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Arabic Literature to the End of the Umayyad Period : The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature - A. F. L. Beeston

Arabic Literature to the End of the Umayyad Period

The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature

By: A. F. L. Beeston (Editor), T. M. Johnstone (Editor), R. B. Serjeant (Editor), G. R. Smith (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 27th January 1984
ISBN: 9780521240154
Number Of Pages: 568

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The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature is the first general survey of the field to have been published in English for over fifty years and the first attempted in such detail in a multi-volume form. Guided by an international advisory editorial board, and compiled by leading scholars from the Middle East, Europe and America, the volumes of the History provide an invaluable source of reference and understanding of the intellectual, literary and religious heritage of the Arabic-speaking and Islamic world. This volume begins its coverage with the oral verse of the sixth century AD, and ends with the fall of the Umayyad dynasty two centuries later. Within this period fall major events: the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the founding of the Islamic religion, the great Arab Islamic conquests of territories outside the Arabian Peninsula, and their meeting, as overlords, with the Byzantine and Sasanian world. Contributors to this volume discuss the nature of the Arabic language and the Arabic book; pre-Islamic literature; the Qur'an itself and the body of Hadith literature which records the traditions of the Prophet. The many classes of literature that accompanied the Umayyad period are reviewed in detail, as are the influences of Greeks, Persians and Syrians on early Arabic literature.

Editorial introduction
Background topics
Pre-Islamic poetry
Early Arabic prose
The beginnings of Arabic prose literature: the epistolary genre
The role of parallelism in Arabic prose
The Qur'an - I
The Qur'an - II
Qisas elements in the Qur'an
Aspects of the Qur'an today
Hadith literature - I: the development of the science of Hadith Muhammad
Hadith literature - II: collection and transmission of Hadith
Shi'i Hadith
Narrative elements in the Hadith literature
European criticism of Hadith literature
The impact of the Qur'an and Hadith on medieval Arabic literature
The Maghazi literature
The Sirah literature
The poetry of the Sirah literature
Fables and legends in pre-Islamic and early Islamic times
Umayyad poetry
Music and verse
The Greek impact on Arabic literature
The Persian impact on Arabic literature
The Syrian impact on Arabic literature
List of sources
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ISBN: 9780521240154
ISBN-10: 0521240158
Series: The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 568
Published: 27th January 1984
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 1.0