'The brevity of the book is admirable. Totally devoid of discursion and padding, it is exceedingly well-written, carefully argued and balanced, and richly documented.' H.T. Norris, BSOAS, 1988. '...ein Buch, dass der Beschaftigung mit der arabischen Prosa als Kunstform mit Sicherheit erheblichen Auftrieb geben wird.' Tilman Seidensticker, Zeitschr. d. Deutschen Morgenlandischen Gesellschaft, 1988. '...an ambitious comparative study which combines scholarly exactitude with the charm of its subject and seems to be equally at home on every level.' Michael Beard, MESA Bulletin, 1987. '...excellent and refreshing...FMD's important research will add to the momentum of the studies in al-Jahiz and in classical Arabic literature.' Joseph Sadan, Tabula, 1989. '...will be welcomed eagerly by all who are interested in the field.' James A. Bellamy, Middle East Journal, 1987. '...this is an essentially good piece of work in its thorough grasp of the material and its careful reflection upon it.' G.M. Wickens, Jrnl. Semitic St., 32.
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