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TALK: Al-Jildaki, the Hierotechnical Tradition, and the Rhetoric of a Chemical Commentary, by Alexandre M. Roberts

15.02.2024 | 12:00 c.t.

Dr. Alexandre M. Roberts gives a talk on Nihāyat al-ṭalab fī sharḥ al-Muktasab, a commentary on a single, concise treatise on gold-making, by the fourteenth-century scholar ʿIzz al-Dīn Aydamir ibn ʿAlī ibn Aydamir al-Jildakī.


This talk will focus on the chrysopoetic commentary Nihāyat al-ṭalab fī sharḥ al-Muktasab by the fourteenth-century scholar ʿIzz al-Dīn Aydamir ibn ʿAlī ibn Aydamir al-Jildakī, which comments expansively on a single, concise treatise on gold-making. The aim will be to situate this commentary within the broader textual tradition to which it belongs, to consider its rhetorical framework — how it presents itself, its purpose, and its intellectual contribution to a reader — and, finally, to assess this self-presentation by considering the text as a chemical commentary: a textual exegesis that elucidates one particular way of thinking rigorously about the transformation of matter.


Dr. Alexandre M. Roberts is Associate Professor of Classics and History at the University of Southern California (in Los Angeles). In 2023–2024 he is a Visiting Scholar at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he is working on a monograph entitled Chemistry and Its Consequences in Byzantium and the Islamic World.

Zeit & Ort

15.02.2024 | 12:00 c.t.

Freie Universität Berlin,
Fabeckstraße 23/25, Dahlem
Room -1.1062 (souterrain), or remote participation via WebEx.

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For online participation, please contact oualid.el.khattabi@fu-berlin.de