Exeter Medieval Studies Blog

Popeye and Curly: 120 Days in Medieval Baghdad

Posted by Mark

21 October 2022

Emily Selove, Senior Lecturer of Medieval Arabic Literature in the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, has published a book of cartoons about the medieval city of Baghdad. “You can get a PhD in Classical Arabic Literature, or you can just buy this book,” said Michael Cooperson, professor of Arabic at UCLA. The book includes one hundred and twenty scenes from the vibrant city of Abbasid Baghdad, starring book-loving author Popeye (Al-Jahiz) and winebibbing poet Curly (Abu Nuwas), along with their friends Coral (a singing girl) and the Caliph of one of the world’s most influential empires in history.

Read more about Popeye and Curly on Medievalists.net: https://www.medievalists.net/2021/05/cartoons-about-medieval-baghdad/


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