The Case of the Animals versus Man Before the King of the Jinn

Paperback | February 15, 2012

EditorLenn E. Goodman, Richard McGregor

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This is a new English translation of a classic of medieval Islamic learning, which illuminates the intellectual debates of its age and speaks vividly to the concerns of our own. It is the most famous work of the Brethren of Purity, a tenth-century esoteric fraternity based in Basra andBaghdad. In this rich allegorical fable the exploited and oppressed animals pursue a case against humanity. They are granted the gift of speech and presented as subjects with views and interests of their own. Over the course of the hearing they rebuke and criticise human weakness, deny man'ssuperiority, and make powerful demands for greater justice and respect for animals. This sophisticated moral allegory combines elements of satire with a thought-provoking thesis on animal welfare. Goodman and McGregory accompany their translation with an introduction and annotations that explore therich historical and cultural context to the work.

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This is a new English translation of a classic of medieval Islamic learning, which illuminates the intellectual debates of its age and speaks vividly to the concerns of our own. It is the most famous work of the Brethren of Purity, a tenth-century esoteric fraternity based in Basra andBaghdad. In this rich allegorical fable the exploi...

Lenn E. Goodman is Professor of Philosophy and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Richard McGregor is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Islamic Studies at Vanderbilt University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199642516

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Nader El-Bizri: ForewordIntroductionTechnical IntroductionEpistle 22: The Case of the Animals versus Man Before the King of the JinnAppendix A: Authorities CitedAppendix B: Geographical RegionsAppendix C: Iranian Kings and HeroesBibliographyIndex