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

Shii theological literature
25
Ibāời theological literature
33
by John Burton University of St Andrews
40
Philosophical literature
80
Arabic lexicography
106
Arabic grammar
118
Islamic legal literature
150
Administrative literature
155
Arabic medical literature
342
AlKindi
364
AlRāzī
370
AlFārābi
378
Ibn Sīnā
389
AlBīrūni and the sciences of his time
405
Christian Arabic literature in the Abbasid period
446
JudaeoArabic literature
461

Arabic biographical writing
168
History and historians
188
Faţimid history and historians
234
Mathematics and applied science
248
IS Astronomy
274
Astrology
290
Geographical and navigational literature
301
The literature of Arabic alchemy
328
The translation of Greek materials into Arabic
477
AlMamūn and the translation of Greek works
484
Translation after Hunayn
491
by ŞAFĀ Khulūşi Oxford
498
Glossary
524
Index
549
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