Al-Jahiz: In Praise of Books by James MontgomeryAl-Jahiz: In Praise of Books by James Montgomery

Al-Jahiz: In Praise of Books

byJames Montgomery

Hardcover | January 13, 2014

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Introduces the writings and 'Abbasid-period textual world of Al-Jahiz, the "father of Arabic prose". Al-Jahiz was a bibliomaniac, theologian, and spokesman for the political and cultural elite, a writer who lived, counselled and wrote in Iraq during the first century of the 'Abbasid caliphate.He advised, argued and rubbed shoulders with the major power brokers and leading religious and intellectual figures of his day, and crossed swords in debate and argument with the architects of the Islamic religious, theological, philosophical and cultural canon. His many, tumultuous writings engage with these figures, their ideas, theories and policies. They give us an invaluable but much-neglected window onto the values and beliefs of this cosmopolitan elite.Edinburgh University Press will publish two self-contained guides to reading al-Jahiz that alsoshed light on his society and its writings.
James Montgomery is The Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arab at the University of Cambridge.
Title:Al-Jahiz: In Praise of BooksFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pagesPublished:January 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748683321

ISBN - 13:9780748683321