Wonder and Appreciation: What Arabic Aesthetics Can Teach Us About Gratitude

February 24, 2021
Virtual Event

Dr. Lara Harb, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, will be speaking about her new book, Arabic Poetics: Aesthetic Experience in Classical Arabic Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Part of the series, "Lunchtime Lectures: Religious Conceptions of Gratitude."

Abstract: Zakariyya al-Qazwini (1203-1283), the author of an encyclopedic work entitled The Marvels of Creation, exclaimed that everything in the world is cause for our wonder; familiarity and frequent observation are the only reasons our fascination is dulled. Arabic literary critics saw the function of poetry as being to re-instill this sense of wonder in the listener. It is through wonder that we can rediscover the familiar and learn to appreciate it. This talk delves into the magical ways this can take place through language, according to classical Arabic literary theory. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

12:00 - 1:30 PM