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Fables from the past brought to life

6 February 2004

Distinguished academic Professor Emeritus Raphael Loewe will be delivering a public lecture and launching his new book at UCL's Institute of Jewish Studies on 25 February 2004.

The former Goldsmid Professor of Hebrew at UCL is delivering the lecture 'Ibn Sahula's Moral Fables: Jewish Education and Satire in 13th-Century Spain', which coincides with the publication of his latest book, a new translation of Isaac Ibn Sahula's 'Meshal Haqadmoni' or 'Fables from the Distant Past'.

Professor Leowe has published widely on Judaism in late antiquity and the Middle Ages, including many translations into English and medieval Hebrew. His latest offering is a presentation of the intellectual and social spectrum of the Sephardi Jewish world in 13th-century Spain. The satirical fables are written from animals' perspectives and also comprise moral debates on subjects such as time, the soul, medicine and Jewish folklore.

The lecture commences at 6.30pm in the Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre with a reception from 6pm in the Haldane Room.

To find out more about the institute and directions, use the links below.

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