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"The Long Ninth Century in Arabic-Islamic Knowledge and Culture"



Abū Isḥāq al-Ṣābī, al-Majmūʿ al-nafīs fī ʿilm al-nujūm [Astronomisches Kompendium]

Abū Isḥāq al-Ṣābī, al-Majmūʿ al-nafīs fī ʿilm al-nujūm [Astronomisches Kompendium]

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gründler

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gründler

Third Annual Lecture Series of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, organised and moderated by Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gründler


The Long Ninth Century AD was a period of intense cultural activity in the Arabic-Islamic Near East. Under the rule of the Abbasid dynasty, a society emerged that saw itself as cosmopolitan and intellectual, and which was meritocratic to some degree. A cultural successor to Byzantium and Persia, this society imported and developed their heritage, notably Greek philosophy and natural sciences and Persian statecraft, and simultaneously created new scholarly disciplines to investigate its own linguistic, literary, and religious heritage and the contemporary world around it. This unrivaled cultural efflorescence, manifest in a multitude of manuscript books (made of the newly introduced paper) also gives insight about the psychology and self-concepts of individual writers.


26 April 2016, 6 pm

Dimitri Gutas, Professor of Arabic and Greco-Arabic, Yale University

“The Reception of Aristotle in the Long Ninth Century in Early Abbasid Iraq”


31 May 2016, 6 pm

Julia Bray, Laudian Professor of Arabic, University of Oxford

“The New Psychology of Ninth Century Baghdad: Self-Concepts vs. Social Codes”


28 June 2016, 6 pm

Geert Jan van Gelder, Research Fellow, Leiden University/Laudian Professor emeritus, University of Oxford

“From Seriousness to Jest and vice versa in the Geography of Ibn al-Faqīh al-Hamadhānī (fl. 289/902)”



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