By Robert Irwin
Spanning the 5th century to the 16th, and varying from Afghanistan to Spain, this precise assortment presents a profound perception into the sheer power and intensity of Classical Arabic literature. From the earliest surviving fragments of The Thousand and One Nights to the dependent attractiveness and profound energy of the Qur'an - believed through the Islamic religion to comprise the particular phrases of Allah - it comprises translated extracts from the entire significant works of the interval, along many much less famous yet both interesting items. Exploring such conventional subject matters as lovesick craving and fated doom, and contemplating matters as diversified because the etiquette of falling in love with slave-girls and the terrors of the ocean, this compelling anthology of poetry and prose brilliantly illuminates a physique of writing that has been unjustly missed through the west for hundreds of years.
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The Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature by Robert Irwin