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  1. Light in the Heavens
    Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, wielding an authority second only to the Qur'an.The words of Muhammad (d. 11/632), God's messenger and prophet of Islam, have a special place in the hearts of his followers. Wielding an authority... Learn More
    Published: 8th November 2016
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  2. A Treasury of Virtues
    A Treasury of Virtues is a collection of sayings, sermons, and teachings attributed to 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (d. 40/661), the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, the first Shia Imam and the fourth Sunni Caliph. An acknowledged... Learn More
    Published: 4th October 2016
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  3. The Life of Ibn Hanbal
    The Life of Ibn Hanbal is a translation of the biography of Ibn Hanbal by the Baghdad preacher, scholar, and storyteller Ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597 H/1200 AD), newly abridged for a paperback readership by translator Michael Cooperson... Learn More
    Published: 4th October 2016
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  4. Risible Rhymes
    Written in mid-17th centuryEgypt, Risible Rhymesis in part a short, comic disquisition on “rural” verse, mocking thepretensions and absurdities of uneducated poets from Egypt’s countryside.The interestin the countryside... Learn More
    Published: 4th October 2016
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    EPUB | £22.00
  5. A Hundred and One Nights

    A Hundred and One Nights

    Edited and translated by Bruce Fudge, Foreword by Robert Irwin

    Series Library of Arabic Literature

    NYU Press

    Known to us only through North African manuscripts, and translated into English for the first time, A Hundred and One Nights is a marvelous example of the rich tradition of popular Arabic storytelling. Like its more famous sibling,... Learn More
    Published: 6th September 2016
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    PDF | £14.00
  6. Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expounded
    Witty, bawdy, and vicious, Yusuf al-Shirbini’s Brains Confounded pits the “coarse” rural masses against the “refined” urban population. In Volume One, al-Shirbini describes the three rural “types”—peasant cultivator,... Learn More
    Published: 12th July 2016
    Hardback | £34.00
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  7. Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expounded, with Risible Rhymes
    Witty, bawdy, and vicious, Yusuf al-Shirbini’s Brains Confounded pits the “coarse” rural masses against the “refined” urban population. In Volume One, al-Shirbini describes the three rural “types”—peasant cultivator,... Learn More
    Published: 12th July 2016
    Hardback | £34.00
    Paperback | £12.99
  8. The Sword of Ambition
    The Sword of Ambition belongs to a genre of religious polemic written for the rulers of Egypt and Syria between the twelfth and the fourteenth centuries. Unlike most medieval Muslim polemic, the concerns of this genre were more... Learn More
    Published: 10th May 2016
    Hardback | £34.00
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    PDF | £37.00
  9. The Epistle of Forgiveness
    Known as “one of the most complex and unusual texts in Arabic literature” (Banipal Magazine), The Epistle of Forgiveness is the lengthy reply by the prolific Syrian poet and prose writer, Abu l-'Ala' al-Ma'arri (d. 449 H/1057... Learn More
    Published: 15th March 2016
    Paperback | £12.99
    PDF | £15.00
  10. The Life and Times of Abu Tammam
    A robust defense of a poetic geniusAbu Tammam (d. 231 or 232/845 or 846) is one of the most celebrated poets in the Arabic language. Born in Syria to Greek Christian parents, he converted to Islam and quickly made his name as... Learn More
    Published: 1st December 2015
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  11. Leg over Leg
    Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of “the Fariyaq,” alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure in the intellectual and literary history of the modern Arab world. The always edifying and often... Learn More
    Published: 15th October 2015
    Paperback | £14.99
    PDF | £91.00
    EPUB | £16.00
  12. Leg over Leg
    Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of “the Fariyaq,” alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure in the intellectual and literary history of the modern Arab world. The always edifying and often... Learn More
    Published: 15th October 2015
    Paperback | £14.99
    PDF | £24.00
  13. What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us
    With What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us, the Library of Arabic Literature brings readers an acknowledged masterpiece of early 20th-century Arabic prose. Penned by the Egyptian journalist Muhammad al-Muwaylihi, this exceptional title... Learn More
    Published: 3rd July 2015
    Hardback | £34.00
  14. What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us
    With What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us, the Library of Arabic Literature brings readers an acknowledged masterpiece of early 20th-century Arabic prose. Penned by the Egyptian journalist Muhammad al-Muwaylihi, this exceptional title... Learn More
    Published: 3rd July 2015
    Hardback | £34.00
    PDF | £37.00
  15. Consorts of the Caliphs
    Accounts of remarkable women at the world's most powerful court Consorts of the Caliphs is a seventh/thirteenth-century compilation ofanecdotes about thirty-eight women who were consorts to those in power, most ofthem concubines... Learn More
    Published: 15th May 2015
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    PDF | £13.00
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  16. Disagreements of the Jurists
    A masterful overview of Islamic law and its diversityAl-Qadi al-Nu'man was the chief legal theorist and ideologue of the North AfricanFatimid dynasty in the tenth century. This translation makes available for thefirst time in... Learn More
    Published: 19th January 2015
    Hardback | £34.00
    Paperback | £11.99
    PDF | £37.00
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