Blind Spots - A Millennium in Arabic Literature

Blind Spots - A Millennium in Arabic Literature: Palestinian author, essayist and translator Anton Shammas will present the inaugural annual lecture of the 'Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation'. He will explore the hitherto concealed connections between Arabic learning and Western literature and art. He asks why Cervantes would claim that Don Quixote, ‘the first great novel of world literature’ was a history translated from Arabic, paying tribute to the vanished Muslim population of Spain; how the foundational Optics of eleventh century Cairo mathematician Ibn Al-Haytham ignited the Renaissance when translated into Latin and Italian; and considers the often unconscious transcribing of these influences into the work of later artists and writers, including Velazquez, Picasso and William Faulkner. Taking place on 14 October, 2016 at the Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.