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August 2022 Ummatics Colloquium: Print and the Arabo-Islamic Renaissance
Dr. Ahmed El-Shamsy will be presenting a paper in relation to his important recent book, Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition (2020; Princeton). The paper will sketch the whys and hows of the ‘Arabo-Islamic Renaissance’: the rediscovery and popularization of classical works of Arabo-Islamic thought and literature in the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Arab world, a development intertwined with the large-scale adoption of print technology.

Dr. Ahmed El Shamsy is Professor of Islamic Thought and Department Chair of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He studies the intellectual history of Islam, focusing on the evolution of the classical Islamic disciplines and scholarly culture within their broader historical context. His first book, The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History (2013) traces the transformation of Islamic law from a primarily oral tradition to a systematic written discipline. Rediscovering the Islamic Classics, his second book, shows how Arab editors and intellectuals in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries used the newly adopted medium of printing to rescue classical Arabic texts from oblivion and to popularize them as the classics of Islamic thought.

Dr. Omar Anchassi (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies) and Dr. Alex Thurston (Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Cincinnati) will respond, followed by open floor discussion.

Aug 2, 2022 10:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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