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Wright Lecture Series

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Prof. James Montgomery (University of Cambridge): 

'Al-Jāhiẓ and the Hippocratic Corpus in Arabic' 

Time: 5.00-6.30 pm  

Venue: Room 8&9,

Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue 


This paper will consider why al-Jāhiẓ may have been reading Greek medical texts in Arabic. It will present an overview of some of al-Jāhiẓ's discussions of falsafah including a translation of a fragment previously unedited.

About the speaker:  

James Montgomery is Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic and Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

Future talks in the Wright Lecture Series, Lent Term 2014 

Tuesday 4 February:

Dr Gabrielle van den Berg (Universiteit Leiden):

'Lover and Beloved in Ghaznavid and Saljuq Court Poetry'    


Tuesday 18 February  

Professor Stefan Reif (University of Cambridge)

'The Development of Metaphors in the Liturgical Hebrew of Early Rabbinic Judaism'      


All talks will take place at 5 pm in Room 8&9 in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.


From a magnificent copy of a Persian translation of Qazwīnī’s ‘Ajā’ib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharā’ib al-mawjūdāt (Wonders of creation).