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Cambridge - Abbasid Belles Lettres
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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.




Product ID: 100585     ISBN-10: 0521240166
Category: Literature
Supporting languages: Arabic, English
Platforms/media types: Printed Matter
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.