Uriel Simonson (University of Haifa) and Luke Yarbrough (UCLA), organizers of the 2020–21 IIAS Research Group “Cultural Brokerage in Pre-modern Islam,” are celebrating the publication of a new book that they co-edited with Nimrod Hurvitz (Ben Gurion University) and Christian Sahner (University of Oxford).
Their book, Conversion to Islam in the Premodern Age: A Sourcebook, contains 57 primary-source passages that shed light on processes of conversion across the first millennium of Islamic history. The selections are introduced and translated, from a dozen languages, by more than forty leading scholars.
The co-editors have contributed sweeping introductions on conversion to Islam as a historical phenomenon spanning eras and far-flung locales.
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Agi Mishol, one of Israel’s most prominent and popular poets, is the 2020/21 Artist in Residence at the IIAS.
We are delighted to share with you her recent poem, Corona in the Countryside II, which has also been translated into German and English.
Corona in the Countryside II
Now that death creeps round
and I’m peeled down
to a worn-out sweat suit,
down to lumps of cookie crumbs
and afterwards the striped toothpaste
that bursts from the tube
April 2002 – June 2002
David Engelberg (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Hermona Soreq (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
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