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.
A bilingual Arabic-English edition.
About the Author
ʿAlī al-Tanūkhī (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.
Julia Bray (Edited and Translated by)
Julia Bray became the Abdulaziz Saud AlBabtain Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford and a fellow of St. John’s College in 2012, having previously taught at the universities of Manchester, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Paris 8-VincennesSaint-Denis. She writes on medieval to early modern Arabic literature, life-writing, and social history. She has contributed to the New Cambridge History of Islam (2010), to Essays in Arabic Literary Biography 1350-1850 (2009), and to cross-cultural studies such as Approaches to the Byzantine Family (2013) and edited Writing and Representation in Medieval Islam (2006). With Wen-chin Ouyang, she edits the monograph series Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature. With Helen Blatherwick, she is editing a special issue of the journal Cultural History on the history of emotions in Arabic.
Table of Contents
Letter from the General Editor iii
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
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