New PDF release: An Introduction to Arabic Literature

By Professor Roger Allen

ISBN-10: 0511010745

ISBN-13: 9780511010743

ISBN-10: 0521772303

ISBN-13: 9780521772303

ISBN-10: 0521776570

ISBN-13: 9780521776578

Roger Allen offers a entire introductory survey of literary texts in Arabic, from their unknown beginnings within the 5th century advert to the current day, and from Islam's sacred textual content, the Qur'an, to renowned literature together with The Arabian Nights and a wealth of poetry, narrative prose, drama and feedback. With huge quotations in English translation, a chronology and a advisor to extra analyzing, this revised and abridged model of Allen's acclaimed learn, The Arabic Literary historical past (CUP 1998), offers a useful pupil advent to a huge non-Western literary culture.

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However, after a series of battles that displayed the strength of the new community, an agreement was reached between the two sides in  that permitted The contexts of the literary tradition  Muh·ammad to lead a large group on a pilgrimage to Mecca in the following year. In  Muh·ammad again travelled from Medina to Mecca to perform the pilgrimage (h·ajj), but died suddenly in June of that year. At the time of Muh·ammad’s death no arrangements had been made concerning the authority structure of the community of believers that he had brought together.

The Banu¯ Ghassa¯n fulfilled this function vis-à-vis  An introduction to Arabic literature the Byzantine authorities based in Constantinople (now Istanbul), while the Banu¯ Lakhm operated from a capital at al-H · ¯ırah in Southern Iraq in their dealings with the Sasanian rulers of Persia.                      It was in the city of Mecca that Muh·ammad received his first revelation in about  . Following the death of his father, he had been taken under the protection of his uncle, Abu¯ T·a¯lib, and had successfully engaged in trade on behalf of a wealthy widow, Khadı¯jah, whose offer of marriage he accepted.

The pace of these conquests severely taxed the military and administrative resources of the young community. To control the outlying regions, garrison cities (ams·a¯r) were set up: Fust·a¯t· to the south of present-day Cairo, Qayrawa¯n in Tunisia, and both al-Ku¯fah and al-Bas·rah in Iraq. Lines of communication between these cities and the central administration in Damascus were long, and it is therefore hardly surprising that these garrisons became the focal points of much debate and unrest. As the Islamic communal structure began to take shape, the dissidence of these two Iraqi cities was converted to more intellectual pursuits, and they became primary centres of learning and intellectual controversy.

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