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Morality in the Guise of Dreams - A critical edition of Kitab al-Manam

Ibn Abi al-Dunya

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ISBN 10: 9004098186 / ISBN 13: 9789004098183
Published by E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1994
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Title: Morality in the Guise of Dreams - A critical...

Publisher: E. J. Brill, Leiden

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

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This important Book of Dreams, Kitab al-Manam, by Ibn Abi al-Dunya (d. 281/894), a compendium of 350 Muslim dream narratives in Arabic, is now critically edited for the first time. Although dream accounts are scattered throughout most genres of classical Arabic literature, Kitab al-Manam is the only extant treatise dedicated solely to this topic. With the aim to provide the pious Muslim with a code of behaviour, the book relates dreams that deliver clear messages, of the kind that can be followed with no need for interpretation. The scholarly introduction in English gives a survey of the contents of the Arabic text, emphasizing the unique features of the book, while concentrating on their contribution to practical ethics, and examines the role dreams play in various genres of classical Arabic literature.

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Leah Kinberg teaches at Tel Aviv University and is Head of the Arabic Department at Levinsky Teachers College, Israel.

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