Isabel Toral-NiehoffAgha Khan UniversityInstitute for the Study of Muslim CivilizationsOn the speaker:Isabel Toral-Niehoff studied Islamic Studies and History in T bingen. After her PhD she explored the emergence of Arab identity in Late Antiquity as member of the SFB (multidisciplinary research network) _Identity and Alterity_ in Freiburg. Her areas of research comprise: Arabia and the Near East in Late Antiquity; Historical Anthropology; the Acculturation process and cultural transfer between Antiquity and Islam; Arab Magic und Secret Sciences; Literature in translation; Al-Andalus; and Arab Historiography. Her current research topic focuses the form and social function of tribal history in Early and Medieval Islam. She is interested in questions of ethnicity, genealogy, migration myths and nomadic space conceptions. For further details, see the links: http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/en/e/semiarab/arabistik/Mitarbeiter_in... event is sponsored by The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations & The Graduate School.