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'Abbasid Belles-Lettres

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ISBN-10: 0521240166

ISBN-13: 9780521240161

Edition: 1989

Authors: Julia Ashtiany, T. M. Johnstone, J. D. Latham, R. B. Serjeant

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'Abbasid literature was characterized by the emergence of many new genres and of a scholarly and sophisticated critical consciousness. This volume of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature covers the prose and poetry produced in the heartland and provinces of the 'Abbasid Empire from the mid-eighth to the thirteenth centuries A.D. Chronologically organized, the book explores the main genres and provides extended studies of major poets, prose writers and literary theorists. To make the material accessible to nonspecialist readers, 'Abbasid authors are quoted in English translation wherever possible, and clear explanations of their literary techniques and conventions are provided. The…    
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Book details

List price: $239.99
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/30/1990
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 536
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Editorial preface
Map: the Middle East
The G++Abbasid caliphate: a historical introduction
Adab and the concept of belles-lettres
Shu'ubiyyah in Arabic literature
Ibn Al-Muqaffa' and early 'Abbasid prose
Al-Sahib Ibn 'Abbad
Abu Hayyah al-Tawhidi
Al-Hamadhani, al-Hariri and the maqamat genre
Fables and legends
G++Abbasid poetry and its antecedents
Hunting poetry (tardiyyat)
Political poetry
Love poetry (ghazal)
Wine poetry (khamriyyat)
Mystical poetry
Ascetic poetry (zuhdiyyat)
Bashshar b. Burd, Abu l-Atahiyah and Abu Nuwas
Abu Firas al-Hamdani
Abu l- Ala al-MaG++arri G++AG++Isha
Literary criticism
Ibn al-Mu'tazz and Kitab al-Badi'
Regional literature: Egypt
Regional literature: the Yemen