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Khamriyya as a World Poetic Genre

Workshop 1 – St Andrews 2014

Saturday, 1 November 2014 / Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews

17:00 Registration, reception

17.30 Welcome by Convenors
Catherine Cobham
(University of St Andrews)
Christine van Ruymbeke (University of Cambridge)
Kirill Dmitriev (University of St Andrews)

18:00 – 19.30 Lecture
The Impact of Abū Nuwās on Arabic and Hebrew Andalusian Poetry
Arie Schippers (University of Amsterdam)

20:00 Conference dinner

Sunday, 2 November 2014 / Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews

10.00 – 12.00 Session 1: Arabic khamriyya

The Rhetoric of the Khamriyya in the Poetry of the Hudhayl tribe
Ali Hussein (University of Haifa)

The motif of wine in early Arabic ghazal: some observations on the poetry of Abū Ṣaḫr al-Huḏalī
Kirill Dmitriev (University of St Andrews)

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.30 Session 2: Persian wine poetry

Ahl-i dhimmat as Facilitators of Muslim Transgression in Early Persian Wine Poetry
Dominic Brookshaw (Oxford University)

Of Fight and Feast: Antinomian Metaphors in Persian Iran-Iraq War Poetry
Asghar Seyed-Gohrab (Leiden University, via Skype, tbc)

18.30 Conference dinner

Monday, 3 November 2014 / Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews

9.30 – 10.00 Coffee/tea

10.00 – 12.00 Session 3: Wine poems in Mamluk, Ottoman, Safavid-Mughal literature

The role of wine in Ibrāhīm al-Miʿmār’s diwan
Hakan Özkan (Universität Münster)

Wine in  Fuzūlī’s Poetry
Orhan Elmaz (University of St Andrews)

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch


13.30-15.30 The Circulation of the Astonishing Cup:
The Many Facets of Wine Imagery in Bedil’s Muḥīṭ-i A`ẓam
Hajnalka Kovacs (Stanford University)

The Wines of Ahmadnagar: Bacchic Themes  and Court Culture in Ẓohūri’s Saqi-nāma
Paul Losensky (Indiana University, via Skype, tbc)

17:00 – 18.30 Lecture

The Wine-Drinking Party in Medieval Hebrew Poetry
Raymond Scheindlin (Jewish Theological Seminary New York)

19.00 Dinner

Tuesday, 4 November 2014 / Departure of the participants

Workshop 2 – Cambridge 2016

Monday, 20 June 2016 / Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge

14.30 Welcome by Convenors
Christine van Ruymbeke (University of Cambridge)
Kirill Dmitriev (University of St Andrews)



15.00 – 16.20 Session 1
ʿAdī ibn Zayd al-ʿIbādī and the Origins of the Arabic Wine Song
Kirill Dmitriev (University of St Andrews)

Of Fight and Feast: Metaphors of Wine in Persian Iran-Iraq War Poetry
Asghar Seyed-Gohrab (Leiden University)

17:00 – 19.40 Garden Party at the AIIT

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 / Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge

09.30 – 10.50 Session 2
An Integral Abū Nuwās: “Transgressive” readings of his khamriyyāt and zuhdiyyāt
Jeremy Farrel (Emory University)

The Qalandariyyātas Heterotopic Countergenre: A Case Study of a Distant Reading Approach to the “Rogue Lyrics” of Early Persian Poetry
Matthew Thomas Miller (University of Maryland)

10.50 – 11.10 Coffee/tea

11.10 – 12.30 Session 3
“Bury me under the grapevine” – Comparative perspectives on an Arabic-Latin motif of transgression
Agnes Imhof (Göttingen University)

Partying for Patrons. The Art of celebrating in Ghaznavid Court Poetry
Gabriellevan den Berg (Leiden University)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.10 – 15.30 Session 4
The Theme of Wine in medieval Andalusian strophic poetry: from Arabic and Hebrew muwashshaḥâtto Ibn Quzmân’s azjâl
Arie Schippers (University of Amsterdam)

Aesthetic criteria and imagery evolution of wine poetry (khamriyyāt) in VI-XI centuries
Christina Ossipova (Moscow State University)

15.20 – 15.40 Coffee/tea

15.40 – 17.00 Session 5
Wine and the Pleasures of Delhi in Urdu Court Poetry
Sunil Sharma (Boston University)

On Wine and Oneness: The Sober Lives and Drunken Lines of Ḥāfeẓand
HanshanRafal Stepien (Hampshire College)

19.00 Dinner at Darwin College

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 / Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge

10.00 – 11.20 Session 6
Haleti’s Sakiname. A Genre-Defining Ottoman Work?
Sooyong Kim (Koç University)

Vanishing Wine.
From pre-Islamic Arabic poetry to the apex of Ottoman Poetry
Orhan Elmaz (University of St Andrews)

11.20 – 11.40 Coffee/tea

11.40 – 13.00 Session 7
Mystifying Wine An Analysis of Sayyid ʿAli Hamadani’s Commentary on Ibn al-Farid’s Wine Ode
Enrico Boccaccini (Göttingen University)

The Dispute between Jug and Goblet. Josephben Tanhum Yerushalmi’s Hebrew. Wine Poems from earlyMamluk Egypt
Joachim Yashaya (Goethe University)

Closing remarks, end of the workshop

Conference – Beirut 2017

Thursday, 4 May 2017 / American University of Beirut, College Hall

09.00 – 12.00 Session 1
Wine anthologies (Fusul at-tamathiland Qutb as-surur)
Adam Talib (American University in Cairo)

‘Drink little and praise much’ – The body, the soul and the spirit: wine and its metaphors in Ephrem the Syrian and Jacob of Sarug
David Kiltz (Berlin)

Wine Before the Creation of Vine: the Khamriyya of Ibn al-Farid
Vahid Behmardi (Lebanese American University)

12.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 16.00 Discussion 1

18.00 – 19.00 On (not) drinking: al-Hariri’s Maqamah No. 48
Michael Cooperson (UCLA) key-note lecture and reception at the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB),

19.00 -19.45 Reception at the OIB, supported by Château Kefraya

20.00 wine tasting and dinner at KALEI introduced by Götz Karphofer supported by Boutique Wineries of Lebanon

Friday, 5 May 2017

9.00 – 11.00 visit to the Baalbek archaeological museum

11.30 – 12.00 tea/coffee/snacks break

12.30 visit to the vineyards of the Boutique Winery Château Qanafar
The history of modern Lebanese wine production: wine making since 19th century with a special focus on the Lebanese Boutique Style wineries Götz Karphofer (The Boutique Winery Château Qanafar)

14.00 lunch at the restaurant ‘Seven Sources’ in Qanafar

16.00 – 17.00 visit to the Shouf Biosphere Reserve, the largest natural cedars reserve inLebanon,



Saturday, 6 May 2017 / American University of Beirut, Issam Fares Auditorium (IFI)

10.00 – 12.00 Session 2
Wine for the hero, wine for the lover.Wine stories and wine imagery in medieval Persian masnavis
Christine van Ruymbeke (Universityof Cambridge)

Drink my wine and I’ll be yours! 14th–19th century paintings representing Farīd al-Dīn ʿAṭṭār’s Shaykh Ṣanʿān and the Christian Maiden
Ilse Sturkenboom (University of St Andrews)

12.00 – 14.00 lunch

14.00 – 16.00 Discussion 2

19.00 conference dinner sponsored by the Jewett Chair of Arabic studies at the American University of Beirut Mayrig restaurant, Pasteur Street, Beirut


Sunday, 6 May 2017 / Departure of the participants

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