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Italian-Arabic Diwan: Origins, Love, Exile

Italian-Arabic Diwan: Origins, Love, Exile

We are delighted to invite you to the first of our collaborative events to celebrate the Centenary of Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh (1919-2019).

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In literature, the Arabic word 'diwan' denotes a collection of poems and songs, like the Italian word 'canzoniere'. Around the richly embroidered history of a medieval Mediterranean diwan, in a symposium with live music, we will share songs of love and exile to bring together the so-called origins of Italian poetry from the Siculo-Arabic poets to Dante.

This event is organised by Italian Studies in collaboration with Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, both in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) at the University of Edinburgh, and the Baharat Collective, with the generous support of the Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh, and the Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh.

With special thanks to:

Alaa Alshaikh Sulaiman, Rosanna Bucknill, Luca Goaten, Shan Huang, Marwa Mouazen and Carlo Pirozzi.

The event is free and booking is not required.

Programme

17:10 - Welcome and opening remarks

  • Davide Messina, Italian Studies (LLC, Edinburgh)
  • Nacim Pak-Shiraz, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (LLC, Edinburgh)  
  • Ali Al-Billanubi (trans. Patrizia Valduga) قمر – Una luna

17:30 - Italian Arabesque

  • Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila (LLC, Edinburgh) ‘Arabs in Sicily: Arab-Italian cultural contacts in the Middle Ages’
  • Francesca Maria Corrao (LUISS Milan) ‘The influence of Sicilian poetry on Arab love poems? A cross-cultural view’
  • Simon Gilson (Oxford) ‘Dante and Islamic philosophy’

18:30 - Singing the Origins

  • Ibn-Hamdis (trans. Toti Scialoja) 'صقلِّيَّتي – Sicilia mia'
  • Anonymous (XIII c.) ‘Oi lassa ‘namorata’
  • Giacomo da Lentini ‘Io m’aggio posto in core’

Music by Chris Elmes, performed by Baharat Collective

19:30 Prosecco and pastry

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Jan 31 2019 -

Italian-Arabic Diwan: Origins, Love, Exile

The first of our collaborative events to celebrate the Centenary of Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh (1919-2019). Jointly organised by Italian Studies and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Project Room (Room 1.06)
50 George Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9LH