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Abbasid Belles Lettres : The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature - Julia Ashtiany

Abbasid Belles Lettres

The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature

By: Julia Ashtiany (Editor), T. M. Johnstone (Editor), J. D. Latham (Editor), R. B. Serjeant (Editor)

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Published: 30th March 1990
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This volume of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature covers artistic prose and poetry produced in the heartland and provinces of the 'Abbasid empire during the second great period of Arabic literature, from the mid-eighth to the thirteenth centuries AD. 'Abbasid literature was characterised by the emergence of many new genres and of a scholarly and sophisticated critical consciousness. This volume deals chronologically with the main genres and provides extended studies of major poets, prose-writers and literary theorists. It 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. To make the material accessible to non-specialist readers, 'Abbasid authors are quoted in English translation wherever possible, and clear explanations of their literary techniques and conventions are provided. With chapters by leading specialists from the Middle East, Europe and America, the volume represents a wide cross-section of current academic opinion.

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

Editorial preface
Map: the Middle East
The G++Abbasid caliphate: a historical introduction
Adab and the concept of belles-lettres
Shu'ubiyyah in Arabic literature
Ibn Al-Muqaffa' and early 'Abbasid prose
Al-Jahiz
Al-Sahib Ibn 'Abbad
Abu Hayyah al-Tawhidi
Al-Hamadhani, al-Hariri and the maqamat genre
Fables and legends
G++Abbasid poetry and its antecedents
Hunting poetry (tardiyyat)
Political poetry
Love poetry (ghazal)
Wine poetry (khamriyyat)
Mystical poetry
Ascetic poetry (zuhdiyyat)
Bashshar b. Burd, Abu l-Atahiyah and Abu Nuwas
Al-Mutanabbi
Abu Firas al-Hamdani
Abu l- Ala al-MaG++arri G++AG++Isha
Literary criticism
Ibn al-Mu'tazz and Kitab al-Badi'
Regional literature: Egypt
Regional literature: the Yemen
Bibliographies
Index
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ISBN: 9780521240161
ISBN-10: 0521240166
Series: The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 30th March 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.95