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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 30 August 2016
  • ISBN : 9780698166769
  • Page : 352 pages
  • Rating : 4.5/5 from 2 voters

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For the first time in English, a catalog of the world through fourteenth-century Arab eyes—a kind of Schott’s Miscellany for the Islamic Golden Age An astonishing record of the knowledge of a civilization, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition catalogs everything known to exist from the perspective of a fourteenth-century Egyptian scholar and litterateur. More than 9,000 pages and thirty volumes—here abridged to one volume, and translated into English for the first time—it contains entries on everything from medieval moon-worshipping cults, sexual aphrodisiacs, and the substance of clouds, to how to get the smell of alcohol off one’s breath, the deliciousness of cheese made from buffalo milk, and the nesting habits of flamingos. Similar works by Western authors, including Pliny’s Natural History and Diderot’s Encyclopédie, have been available in English for centuries. This groundbreaking translation of a remarkable Arabic text—expertly abridged and annotated—offers a look at the world through the highly literary and impressively knowledgeable societies of the classical Islamic world. Meticulously arranged and delightfully eclectic, it is a compendium to be treasured—a true monument of erudition. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition

The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition
  • Author : Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-08-30
  • ISBN : 9780698166769
GET THIS BOOKThe Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition

For the first time in English, a catalog of the world through fourteenth-century Arab eyes—a kind of Schott’s Miscellany for the Islamic Golden Age An astonishing record of the knowledge of a civilization, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition catalogs everything known to exist from the perspective of a fourteenth-century Egyptian scholar and litterateur. More than 9,000 pages and thirty volumes—here abridged to one volume, and translated into English for the first time—it contains entries

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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-05-28
  • ISBN : 9780691191454
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The Book of Travels

The Book of Travels
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  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2022-09-06
  • ISBN : 9781479820023
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The adventures of the man who created Aladdin The Book of Travels is Ḥannā Diyāb’s remarkable first-person account of his travels as a young man from his hometown of Aleppo to the court of Versailles and back again, which forever linked him to one of the most popular pieces of world literature, the Thousand and One Nights. Diyāb, a Maronite Christian, served as a guide and interpreter for the French naturalist and antiquarian Paul Lucas. Between 1706 and 1716,

The Book of Travels

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  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2021-05-04
  • ISBN : 9781479892303
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  • Publisher : Kerr Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-10-15
  • ISBN : 9781875703371
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Ted Docker was an Australian of Irish descent who as a young man wanted to change the world, joining first the Industrial Workers of the World and then helping form the Communist Party of Australia. He was steadfastly loyal to the Soviet Union and by historical record a stern hard-liner. This is not the whole story.

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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-08-20
  • ISBN : 9780192650832
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What would medieval English literature look like if we viewed it through the lens of the compendium? In that case, John Trevisa might come into focus as the major author of the fourteenth century. Trevisa (d. 1402) made a career of translating big informational texts from Latin into English prose. These included Ranulph Higden's Polychronicon, an enormous universal history, Bartholomaeus Anglicus's well-known natural encyclopedia De proprietatibus rerum, and Giles of Rome's advice-for-princes manual, De regimine principum. These were shrewd choices, accessible

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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2022-03-15
  • ISBN : 9780691229553
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  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-08-22
  • ISBN : 9781108492140
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  • Author : Tarek Galal Abdelhamid,Heba El-Toudy
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-04-21
  • ISBN : 9781315405254
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Ṣubḥ al-A‘shā by al-Qalqashandī is a manual for chancery clerks completed in 1412 and a vital source of information on Fatimid and Mamluk Egypt which, for the first time, has been translated into English. The text provides valuable insight into the Mamluk and earlier Muslim eras. The selections presented in this volume describe Cairo, Fustat and the Cairo Citadel and give a detailed picture of the Fatimid (AD 969–1172), Ayyubid (AD 1172-1250) and Mamluk (AD 1250–1412) court customs, rituals and protocols, and

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  • Author : Bryan C. Keene
  • Publisher : Getty Publications
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03
  • ISBN : 9781606065983
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This important and overdue book examines illuminated manuscripts and other book arts of the Global Middle Ages. Illuminated manuscripts and illustrated or decorated books—like today’s museums—preserve a rich array of information about how premodern peoples conceived of and perceived the world, its many cultures, and everyone’s place in it. Often a Eurocentric field of study, manuscripts are prisms through which we can glimpse the interconnected global history of humanity. Toward a Global Middle Ages is the

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  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2019-12-09
  • ISBN : 9789004415997
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  • Publisher : International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
  • Release Date : 2018-07-01
  • ISBN : 0987654321XXX
GET THIS BOOKAmerican Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 35:3

The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS), established in 1984, is a quarterly, double blind peer-reviewed and interdisciplinary journal, published by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and distributed worldwide. The journal showcases a wide variety of scholarly research on all facets of Islam and the Muslim world including subjects such as anthropology, history, philosophy and metaphysics, politics, psychology, religious law, and traditional Islam.

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  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2021-05-04
  • ISBN : 1479810940
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  • Publisher : Reaktion Books
  • Release Date : 2021-10-13
  • ISBN : 9781789144314
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An exquisitely illustrated journey through the complex and crucial relationship between humans and birds. Avian Illuminations examines the many roles birds have played in human society, from food, messengers, deities, and pets, to omens, muses, timekeepers, custodians, hunting companions, decorative motifs, and, most importantly, embodiments of our aspirations. Boria Sax narrates the history of our relationships with a host of bird species, including crows, owls, parrots, falcons, eagles, nightingales, hummingbirds, and many more. Along the way, Sax describes how birds’

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  • Publisher : Wayne State University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-08-18
  • ISBN : 9780814347751
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Against the methodological backdrop of historical and comparative folk narrative research, 101 Middle Eastern Tales and Their Impact on Western Oral Tradition surveys the history, dissemination, and characteristics of over one hundred narratives transmitted to Western tradition from or by the Middle Eastern Muslim literatures (i.e., authored written works in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish). For a tale to be included, Ulrich Marzolph considered two criteria: that the tale originates from or at least was transmitted by a Middle Eastern