Byzantine War Propaganda and the Origins of the Qur’ānic Concept of Fighting Martyrdom

Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
Free and open to the public.

Tommaso Tesei completed his Ph.D. in 2013 jointly at the Department of Oriental Studies, University Sapienza of Rome and at the department of Arabic Studies of the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), Paris. His doctoral dissertation (Deux légendes d’Alexandre le Grand dans le Coran. Une étude sur les origines du texte sacré arabe et sur ses liens avec les littératures chrétiennes et juives de l’Antiquité Tardive) deals with the relationship between two Qurʾānic pericopes and various contemporaneous late antique traditions concerning Alexander the Great, found in Syriac apocalyptic texts. In 2013 he was awarded a five-year postdoctoral fellowship to join the The Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He is currently a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Light Lunch Served.

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