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Title Religion, learning, and science in the ʻAbbasid period / edited by M.J.L. Young, J.D. Latham, and R.B. Serjeant
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [1990]
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 587 pages) : illustrations, map
Series The Cambridge history of Arabic literature
Cambridge history of Arabic literature.
Contents Sunnī theology / Salvador Gómez Nogales -- Shīī theological literature / I.K.A. Howard -- Ibāḍī theological literature / J.C. Wilkinson -- Quranic exegesis / John Burton -- The prose literature of Ṣufism / Caesar E. Farah -- Philosophical literature / Muhsin Mahdi -- Arabic lexicography / M.G. Carter -- Arabic grammar / M.G. Carter -- Islamic legal literature / P.W. Baker, I.D. Edge -- Administrative literature / C.E. Bosworth -- Arabic biographical writing / M.J.L. Young -- History and historians / Claude Cahen -- Faṭimid history and historians / Abbas Hamdani -- Mathematics and applied science / Donald R. Hill -- Astronomy / David A. King -- Astrology / David Pingree -- Geographical and navigational literature / J.F.P. Hopkins
The literature of Arabic alchemy / Donald R. Hill -- Arabic medical literature / Haskell D. Isaacs -- Al-Kindī / Fritz W. Zimmermann -- Al-Rāzī / Albert Z. Iskandar -- Al-Fārābī / Alfred L. Ivry -- Ibn Sīnā / Salvador Gómez Nogales -- Al-Bīrūnī and the sciences of his time / George Saliba -- Al-Ghazālī / Adīb Nāyif Diyāb -- Christian Arabic literature in the Abbasid period / Samir Khalil Samir -- Judaeo-Arabic literature / Paul B. Fenton -- The translation of Greek materials into Arabic / L.E. Goodman --Didactic verse / Ṣafā Khulūṣī
Summary The five centuries of the 'Abbasid period (eighth to thirteenth centuries AD) were the golden age of Arabic literature. They saw the appearance not only of poetry and belles-lettres (which are covered in a previous volume), but also of an extensive body of writings concerned with subjects ranging from theology and law to history and the natural sciences. This volume of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature surveys the most important of these writings, including the literature of Sunnism and Shi'ism, Arabic philosophy, Sufism, Islamic law, grammar, lexicography, administration, historiography, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, geography, alchemy and medicine. It contains separate chapters on six of the greatest scholars of the Middle Ages, as well as on the Arabic literature of the Christians and Jews who lived under the rule of the 'Abbasid caliphate, and includes a study of one of the great cultural movements of the period, the translations from Greek into Arabic
Analysis Arabic literature History, 750-1258
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 524-548)
Notes Print version record
Subject Islamic civilization.
Islamic Empire -- Intellectual life.
Form Electronic book
Author Latham, J. D. (John Derek), editor
Serjeant, R. B. (Robert Bertram), editor
Young, M. J. L., editor
LC no. 90001549
ISBN 1139424912 (electronic book)
9781139424912 (electronic book)