Online Talk
A Millennium of Arab-British Encounters: Crusading & Exchanging Knowledge in the Middle Ages
Thursday 17th November 2022 | 6pm
A History Talk (online) - A Millennium of Arab-British Encounters: Crusading and Exchanging Knowledge in the Middle Ages
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Did King John really offer to convert to Islam when he sent an embassy to the Almohad Caliph, al-Nasir in 1215? Which scholars helped translate Arabic works from Arabic into Latin and how did this influence the curriculum at English universities? Why did so many Arabic words enter the English language in the medieval period? What did Salah al-Din and Richard the Lionheart think of each other? Find out which Midlands’ families joined the Third Crusade and what local landmarks served as a base for the Knights Templar.

Join us for an online talk where historian Dr Neelam Hussain explores these questions and much more as she discusses encounters between the 12th and 15th centuries with Dr Fozia Bora, Associate Professor of Islamic History at the University of Leeds. Co-hosted by Rend Nawari.

We are grateful to the Arab British Centre for their generous funding and support for this event as part of our 'People, Places, Traces: A Millennium of Arab-British Encounters' heritage project. This project will also contribute to the Arab British Centre's Arab Britain digital story archive. You can find details of the rest of the project here.

This is a free online event (via Zoom), open to the public. Please register your interest in attending and a link will be sent to your email before the event.

Image: Salah al-Din at the Battle of Hattin