This volume of the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature deals with writings on learned subjects from the 'Abbasid period (8th to 13th centuries AD), the golden age of Arabic literature. These cover a wide area, from philosophy, theology and law, through grammar and lexicography, to mathematics, astronomy and medicine. There are separate chapters on six of the greatest scholars of the period, on the development of translations from Greek into Arabic, and on the Arabic literature of the Christians and Jews who lived under the rule of the 'Abbasid caliphate.
Table of ContentsList of plates; Editorial preface; List of abbreviations; Map; 1. Sunni theology Salvador Gómez Nogales; 2. Shi'i theological literature I. K. A. Howard; 3. Ibadi theological literature J. C. Wilkinson; 4. Quranic exegesis John Burton; 5. The prose literature of Sufism Caesar E. Farah; 6. Philosophical literature Muhsin Mahdi; 7. Arabic lexicography M. G. Carter; 8. Arabic grammar M. G. Carter; 9. Islamic legal literature P. W. Baker and I. D. Edge; 10. Administrative literature C. E. Bosworth; 11. Arabic biographical writing M. J. L. Young; 12. History and historians Claude Cahen; 13. Fatimid history and historians Abbas Hamdani; 14. Mathematics and applied science Donald R. Hill; 15. Astronomy David A. King; 16. Astrology David Pingree; 17. Geographical and navigational literature J. F. P. Hopkins; 18. The literature of Arabic alchemy Donald R. Hill; 19. Arabic medical literature Haskell D. Isaacs; 20. Al-Kindi Fritz W. Zimmerman; 21. Al-Razi Albert Z. Iskandar; 22. Al-Farabi Alfred L. Ivry; 23. Ibn Sina Salvador Gómez Nogales; 24. Al-Biruni and the sciences of his time George Saliba; 25. Al-Ghazali Adib Nayif Diyab; 26. Christian Arabic literature in the 'Abbasid period Samir Khalil Samir, SJ; 27. Judaeo-Arabic literature Paul B. Fenton; 28. The translation of Greek materials into Arabic L. E. Goodman; 29. Didactic verse Safa' Khulusi; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.