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  1. The Discourses
    Wide-ranging essays on Moroccan history, Sufism, and religious lifeAl-Hasan al-Yusi was arguably the most influential and well-known Moroccan intellectual figure of his generation. In 1084/1685, at the age of roughly fifty-four,... Learn More
    Published: 7th January 2020
    Hardback | £27.99
  2. The Philosopher Responds
    Questions and answers from two great philosophersWhy is laughter contagious? Why do mountains exist? Why do we long for the past, even if it is scarred by suffering? Spanning a vast array of subjects that range from the philosophical... Learn More
    Published: 8th October 2019
    Hardback | £33.00
  3. The Philosopher Responds
    Questions and answers from two great philosophersWhy is laughter contagious? Why do mountains exist? Why do we long for the past, even if it is scarred by suffering? Spanning a vast array of subjects that range from the philosophical... Learn More
    Published: 8th October 2019
    Hardback | £33.00
  4. Tajrid sayf al-himmah li-stikhraj ma fi dhimmat al-dhimmah
    Tajrid sayf al-himmah li-stikhraj ma fi dhimmat al-dhimmah is a scholarly, Arabic-only edition of a text by 'Uthman ibn Ibrahim al-Nabulusi, which is also available in English translation from the Library of Arabic Literature... Learn More
    Published: 4th September 2019
    Hardback | £62.00
  5. Stories of Piety and Prayer
    Uplifting tales from one of the most influential Arabic books of the Middle AgesOne of the most popular and influential Arabic books of the Middle Ages, Deliverance Follows Adversity is an anthology of stories and anecdotes designed... Learn More
    Published: 1st May 2019
    Hardback | £27.99
  6. War Songs
    Poems of love and battle by Arabia’s legendary warrior From the sixth-century highlands of Najd in the Arabian peninsula, on the eve of the advent of Islam, come the strident cries of a legendary warrior and poet. The black... Learn More
    Published: 9th October 2018
    Hardback | £33.00
    Paperback | £10.99
    PDF | £37.00
  7. Arabian Romantic
    Love poems from late 19th-century Arabia Arabian Romantic captures what it was like to live in central Arabia before the imposition of austere norms by the Wahhabi authorities in the early 20th century: tales of robbery and hot... Learn More
    Published: 9th October 2018
    Hardback | £27.99
  8. Diwan 'Antarah ibn Shaddad
    The pre-Islamic warrior-poet 'Antarah ibn Shaddad, a composer of one of the Mu'allaqat, attracted the attention of the philologists who were active in Iraq at the nascence of the scholarly study of Arabic. These philologists collected... Learn More
    Published: 2nd October 2018
    Hardback | £62.00
  9. In Darfur
    A merchant’s account of his travels through an independent African state Muhammad ibn 'Umar al-Tunisi (d. 1274 H/1857 AD) belonged to a family of Tunisian merchants trading with Egypt and what is now Sudan. Al-Tunisi was raised... Learn More
    Published: 8th May 2018
    Hardback | £33.00
    PDF | £37.00
  10. In Darfur
    A merchant’s account of his travels through an independent African state Muhammad ibn 'Umar al-Tunisi (d. 1274 H/1857 AD) belonged to a family of Tunisian merchants trading with Egypt and what is now Sudan. Al-Tunisi was raised... Learn More
    Published: 8th May 2018
    Hardback | £33.00
    PDF | £37.00
  11. What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us
    Trenchant and witty critiques of life in Cairo under British ruleWhat 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us is a masterpiece of early 20th-century Arabic prose. Penned by the Egyptian journalist Muhammad al-Muwaylihi, this highly original work... Learn More
    Published: 10th April 2018
    Paperback | £13.99
  12. Arabian Satire
    This lively volume collects poems by Hmedan al-Shwe'ir, who lived in Najd in the Arabian Peninsula shortly before the hegemony of the Wahhabi movement in the early 18th century.A master of satire known for his ribald humor, self-deprecation,... Learn More
    Published: 1st December 2017
    Hardback | £27.99
    PDF | £32.00
  13. Scents and Flavors
    This popular 13th-century Syrian cookbook is an ode to what its anonymous author calls the “greater part of the pleasure of this life,” namely the consumption of food and drink, as well as the fragrances that garnish the... Learn More
    Published: 2nd May 2017
    Hardback | £23.99
    PDF | £28.00
  14. Accounts of China and India
    The ninth and tenth centuries witnessed the establishment of a substantial network of maritime trade across the Indian Ocean, providing the real-life background to the Sinbad tales. An exceptional exemplar of Arabic travel writing,... Learn More
    Published: 4th April 2017
    Paperback | £11.99
  15. Mission to the Volga
    Earliest surviving instance of sustained first-person travel narrative in Arabic. A pioneering text of peerless historical and literary value. In its pages, we move north on a diplomatic mission from Baghdad to the upper reaches... Learn More
    Published: 4th April 2017
    Paperback | £11.99
  16. The Excellence of the Arabs

    The Excellence of the Arabs

    Written by Ibn Qutaybah, Translated by Sarah Bowen Savant, Edited and translated by Peter Webb, Edited by James E. Montgomery

    Series Library of Arabic Literature

    NYU Press

    The Excellence of the Arabs is a spirited defense of Arab identity—its merits, values, andorigins—at a time of politicalunrest and fragmentation, written by oneof the most important scholars of the early Abbasid era.In the... Learn More
    Published: 4th April 2017
    Hardback | £33.00
    Paperback | £12.99
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