Writers and Rulers: Perspectives on Their Relationship from Abbasid to Safavid Times

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Reichert, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 241 pages
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Contributed papers presented in the Colloquium "Literature and Rulership in Medieval Islam" held at Yale University's Center for International and Area Studies in April 1999.

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Julie S Meisami University of Oxford
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Contributor Biography - English Beatrice Gruendler (Ph.D. Harvard University 1995) is Professor of Arabic in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University. Her three areas of research over the years have been Arabic script, medieval Arabic poetry with its social context, and the integration of modern literary theory into the study of Near Eastern literatures. Besides numerous articles, her major publications include "The Development of the Arabic Scripts: From the Nabatean Era to the First Islamic Century", Harvard Semitic Studies 43 (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993); "Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry: Ibn al-Rumi and the Patron's Redemption" (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003); and, co-edited with Verena Klemm, "Understanding Near Eastern Literatures: A Spectrum of Interdisciplinary Approaches", Literaturen im Kontext: Arabisch - Persisch - Turkisch 1 (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2000).Louise Marlow (Ph.D. Princeton University, 1987) is currently Professor of Religion and Director of Middle Eastern Studies at Wellesley College. Her research falls in the fields of medieval Islamic intellectual and literary history, and she is particularly concerned with the study of mirrors for princes written in Arabic and Persian. Her publications include "Hierarchy and Egalitarianism in Islamic Thought" (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), and "Kings, Prophets and the `Ulama' in Mediaeval Islamic Advice Literature", Studia Islamica 81 (1995), 101-20. She is currently engaged in a study of literary works produced in Khurasan during the tenth and eleventh centuries in Arabic and Persian, and she is preparing a translation of the NasiHat al-muluk of Pseudo-Mawardi.

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