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Author Ibn Qutaybah, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Muslim, 828-889? author.

Title The excellence of the Arabs / by Ibn Qutaybah ; translated by Sarah Bowen Savant and Peter Webb ; foreword by Jack Weatherford ; volume editor, Michael Cooperson
Published New York : New York Univeristy Press, 2019


Description 1 online resource
Series Library of Arabic Literature
Contents Cover; Letter from the General Editor; About this Paperback; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Note on the Text; Notes to the Introduction; Book One: Arab Preeminence; Book Two: The 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 the Translators
Summary A spirited defense of Arab identity from a time of political unrestIn ninth-century Abbasid Baghdad, the social prestige attached to claims of Arab identity had begun to decline. In The Excellence of the Arabs, the celebrated litterateur 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. By incorporating extensive excerpts from the poetic heritage--"the archive of the Arabs"--Ibn Qutaybah aims to demonstrate that poetry is itself sufficient evidence 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 does it mean to be Arab?
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Islamic civilization -- Early works to 1800
Islamic Empire -- Intellectual life -- Early works to 1800
Islamic civilization
Genre/Form Early works
Form Electronic book
Author Savant, Sarah Bowen, translator
Webb, Peter, 1978- translator.
Cooperson, Michael, editor
LC no. 2019017757
ISBN 9781479859764
Other Titles Faḍl al-ʻArab wa-al-tanbīh ʻalá ʻulūmihā. English