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Seminar 2009

Scheherazade and the Global Mutation of Teaching Stories
Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin will outline the history and purpose of teaching stories, their role in the Islamic mystical tradition and the didactic uses of tales from The Arabian Nights. He also asks (in the year of Darwin’s centenary) how it is that stories mutate and survive.

Robert Irwin is a publisher and writer of both fiction and non-fiction. His non-fiction works include The Arabian Nights: A Companion (1994) and For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies (2006). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is also a Senior Research Associate of the History Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University.

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