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The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition by Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri

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    The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition by Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri

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    An astonishing record of the knowledge of a civilization, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition catalogues everything known to exist from the perspective of a 14th-century Egyptian scholar and litterateur. More than 9,000 pages and 30 volumes--here abridged to one volume, and translated into English for the first time--it contains entries on everything from medieval moon-worshiping cults, sexual aphrodisiacs, and the substance of clouds, to how to get the smell of alcohol off one's breath, the deliciousness of cheese made from buffalo milk, and the nesting habits of flamingos.

    Similar works by Western authors, including Pliny's Natural History, have been available in English for centuries. This ground-breaking translation of a remarkable Arabic text--expertly abridged and annotated--offers a look at the world through the highly literary and impressively knowledgeable societies of the classical Islamic world. Meticulously arranged and delightfully eclectic, it is a compendium to be treasured--a true monument of erudition.


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    Re: The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition by Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri

    Greetings,

    Thanks so much for pointing this out. This looks like a fascinating book and I will certainly be getting a copy.

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    Re: The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition by Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri

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    Some more if your interested.

    Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange

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    On the shrouded corpse hung a tablet of green topaz with the inscription: 'I am Shaddad the Great. I conquered a thousand cities; a thousand white elephants were collected for me; I lived for a thousand years and my kingdom covered both east and west, but when death came to me nothing of all that I had gathered was of any avail. You who see me take heed: for Time is not to be trusted.'

    Dating from at least a millennium ago, these are the earliest known Arabic short stories, surviving in a single, ragged manuscript in a library in Istanbul. Some found their way into The Arabian Nights but most have never been read in English before. Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange has monsters, lost princes, jewels beyond price, a princess turned into a gazelle, sword-wielding statues and shocking reversals of fortune.


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    A good introduction to classic Arab literature.

    The Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature


    Spanning the fifth century to the sixteenth, and ranging from Afghanistan to Spain, this unique collection provides a profound insight into the sheer vitality and depth of Classical Arabic literature. From the earliest surviving fragments of The Thousand and One Nights to the elegant beauty and profound power of the Qur'an - believed by the Islamic faith to contain the actual words of Allah - it includes translated extracts from all the major works of the period, alongside many less well-known but equally fascinating pieces. Exploring such traditional themes as lovesick yearning and fated doom, and considering subjects as diverse as the etiquette of falling in love with slave-girls and the terrors of the sea, this compelling anthology of poetry and prose brilliantly illuminates a body of writing that has been unjustly neglected by the west for centuries.

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    Re: The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition by Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri

    salaam

    Ive read half of this, its an epic poem on Persian history/tales written by a famous Persian Poet Firdousi.

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    Do you think the pious don't sin?

    They merely:
    Veiled themselves and didn't flaunt it
    Sought forgiveness and didn't persist
    Took ownership of it and don't justify it
    And acted with excellence after they had erred - Ibn al-Qayyim
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    So much culture and history that needs to be rediscovered.
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    Re: The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition by Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri

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    Some more

    Islamic Intellectual History in the Seventeenth Century: Scholarly Currents in the Ottoman Empire and the Maghreb

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    For much of the twentieth century, the intellectual life of the Ottoman and Arabic-Islamic world in the seventeenth century was ignored or mischaracterized by historians. Ottomanists typically saw the seventeenth century as marking the end of Ottoman cultural florescence, while modern Arab nationalist historians tended to see it as yet another century of intellectual darkness under Ottoman rule. This book is the first sustained effort at investigating some of the intellectual currents among Ottoman and North African scholars of the early modern period. Examining the intellectual production of the ranks of learned ulema (scholars) through close readings of various treatises, commentaries, and marginalia, Khaled El-Rouayheb argues for a more textured - and text-centered - understanding of the vibrant exchange of ideas and transmission of knowledge across a vast expanse of Ottoman-controlled territory.


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    This was written in the 1950s. Interesting how Islam was perceived in the past compared to now.

    Islam Alfred Guillaume

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    This introduction to Islam covers all aspects of the religion, from the past through to the present day. It should be an accessible guide for anyone wanting to know more about this spiritual and cultural tradition, which has millions of followers around the world.


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