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The Rise of the Arabic Book
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

The Rise of the Arabic Book

The little-known story of the sophisticated and vibrant Arabic book culture that flourished during the Middle Ages. During the thirteenth century, Europe’s largest library owned fewer than 2,000 volumes. Libraries in the Arab world at the time had exponentially larger collections. Five libraries in Baghdad alone held between 200,000 and 1,000,000 books each, including multiple copies of standard works so that their many patrons could enjoy simultaneous access. How did the Arabic codex become so popular during the Middle Ages, even as the well-established form languished in Europe? Beatrice Gruendler’s The Rise of the Arabic Book answers this question through in-depth stories of bookmakers and book collectors, stationers and librarians, scholars and poets of the ninth century. The history of the book has been written with an outsize focus on Europe. The role books played in shaping the great literary cultures of the world beyond the West has been less known—until now. An internationally renowned expert in classical Arabic literature, Gruendler corrects this oversight and takes us into the rich literary milieu of early Arabic letters.

The Rise of the Arabic Book
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

The Rise of the Arabic Book

The little-known story of the sophisticated and vibrant Arabic book culture that flourished during the Middle Ages. During the thirteenth century, Europe’s largest library owned fewer than 2,000 volumes. Libraries in the Arab world at the time had exponentially larger collections. Five libraries in Baghdad alone held between 200,000 and 1,000,000 books each, including multiple copies of standard works so that their many patrons could enjoy simultaneous access. How did the Arabic codex become so popular during the Middle Ages, even as the well-established form languished in Europe? Beatrice Gruendler’s The Rise of the Arabic Book answers this question through in-depth stories of bookmakers and book collectors, stationers and librarians, scholars and poets of the ninth century. The history of the book has been written with an outsize focus on Europe. The role books played in shaping the great literary cultures of the world beyond the West has been less known—until now. An internationally renowned expert in classical Arabic literature, Gruendler corrects this oversight and takes us into the rich literary milieu of early Arabic letters.

Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-12-19
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  • Publisher: Routledge

This book gives an insight into panegyrics, a genre central to understanding medieval Near Eastern Society. Poets in this multi-ethnic society would address the majority of their verse to rulers, generals, officials, and the urban upper classes, its tone ranging from celebration to reprimand and even to threat.

The Life and Times of Abu Tammam
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 296

The Life and Times of Abu Tammam

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-11-13
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  • Publisher: NYU Press

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The Development of the Arabic Scripts
  • Language: en

The Development of the Arabic Scripts

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2019-01-28
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  • Publisher: BRILL

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Hafiz and His Contemporaries
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 392

Hafiz and His Contemporaries

Despite his towering presence in premodern Persian letters, Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafiz of Shiraz (d. 1390) remains an elusive and opaque character for many. In order to look behind the hyperbole that surrounds Hafiz's poetry and penetrate the quasi-hagiographical film that obscures the poet himself, this book attempts a contextualisation of Hafiz that is at once socio-political, historical, and literary. Here, Hafiz's ghazals (short, monorhyme, broadly amorous lyric poems) are read comparatively against similar texts composed by his less-studied rivals in the hyper competitive, imitative, and profoundly intertextual environment of fourteenth-century Shiraz. By bringing Hafiz's lyric poetry ...

Metapoesis in the Arabic Tradition
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 232

Metapoesis in the Arabic Tradition

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2015-07-27
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  • Publisher: BRILL

Metapoesis in the Arabic Tradition expands the study of metapoetry to include the modernizing work of the first generation of Abbasid poets (8th and 9th century).

Classical Arabic Humanities in Their Own Terms
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 611

Classical Arabic Humanities in Their Own Terms

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008
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  • Publisher: BRILL

The volume brings together approaches to different elements of Arabic-Islamic civilization, mainly in the areas of linguistics, literature, literary theory, and prosody, but also including religion, ritual, economics, and zoology. Contributions also touch upon the adjacent areas of the Old Iranian, Persian, Greek and Byzantine written traditions. Some take as their points of departure specific Arabic words (cat, giraffe) or morphemes; others explore literary genres, subgenres (oration, ode, macaronic poem, travel narrative) or figures within them (the trickster, the devil). Cultural concepts such as wishing, gift-giving or discourse are treated, as are aspects of broader phenomena, such as the role of gender in dream interpretation or the relative merits of luxury goods and mass-produced commodities.

Globalization of Knowledge in the Post-Antique Mediterranean, 700-1500
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 242

Globalization of Knowledge in the Post-Antique Mediterranean, 700-1500

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-05-05
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  • Publisher: Routledge

The contributions to this volume enter into a dialogue about the routes, modes and institutions that transferred and transformed knowledge across the late antique Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. Each contribution not only presents a different case study but also investigates a different type of question, ranging from how history-writing drew on cross-culturally constructed stories and shared sets of skills and values, to how an ancient warlord was transformed into the iconic hero of a newly created monotheistic religion. Between these two poles, the emergence of a new, knowledge-related, but market-based profession in Baghdad is discussed, alongside the long-distance transfer of texts, d...

Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry

  • Type: Book
  • -
  • Published: 2013-12-19
  • -
  • Publisher: Routledge

This book gives an insight into panegyrics, a genre central to understanding medieval Near Eastern Society. Poets in this multi-ethnic society would address the majority of their verse to rulers, generals, officials, and the urban upper classes, its tone ranging from celebration to reprimand and even to threat.