Thu 8 October 2015 | Arab Poets and Religious Ideology in the First Centuries of Islam| Speaker: Maxim Yosefi
On Thursday 8 October 2015, Maxim Yosefi delivered a lecture entitled "Arab Poets and Religious Ideology in the First Centuries of Islam: the Problems of Lie and Slander". Time: 10.00-12.00 hours. Venue: Lipsius 148 (Cleveringaplaats 1).
After the ideas of Islam were introduced to Arabian society by Muhammad, a complex system of values emerged, combining the spirit of manliness and kinship solidarity which reigned among the Arabs from times immemorial with a new religious consciousness. Scholars who have been examining the ideological system which appeared in the 7th century found that Islam generally did not oppose pre-Islamic moral values, but rather approved and even reinforced them. Nevertheless, a certain conflict between the norms of Arabic poetry (a concentration of the pre-Islamic spirit) and the norms of Islam were inevitable. The problems of lie and slander are examined in this context as the most salient points of tension between Arab poets and religious ideology.
Maxim Yosefi studied anthropology at the State University of Saint-Petersburg, and Arabic language and literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a doctorate student at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev where he has submitted for evaluation his Ph.D. thesis. His research interests include anthropology of the Arab world, classical and tribal Arabic poetry, ethnography of the text, and the influence of Islamic and pre-Islamic concepts on poets.