Fellow Presentations


Thomas Hauschild: "Origins and Functions: Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus as Gods of old Chinese and Mongolian Culture"

Anna Akasoy: "Iskandar the Prophet"
Alexander the Great appears in a number of contexts in the cultures of the medieval Islamic world, including the Qur’an and its exegesis, historiography, literary traditions (notably the Alexander Romance) and philosophy. In my presentation I will begin with a survey of Alexander’s contested role as a prophet in medieval Islam and then focus on political notions of prophecy in that context.