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Middle East Studies

Nicola Carpentieri – And Fingers Were Torn from the Hand: Mythopoesis and Sociopoiesis of Fitna in Sicilian Arabic Poetry

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Monday, April 2, 2018

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Annmary Brown Memorial, 21 Brown Street

Free and open to the public.

In Fingers Were Torn from the Hand: Mythopoesis and Sociopoiesis of Fitna in Sicilian Arabic Poetry, two Arabic poems about civil war -Arabic: fitna- as performative texts that inscribe Muslim Sicily within a wider narrative of Islam's political decline will be discussed, focusing on the poets' insistence on bodily mutilation and aging in these two poems, providing some interpretative keys.

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Nicola Carpentieri is Assistant Professor and Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Connecticut. He specializes in medieval Arabic poetry in the Western Mediterranean and in Greek, Arabic and Latinate medical theories on psychosomatics. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2012 and has subsequently worked at the University of Manchester (Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms, ERC-funded project) and at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (recipient of the Beatriu the Pinos post-Doctoral fellowship). His current work focuses on the poetry of Arabic court officers in Muslim and Norman Sicily.