ANTHOLOGY OF ISLAMIC LITERATURE: From the Rise of Islam to Modern Times by James-Ed. Kritzeck

ANTHOLOGY OF ISLAMIC LITERATURE: From the Rise of Islam to Modern Times

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A collection of nearly fifty varied selections in translation, which from the Arabic and Persian offers a revision of classic translation supplemented by Professor Kritzeck of Princeton, compiler and commentator of the volume. Dr. Kritzeck presents the material in division according to conventional historical periods, setting the background for each, from the Koran (Mohammed died in 632 precipitating a new era), both Meccan and Medinan Chapters, and the early Arabic poetry and proverbs; through the Age of the Caliphs (632-1050) and the new poets (among them Al-Jahiz, Al-Hallaj, Firdawsi, Ibn Hazm) and Moorish poetry; on to the Turks, Franks and Mongols (1050-1350) (including Umar Khayyam); to Islam's New World (1350-1800) with stories from The Thousand and One Nights, Mughal and Ottoman poetry. The range is from proverbs to poets, scripture to story-telling. A good supplement to comparative literature courses, chiefly for an academic audience.

Pub Date: Nov. 21st, 1963
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston