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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

The Plight of Women in Pre-Islamic Arabia, as Contrasted with the Feminine Ideal in Classical Arabic Poetry

Classical Arabic poetry is a complex literary form which began with the oral traditions of Bedouin tribes in pre-Islamic Arabia and evolved into more diverse genres during subsequent centuries of Islamic influence. As a primary source for historical or anthropological inquiry, Classical Arabic poetry is invaluable because it provides a rich portrait of Arabia before and during Islamic rule, recording the sensual and social mores of a nomadic people who were closely connected to nature and each other. The portrayal of women in Classical Arabic poetry is idealized and contrasts with some other evidence available regarding the status of women in pre-Islamic Arabia.

Presenter: Michael Fickess (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 12 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)