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Congres - Arabic in Context - (2 et 3 Novembre 2013, Leiden University)

Congres - Arabic in Context - (2 et 3 Novembre 2013, Leiden University)

Arabic in Context

The year 2013 marks the 400th anniversary of Leiden’s chair in Arabic Language and Culture. To celebrate this memorable event, the Leiden Institute for Area Studies and the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics will convene a congress that will bring together Arabicists, Semiticists, historians, and epigraphists to discuss original research on the pre- and early history of Arabic.

The papers presented at this congress will be published in a volume commemorating this important anniversary. It is hoped that the 400th year of Arabic at Leiden will mark an important contribution to our understanding of Arabic in its earliest stages.


400 years of Arabic in Leiden - November 2nd and 3rd, 2013
Hosted by Stichting Oosters - Instituut Juynboll Foundation

Saturday, November 2nd 2013 - Leiden University Library, Vossius Room - Witte Singel 26—‐27, Leiden

9:30 Coffee and registration

10:00 Introduction, Arabic at Leiden
Ahmad Al-Jallad and Petra Sijpesteijn, Leiden University

Arabic and Northwest Semitic
Chair – Ahmad Al-Jallad, Leiden University

10:30 Raphelengius Vindicatus : The earliest translations of Hebrew םֺאדָ into
Jordi Ferrer i Serra, Swedish Royal Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities
(University of Lund)

11:00 Qur’anic sulṭān and sallaṭa : a view from Aramaic
Agustinus Gianto, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break

Arabic and the Epigraphic Sources
Chair – Margareta Folmer, Leiden University

11:45 Arabic loanwords in Nabataeo-Arabic (3rd-5th century AD)
Laïla Nehmé, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

12:15 The Ayn Abada inscription forty years later : a reassessment
Manfred Kropp, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

12:45 Traces of South Arabian causative verbal stem in the Arabic lexicon
Daniele Mascitelli, University of Pisa

1:15-2:30 Lunch

Arabic in the Early Islamic and Medieval Sources
Chair – Kees Versteegh, Radboud University Nijmegen

2:30 Arabic thoughts, Greek numbers, Coptic script : two accounting documents
from Fatimid Fayyum
Marie Legendre, University of Oxford

3:00 The spoken Arabic of the Muslim conquests : evidence from 7th
and 8th century Greek papyri
Ahmad Al-Jallad, Leiden University

3:30 Medieval Judaeo-Arabic manuscripts with vocalization
Geoffrey Khan, University of Cambridge

4:00 – 4:15 Coffee

Keynote Address
4:15 Arabic in its Semitic context
John Huehnergard, University of Texas - Austin

5:00 - 6:00 Book Presentation by Brill Publishers + Reception

7:30 Conference Dinner

Sunday, November 3rd 2013
Leiden University, Lipsius Building, Room 003
Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden

Arabic in North Africa
Chair – Harry Stroomer, Leiden University

9:00 The Arabic strata in Berber : a case study on Awjila Berber
Marijn van Putten, Leiden University and Adam Benkato, The School of Oriental
and African Studies, London

9:30 The Romance of North African Arabic
Stéphane Goyette, Independent Scholar

10:00 Early Islamic terminology in Berber
Maarten Kossmann, Leiden University

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

Qurʾānic Arabic
Chair – Gabrielle van den Berg, Leiden University

10:45 Traces of Bilingualism/Multilingualism in the Qur’ānic Text
Guillaume Dye, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

11:15 A Syriac Reading of the Qurʾān ? The case of sūrat al-Kawṯar
Martin F.J. Baasten, Leiden University

11:45 On the (Middle) Iranian borrowings in pre-Islamic and Qurʾānic Arabic
Johnny Cheung, Leiden University

12:15 – 1:20 Lunch

Arabic and Akkadian
Chair – John Huehnergard, University of Texas - Austin

1:20 Some Arabic terms for animals in the light of Akkadian
Kristina Toshkina, Bar-Ilan University

1:50 Old Babylonian omen sentence constructions : investigating Old
Babylonian omens using Arabic Grammatical Theory
Nadia Ait Said-Ghanem, The School of Oriental and African Studies, London

2:20-2:30 Coffee Break

2:30 Morphological anomalies and pragmatic aspects in the Arabic and
Akkadian declension : a new perspective on the distribution and origin of
diptosy and triptosy
Francesco Grande, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia

3:00 Arabic and the putative Proto-Semitic *qatāl- infinitive : evidence from the
former for a reconsideration of the latter
Adam Strich, Harvard University

3:30 – 3:40 Coffee Break

Neo-Arabic and Proto-Arabic
Chair – Jérôme Lentin, Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales

3:40 Arabic allaḏī / illi as subordinators : an alternative perspective
Lutz Edzard, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

4:10 Major Arabic speech communities of the pre-Islamic era : evidence from
Alexander Magidow, University of Rhode Island

4:40 How conservative and how innovating is Arabic ?
Andrzej Zaborski, Jagiellonian University, Cracow

5:10 Digging up archaic features : Neo-Arabic and comparative Semitic in the
quest for proto-Arabic
Na’ama Pat-El The University of Texas - Austin

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