally recorded 26th March 2019 at SOAS Radio studio. Produced by Talha Ahsan.

Pre-order Prof. Kennedy's translation of Al-Baladhuri's History of the Arab Invasions: The Conquest and Administration of Empire on Amazon.

2019-06-14
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Trailer for Abbasid History Podcast

Hello and welcome to the Abbasid History Podcast!

We interview academics about their research on the pre-modern Islamic past. We want to foster greater ties within the community and introduce fresh insights by thinking broader about our interests.

2019-05-08
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Abbasid History Podcast

A digital platform for the study of the pre-modern past.
AbbasidHistoryPodcast.com

2019-04-20
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