Verses Strung Like Pearls

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Sunday October 14 at 2 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard StreetShamma Boyarin will open the Exploring the Sephardic Legacy series on Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm in Congregation Emanu-El synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street with an introduction to the Hebrew poets of al-Andalus (Islmaic Spain) who, starting with Dunash Ben Labrat (d. c 990), created a vibrant and compelling literary tradition. Drawing both from Arabic literary influences as well as Jewish sources, primarily the Bible, poets such as Moses Ibn Ezra, Judah HaLevi and Shmuel HaNagid wrote about many diverse topics including love, friendship, the beauty of nature, war, aging, relations to others and more. This talk will focus on the main poets from this period, look at some examples of poems, and explore some of the theoretical poetics behind their literary output. All texts will be provided with the Hebrew and an English translation.

Shamma Boyarin has taught at the University of Victoria in Religious Studies and Medieval Studies since 2008, and in the English Department since 2009. His research and teaching interests include: medieval literature (particularly the literature of Spain and the Near East), comparative literature (particularly Hebrew and Arabic), literature and religion, translation studies, Jewish studies, connections between medieval and contemporary aspects of religion, and religion and pop culture. He was one of the organizers of the very successful “South of Heaven: Religion and Heavy Metal” symposium that took place at the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at University of Victoria.

This event is sponsored by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team. Contact Francis at flandy@ualberta.ca, if you have any questions.

Entry is by donation: light refreshments will be served.

 

 

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