Translating Ancient Text

Sarah Baldwin talks with Elias Muhanna [] about an essay he wrote for the New Yorker […written-in-stone] in May 2018 in which he describes recent advances in translating pre-Islamic Arabic texts. The conversation focuses on the groundbreaking translations of Muhanna’s friend and colleague Ahmad Al-Jallad and how his work has changed our understanding of life on the Arabian peninsula before Islam.

Editing by Babette Thomas ’19

Theme music composed by Henry Ross Bloomfield:

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