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Masterclass 3 | The Late Antique Context: Textual Evidence

  • Karen Bauer
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Register by email: lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl
LUCIS Spring Fellow 2018: Karen Bauer
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Spring fellow Karen Bauer | Masterclasses

These masterclasses are given in conjunction with LUCIS visiting fellow Karen Bauer's lectures on emotional rhetoric in the Qur'an. During the masterclasses, participants dive deeper into the themes discussed at the lectures and will have a chance to actively engage with Karen Bauer and the material at hand.

The Emotive Qur’an in its Late Antique Context, part 1: Context

The Qur’an did not emerge in a vacuum: its emotional appeal was oriented to a particular audience, who had their own values and ideas. This masterclass is an attempt to recover an understanding of a Late Antique, pre-Islamic emotional norms through a constellation of emotions (fear, grief, love, and compassion), as they appear in pre-Islamic poetry, selected Syriac homiletic poems, and other sources. Drawing on recent theories from the field of emotions history, Bauer focuses particularly on how these emotions were expressed or controlled. Emotional control and expression sheds light on the power relations between the different actors in these texts, and the gendered dynamics of emotion. Bauer also argues that descriptions of emotional control, or lack thereof, are related to a text’s function and genre.

Joining the masterclass

Would you like to participate in this masterclass? Advanced BA students, MA students and PhD's are welcome to join. Send an email to lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl to register and you will receive the readings for the course(s). 

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