Stories of Piety and Prayer

9781479855964: Hardback
Release Date: 7th May 2019

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 320

Series Library of Arabic Literature

NYU Press

Stories of Piety and Prayer

Deliverance Follows Adversity

Written by
al-Muhassin ibn 'Ali al-Tanukhi
,
Edited and translated by
Julia Bray
Hardback / £28.99

Uplifting tales from one of the most influential Arabic books of the Middle Ages


One of the most popular and influential Arabic books of the Middle Ages, Deliverance Follows Adversity is an anthology of stories and anecdotes designed to console and encourage the afflicted. Regarded as a pattern-book of Arabic storytelling, this collection shows how God’s providence works through His creatures to rescue them from tribulations ranging from religious persecution and medical emergencies to political skullduggery and romantic woes.


A resident of Basra and Baghdad, al-Tanukhi (327–84/939–94) draws from earlier Arabic classics as well as from oral stories relayed by the author’s tenth-century Iraqi contemporaries, who comprised a wide circle of writers, intellectuals, judges, government officials, and family members. This edition and translation includes the first three chapters of the work, which deal with Qur'anic stories and prayers that bring about deliverance, as well as general instances of the workings of providence. The volume incorporates material from manuscripts not used in the standard Arabic edition, and is the first translation into English. The complete translation, spanning four volumes, will be the first integral translation into any European language.

Al-Muhassin ibn 'Ali al-Tanukhi (327–84/939–94) lived in Basra and Baghdad. As a judge and man of letters belonging to a family with many connections, he was well placed to record the literary trends of his day. Deliverance Follows Adversity is one of two anthologies he compiled.