Night and Horses and the Desert An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature

ISBN-10: 0385721552
ISBN-13: 9780385721554
Edition: 2001
Authors: Robert Irwin
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Description: Spanning the fifth to sixteenth centuries and societies that range from Afghanistan to Spain, this anthology is a testament to the astonishing grandeur and variety of classical Arabic literature. Here are excerpts from dozens of works–both renowned  More...

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Spanning the fifth to sixteenth centuries and societies that range from Afghanistan to Spain, this anthology is a testament to the astonishing grandeur and variety of classical Arabic literature. Here are excerpts from dozens of works–both renowned (The Qur’an, The Thousand and One Nights) and esoteric (Ibn Washshiyya’s “Book of Poisons”; a 10th-century poem in praise of asparagus)–all accompanied by Robert Irwin’s erudite commentaries that illuminate readers on the vanished world in which they were written. In Night & Horses & the Desert we encounter the dashing Byronic poetry of Imru’ al-Qays and a treatise on bibliomania by Al-Jahiz, possibly the only writer to have been killed by books. There’s a sorcerer’s manual from 11th century Spain and an allegory by the mysterious “Brethren of Purity,” in which animals argue their case against humanity. Encompassing piety and profanity, fables and philosophy, this volume is a thrilling and invaluabe introduction to one of the world’s great bodies of literature.

Robert Irwin (Author) Robert Irwin was born on December 1, 2003 and his abundance of energy at Australia Zoo is contagious! At eleven years of age, Robert is a chip off the old block, and with his cheeky grin and natural curiosity, he loves nothing more than catching lizards and skinks, learning about wildlife and the Australian bush, and hanging out with his much-adored sister, Bindi. Like his mum and sister, Robert has also been quite the jetsetter and travelled all over the world attending events like the Emmys and the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Robert also travelled to South Africa in 2009 for an exciting filming project, making his cameo appearance alongside his sister Bindi in the full-length feature film Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove. Both Wildlife Warriors, Bindi and Robert received the 'Biggest Greenies' award at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in 2009, dedicating it to their dad Steve and the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR) in Cape York. This was topped off by their induction into the "Hall of Slime" in 2011. Every year Robert is stoked to be a part of the annual Australia Zoo croc research trip up in far north Queensland, helping the experienced croc team catching and tagging crocodiles with tracking devices before releasing them back into the wild. Robert is super keen to learn all he can about the natural behaviours and migratory patterns of these modern-day dinosaurs! Robert is keen to share his worldwide wildlife journeys, so much so that he stars on his own Australia Zoo TV channel 'Robert's Real Life Adventures'. Australia Day 2012 was a very exciting day for Robert, as he publicly fed Australia Zoo's American alligators for the very first time, much to the delight of zoo guests.Lachlan Creagh (Illustrator) Lachlan Creagh is a freelance illustrator and concept designer. As well as working on the Robert Irwin, Dinosaur Hunter series, Lachlan has completed his own children's book, Dinosaur Rocks, and is currently working on the 30-book Little Mates series and the Wombat Went A 'Walking books. Lachlan has also created animation, concepts and illustration for games on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and next-generation consoles. He has produced animation for TVCs, theme parks and events, and created concepts and designs for launches, sculptures, events and displays.

Introduction
Bibliography
Pagan Poets (A.D. 500-622)
The Qur'an
Court Culture (7th-8th centuries)
Widening Horizons (c.750-c.900)
The Wandering Scholars (c.900-c.1175)
The Lost Kingdoms of the Arabs: Andalusia
Servitude and Military Grandeur
Index
Acknowledgements

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