Night & Horses & The Desert: An Anthology of Classic Arabic Literature

Author: Robert Irwin

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1590209141

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 480

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The first collection of poetry and prose from a rich and all too unfamiliar literary tradition Spanning the fifth to the sixteenth centuries, from Afghanistan to Spain, Night & Horses & The Desert includes translated extracts from all the major classics in an invaluable introduction to the subject. Robert Irwin has selected a wide range of Arabic poetry and prose in translation, from the most important and typical texts to the very obscure. Alongside the extracts, Irwin’s copious commentary and notes provide an explanatory history of Arabic literature. What were the various genres and to what extent were they constrained by rules? What were the canons of traditional Arabic literary criticism? How were Arabic prose and poetry recited and written down? Irwin explores the literary environments of the desert, salon, mosque, and bookshop and provides brief biographies of the caliphs, princesses, warriors, scribes, dandies, and mystics who created such a rich and diverse literary culture. Night & Horses & The Desert gives western readers a unique taste of the sheer vitality and depth of the medieval Arab past.
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Handbuch Literatur und Religion

Author: Daniel Weidner

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3476053369

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 500

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Das Handbuch widmet sich den Wechselbeziehungen von Literatur und Religion und gibt einen Überblick über die kulturellen Wirkungen von Religionen auf dem Feld der Literatur. Es stellt die religiösen Ursprünge und Kontexte der Literatur dar, zeigt, wie religiöses Wissen literarisch vermittelt und verhandelt wird, und untersucht, wie literarische Texte religiöse Vorstellungen und Praktiken aufnehmen bzw. auf sie reagieren. Mit Blick auf die verschiedenen Religionen, Epochen und Gattungen umreißt das Handbuch es die wechselvolle und vielfältige Geschichte der Beziehung der Religion(en) zu Literatur(en).
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The Arabian Nights

A Companion

Author: Robert Irwin

Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks

ISBN: 0857730061

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

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A generous and erudite book...We’re in the company of someone who loves The Arabian Nights, and who has generously shared that love with us through this companion.' - Michele Roberts, Independent on Sunday 'Superlative...just the sort of relaxed, informative book that Edmund Wilson might have written had he grown interested in the Middle East and its early literature.' - Michael Dirda, Washington Post 'Irwin organizes his material like a good storyteller...he gives us the crystallized sum of The Nights: ancedote, history, moral fable, aphorism, story after story, wonder upon wonder. This monumental, infinitely faceted gem should be every writer's bedtime sampler.' - Michael Moorcock, New Statesman & Society 'A work both learned and witty...Robert Irwin has wonderfully deepened the pleasures and the interest in reading The Arabian Nights as a supreme work of imaginative fiction.' - Marina Warner,TLS
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A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology

Author: G. J. H. van Gelder

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814770274

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 468

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A major achievement in the field of translation, this anthology presents a rich assortment of classical Arabic poems and literary prose, from pre-Islamic times until the 18th century, with short introductions to guide non-specialist students and informative endnotes and bibliography for advanced scholars. Like many pre-modern Arabic anthologies it aims at being both entertaining and informative. It ranges from the early Bedouin poems with their evocation of desert life to refined urban lyrical verse, from tender love poetry to sonorous eulogy or vicious lampoons, and from the heights of mystical rapture to the frivolity of comic verse. The prose contains anecdotes, entertaining or edifying tales and parables, a fairy-tale, a bawdy story, samples of literary criticism, and much more. With this anthology, distinguished Arabist Geert Jan van Gelder brings together well-known texts as well as less familiar pieces that will be new even to scholars in the field. Many recent studies and anthologies of Middle Eastern literatures are primarily interested in Islam and religious matters--an emphasis that leads to the common misconception that almost everything in the region was and is dominated by religion. Classical Arabic Literature instead brings to life the rich variety of pre-modern Arabic social and cultural life, where secular texts happily coexisted with religious ones. This masterful anthology, in English only, will introduce this vibrant literary heritage to a wide spectrum of new readers.
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The New Cambridge History of Islam: Volume 4, Islamic Cultures and Societies to the End of the Eighteenth Century

Author: Robert Irwin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316184315

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Robert Irwin's authoritative introduction to the fourth volume of The New Cambridge History of Islam offers a panoramic vision of Islamic culture from its origins to around 1800. The introductory chapter, which highlights key developments and introduces some of Islam's most famous protagonists, paves the way for an extraordinarily varied collection of essays. The themes treated include religion and law, conversion, Islam's relationship with the natural world, governance and politics, caliphs and kings, philosophy, science, medicine, language, art, architecture, literature, music and even cookery. What emerges from this rich collection, written by an international team of experts, is the diversity and dynamism of the societies which created this flourishing civilization. Volume four of The New Cambridge History of Islam serves as a thematic companion to the three preceding, politically oriented volumes, and in coverage extends across the pre-modern Islamic world.
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The Homoerotics of Orientalism

Author: Joseph A. Boone

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231521820

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 520

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One of the largely untold stories of Orientalism is the degree to which the Middle East has been associated with "deviant" male homosexuality by scores of Western travelers, historians, writers, and artists for well over four hundred years. And this story stands to shatter our preconceptions of Orientalism. To illuminate why and how the Islamicate world became the locus for such fantasies and desires, Boone deploys a supple mode of analysis that reveals how the cultural exchanges between Middle East and West have always been reciprocal and often mutual, amatory as well as bellicose. Whether examining European accounts of Istanbul and Egypt as hotbeds of forbidden desire, juxtaposing Ottoman homoerotic genres and their European imitators, or unlocking the homoerotic encoding in Persian miniatures and Orientalist paintings, this remarkable study models an ethics of crosscultural reading that exposes, with nuance and economy, the crucial role played by the homoerotics of Orientalism in shaping the world as we know it today. A contribution to studies in visual culture as well as literary and social history, The Homoerotics of Orientalism draws on primary sources ranging from untranslated Middle Eastern manuscripts and European belles-lettres to miniature paintings and photographic erotica that are presented here for the first time.
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Die Araber und der Holocaust

Der arabisch-israelische Krieg der Geschichtsschreibungen

Author: Gilbert Achcar

Publisher: Edition Nautilus

ISBN: 3960541260

Category: History

Page: 368

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Es gibt kaum ein explosiveres Thema als "Die Araber und der Holocaust" - das Terrain ist vermint, voller Vorwürfe und Gegenvorwürfe: Die einen werden beschuldigt, den Holocaust zu verleugnen; den anderen wird vorgeworfen, die eigene Tragödie auszubeuten und die der Gegenseite zu ignorieren. In seiner wegweisenden Untersuchung hat der Politikwissenschaftler Gilbert Achcar das Geflecht der unvereinbar scheinenden Narrative und ihre Rolle im Nahost-Konflikt untersucht. Er analysiert die verschiedenen arabischen Reaktionen auf den Nationalsozialismus, von den ersten drohenden Vorzeichen des Völkermords an den Juden über die Gründung Israels und die von Massenvertreibungen begleitete Zerstörung des historischen Palästina bis zur Gegenwart, und stellt sie in ihren jeweiligen historischen und politischen Kontext. Er kritisiert jede Geschichtsschreibung und politische Propaganda, die durch Antisemitismus und Holocaust-Leugnung motiviert sind. Berechtigte Kritik, darauf besteht Achcar, muss einhergehen mit ehrlicher Selbstkritik. Achcars Buch wirkt befreiend, weil es Möglichkeiten der Verständigung eröffnet, die seit Jahren durch einen erbitterten internationalen Propagandakrieg verschüttet werden.
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The Ghaznavid and Seljuk Turks

Poetry as a Source for Iranian History

Author: G.E. Tetley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134084382

Category: History

Page: 192

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This new view on aspects of the Ghaznavid and Seljuk dynasties concentrates on the relationship of the panegyric poets Farrukhi Sistani (c.995-1032) and Mu'izzi (c.1045-1127) to the Ghaznavid and Seljuk rulers and dignitaries for whom they wrote. Dr Tetley investigates the reliability of the historical information which may be gathered from the poems, and draws comparisons with other historical sources. A solid and impressive work of learning, of interest to scholars in Oriental Studies, Medieval Literature, and History, The Ghaznavid and Seljuk Turks: Poetry as a Source for Iranian History, is the first extended English study of Mu'izzi it presents much new material concerning both this little-studied poet and also the better-known Farrukhi. Additionally, there is a valuable exploration of the relationship between Persians and Turks, a highly significant factor during the rule of the two dynasties.
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The Limits of Vision

Author: Robert Irwin

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9781585674602

Category: Fiction

Page: 120

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Obsessed with cleanliness, Marcia, a young south London housewife, lives in a fantasy world visited by scientists and artists of the past, as well as by Mucor, the voice of evil Dirt. Reprint.
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Senior High School Library Catalog

Author: H.W. Wilson Company

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Best books

Page: N.A

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Each vol. is divided into 2 parts 1st-7th ed.: Dictionary catalog and Classified catalog; 8th-9th ed. have 3rd. part: Directory of publishers.
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Teaching world literature

Author: David Damrosch

Publisher: Modern Language Assn of Amer

ISBN: 9781603290340

Category: Education

Page: 432

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This is an exciting, and unsettling, time to be teaching world literature, writes David Damrosch. Because the range of works taught in world literature courses has expanded enormously, both historically and geographically, the task of selection--and of teacher preparation--has grown more challenging. Teachers of this field must grapple with such issues as coverage, cultural difference, and the role of translation in the classroom. Should one emphasize masterpieces or traditions, concepts or themes? How does one avoid making a work bear the burden of representing an entire tradition? To what extent should anthologies be used? Can a course be global in scope and yet focus on a few works, authors, moments?This collection of thirty-two essays in the MLA series Options for Teaching offers an array of solutions to these challenges, reflecting the wide variety of institutions, courses, and students described by the contributors. An annotated bibliography is provided, with a listing of useful Web sites.
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Public Library Catalog

Author: Juliette Yaakov

Publisher: Hw Wilson Co

ISBN: 9780824210397

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1434

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Highly recommended reference works in all subject areas and non-fiction books for adults, plus information on electronic editions when available. More than 8,000 books in the main volume. More than 2,400 new titles in annual paperbound supplements. More than 2,000 analytic entries for items in collections and anthologies.
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The rock

a tale of seventh-century Jerusalem

Author: Kanan Makiya

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 349

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A historically-based novel that centers around the Rock, the place where Adam landed on his fall from Paradise and where Abraham attempted to sacrifice Isaac.
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Senior High Core Collection

A Selection Guide

Author: Raymond W. Barber,Patrice Bartell

Publisher: Hw Wilson Co

ISBN: 9780824210861

Category: Best books

Page: 1456

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- More than 6,500 books in the initial clothbound volume, plus more than 2,400 new titles in four annual supplements. - New coverage of biographies, art, sports, Islam and the Middle East, and cultural diversity. - Special focus on graphic novels, primary source materials, nonbook materials, and periodicals. - Analytic entries for items in collections and anthologies.
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When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World

The Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty

Author: Hugh N. Kennedy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 326

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Presents a history of the Abbasid dynasty, the founders of Baghdad, and discusses the politics, military conquests, court life, palace bureacracy, culture, and arts which characterized the era.
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Public Library Core Collection

A Selection Guide to Reference Books and Adult Nonfiction. Nonfiction

Author: John Greenfieldt,Patrice Bartell

Publisher: Hw Wilson Co

ISBN: 9780824210946

Category: Public libraries

Page: 1856

View: 8533

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