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“Impressions of Early 13th century Central Asia as seen in the poetry of Yelü Chucai”: a guest lecture by Dr. Sally Church with Prof. Qiu Jiangning

On October 18th Dr. Sally Church gave a guest lecture at the Department of History, Nanjing University, together with Prof. Qiu Jiangning of Zhejiang Normal University. The topic was: “Impressions of Early 13th century Central Asia as seen in the poetry of Yelü Chucai”. Prof. Qiu Jiangning was a visiting scholar at the University of… Read More »

Arabic Names

Arabic names are composed of four parts: laqab, kunya, ism, and nisba. The laqab is an honorific title, often a compound with –dīn, ‘religion’; hence Shams al-Dīn, ‘Sun of Religion’, Husām al-Dīn, ‘Sword of Religion’, Badr al-Dīn, ‘Full Moon of Religion’. These titles begin to appear in Ayyubid and Mamluk times and are current everywhere… Read More »

Two-hour periods (watches) of the day

In Ancient China the 24 hours of the day were divided into the following 12 two-hour periods, sometimes called “watches”. They are: Zi 子 (11pm-1am), Chou 丑 (1am-3am) , Yin 寅 (3am-5am), Mou 卯 (5am-7am), Chen 辰 (7am-9am), Si 巳 (9am-11am), Wu 午 (11am-1pm), Wei 未 (1pm-3pm), Shen 申 (3pm-5pm), You 酉 (5pm-7pm), Xu 戌… Read More »