A Literary History of the Arabs / Edition 2by Reynold A. Nicholson
Pub. Date: 01/28/2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The Arabs during a thousand years or more produced one of the richest and most extensive literatures of the world, embracing fine poetry (of the fierce desert life equally with the sophistication of royal courts), belles lettres (learned essays, satires, de arte amoris), religious, mystical and philosophical writings, and huge compendia of history, biography and geography. For sixty years, the best account in English of this vast output has been, by universal consent, R. A. Nicholson's Literary History of the Arabs; its supremacy will long remain unchallenged. That it is a book full of erudition and high critical judgement goes without saying; its author is also a poet-translator of rare excellence.
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Table of ContentsPreface; Introduction; 1. Saba and Himyar; 2. The history and legends of the Pagan Arabs; 3. Pre-Islamic poetry, manners, and religion; 4. The prophet and the Koran; 5. The Orthodox Caliphate and the Umattay Dynasty; 6. The Caliphs of Baghdád; 7. Poetry, literature, and science in the 'Abbásid period; 8. Orthodoxy, free-thought, and mysticism; 9. The Arabs in Europe; 10. From the Mongol invasion to the present day; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.
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