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

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Publisher Comments:

The first collection of poetry and prose from a rich and all too unfamiliar literary tradition.

Spanning the fifth to the sixteenthcenturies, from Afghanistan to Spain, Night and Horses and the Desert includes translated extracts from all the major classics in an invaluable introduction to the subject. Robert Irwin has selected a wide range of Arabic poetry and prose in translation, from the most important and typical texts to the very obscure.Alongside the extracts, Irwin s copious commentary and notes provide an explanatory history of Arabic literature. What were the various genres and to what extent were they constrained by rules What were the canons of traditional Arabic literary criticism How were Arabic prose and poetry recited and written down Irwin explores the literary environments of the desert, salon, mosque, and bookshop and provides brief biographies of the caliphs, princesses, warriors, scribes, dandies, and mystics who created such a rich and diverse literary culture. Night and Horses and the Desert gives western readers a unique taste of the sheer vitality and depth of the medieval Arabpast.

Synopsis:

In this anthology of classical Arabic literature, Irwin gives western readers a unique taste of the sheer vitality and depth of the medieval Arab past with a wide range of poetry and prose from the fifth to the 16th centuries.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [xv]-xviii) and index.

About the Author

Robert Irwin, the eminent Arabist, is the author of The Middle East in the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion, and Islamic Art, as well as six novels.

Table of Contents

Pagan poets (A.D.500-622) — The Qur'an — Court culture (7th-8th centuries) — Widening horizons (c. 750-c. 900) — The wandering scholars (c. 900-1175) — The lost kingdoms of the Arabs: Andalusia — Servitude of military grandeur.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585670642
Subtitle:
An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature
Editor:
Irwin, Robert
Editor:
Irwin, Robert
Author:
Irwin, Robert
Publisher:
Overlook Hardcover
Location:
Woodstock, NY :
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Middle Eastern
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Arabic literature
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
no. OPSW-ODFW-200-3
Publication Date:
20000901
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
462
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.5 x 1.4 in 1.82 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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