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Title Kalilah and Dimnah : fables of virtue and vice / Ibn al-Muqaffa ; edited by Michael Fishbein ; translated by Michael Fishbein and James E. Montgomery ; volume editors, Beatrice Gruendler, James E. Montgomery = Kitāb Kalīlah wa-Dimnah / Abd Allah ibn al-Muqaffa
Published New York : New York University Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (394 pages)
Series Library of Arabic literature
Library of Arabic literature.
Contents Intro -- Letter from the General Editor -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Map: Principal Translations of the Arabic Kalilah wa-Dimnah -- Note on the Text -- Notes to the Introduction -- Kalīlah and Dimnah -- How Anūsharwān Sent Barzawayh to India to Transcribe Kalīlah and Dimnah -- The Book of Kalīlah and Dimnah -- The Chapter of Barzawayh the Physician -- The Lion and the Ox -- The Investigation of Dimnah -- The Ring Dove -- The Crows and the Owls -- The Turtle and the Monkey -- The Holy Man and the Mongoose -- The Cat and the Rat -- The King and the Bird Finzah
The Lion and the Jackal -- King Haylār and His Minister Baylār -- The Mendicant and the Goldsmith -- The King's Son and His Companions -- The Horseman, the Lioness, and the Jackal -- The Ascetic and His Guest -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Further Reading -- Index of Proper Names -- About the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute -- About this E-book -- Titles Published by the Library of Arabic Literature -- About the Editor-Translators
Summary Timeless fables of loyalty and betrayal Like Aesop's Fables, Kalīlah and Dimnah is a collection designed not only for moral instruction, but also for the entertainment of readers. The stories, which originated in the Sanskrit Panchatantra and Mahabharata, were adapted, augmented, and translated into Arabic by the scholar and state official Ibn al-Muqaffaʿ in the second/eighth century. The stories are engaging, entertaining, and often funny, from "The Man Who Found a Treasure But Could Not Keep It," to "The Raven Who Tried To Learn To Walk Like a Partridge" and "How the Wolf, the Raven, and the Jackal Destroyed the Camel." Kalīlah and Dimnah is a "mirror for princes," a book meant to inculcate virtues and discernment in rulers and warn against flattery and deception. Many of the animals who populate the book represent ministers counseling kings, friends advising friends, or wives admonishing husbands. Throughout, Kalīlah and Dimnah offers insight into the moral lessons Ibn al-Muqaffaʿ believed were important for rulers--and readers
Notes Print version record
Subject Didactic literature, Arabic -- Translations into English
Didactic literature, Arabic
Genre/Form fables.
Form Electronic book
Author Ibn al-Muqaffaʻ, -approximately 760, translator.
Fishbein, Michael, editor, translator.
Montgomery, James E. (James Edward), 1962- translator.
ISBN 9781479806560
Other Titles Kitab Kalilah wa-Dimnah
OTHER TI Kalīlah wa-Dimnah. English.
Kalīlah wa-Dimnah.
Fables of Bidpai. English.
Fables of Bidpai.