Excavating Pre-Islamic Arabic

Episode 393

hosted by Sarah Baldwin

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In this episode, Sarah Baldwin talks with Elias Muhanna about an essay he wrote for the New Yorker in May 2018 in which he describes recent advances in translating pre-Islamic Arabic texts. The conversation focuses on the groundbreaking translations of Muhanna's friend and colleague Ahmad Al-Jallad and how his work has changed our understanding of life on the Arabian peninsula before Islam.

This episode comes directly from our friends at Trending Globally, a podcast of Brown University's Watson Institute.

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Contributor Bios

Elias Muhanna is the Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University. He is a scholar of classical Arabic literature and Islamic intellectual history.
Sarah C. Baldwin is the host of Trending Globally and a writer for the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.


Episode No. 393
Release Date: 13 December 2018
Recording Location: Brown University
Audio editing by Babette Thomas
Music by Henry Ross Bloomfield


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