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ʻAbbasid belles-lettres /
edited by Julia Ashtiany ... [et al.]
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
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xv, 517 p. : 1 map. --
ISBN
0521240166
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
isbn
0521240166
catalogue key
759438
 
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-11:
This handsome volume deals with aspects of the Arabic belles lettres produced during the rule of the 'Abbasid Dynasty, 750-1258 CE, the golden age of Arabic thought and letters, science, and technology. The 23 essays are written by authors teaching at some of the English-speaking world's most distinguished universities, but they vary in both length and quality because of the subjective selection of topics (belles-lettrist) and regions (chapters on Egypt and Yemen). As to the hope "that the volume may be of interest to readers with no knowledge of Arabic," such general readers would be hard put to enjoy verses that read in translation: "I am a son of Mars who have been in many wars and show my cuts and scars wherever I come" or "You have taken me past the limits of pain. Because of you my tears of blood never cease." Furthermore, only Arabists will recognize the overwhelming majority of concepts dealt with in these essays. Thus, this book should be of interest to graduate students and to research libraries. -K. I. H. Semaan, emeritus, SUNY at Binghamton
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"It is a most welcome addition to the extremely meager selection of books on the subject available in English...." Dimitri Gutas, JAAS
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This volume of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature covers artistic prose and poetry produced in the heartland and provinces of the 'Abbasid empire during the second great period of Arabic literature, from the mid-eighth to the thirteenth centuries AD. 'Abbasid literature was characterised by the emergence of many new genres and of a scholarly and sophisticated critical consciousness. This volume deals chronologically with the main genres and provides extended studies of major poets, prose-writers and literary theorists. It concludes with the first comprehensive survey of the relatively unknown literature of the Yemen to appear in a European language since the manuscript discoveries of recent years. To make the material accessible to non-specialist readers, 'Abbasid authors are quoted in English translation wherever possible, and clear explanations of their literary techniques and conventions are provided. With chapters by leading specialists from the Middle East, Europe and America, the volume represents a wide cross-section of current academic opinion.
Main Description
'Abbasid literature was characterized by the emergence of many new genres and of a scholarly and sophisticated critical consciousness. This volume of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature covers the prose and poetry produced in the heartland and provinces of the 'Abbasid Empire from the mid-eighth to the thirteenth centuries A.D. Chronologically organized, the book explores the main genres and provides extended studies of major poets, prose writers and literary theorists. To make the material accessible to nonspecialist readers, 'Abbasid authors are quoted in English translation wherever possible, and clear explanations of their literary techniques and conventions are provided. The volume concludes with the first comprehensive survey of the relatively unknown literature of the Yemen to appear in a European language since the manuscript discoveries of recent years.
Main Description
This volume covers artistic prose and poetry produced in the 'Abbasid empire from the mid-eighth to the thirteenth centuries AD.
Main Description
This volume of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature covers artistic prose and poetry produced in the heartland and provinces of the 'Abbasid empire during the second great period of Arabic literature, from the mid-eighth to the thirteenth centuries AD. 'Abbasid literature was characterised by the emergence of many new genres and of a scholarly and sophisticated critical consciousness. This volume deals chronologically with the main genres and provides extended studies of major poets, prose-writers and literary theorists. It concludes with a comprehensive survey of the relatively unknown literature of the Yemen to appear in a European language since the manuscript discoveries of recent years. To make the material accessible to non-specialist readers, 'Abbasid authors are quoted in English translation wherever possible, and clear explanations of their literary techniques and conventions are provided. With chapters by leading specialists from the Middle East, Europe and America, the volume represents a wide cross-section of current academic opinion.
Description for Library
This volume of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature covers artistic prose and poetry produced in the heartland and provinces of the 'Abbasid empire during the second great period of Arabic literature, from the mid-eighth to the thirteenth centuries AD. This volume deals chronologically with the main genres and provides extended studies of major poets, prose-writers and literary theorists. To make the material accessible to non-specialist readers, 'Abbasid authors are quoted in English translation wherever possible, and clear explanations of their literary techniques and conventions are provided.
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This volume of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature covers artistic prose and poetry produced in the heartland and provinces of the 'Abbasid empire during the second great period of Arabic literature, from the mid-eighth to the thirteenth centuries AD.
Table of Contents
Editorial preface
Map: the Middle East
The G++Abbasid caliphate: a historical introduction
Adab and the concept of belles-lettres
Shu'ubiyyah in Arabic literature
Ibn Al-Muqaffa' and early 'Abbasid prose
Al-Jahiz
Al-Sahib Ibn 'Abbad
Abu Hayyah al-Tawhidi
Al-Hamadhani, al-Hariri and the maqamat genre
Fables and legends
G++Abbasid poetry and its antecedents
Hunting poetry (tardiyyat)
Political poetry
Love poetry (ghazal)
Wine poetry (khamriyyat)
Mystical poetry
Ascetic poetry (zuhdiyyat)
Bashshar b. Burd, Abu l-Atahiyah and Abu Nuwas
Al-Mutanabbi
Abu Firas al-Hamdani
Abu l- Ala al-MaG++arri G++AG++Isha
Literary criticism
Ibn al-Mu'tazz and Kitab al-Badi'
Regional literature: Egypt
Regional literature: the Yemen
Bibliographies
Index
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