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The Maqámát of Badí' al-Zamán al-Hamadhání: Translated From The Arabic With An Introduction and Notes Historical and Grammatical (Routledge Library . Thought in the Middle Ages) (Volume 5)

W.J. Prendergast

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ISBN 10: 113893979X / ISBN 13: 9781138939790
Published by Routledge, 2015
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Title: The Maqámát of Badí' al-Zamán al-Hamadhání: ...

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1.

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The triple aim of Hamadhání in this work, first translated into English in 1915, appears to have been to amuse, to interest and to instruct; and this explains why, in spite of the inherent difficulty of a work of this kind composed primarily with a view to the rhetorical effect upon the learned and the great, there is scarcely a dull chapter in the fifty-one maqámát or discourses. The author essayed, throughout these dramatic discourses, to illustrate the life and language both of the denizens of the desert and the dwellers in towns, and to give examples of the jargon and slang of thieves and robbers as well as the lucubrations of the learned and the conversations of the cultured.

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