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January 2018

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How did an Arabic dialect spoken around AD 1000 become an official language of Malta and of the European Union?

January 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
NELC Seminar Room (Humanities 365), 365 Humanities
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Malta’s position at the centre of the Mediterranean has attracted many settlers and conquerors through the ages, with the result that many languages have been spoken and written in the islands.  The present-day Maltese language is a fusion of Arabic, Sicilian, Italian and English.  The presentation tells the story of how this blend came about.  It also describes how the process of standardization led to its achieving official status in Malta in 1934 and its recognition as an official language…

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November 2016

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The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt

November 10, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
NELC Seminar Room (Humanities 365), 365 Humanities
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Presented by Omnia El Shakry, Associate Professor of History at UC Davis What might it mean to think through psychoanalysis and Islam together, not as a problem, but as a creative encounter of ethical engagement? Traversing literatures minor and major, Omnia El Shakry shows how postwar thinkers in Egypt translated and blended psychoanalytic theories with classical Islamic concepts. El Shakry explores how Freudian ideas of the unconscious were crucial to the formation of modern discourses of subje ctivity in fields…

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October 2016

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I Can Hear The Barbarians

October 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NELC Seminar Room (Humanities 365), 365 Humanities
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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November 2015

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Philosophy in Context: Arabic and Syriac Manuscript Transmissions in the Mediterranean

November 9, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
NELC Seminar Room (Humanities 365), 365 Humanities
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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This European funded project aims at understanding the conditions of the reception and transmission of philosophy of Greek tradition in the Arabic and Syriac languages in the geographical frame of the Mediterranean World, and describing the vast amount of philosophical works preserved in libraries around the Mediterranean in a systematic way. The codicological description is integrated in a database that will be open to the scholarly community.

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