Abbasid Studies IV by Monique Bernards

By Monique Bernards

Quickly after their winning revolution in 750 advert, the Abbāsids supplanted the Umayyad dynasty, outfitted the hot urban of Baghdad, Iraq which grew to become the capital of the Islamic Empire. The civilization that the Abbāsids helped to create carried forth the torch of information lit by means of old Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and Persia. including lots of their very own designated contributions, the Abbāsid dynasty left an indelible mark at the heritage of humankind.
This present collection of ʿAbbāsid reviews offers a colorful mosaic of recent examine into classical Arabic texts that sheds mild on major ancient, political, cultural and non secular facets of the ʿAbbāsid period and gives perception into how the basics of philology are formed. remarkable vistas of historic goals open up whereas ʿAbbāsid armies clatter and collide; pictures are conjured of murderous caliphs, overseas having a look littérateurs and conversing items. We see a full of life self...

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The epistemological basis of this method was fundamentally taxonomic: it assumed the notion of prior simplicity, whereby in a vertical fashion the proliferation of textual variants which were naturally distributed across manuscripts, and were inherent in the very idiosyncratic nature of manuscript production, all descended from an original common source. Also generally assumed was a monogenetic origin from a single parent. 50 This method sought the reconstruction of an urtext, the original authorial form of a work, through a genealogical analysis of relationships between the surviving manuscript descendants.

65 This work was evidently the source for the perturbation expressed by Abū l-Faraj al-Iṣbahānī (d.

Selove’s approach is twofold: she first focuses on the introduction in which the mysterious author himself explains the aim of his project — a portrayal of the city of Baghdad — in order to come to grips with the contradictory narrative styles of the text. Containing examples from the highest level of Arabic literary production to hardly eligible colloquial from street entertainment, “from qaṣīda to hobby-horse,” the text depicts Baghdad as a literary microcosm of literature itself. Against the backdrop of secondary studies, Selove then unravels al-Azdī’s stunning story, revealing the intricate literary devices used for picturing Baghdad, represented in the arduous and amazing narration of the inebriated Baghdadi party-crasher, as the once celebrated and magnificently powerful centre, now aged and decayed, but still master of Arabic literature in all its facets.

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