TitleLanguages as Barriers, Languages as Bridges: Intra- and Inter-Lingual Negotiations across Boundaries in the Late Antique and Medieval Mediterranean, I - The Eastern Fringes
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
SponsorNational Science Centre, Poland / Uniwersytet Warszawski / Jacksonville State University, Alabama / University of Sheffield
OrganiserYuliya Minets, Department of History & Foreign Languages, Jacksonville State University, Alabama
Paweł Nowakowski, Wydział Historii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Moderator/ChairPaweł Nowakowski, Wydział Historii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Paper 1520-a An Arab-Less Arabia?: Literacy and Ethnicity in Pre-Islamic Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Valentina A. Grasso, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
Index Terms: Epigraphy; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Language and Literature - Other
Paper 1520-b Inculcating Arabic into the Nubian Soil: The Process and Its Agents
(Language: English)
Tomasz Barański, Wydział Historii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index Terms: Epigraphy; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Language and Literature - Other
Paper 1520-c Translating Language or Culture?: Some Examples from Central and Eastern Europe
(Language: English)
Mirela Ivanova, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Language and Literature - Greek; Language and Literature - Slavic; Mentalities
AbstractThis session broadly examines the linguistic relations in the Eastern borderlands of Byzantium and beyond: from Eastern Europe via the Arabian Desert to the heart of the Nubian kingdoms. Valentina Grasso questions common views on the extent to which language was a bonding force for the inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula before the appearance of the Qurʼān. Tomasz Barański seeks to explain the long-term Arab influence in the Middle Nile valley, and the main steps of the introduction of Arabic to Nubia. Mirela Ivanova gives examples from central and Eastern Europe of the translation of language as the translation of culture.