Religion, Learning and Science in the 'Abbasid Period

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M. J. L. Young, J. D. Latham, R. B. Serjeant
Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - History - 612 pages
The five centuries of the 'Abbasid period (eighth to thirteenth centuries AD) were the golden age of Arabic literature. They saw the appearance not only of poetry and belles-lettres (which are covered in a previous volume), but also of an extensive body of writings concerned with subjects ranging from theology and law to history and the natural sciences. This volume of The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature surveys the most important of these writings, including the literature of Sunnism and Shi'ism, Arabic philosophy, Sufism, Islamic law, grammar, lexicography, administration, historiography, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, geography, alchemy and medicine. It contains separate chapters on six of the greatest scholars of the Middle Ages, as well as on the Arabic literature of the Christians and Jews who lived under the rule of the 'Abbasid caliphate, and includes a study of one of the great cultural movements of the period, the translations from Greek into Arabic.
 

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Contents

The prose literature of ufism
5
Shfl theological literature
16
Ibadl theological literature
33
Philosophical literature
76
Arabic lexicography
106
Arabic grammar
118
Islamic legal literature
139
Administrative literature
155
The literature of Arabic alchemy
328
Arabic medical literature
342
AlKindl
364
AlRazI
370
IVRY New York University
378
Ibn Sina
389
AlBIrunl and the sciences of his time
405
Christian Arabic literature in the cAbbasid period
446

Arabic biographical writing
168
History and historians
188
Fatimid history and historians
234
Mathematics and applied science
248
Astronomy
274
Astrology
290
Geographical and navigational literature
301
JudaeoArabic literature
461
The translation of Greek materials into Arabic
477
by Safa Khulus1 Oxford
498
Glossary
510
24
524
Index
549
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