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Aspects of Islamic civilization as depicted in the original texts / by A.J. Arberry.

Author/Creator:
Arberry, A. J. (Arthur John), 1905-1969.
Other Title:
Moslem world depicted through its literature
Edition:
1st ed. as an AnnArbor pbk.
Publication:
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 1967, ©1964.
Series:
Ann Arbor paperbacks
Ann Arbor paperbacks ; AA130
Format/Description:
Book
409 pages ; 21 cm.
Subjects:
Islamic literature -- History and criticism.
Islamic civilization -- History.
Islamic civilization.
Islamic literature.
Islamitische wereld.
Literatuur.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Language:
Includes selections from original texts in English translation.
Summary:
The present volume is not intended as a competitor with Brockelmann and Hitti, Gibb and von Grunebaum, Rosenthal and Lewis, Levi-Provençal and Spuler and Gabrieli-to name but a few of the brilliant historians whose writings have done so much to recover and reinterpret the record. Its scope is at once more modest and, in a certain way, more fundamental. This book is a series of documents illustrating the development of Islamic civilization, texts translated from the languages in which they were originally composed by famous protagonists of that culture. The intention is to present a panorama of Muslim life and thought and achievement as depicted from within. The translations, a considerable part of which has not been published hitherto, are all the work of a single scholar and represent the gleanings of more than thirty years of assiduous reading. They are meant to throw light on the literary, intellectual and religious movements within Islam, as well as illuminating something of the politics and the sociology, ranging from the origins in the sixth century down to the present day. It should of course be confessed that they constitute the merest fragments of literatures preserved in overwhelming abundance, exceeding many times what has survived from ancient Greece and Rome, a repertory of many tens of thousands of volumes, the majority still in manuscript, not a few of immense length. The passages chosen, however, have been taken from the most highly esteemed and authoritative works; and the attempt has been made to construct a balanced and rounded picture. -- from Introduction (p. [9]-10).
Contents:
Arabia deserta
The speech of Allah
The Sunna and the successors
Wisdom from the East
Science from the West
La dolce vita
Religious counsels
Mystical moments
Lyrical interlude
Faith and doubt
Parable and anecdote
The art of Ḥāfiz
Two modern Egyptian poets
The revolt of Islam.
Notes:
Includes selections from original texts in English translation.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-406) and index.
Other format:
Online version: Arberry, A.J. (Arthur John), 1905-1969. Aspects of Islamic civilization as depicted in the original texts.
ISBN:
0472061305
9780472061303
OCLC:
8420566
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