Stories of Piety and Prayer: Deliverance Follows Adversity

Stories of Piety and Prayer: Deliverance Follows Adversity

by al-Muhassin ibn 'Ali al-Tanukhi


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Uplifting tales from one of the most influential Arabic books of the Middle Ages

One of the most popular and influential Arabic books of the Middle Ages, Deliverance Follows Adversity is an anthology of stories and anecdotes designed to console and encourage the afflicted. Regarded as a pattern-book of Arabic storytelling, this collection shows how God’s providence works through His creatures to rescue them from tribulations ranging from religious persecution and medical emergencies to political skullduggery and romantic woes.

A resident of Basra and Baghdad, al-Tanukhi (327–84/939–94) draws from earlier Arabic classics as well as from oral stories relayed by the author’s tenth-century Iraqi contemporaries, who comprised a wide circle of writers, intellectuals, judges, government officials, and family members. This edition and translation includes the first three chapters of the work, which deal with Qur'anic stories and prayers that bring about deliverance, as well as general instances of the workings of providence. The volume incorporates material from manuscripts not used in the standard Arabic edition, and is the first translation into English. The complete translation, spanning four volumes, will be the first integral translation into any European language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479855964
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Series: Library of Arabic Literature , #35
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,188,431
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Al-Muhassin ibn 'Ali al-Tanukhi (327–84/939–94) lived in Basra and Baghdad. As a judge and man of letters belonging to a family with many connections, he was well placed to record the literary trends of his day. Deliverance Follows Adversity is one of two anthologies he compiled.

Table of Contents

Letter from the General Editor iii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction x

Map: The Geography of Stories of Piety and Prayer xx

Note on the Text xxi

Notes to the Introduction xxx

Deliverance Follows Adversity 1

Author's Introduction 2

Chapter 1 In the Qur'an, God Exalted reveals how deliverance follows suffering and ordeals 12

Chapter 2 What Tradition relates of deliverance following desolation and how one may be rescued from sore adversity and tribulation 62

Chapter 3 Presages bringing tidings of delivery to those saved from trials by speech, prayer, or entreaty 128

Notes 233

Glossary 247

Bibliography 305

Further Reading 313

Index of Qur'anic Quotations 314

Index of Prophetic Hadith 317

Index of Poems 320

General Index 322

About the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute 346

About the Typefaces 347

Titles Published by the Library of Arabic Literature 348

About the Editor-Translator 352

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