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The Polymath (Modern Arabic Literature)

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Publisher Comments:

This award-winning historical novel deals with the stormy life of the outstanding Arab philosopher Ibn Khaldun, using historical sources, and particularly material from the writer's works, to construct the personal and intellectual universe of a fourteenth-century genius. The dominant concern of the novel-the uneasy relationship between intellectuals and political power, between scholars and authority-addresses our times through the transparent veil of history. We meet Ibn Khaldun as a man of the mind, a man of the heart, and finally as a man of action, trying to minimize the imminent horrors of invading armies and averting the sack of Damascus by Tamerlane, only to spend his last years lonely and destitute, having been fired from his post as qadi, having lost his wife, and his attempts at saving the political situation having come to nil.

About the Author

ROGER ALLEN is professor of Arabic language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his translations are Naguib Mahfouzs Mirrors (AUC Press, 1999) and Bensalem Himmichs The Polymath (AUC Press, 2000).

Product Details

ISBN:
9789774162527
Author:
Himmich, Bensalem
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
Translator:
Allen, Roger
Author:
Allen, Roger
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Modern Arabic Literature
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.70x4.90x.70 in. .75 lbs.

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