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Classical Arabic literature : a library of Arabic literature anthology

Author: G J H van Gelder
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2013.
Series: Library of Arabic literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A major translation achievement, this anthology presents a rich assortment of classical Arabic poems and literary prose, from pre-Islamic times until the 18th century, with short introductions to guide non-specialist students and informative endnotes and bibliography for advanced scholars. Both entertaining and informative, Classical Arabic Literature ranges from the early Bedouin poems with their evocation of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G J H van Gelder
ISBN: 9780814770276 0814770274 9780814738269 0814738265 9780814745113 0814745113 9780814771204 0814771203
OCLC Number: 795181855
Language Note: Parallel Arabic text and English translation.
Notes: Verse -- Prose.
Description: xxviii, 468 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Letter from the general editor / Phillip F. Kennedy --
Acknowledgements --
Abbreviations --
Introduction --
Notes to Introduction. --
Verse: A Qaṣīdah / 'Abīd ibn al-Abraṣ --
A Qaṣīdah / 'Alqamah ibn 'Abadah --
A Qaṣīdah / al-Muthaqqib al-'Abdī --
An Elegy (Marthiyah) / al-Khansā' --
Polemics in Verse: An Invective Qaṣīdah / al-Akhṭal --
Love in the Desert: A Qaṣīdah / Dhū l-Rummah --
An Umayyad Ghazal Poem, used as an Abbasid Song Text --
An 'Udhrī Ghazal attributed to Majnūn Laylā --
An Umayyad Ghazal / 'Umar ibn Abī Rabī 'ah --
A Love Poem / Umm Khālid --
Anti-Arab, Pro-Iranian Lampoon (Hijā') / Bashshār ibn Burd --
A Modern (Muhdath) Ghazal Epigram / Abū Nuwās --
A Ghazal: On a Boy Called 'Alī / Abū Nuwās --
Two Wine Poems / Abū Nuwās --
A Lampooning Epigram (Hijā') / Abū Nuwās --
A Ghazal Poem / al-'Abbās ibn al-Aḥnaf --
Three Love Epigrams / 'Ulayyah bint al-Mahdī --
A Poem of Asceticism (Zuhdiyyah) / Abū l-'Atāhiyah --
Ibn al Rūmī: On His Poetry --
A Qaṣīdah: A Party at 'Abd al-Malik ibn ṣāliḥ al-Hāshimī's / Ibn al-Rūmī --
A Panegyric Qaṣīdah / al-Buḥturī --
A Victory Ode: The Qaṣīdah on Sayf al-Dawlah's Recapture of the Fortress of al-ḥadath / al-Mutanabbī --
Nature Poetry: Two Epigrams / Ibn Khafājah --
Strophic Poem: A Muwashshaḥah / al-A 'mā al-Tuṭīlī --
An Anonymous Muwashshaḥah from Spain --
There Descended to You: A Philosophical Allegory / Ibn Sīnā --
Five Epigrams on Death and Belief / Abū l-'Alā al-Ma' 'arrī --
Mystical Ghazal: A Poem / Ibn al-Fāriḍ --
A Mystical Zajal / al-Shushtarī --
Two Elegies on the Death of his Concubine / Ibn Nubātah al-Miṣrī --
A Zajal: An Elegy on the Elephant Marzūq --
Early Rajaz --
A Few Lines from the Poem of Proverbs / Abū l-'Atāhiyah --
A Few Lines from The Thousand Liner / Ibn Mālik --
Light Verse: A Domestic Disaster / Abū l-ḥakam al Maghribī --
"Didactic" Verse: From a Poem on How to Behave in Society / Ibn Makānis. Prose: Examples of Early Rhymed Prose (Saj ') --
A Pre-Islamic Tale: The Princess on the Myrtle Leaf (Three Versions) --
How the Queen of Sheba Became Queen --
Two Stories from Meadows of Gold / al-Mas 'ūdī --
Lives of the Poets: al Farazdaq Tells the Story of Imru' al-Qays and the Girls at the Pond --
Bedouin Romance: The Unhappy Love Story of Qays and Lubnā --
A Parable: The Human Condition, or The Man in the Pit --
Mirror for Princes (and Others): Passages from Right Conduct / Ibn al-Muqaffa ' --
Al-Jāḥiẓ on Flies and Other Things --
Essayistic Prose: Al Tawḥīdī on the Superiority of the Arabs --
History as Literature: Al-Amīn and al-Ma'mūn, the Sons of Hārūn al-Rashīd --
Moral Tales and Parables: Passages from The Epistles of the Sincere Brethren --
Prose Narrative: Four Stories by al-Tanūkhī --
The Isfahan Maqāmah / Badī ' al-Zamān al-Hamadhānī --
The Debate of Pen and Sword / Aḥmad Ibn Burd al-Aṣghar --
A Visit to Heaven and Hell / Abū l-'Alā' al-Ma' 'arrī --
Poetics: Ibn Rashīq on the Definition and Structure of Poetry --
Literary Criticism: From The Secrets of Eloquence / 'Abd al-Qāhir al-Jurjānī --
Popular Science: Two Chapters from the Encyclopedia of Animals / al-Damīrī --
A Section from an Adab Encyclopedia: The Chapter on Stinginess from The Precious and Refined in Every Genre and Kind / al-Ibshīhī --
A Fairytale: The Tale of the Forty Girls --
Erotica: The Young Girl and the Dough Kneader, from The Old Man's Rejuvenation / al-Tifāshī --
Two Burlesque Stories from Brains Confounded / al-Shirbīnī --
Lyrical Prose: A Visit to the Bath / al ḥaymī al-Kawkabānī.
Series Title: Library of Arabic literature.
Responsibility: selected and translated by Geert Jan van Gelder.

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