By Professor Roger Allen
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 well known literature together with The Arabian Nights and a wealth of poetry, narrative prose, drama and feedback. With wide quotations in English translation, a chronology and a advisor to extra interpreting, this revised and abridged model of Allen's acclaimed examine, The Arabic Literary history (CUP 1998), offers a useful pupil advent to an important non-Western literary culture.
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In Muh·ammad ibn al-Ah·mar announced his independence and declared himself Sultan. Six years later he entered the city of Granada and established the dynasty that survived until . While the Mongols were moving through Persia and Iraq towards Baghda¯d, Ibn al-Ah·mar’s successors were in the process of building one of al-Andalus’s most spectacular monuments, the Alhambra Palace in Granada (named after the dynasty’s founder). The contexts of the literary tradition During the fourteenth century, the suzerainty of the dynasties that held sway in Persia and Iraq was challenged by a new figure whose reputation for brutality rivalled that of the Mongols: Tı¯mu¯r Lang (Tı¯mu¯r ‘the Lame’, usually known in English – as in Marlowe’s play – as Tamburlaine).
These nations make up what is An introduction to Arabic literature known as the ‘Arab world’. The Arabic language also has official status in Israel, and, because of continuing contacts across the desert regions of North Africa, is used for communication in such states as Senegal, Mauritania, and Chad. If we include within our purview the use of Arabic as the canonical language of Islam, then the spread of nations and peoples becomes enormous, incorporating Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Afghanistan, and Indonesia as Muslim countries, and sizeable communities in many other countries, of which Tadjhikistan, India, the Philippines, China, France, Britain, and the United States are merely a representative sample.
In Mu a¯wiyah proclaimed himself caliph, and in a Kha¯rijite assassinated Alı¯ in al-Ku¯fah. The contexts of the literary tradition While Mu a¯wiyah was able to consolidate his power as leader of the Muslim community from Damascus, al-H · asan and al-H · usayn, the two sons of Alı¯, became a rallying-point for forces who believed in the right of Muh·ammad’s own descendants to the position of caliph. When Mu awiyah died in and his son, Yazı¯d, was designated his successor by heredity, al-H · usayn refused to acknowledge the new caliph.