Don’t miss Joel Blecher’s talk on Hadith commentary at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 28 Nov 2023

Joel Blecher
Joel Blecher


Italian Cultural Institute

3 El-Sheikh El Marsafy St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 5423/2735 8791

Thurs 30, 6pm: Live podcast Time Stories (Hekayat Elzaman) is produced by (The Podcast Lab) in cooperation with Murtagal Company for Training. The most important thing in one's life is time, thus comes the designation of the podcast. The project aims to providing some space for a number of people to relate and share their stories with audiences. For the founders, the podcast is based on the fact that sharing stories heals since every person will find a bit of herself/himself in the podcast story. The main themes of Hekayat Elzaman Podcast are: hope, continuity, love, pain, mental health, family and coping or acceptance of distress. Stories take from 5 to 7 minutes with a maximum of 7 to 10 stories to be presented. The preparation of shows and selection of topics is done via the Podcast Lab represented by Rasha Eldeeb, as a main founder, and by Murtagal co-represented by Mohamed Farouk as co-founder. 


The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC)

1 Mahmoud Azmi St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2738 2522

Tues 5 Dec, 7pm: Hadith commentary has been a central site of Islamic intellectual life for more than a millennium, across diverse periods, regions and sects. This talk by Joel Blecher, associate professor of history at the George Washington University and the author of Said the Prophet of God: Hadith Commentary across a Millennium (University of California, 2018), which has been translated into Arabic, will offer an overview of the key problems and critical themes of hadith commentary from the early centuries of Islam to the modern period, and will highlight both differences and commonalities as the practice of hadith commentary circulated across distant eras and lands, shedding new light on the way Muslims have historically understood the meaning of Prophet Mohamed’s example. Blecher is the co-translator of Ibn Hajar’s Merits of the Plague (Penguin Classics, 2023). He is currently a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and the Bayard Dodge distinguished visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo (The number of seats is limited, doors open at 6:30 and close at 7:15 or earlier in case the lecture room reaches its full capacity). 



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Conference Centre Main Hall

Fri 1 Dec, 7pm: Poetry recital by Amr Hassan.

* A version of this article appears in print in the 30 November, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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