Monday, February 1st, 2016 4:34 pm


If you happen to be in The Netherlands this Thursday, February 4, LAL will be there, too! Beatrice Gruendler, editor-translator of The Life and Times of Abū Tammām by Abū Bakr al-Ṣūlī, will be giving the fourth Leiden-Aramco Lecture on Arabic Language and Culture at the University of Leiden. Her presentation, titled “Modernity in the Ninth Century: The Controversy around Abū Tammām,” will focus on al-Ṣūlī’s biography of the controversial poet.

The lecture will take place in the Small Auditorium of the Academy Building (Rapenburg 67-73) from 4:15-5:30PM, and will be followed by a reception. More information can be found on the LUCIS website.The lecture is in English and open to all. The organizers are encouraging early registration, which you can do by emailing

Check out a recent interview with Beatrice on our blog for insight into the text and her translation (Part One and Part Two)!

—Chip Rossetti, Managing Editor