Conscious of the increasing use of the word caliphate today, Professor Samuel England will attempt to shed light on the caliph’s dynamic historical identity in Classical Arabic. He will focus on the political, geography-themed literature that proliferated in the tenth century to sharpen our definition of the caliphate as a cultural space rather than a modern revival of a medieval state.
Samuel England is Assistant Professor of African Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin. His research interests focus on classical Arabic poetry, medieval court cultures of the Middle East and the western Mediterranean, and al-Andalus and Spain.
Sawyer Library, Mabie Room | Tuesday, March 15 at 4:15pm-5:30pm