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Abbasid Belles Lettres

Abbasid Belles Lettres

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Part of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature

H. N. Kennedy, S. A. Bonebakker, H. T. Norris, J. D. Latham, C. Pellat, M. Berge, A. F. L. Beeston, H. T. Norris, M. M. Badawi, R. Smith, R. Rabinacci, A. Hamori, F. Harb, M. Lings, G. Schoeler, A. Hamori, A. El Tayib, 'A'Isha 'Abd Al-Raham, K. Abu Deeb, S. M. A. El-Shami
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  • Date Published: April 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521240161

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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 a 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.

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    • Date Published: April 1990
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521240161
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 152 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of 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.

  • Editors

    Julia Ashtiany

    T. M. Johnstone

    J. D. Latham

    R. B. Serjeant

    Contributors

    H. N. Kennedy, S. A. Bonebakker, H. T. Norris, J. D. Latham, C. Pellat, M. Berge, A. F. L. Beeston, H. T. Norris, M. M. Badawi, R. Smith, R. Rabinacci, A. Hamori, F. Harb, M. Lings, G. Schoeler, A. Hamori, A. El Tayib, 'A'Isha 'Abd Al-Raham, K. Abu Deeb, S. M. A. El-Shami

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