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Classical Arabic Literature: A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology

Classical Arabic Literature: A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology

A major translation achievement, this anthology presents a rich assortment of classical Arabic poems and literary prose, from pre-Islamic times until the 18th century, with short introductions to guide non-specialist students and informative endnotes and bibliography for advanced scholars. Both entertaining and informative, Classical Arabic Literature ranges from the early Bedouin poems with their evocation of desert life to refined urban lyrical... more

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Counsel for Kings: Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century Iran: Volume II: The Nasihat al-muluk of Pseudo-Mawardi: Texts, Sources and Authorities (Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature EUP)

Counsel for Kings: Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century Iran: Volume II: The Nasihat al-muluk of Pseudo-Mawardi: Texts, Sources and Authorities (Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature EUP)

Mirrors for princes form a substantial and important genre in many pre-modern literatures. Their ostensible purpose is to advise the king; at the same time they assert that the king, if he is truly virtuous, will appreciate being reminded of the contingency of his power. The unknown author of the Counsel for Kings studied in this book wrote in a distinctive early tenth-century Iranian environment. He deploys an abundant set of cultural materials ... more

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The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition: A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World

The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition: A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World

For the first time in English, a catalog of the world through fourteenth-century Arab eyes—a kind of Schott’s Miscellany for the Islamic Golden Age   An astonishing record of the knowledge of a civilization, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition catalogs everything known to exist from the perspective of a fourteenth-century Egyptian scholar and litterateur. More than 9,000 pages and thirty volumes—here abridged to one volume, and ... more

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Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition: Discovery, Deliverance and Delusion (Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature)

Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition: Discovery, Deliverance and Delusion (Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature)

Offers new vistas for reading, understanding and interpreting Arabic literature as well as the culture in which it was produced.... more

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A Reader of Classical Arabic Literature (Resources in Arabic and Islamic Studies)

A Reader of Classical Arabic Literature (Resources in Arabic and Islamic Studies)

A Reader of Classical Arabic Literature is one of a very small group of resources in English for the teaching of intermediate and advanced level classical Arabic. Based on his lecture notes, the late Seeger Bonebakker designed a superb teaching text, which he then asked his UCLA colleague, Michael Fishbein, to help him annotate and augment. The result is a truly valuable reader, one used widely in the United States and Europe, featuring judicious... more

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Chrestomathy of Classical Arabic Prose Literature (PORTA LINGUARUM ORIENTALIUM)

Chrestomathy of Classical Arabic Prose Literature (PORTA LINGUARUM ORIENTALIUM)

The text excerpts are accompanied by grammatical and lexical commentaries, supplemented, where necessary, by notes pointing to historical, cultural, and religious background information. The notes are conceived as a pedagogical tool for students in their third semester of Arabic or above. Elements of native Arabic grammatical theory and issues in comparative Semitic linguistics are introduced, where appropriate. Throughout the chrestomathy, stude... more

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Classical Arabic  and  the Hibernation of the Arab Mind - Book summary

Classical Arabic and the Hibernation of the Arab Mind - Book summary

With Classical Arabic and the Hibernation of the Arab Mind, Lebanon's Walid Khalil investigates why Arab societies have, as a rule, not been pulled along by the historical currents that have brought the Western world to the state we call "Modernity." His multi-disciplinary analysis touches on concepts as distinct as cooperation, diversity, network theory and dialectics. And yet, he shows how these disciplines intertwine in such a way as to explai... more

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What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us: or, A Period of Time, Volume Two (Library of Arabic Literature)

What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us: or, A Period of Time, Volume Two (Library of Arabic Literature)

With What ?Isa ibn Hisham Told Us, the Library of Arabic Literature brings readers an acknowledged masterpiece of early 20th-century Arabic prose. Penned by the Egyptian journalist Muhammad al-Muwaylihi, this exceptional title was first introduced in serialized form in his family’s pioneering newspaper Misbah al-Sharq (Light of the East), on which this edition is based, and later published in book form in 1907. Widely hailed for its eruditio... more

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Night & Horses & the Desert: An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature

Night & Horses & the Desert: An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature

Spanning the fifth to sixteenth centuries and societies that range from Afghanistan to Spain, this anthology is a testament to the astonishing grandeur and variety of classical Arabic literature. Here are excerpts from dozens of works–both renowned (The Qur’an, The Thousand and One Nights) and esoteric (Ibn Washshiyya’s “Book of Poisons”; a 10th-century poem in praise of asparagus)–all accompanied by Robert Irwin’s erudite commenta... more

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Close Relationships: Incest and Inbreeding in Classical Arabic Literature

Close Relationships: Incest and Inbreeding in Classical Arabic Literature

This is a groundbreaking and comprehensive study of the diverse facts and opinions concerning incest and close-kin marriage found in literary and non-literary pre-modern Arabic texts. Incest is a motif found in lampoons, anecdotes, stories, legends, dream interpretation, and polemics with other religions, in particular the Zoroastrians, who in pre-Islamic times allegedly recommended next-of-kin marriage. Many of the relevant passages are presente... more

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