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Public Lectures and Readings

On Talk and Talkers in Arabic Narrative

عن الحديث والمُحدِّثين في السرد العربي

The professorship for Arabic studies and the elite master’s program CSME hosted a webinar in Arabic with the University of Cairo on July 14th, 2021.

Prof. Dr. Khairy Douma, Professor of Modern Arabic Literature at Cairo University.

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"Intelligence and Women: Smart Women in Arabic Anecdotes"

You are cordially invited to "Intelligence and Women: Smart Women in Arabic Anecdotes" by Mrs. Antonella Ghersetti from the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice.  An online lecture within the Summer 2021 program of the Bavarian Orient-Colloquium.


In Akhbār al-adhkiyāʾ (Stories of smart persons), an adab work devoted to people of acute intelligence, Ibn al-Jawzī (d. 597/1200) deals with the stories of “smart women” (al-nisāʾ al-mutafaṭṭināt). The anecdotes about women are contained in a chapter contrasting - by its criteria of categorization - with the other chapters of the book. Does this specific textual arrangement aim at defining a typically feminine intelligence, or a particular way for women to manifest their intelligence? To investigate this issue, I will first look at the conception of intelligence that emerges in Akhbār al-adhkiyāʾ, also comparing it with the concept of mètis; then, I will question the anecdotes of the chapter on intelligent women from the perspective of Luce Irigaray’s theories.

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Arabic in school lessons


New Publications and Announcements

Arabisch als moderne Fremdsprache im Schulunterricht. Lale Behzadi gemeinsam mit Peter Konerding und Christian Nerowski. In: Zeitschrift für Interkulturellen Fremdsprachenunterricht 24: 2, 2019, 405-425. 

This cooperative publication deals with an account of the social relevance and educational potential of Arabic language teaching at schools. With reference to a school project, didactic considerations are presented, as well as empirical findings on motives and reasons of pupils' participation.