The Arabian Nights
This lecture on the Arabian Nights was recorded in February 2021. The lecture was designed for students and faculty in the Freshman Studies program. This program, a multidisciplinary introduction to liberal learning, has been a cornerstone of the Lawrence curriculum since 1945.
The lecturer, Martyn Smith, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Lawrence. Professor
Smith joined the Lawrence faculty in 2006. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada; an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Seminary, in Pasadena, California; and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Professor Smith believes in the importance of students encountering religious sites and so leads annual trips to visit mosques in Dearborn, Michigan. He has also led students on field experience trips to Morocco and Senegal. Beginning with his book Religion, Culture, and Sacred Space (Palgrave, 2008), Professor Smith has concentrated on questions concerning the human interaction with place. He has written academic essays on medieval Cairo and has recently expanded his work into a comparative online examination of sacred space around the globe.
Smith, Martyn, "The Arabian Nights" (2021). First-Year Studies Lectures. 9.