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CMENAS Colloquium Series. The Reshaping of Persian after the Seventh-Century Arabian Conquest and Colonization

Kevin van Bladel, Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, Yale University

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The 2019 CMENAS Colloquium Series theme is "Migration in the Islamicate World."

This presentation discusses the reshaping of the Persian language in the seventh and eighth centuries, conditioned by the settlement patterns of the coalition of conquering Colonists (muhājirūn) from Arabia. Breakthroughs in contact linguistics combined with traditional historical linguistics and philology provide new insights into the demographic history of premodern populations and shed light on how the Persian language still used today first emerged. In this analysis, modern narratives of Persian ethnic or national continuity with the ancient past give way to a history of discontinuity and colonial rupture.

About the Speaker:
Kevin van Bladel is Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Yale University. He is the author of The Arabic Hermes (2009) and From Sasanian Mandaeans to Sabians of the Marshes (2017), as well as numerous articles on the languages and learned traditions of the classical Near East.

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