Mechanical Horses, Galactic Sinbads and Other Unexpected Tales: Exploring the Astonishing Wonders of Classical Literature
of the Middle East
Presented by: Abdul-Rehman Malik, Postgraduate Associate at the Yale MacMillan Center Council on
Middle East Studies
Saturday December 8th 10:00am – 12:00pm
10:00 – 11:00 Student workshop (grades 7 – 12)
11:00 – 12:00 lecture open to all!
location: 53 Wall Street, New Haven free parking available in the lot across from the whitney humanities center on wall street
Fantasy, science fiction and superheroes have never been more popular! Did you know the classical literature of the Middle East was the source of much early European Sci-Fi writing! In Arabic and Persian, we find stories of mechanical horses that fly, galactic explorations and underwater civilizations. In this workshop and lecture, you will explore some of these astonishing stories by making connections to more modern narratives and hearing a special presentation about some of the historical roots of today’s fantasy and Sci-Fi craze.