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Kitab Al-Ifadah Wa l-I Tibar of Abd Al-Latif Al-Baghdadi. Translated by Kamal Hafuth Zand and John and Ivy Videan.

Published by George Allen & Unwin, London, 1965 (1965)

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About this Item: George Allen & Unwin, London, 1965, 1965. Condition: Very Good. First edition in English. Hardback. Slight wear otherwise very good. Slightly worn and torn dust jacket covered in clear plastic and taped to pastedowns with adhesive marks to endpapers. Seller Inventory # A182877

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Kitab Al-ifadah Wa'l-l'tibar of 'abd Al-latif Al-baghdadi Translated by K Hafuth Zand and John & Ivy Videan

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About this Item: Allen & Unwin, London, 1965. Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. This volume contains a facsimile edition of the autograph Arabic manuscript of 'Abd al-Latif al-Baghdâdi's eye-witness description of Egypt written in 1204 A.D. The text given here is the author's own abridgement of his longer and more detailed work which has been lost. The Arabic original is accompanied throughout by an English translation on the opposite page. The work falls into two parts: the first is a general description of Egypt, its fauna and flora, the Egyptians themselves and the food they eat and above all the remains of the civilization of Ancient Egypt which the author found especially fascinating. The second part is about the Nile and about the terrible famine which took place at the turn of the century in the years 1200-1201 A.D. because the river did not rise high enough. In the famine it was not long before uninhibited cannibalism, starting in the Cairo underworld, became prevalent in a large section of the community. Not only were children and also adults continually being kidnapped and eaten but even the cemeteries were robbed. The Governor of Cairo decreed that anyone found eating human flesh should be burnt alive, but this appeared to make no difference, and the bodies of those who suffered this punishment were often eaten before they could be buried. This part of the book is perhaps not without its significance for the modern Western world, and in particular for England, for we live perpetually on the brink of famine, overcrowded to an extent without parallel in history and utterly dependent for our food upon a fantastically complex organisation. If anything ever went seriously wrong with this-and sooner or later is it not bound to happen?-nothing could save us from famine; and we may well ask ourselves whether or not a few weeks of extreme hunger would produce cannibalism and with it, here as in Cairo, an almost total moral collapse in other respects. As regards this last point few will be likely to maintain that the underworld of London in 1967 is in any respect better, to say the least, than the underworld of Cairo in 1200; and if anyone doubts whether any Englishman is a potential cannibal, let him remember that 'Abd al-Latif al-Baghdàdi himself could scarcely believe his own eyes and ears. The translators have been, one feels, unnecessarily free in one or two places. Also it is little short of a mystery why, in transcribing Arabic words into Latin letters, they have so often totally ignored the indications given by the author himself, who inserted the vowel marks wherever he felt that a reader might hesitate. His etymological paragraph on the derivation of the word "Nile" is unnecessarily marred in the English, and among the other examples I may mention, at the risk of pedantry, the names Dinouri in mistake for Dinawari, Maizz for Muizz, and Sha'ari for Shi`ra (Sirius). But these are small points. The translation on the whole is good and readable and together with the fine Arabic manuscript in facsimile (the author, though not a professional calligrapher, had a good hand of archaic Naskhi) it serves to make this handsome volume an asset to libraries of far more general scope than those few which are attached to schools of Oriental studies. Source: Studies in Comparative Religion, Vol. 1, No.4. © World Wisdom, IncText block tight and complete. Dust jacket in fine condition. Seller Inventory # 008140

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Kitab al-ifadah wa'l-l'tibar of 'Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi. Translated by K. Hafuth Zand and John & Ivy Videan.

Published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London. (1965)

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About this Item: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London., 1965. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. This is a good copy in the original red cloth covers, complete with the dustwrapper. There is a stain to the back cloth cover. bibliography, index, 293 pages. a heavy book This book is from a small library of similar books which was collected by a British Diplomat who worked in the Middle East. Please search my inventory using the keyword Arabs. For any enquiries please do get in touch. If you are ever in Bath, please visit our bookshop Bath Old Books; although this book is not in the shop. Seller Inventory # 005329

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Abd Al-Latif Al-Baghdadi

Published by George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., London (1965)

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About this Item: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., London, 1965. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. Rear damp staining, jacket soiled & faded; First bilingual edition; Arabic/English facing; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 293 pages. Seller Inventory # 30689

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Abd Al-Latif Al-Baghdadi.

Published by George Allen & Unwin, London, 1965 (1965)

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About this Item: George Allen & Unwin, London, 1965, 1965. Condition: Very Good. First edition. Hardback. Slight fading and mottling, otherwise very good in lightly edge-nicked dust jacket. Inscription to endpaper. Seller Inventory # A65173

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ABD AL-LATIF AL-BAGHDADI, MUWAFFAQ AL-DIN.

Published by Tubingen: Johann Georg Cotta, 1789 (1789)

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About this Item: Tubingen: Johann Georg Cotta, 1789, 1789. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Arabic text; edited by Joseph White. viii, 157 pages. 8vo, 210x134, marginal foxing, owner’s stamp on title, accession number on next leaf, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary stamp on blank last page. One of the earliest works on Egyptology, this crucial work contains detailed descriptions of ancient Egyptian monuments, as well as a vivid description of a famine caused, during the author’s residence in Egypt, by the Nile failing to overflow its banks. On this occasion ABD Al-Latif had opportunity to observe and examine a large number of corpses - one of the earliest examples of a postmortem autopsy. - The Arabic manuscript was discovered in 1665 by Edward Pococke and preserved at the Bodleian Library. In 1789 Joseph White published this edition in the original Arabic, he later on published another edition with the latin version and notes in 1800. This being the First Edition in Arabic is much rarer than the more common Oxford edition of 1800. Seller Inventory # ABE-1494964531389

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