The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition

The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition
Author: Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780698166769
Available:
Release: 2016-08-30
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Resume:

For the first time in English, a catalog of the world through fourteenth-century Arab eyes—a kind of Schott’s Miscellany for the Islamic Golden Age An astonishing record of the knowledge of a civilization, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition catalogs everything known to exist from the perspective of a fourteenth-century Egyptian scholar and litterateur. More than 9,000 pages and thirty volumes—here abridged to one volume, and translated into English for the first time—it contains entries on everything from medieval moon-worshipping 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 and Diderot’s Encyclopédie, have been available in English for centuries. This groundbreaking 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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition

The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition
Author: Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780143107484
Available:
Release: 2016-08-30
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Resume:

For the first time in English, a catalog of the world through fourteenth-century Arab eyes—a kind of Schott’s Miscellany for the Islamic Golden Age An astonishing record of the knowledge of a civilization, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition catalogs everything known to exist from the perspective of a fourteenth-century Egyptian scholar and litterateur. More than 9,000 pages and thirty volumes—here abridged to one volume, and translated into English for the first time—it contains entries on everything from medieval moon-worshipping 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 and Diderot’s Encyclopédie, have been available in English for centuries. This groundbreaking 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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The World in a Book

The World in a Book
Author: Elias Muhanna
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780691191454
Available:
Release: 2019-05-28
Editor: Princeton University Press
Language: en

Resume:

Based on the author's dissertation (doctoral)-- Harvard University, 2012.

The Book of Travels

The Book of Travels
Author: Ḥannā Diyāb
Pages: 380
ISBN: 9781479892303
Available:
Release: 2021-05-04
Editor: NYU Press
Language: en

Resume:

The adventures of the man who created Aladdin The Book of Travels is Ḥannā Diyāb’s remarkable first-person account of his travels as a young man from his hometown of Aleppo to the court of Versailles and back again, which forever linked him to one of the most popular pieces of world literature, the Thousand and One Nights. Diyāb, a Maronite Christian, served as a guide and interpreter for the French naturalist and antiquarian Paul Lucas. Between 1706 and 1716, Diyāb and Lucas traveled through Syria, Cyprus, Egypt, Tripolitania, Tunis, Italy, and France. In Paris, Ḥannā Diyāb met Antoine Galland, who added to his wildly popular translation of the Thousand and One Nights several tales related by Diyāb, including “Aladdin” and “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.” When Lucas failed to make good on his promise of a position for Diyāb at Louis XIV’s Royal Library, Diyāb returned to Aleppo. In his old age, he wrote this engaging account of his youthful adventures, from capture by pirates in the Mediterranean to quack medicine and near-death experiences. Translated into English for the first time, The Book of Travels introduces readers to the young Syrian responsible for some of the most beloved stories from the Thousand and One Nights. A bilingual Arabic-English edition.

Muhammad and the Believers

Muhammad and the Believers
Author: Fred M. Donner
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9780674064140
Available:
Release: 2012-05-07
Editor: Harvard University Press
Language: en

Resume:

Looks at the history of Islam, arguing that its origins began with the "Believers" movement that emphasized strict monotheism and righteous behavior that included both Christians and Jews in its early years.

The Book of Travels

The Book of Travels
Author: Ḥannā Diyāb
Pages: 340
ISBN: 9781479806300
Available:
Release: 2021-05-04
Editor: NYU Press
Language: en

Resume:

The adventures of the man who created Aladdin The Book of Travels is Ḥannā Diyāb’s remarkable first-person account of his travels as a young man from his hometown of Aleppo to the court of Versailles and back again, which forever linked him to one of the most popular pieces of world literature, the Thousand and One Nights. Diyāb, a Maronite Christian, served as a guide and interpreter for the French naturalist and antiquarian Paul Lucas. Between 1706 and 1716, Diyāb and Lucas traveled through Syria, Cyprus, Egypt, Tripolitania, Tunis, Italy, and France. In Paris, Ḥannā Diyāb met Antoine Galland, who added to his wildly popular translation of the Thousand and One Nights several tales related by Diyāb, including “Aladdin” and “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.” When Lucas failed to make good on his promise of a position for Diyāb at Louis XIV’s Royal Library, Diyāb returned to Aleppo. In his old age, he wrote this engaging account of his youthful adventures, from capture by pirates in the Mediterranean to quack medicine and near-death experiences. Translated into English for the first time, The Book of Travels introduces readers to the young Syrian responsible for some of the most beloved stories from the Thousand and One Nights. A bilingual Arabic-English edition.

The Book of Contemplation

The Book of Contemplation
Author: Usama ibn Munqidh
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780141919171
Available:
Release: 2008-07-03
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Resume:

The volume comprises lightly annotated translation of a key medieval Arabic text that bears directly on the Crusades and Crusader society and the Muslim experience of them.

A New Map of Wonders

A New Map of Wonders
Author: Caspar Henderson
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781783781362
Available:
Release: 2017-10-26
Editor: Granta Books
Language: en

Resume:

A New Map of Wonders charts a course through the realm of the fascinating and awe-inspiring. With the curiosity and enthusiasm of a great explorer, the award-winning Caspar Henderson celebrates and explains the wonder of light and the origins of the universe, the myriad marvels of the human body and the natural world -- and reveals the wonders to come: the technologies that will transform human experience and change what we will find wonderful. Drawing on philosophy and natural history, art and religion, neuroscience and nanotechnology, A New Map of Wonders is a celebration of life -- a rich and inspiring guide, encouraging us to see the world anew.

Turkish Embassy Letters

Turkish Embassy Letters
Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Pages: 329
ISBN:
Available:
Release: 2015-06-18
Editor: Ravenio Books
Language: en

Resume:

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (15 May 1689 – 21 August 1762) was the wife of British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, mainly remembered for her letters from Turkey and their insightful remarks on life in the Muslim Orient.

Tales of the Prophets

Tales of the Prophets
Author: Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh Kisāʼī
Pages: 378
ISBN: UOM:39015052877910
Available:
Release: 1997
Editor: Abjad Book Designers & Builders
Language: en

Resume:

The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji
Author: Murasaki Shikibu
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781101097397
Available:
Release: 2006-02-28
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Resume:

An abridged edition of the world’s first novel, in a translation that is “likely to be the definitive edition . . . for many years to come” (The Wall Street Journal) The inspiration behind The Metropolitan Museum of Art's "The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated" -- Now through June 16 at The Met Fifth Avenue A Penguin Classic Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world’s first novel—and is certainly one of its finest. Genji, the Shining Prince, is the son of an emperor. He is a passionate character whose tempestuous nature, family circumstances, love affairs, alliances, and shifting political fortunes form the core of this magnificent epic. Royall Tyler’s superior translation is detailed, poetic, and superbly true to the Japanese original while allowing the modern reader to appreciate it as a contemporary treasure. In this deftly abridged edition, Tyler focuses on the early chapters, which vividly evoke Genji as a young man and leave him at his first moment of triumph. This edition also includes detailed notes, glossaries, character lists, and chronologies.

Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness

Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness
Author: Ibn Fadlan
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780141975047
Available:
Release: 2012-07-26
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Resume:

In 922 AD, an Arab envoy from Baghdad named Ibn Fadlan encountered a party of Viking traders on the upper reaches of the Volga River. In his subsequent report on his mission he gave a meticulous and astonishingly objective description of Viking customs, dress, table manners, religion and sexual practices, as well as the only eyewitness account ever written of a Viking ship cremation. Between the ninth and fourteenth centuries, Arab travellers such as Ibn Fadlan journeyed widely and frequently into the far north, crossing territories that now include Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Their fascinating accounts describe how the numerous tribes and peoples they encountered traded furs, paid tribute and waged wars. This accessible new translation offers an illuminating insight into the world of the Arab geographers, and the medieval lands of the far north.

Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland

Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland
Author: Anonim
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780141975528
Available:
Release: 2013-03-07
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Resume:

Comic Sagas and Tales brings together the very finest Icelandic stories from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries, a time of civil unrest and social upheaval. With feuding families and moments of grotesque violence, the sagas see such classic mythological figures as murdered fathers, disguised beggars, corrupt chieftains and avenging sons do battle with axes, words and cunning. The tales, meanwhile, follow heroes and comical fools through dreams, voyages and religious conversions in medieval Iceland and beyond. Shaped by Iceland's oral culture and their conversion to Christianity, these stories are works of ironic humour and stylistic innovation.

The Caliph s Splendor

The Caliph s Splendor
Author: Benson Bobrick
Pages: 284
ISBN: 9781416567622
Available:
Release: 2012-08-14
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Resume:

Traces the story of the celebrated late-eighth and early ninth caliph from The Thousand and One Nights against a backdrop of Baghdad's cosmopolitan culture and its complex influence on the Byzantine Empire and Frankish kingdom of Charlemagne. By the award-winning author of Wide as the Waters. 35,000 first printing.

The Egyptian Book of Living Dying

The Egyptian Book of Living   Dying
Author: Joann Fletcher
Pages: 244
ISBN: 9781844838059
Available:
Release: 2012-01-18
Editor: Watkins Media Limited
Language: en

Resume:

A unique, affordable guide to the diverse belief system of the ancient Egyptians. Historian Joann Fletcher traces the stages of life from conception to the existence beyond the tomb. She gives particular emphasis to the hazardous voyage of the soul and focuses on key themes such as creation, magic, ritual and eternity. Fully-illustated and printed on high-quality paper, the book provides an excellent introductoin to ancient Egyptian mythology and ritual encompassing the gods, creation, life, death and the afterlife. --Reveals the mysteries of the ancient Egyptians’ fascinating and amazingly diverse belief system, with its emphasis on funerary cults. --Displays a wealth of quotations from ancient Egyptian sources, including intriguing spells from the Book of the Dead and mystical ritual incantations. --Unfolds the rich tapestry of ancient Egyptian myth, from the powers of the gods and pharaohs to the journey in search of the eternal paradise. --Contains more than 90 evocative photographs of ancient Egyptian sites and artefacts plus more than 40 specially-commissioned colour artworks.

The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier 1204 1760

The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier  1204 1760
Author: Richard M. Eaton
Pages: 359
ISBN: 0520205073
Available:
Release: 1996-07-31
Editor: Univ of California Press
Language: en

Resume:

Eaton ranges over all the important aspects of that community's history, whether political and social, or cultural and religious...This study must rank among the finest contributions to South Asian scholarship to appear for some while.

The Confessions of St Augustine

The Confessions of St  Augustine
Author: Saint Augustine
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781908445025
Available:
Release: 2013
Editor: Lulu.com
Language: en

Resume:

The Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature

The Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature
Author: Robert Irwin
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780141962610
Available:
Release: 2006-05-25
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Resume:

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.

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange
Author: Anonymous
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9780141395050
Available:
Release: 2014-11-06
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Resume:

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.

The Book of Margery Kempe

The Book of Margery Kempe
Author: Margery Kempe
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780141915883
Available:
Release: 2005-07-28
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Resume:

The story of the eventful and controversial life of Margery Kempe - wife, mother, businesswoman, pilgrim and visionary - is the earliest surviving autobiography in English. Here Kempe (c.1373-c.1440) recounts in vivid, unembarrassed detail the madness that followed the birth of the first of her fourteen children, the failure of her brewery business, her dramatic call to the spiritual life, her visions and uncontrollable tears, the struggle to convert her husband to a vow of chastity and her pilgrimages to Europe and the Holy Land. Margery Kempe could not read or write, and dictated her remarkable story late in life. It remains an extraordinary record of human faith and a portrait of a medieval woman of unforgettable character and courage.