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Night and Horses and the Desert : An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature
by Robert Irwin


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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.
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Overview

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.



 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385721554
  • ISBN-10: 0385721552
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: January 2002
  • Page Count: 462
  • Dimensions: 1.25 x 5.25 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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