A Medieval Islamic Library, Lost and Found
Fozia Bora explores the legends surrounding a 'lost' library in medieval Egypt
Date: 03-10-2015Time: 16:00 - 17:00
In Egypt towards the end of the 1100s, the so-called Shiite century of Islamic history, Sunni general Saladin deposed the Shiite ruling family and in the aftermath, the famed royal library was dispersed. Saladin, it was said, had deliberately destroyed the intellectual legacy of his predecessors. In this lively exploration of medieval Islamic politics and book culture, Fozia Bora (LCS) examines the legends generated by the episode, and traces the survival of this world-renowned collection of literary treasures.
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In association with Ilkley Literature Festival