Session Title

Love, Fear, Anger, Sorrow: Emotions and Diseases of the Soul in Islamicate Literature II

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Great Lakes Adiban Society

Organizer Name

Cameron Cross

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Presider Name

Cameron Cross

Paper Title 1

"Both of Us, Wallowed in Blood": Al-Ḥusrī al-Qayrawānī’s Requiem for His Dead Son

Presenter 1 Name

Kevin Blankinship

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Brigham Young Univ.

Paper Title 2

The Poetics of Faith and Fright: The Mongol Invasion in Ḥasan-i Maḥmūd's Dīwān-i Qā’imiyyāt

Presenter 2 Name

Karim Javan

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Institute of Ismaili Studies

Paper Title 3

Poetry and the Tree of Immortality in Islamic/ate Literary Cultures

Presenter 3 Name

Haidar Khezri

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Central Florida

Start Date

7-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1330

Description

The study of emotions in the pre-modern Islamicate Middle East is beginning to attract scholarly attention as an emerging field. Since, as in Medieval Europe, the word ‘emotion’ has no direct correspondence to an Islamicate concept, we invite scholars to examine how the term akhlāq (ethics, morals, character traits) can be mapped onto/as a history of emotions. While developed in medical and philosophical texts as ‘diseases of the soul’, emotions are portrayed in various ways across a wide spectrum of literary traditions of the Islamicate Middle East in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish, and thus provide ample ground for fruitful collaboration. We especially welcome critical engagement with the concept of ‘emotion’ and the Islamicate term akhlāq so as to determine semantic overlap and differences between the two categories. Furthermore, we encourage studies that assess the feasibility of applying theoretical approaches to emotions developed for Medieval Europe to the Islamicate world. Such studies can focus on emotion in the Qurʾān, illnesses of the soul in philosophical texts, the refinement of the self in advice literature, or on the portrayal of emotion in narrative and lyric poems. We hope that a shared vocabulary will enable future comparative projects between medievalists of various specializations.

Keywords: Islamicate, emotion, soul, ethics, self, literature

Cameron Cross

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May 7th, 3:30 PM

Love, Fear, Anger, Sorrow: Emotions and Diseases of the Soul in Islamicate Literature II

Schneider 1330

The study of emotions in the pre-modern Islamicate Middle East is beginning to attract scholarly attention as an emerging field. Since, as in Medieval Europe, the word ‘emotion’ has no direct correspondence to an Islamicate concept, we invite scholars to examine how the term akhlāq (ethics, morals, character traits) can be mapped onto/as a history of emotions. While developed in medical and philosophical texts as ‘diseases of the soul’, emotions are portrayed in various ways across a wide spectrum of literary traditions of the Islamicate Middle East in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish, and thus provide ample ground for fruitful collaboration. We especially welcome critical engagement with the concept of ‘emotion’ and the Islamicate term akhlāq so as to determine semantic overlap and differences between the two categories. Furthermore, we encourage studies that assess the feasibility of applying theoretical approaches to emotions developed for Medieval Europe to the Islamicate world. Such studies can focus on emotion in the Qurʾān, illnesses of the soul in philosophical texts, the refinement of the self in advice literature, or on the portrayal of emotion in narrative and lyric poems. We hope that a shared vocabulary will enable future comparative projects between medievalists of various specializations.

Keywords: Islamicate, emotion, soul, ethics, self, literature

Cameron Cross