Abbasid Belles Lettres by Julia AshtianyAbbasid Belles Lettres by Julia Ashtiany

Abbasid Belles Lettres

EditorJulia Ashtiany, T. M. Johnstone, J. D. Latham

Paperback | October 30, 2008

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'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.
Title:Abbasid Belles LettresFormat:PaperbackDimensions:536 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.18 inPublished:October 30, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521088658

ISBN - 13:9780521088657


Table of Contents

Editorial preface; Map: the Middle East; The 'Abbasid caliphate: a historical introduction H. N. Kennedy; 1. Adab and the concept of belles-lettres S. A. Bonebakker; 2. Shu'ubiyyah in Arabic literature H. T. Norris; 3. Ibn Al-Muqaffa' and early 'Abbasid prose J. D. Latham; 4. Al-Jahiz C. Pellat; 5. Al-Sahib Ibn 'Abbad C. Pellat; 6. Abu Hayyah al-Tawhidi M. Berge; 7. Al-Hamadhani, al-Hariri and the maqamat genre A. F. L. Beeston; 8. Fables and legends H. T. Norris; 9. 'Abbasid poetry and its antecedents M. M. Badawi; 10. Hunting poetry (tardiyyat) R. Smith; 11. Political poetry R. Rabinacci; 12. Love poetry (ghazal) A. Hamori; 13. Wine poetry (khamriyyat) F. Harb; 14. Mystical poetry M. Lings; 15. Ascetic poetry (zuhdiyyat) A. Hamori; 16. Bashshar b. Burd, Abu l-Atahiyah and Abu Nuwas G. Schoeler; 17. Al-Mutanabbi A. Hamori; 18. Abu Firas al-Hamdani A. El Tayib; 19. Abu l- Ala al-Ma'arri 'A'Isha 'Abd Al-Raham; 20. Literary criticism K. Abu Deeb; 21. Ibn al-Mu'tazz and Kitab al-Badi' S. A. Bonebakker; 22. Regional literature: Egypt S. M. Ayyad; 23. Regional literature: the Yemen A. El-Shami; Bibliographies; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"It is a most welcome addition to the extremely meager selection of books on the subject available in English...." Dimitri Gutas, JAAS