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The ultimate ambition in the arts of erudition : a compendium of knowledge from the classical Islamic world

Author: Aḥmad ibn ʻAbd al-Wahhāb Nuwayrī; Elias Muhanna
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Electronic books
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2015046621
(OCoLC)930508896
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Aḥmad ibn ʻAbd al-Wahhāb Nuwayrī; Elias Muhanna
ISBN: 9780698166769 0698166760
OCLC Number: 959591472
Language Note: Translated from Arabic.
Notes: Translated from Arabic.
Description: 1 online resource (xxxii, 318 pages.)
Contents: The first book: on the heavens and the earth --
The heavens --
Meteorological phenomena --
The nights and days --
The earth, mountains, seas, islands, rivers, and springs --
The natures of different nations and the inherent dispositions of their inhabitants --
The second book: on the human being --
The life stages and nature of the human being --
Proverbs and parables --
Praise, invective, entertaining anecdotes, wine, and music --
On the ruler, his subjects, and advisers; and on the craft of secretaryship --
The third book: on the mute beasts --
Carnivorous animals --
Other wild beasts --
Livestock --
Venomous creatures --
Birds and fish --
The fourth book: on plants --
Vegetables and foodstuffs --
Trees and fruit --
Aromatic plants --
Gum resins, mannas, and saps --
Aromatics, sexual medicines, and the magical properties of nature --
The fifth book: on history --
Adam and Eve --
On the history of the Mamluk State.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Nihāyat al-arab fī funūn al-adab.
Responsibility: Shihāb al-Dīn al-Nuwayrī ; edited, translated, and with an Introduction and notes by Elias Muhanna.

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