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

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This uniquely comprehensive anthology at last brings the astonishing grandeur and variety of classical Arabic literature to the Western audience.

The distinguished Arabist Robert Irwin presents dazzling excerpts from works both renowned (The Qur’an, The Thousand and One Nights) and esoteric (Ibn Wasshiya’s “Book of Poisons,” the dashing Byronic poetry of Imru’ al-Qays). Selections are accompanied by Irwin’s erudite commentaries, which illuminate the reader on the cultural and historical context of these works. Spanning the fifth to sixteenth centuries and societies from Afghanistan to Spain, this is a captivating and invaluable guide to one of the world’s great bodies of literature.

“A joy to read.... This book is a journey through 11 centuries of a lost world, with a surprise on almost every page.”–Financial Times 

“[A] treasure-house of a book.... Unequaled for scholarship and entertainment.”–The Independent (London)

“Outstanding…. No other single-volume anthology provides such extensive coverage.”–Library Journal 

Synopsis:

This uniquely comprehensive anthology at last brings the astonishing grandeur and variety of classical Arabic literature to the Western audience.<P>The distinguished Arabist Robert Irwin presents dazzling excerpts from works both renowned (The Qur'an, The Thousand and One Nights) and esoteric (Ibn Wasshiya's "Book of Poisons, " the dashing Byronic poetry of Imru' al-Qays). Selections are accompanied by Irwin's erudite commentaries, which illuminate the reader on the cultural and historical context of these works. Spanning the fifth to sixteenth centuries and societies from Afghanistan to Spain, this is a captivating and invaluable guide to one of the world's great bodies of literature.

About the Author

Robert Irwin has taught Arabic and Medieval History at Oxford, Cambridge, and the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of The Arabian Nights: A Companion as well as six novels. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385721554
Editor:
Irwin, Robert
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Editor:
Irwin, Robert
Author:
Irwin, Robert
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Middle Eastern
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Arabic literature
Subject:
Arabic literature -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 57
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.2 x 1 in 0.8125 lb

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Product details 480 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385721554 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This uniquely comprehensive anthology at last brings the astonishing grandeur and variety of classical Arabic literature to the Western audience.<P>The distinguished Arabist Robert Irwin presents dazzling excerpts from works both renowned (The Qur'an, The Thousand and One Nights) and esoteric (Ibn Wasshiya's "Book of Poisons, " the dashing Byronic poetry of Imru' al-Qays). Selections are accompanied by Irwin's erudite commentaries, which illuminate the reader on the cultural and historical context of these works. Spanning the fifth to sixteenth centuries and societies from Afghanistan to Spain, this is a captivating and invaluable guide to one of the world's great bodies of literature.
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