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The life and works of Jāḥiẓ;

Author: Jāḥiẓ; Charles Pellat
Publisher: Berkeley, University of California Press, 1969.
Series: Islamic world series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Al-Jāhiz, who lived in Basra and Baghdad in the eighth and ninth centuries A.D., was one of the most famous and prolific of Arab prose writers. A versatile polymath and popularizer, known for his works of adab and his religious and political polemics as well as for his literary works of social satire (such as the Book of Misers), al-Jāhiz has been called brilliant and superficial: and certainly his style was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Anthologies Traductions anglaises
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jāḥiẓ, -868 or 9.
Life and works of Jāḥiẓ.
Berkeley, University of California Press, 1969
(OCoLC)568011059
Named Person: Jāḥiẓ; Jāḥiẓ
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jāḥiẓ; Charles Pellat
OCLC Number: 50981
Description: xiv, 286 pages 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
pt. 1. Jāḥiẓ's life and works --
pt. 2. Texts in translation. I. Semi-political, semi-theological works. An account of Muʹtazilite doctrine ; Defence of the ʹAbbāsids against their opponents --
II. Jāḥiẓ's own particular type of adab. Literary works ; Quasi-scientific works --
III. Traditional adab, merging into the portrayal of people and society. Manners ; Character traits ; Emotions ; Social groups --
Glossary of Arabic words and proper names.
Series Title: Islamic world series.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: translations of selected texts [by] Charles Pellat. Translated from the French by D.M. Hawke.

Abstract:

Al-Jāhiz, who lived in Basra and Baghdad in the eighth and ninth centuries A.D., was one of the most famous and prolific of Arab prose writers. A versatile polymath and popularizer, known for his works of adab and his religious and political polemics as well as for his literary works of social satire (such as the Book of Misers), al-Jāhiz has been called brilliant and superficial: and certainly his style was characteristically inconsequential and digressive. Professor Pellat says of him elsewhere: 'For the majority of literate Arabs al-Jāhiz remains, if not a complete buffoon, at least something of a jester ... for he never fails, even in the weightiest passages, to slip in anecdotes, witty observations and amusing comments. Alarmed at the dullness and boredom enshrouding the speculations of a good many of his contemporaries, he deliberately aimed at a lighter touch, and his sense of humor enabled him to deal entertainingly with serious subjects.' In this book Professor Pellat, indisputably the greatest Jāhiz authority, has selected the best as well as the most characteristic of his known writings, prefacing them with an assessment of his life and works. (book jacket).

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