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School of History

History Taster Event - Prophets Sufis and Rebels in the early Islamic World

When: Thursday, December 3, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Online, Details Provided upon Registration,

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Experience History at Queen Mary. This taster session is a journey through several centuries of Near Eastern History. Beginning with the formation of the early Islamic community in the 7th-century Arabian Peninsula, we will explore rivalries, rebellions and competing claims of prophethood as well as the relationship between the early community and its Jewish and Christian neighbours. Then we will jump to 13th-century Persia to discuss the mystical poetry of Farid ud-Din Attar’s The Conference of the Birds. The topics of this taster range from a female prophetess competing with Muhammad’s claim to religious authority to debating exactly what moths and a flame have to do with the divine, and all questions you might have in-between. There will be a chance to ask questions and learn more about what it is like to study in the School of History at Queen Mary.