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Dante holding a copy of the Divine Comedy in in Domenico di Michelino's 1465 fresco

Professor Daniel Newman presents 'Dante and the Muslim world' at the Newcastle Lit & Phil on 16th December 2021

It has been suggested that Dante’s work was influenced by Arabic sources, both secular and religious. Prof Newman's talk examined this connection within the broader context of intercultural contacts between Christian Europe and the Muslim world. Secondly, it discussed the fraught reception of the Comedy in the Muslim world until the present day.

Professor Newman is a British writer, scholar and translator of Arabic literature and is currently the head of the Arabic department at the University of Durham. He has recently completed an edition and translation of a 15th-century cookery manual entitled Zahr al-ḥadīqa fi ‘l-aṭcima al-anīqa (‘Garden flowers in elegant food’), which contains over 300 recipes.


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Dante Exhibition: Dante and the Muslim World (