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    Journal of Abbasid Studies


    Now available:
    Journal of Abbasid Studies 8/1 – 2021
    Special Issue: Animals, Adab, and Fictivity
    Edited by Matthew L. Keegan

    Coming soon:
    Journal of Abbasid Studies 8/2 – 2021
    With contributions by Devin Stewart and Estrella Samba Campos

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    Awards 2021


    Alastair Northedge, Paris-based British professor, researcher and archaeologist best known for his surveys of Samarra, is 2020 laureate of Tamayouz Excellence Award’s Special Recognition Award.
    The Special Recognition Award aims to celebrate and recognize contributions to humanity, architecture and the built environment and is presented annually to individuals or organizations.
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    Michael Cooperson, professor of Near Eastern languages and cultures, has received the Sheikh Zayed Award for his Arabic-to-English translation of “Impostures” by Maqamat Al-Hariri.
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    New publication

    Popeye and Curly: 120 Days in Medieval Baghdad
    Written and Illustrated by Emily Selove

    Popeye and Curly is a book of cartoons about Abbasid Baghdad, starring book-loving author Popeye (al-Jahiz) and winebibbing poet Curly (Abu Nuwas), along with their friends Coral (a singing girl) and the Caliph of one of the world’s most influential empires in history. Each episode is derived from historical sources, and designed to entertain, educate, and amaze.

    It includes a short preface by Geert Jan van Gelder, as well as a bibliography and index. The full-colour pictures are inspired by illustrations of al-Hariri’s Maqamat.

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