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[IHTLS] The poet al-Sayyid al-Ḥimyarī’s (2nd/8th c.) and the Literary Development of the Epic Character of Imām 'Alī b. Abī Ṭālib
In the literary traditions of Islamic literatures (first of all in Arabic and Persian, but even in Malay), Imām 'Alī b. Abī Ṭālib has become the protagonist of narrative events that make him the heroic prototype of the struggle between Good and Evil. We will try to trace the origins of this heroic model focusing on some verses dedicated to the first Shiite Imām by the poet al-Sayyid al-Ḥimyarī (105 / 723-179 / 795), initially known as the literary spokesperson of the Kaysāniyya sect, then allegedly converted to Imami Shiism. Through the literary character of Imām ‘Alī as featured in his poetry, it is possible to focus on al-Sayyid al-Ḥimyarī’s role, as controversial as fundamental for the understanding of some aspects of the historical shift from Kaysāniyya to Imamite Shiism.

Speaker: Prof. Leonardo Capezzone (Sapienza – Università di Roma)
Discussant: Dr Fârès Gillon (IIS)

Dec 8, 2022 05:00 PM in London

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