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Villainess, Anti-Heroine, Allegory of the Soul: Potiphar's Wife in Islamic and Rabbinic Writings


10:30-11:00 am    Add
126 Barrows Hall

Potiphar's wife Zulaykha is infamous in both the Bible and the Quran for her unsuccessful attempt to seduce the unwilling Joseph. She represents a troubling mixture of classic predator and an unabashed testament to (female) desire. Within the Rabbinic and Islamic traditions, interpreters of this story have confronted broader theological questions about desire and will in the human soul. This event is part of "Poets, Pioneers and Peacemakers: Women's Voices Spanning the Near East to the Steps of Sproul Hall," a four-part series of talks held from 10 a.m.-noon in 126 Barrows Hall. All are welcome.
Madeline Wyse, Ph.D. Student, Near Eastern Studies

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