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Writing and Representation in Medieval Islam

Muslim Horizons, 1st Edition

Edited by Julia Bray


266 pages

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With contributions from specialists in different areas of classical Islamic thought, this accessible volume explores the ways in which medieval Muslims saw, interpreted and represented the world around them in their writings.

Focusing mainly on the eighth to tenth centuries AD, known as the ‘formative period of Islamic thought’, the book examines historiography, literary prose and Arabic prose genres which do not fall neatly into either category.

Filling a gap in the literature by providing detailed discussions of both primary texts and recent scholarship, Writing and Representation in Medieval Islam will be welcomed by students and scholars of classical Arabic literature, Islamic history and medieval history.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Note on Conventions Part 1: Fact and Fiction 1. Ibn Zunbul and the Romance of History 2. History, Fiction and Authorship in the First Centuries of Islam 3. Meisami Writing Medieval Women: Representations and Misrepresentations Part 2: Appearance and Truth 4. Al-Jahiz’s Kitab al-Bayan wa al-Tabyin 5. The Maqamat as a Nexus of Interests: Reflections on Abdelfattah Kilito’s Les Séances 6. The Physical World and the Writer’s Eye

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

Routledge Curzon Studies in Middle-Eastern Literatures is a monograph series devoted to aspects of the literatures of the Near and Middle East and North Africa both modern and pre-modern. It is hoped that the provision of such a forum will lead to a greater emphasis on the comparative study of the literatures of this area, although studies devoted to one literary or linguistic region are warmly encouraged. It is the editors' objective to foster the comparative and multi-disciplinary investigation of the written and oral literary products of this area.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies