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Arab civilization to A.D. 1500

Author: D M Dunlop
Publisher: London : Longman, 1971.
Series: Arab background series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The declared aim of the work under review is to provide a lucid account and to convey an over-all picture of the richness and vigor of Islamic culture for the non-specialist "by concentrating on the literature, history, and philosophy of the early empire." Accordingly, the author picks up the thread for literature with pre-Islamic poetry; history, with early Muslim Arab accounts of Biblical legend; geography, both  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bio-bibliography
Biobibliographie
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dunlop, D.M.
Arab civilization to A.D. 1500.
London, Longman, 1971
(OCoLC)586074191
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D M Dunlop
ISBN: 058250273X 9780582502734
OCLC Number: 215110
Description: x, 368 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. The Arabs and the Arab world to 1500 ---
2. Arabic literature ---
3. History and historians ---
4. Geography and travel ---
5. Arabic philosophy ---
6. Science and medicine ---
7. Some famous women in Islam.
Series Title: Arab background series.
Responsibility: D.M. Dunlop.

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The declared aim of the work under review is to provide a lucid account and to convey an over-all picture of the richness and vigor of Islamic culture for the non-specialist "by concentrating on the literature, history, and philosophy of the early empire." Accordingly, the author picks up the thread for literature with pre-Islamic poetry; history, with early Muslim Arab accounts of Biblical legend; geography, both mathematical and descriptive, with Strabo and Ptolemy, explaining also Indian and Chinese connections and Muslim maritime activities in the Atlantic and the Pacific; philosophy, -with such forerunners as John the Grammarian; and science, with representatives of the Jundishapur school. Yet in spite of reaching for the roots, very rarely is the reader treated to that promised "sound introduction to Arab civilization and its salient features during many prolific centuries."--JSTOR http://www.jstor.org/stable/599368 (May 2, 2013).

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