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Author Ibn Qutaybah

Title The Excellence of the Arabs
Published New York : NYU Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource (257 pages)
Series Library of Arabic Literature
Library of Arabic literature.
Contents Letter from the General Editor; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Note on the Text; Notes to the Introduction; The Excellence of the Arabs; Book One: Arab Preeminence; Book Two: Excellence of Arab Learning; Horse Husbandry; Stars; Somatomancy; Physiognomancy; Augury, Lithomancy, Geomancy, and Soothsaying; Oratory; Poetry; Wisdom Poetry; Wisdom in the Prose and Rhyming Aphorisms of the Arabs; [Colophon]; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Further Reading; Index of Qurʼanic Verses; Index; About the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute; About this E-book; Titles Published by the Library of Arabic Literature
Summary The Excellence of the Arabs is a spirited defense of Arab identity--its merits, values, and origins--at a time of political unrest and fragmentation, written by one of the most important scholars of the early Abbasid era.In the cosmopolitan milieu of Baghdad, the social prestige attached to claims of being Arab had begun to decline. Although his own family originally hailed from Merv in the east, Ibn Qutaybah locks horns with those members of his society who belittled Arabness and vaunted the glories of Persian heritage and culture. Instead, he upholds the status of Arabs and their heritage in the face of criticism and uncertainty.The Excellence of the Arabs is in two parts. In the first, Arab Preeminence, which takes the form of an extended argument for Arab privilege, Ibn Qutaybah accuses his opponents of blasphemous envy. In the second, The Excellence of Arab Learning, he describes the fields of knowledge in which he believed pre-Islamic Arabians excelled, including knowledge of the stars, divination, horse husbandry, and poetry. And by incorporating extensive excerpts from the poetic heritage--"the archive of the Arabs"--Ibn Qutaybah aims to demonstrate that poetry is itself sufficient corroboration of Arab superiority.Eloquent and forceful, The Excellence of the Arabs addresses a central question at a time of great social flux at the dawn of classical Muslim civilization: what did it mean to be Arab?
Notes About the Editor-Translator
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Text in Arabic and English; translated from the Arabic
Print version record
Subject Islamic civilization -- Early works to 1800
HISTORY -- World.
HISTORY -- Middle East -- General.
Intellectual life
Islamic civilization
Islamic Empire -- Intellectual life -- Early works to 1800
Islamic Empire
Genre/Form Early works
Form Electronic book
Author Webb, Peter
Montgomery, James
Savant, Sarah Bowen
LC no. 2016055378
ISBN 9781479885961