A Medieval Islamic Library, Lost and Found

Fozia Bora explores the legends surrounding a 'lost' library in medieval Egypt

Date: 03-10-2015
Time: 16:00 - 17:00

In Egypt towards the end of the 1100s, the so-called Shi’ite century of Islamic history, Sunni general Saladin deposed the Shi’ite 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.

Tickets go on sale here on 1 September

In association with Ilkley Literature Festival 

Location: Church House, Ilkley
Cost: £6.00/£4.00 concessions