Books by Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin was born in 1946. He read modern history at Oxford and taught medieval history at the University of St. Andrews. He has held teaching appointments in Arabic and Middle Eastern history at Oxford and Cambridge.

Released: Oct. 5, 2006

"Latter-day Orientalists and students of intellectual history will benefit greatly from this study, but so also will others charting the discourse between East and West."
"Oriental studies" once came wrapped in a dreariness dull enough to make its practitioners envy economists. Thanks to Edward Said, though, Irwin has a lively fight on his hands. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2000

"Magic carpets, djinns emerging from bottles, and both lyric grace and earthy realism are prominently featured—in an indispensable anthology that has the breadth of an encyclopedia and the immediacy of a fascinating tale told by a fireside."
This lavish collection of prose and poetry spanning the 4th through 16th centuries is one of the year's most pleasant surprises. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 1997

"The touches of madness here have merit; otherwise, it's a slow, confusing crawl through exotic scenery."
The obsession of a British surrealist with his muse, as the world teeters on the brink of WW II, furnishes the psychodrama in Irwin's (The Mysteries of Algiers, 1988, etc.) latest, but solid historical detail only adds lead to a tale already heavy with introspection. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"An enchanting dragoman and chaperon for sleepless nights with Scheherazade."
Matching The Arabian Nights' scope and enchantment with erudition and wit, Irwin (The Arabian Nightmare, 1987) explores its elusive kingdom of stories, delving into the vast work's textual genesis, cultural history, and literary legacy. Read full book review >