A Treasury of Virtues: Sayings, Sermons, and Teachings of Ali Al-Qadi Al-Quda'i with the One Hundred Proverbs, Attributed to Al-Jahiz (Library of Arabic Literature)

Editat de Tahera Qutbuddin
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en Limba Engleză Hardback – 04 Feb 2013
A Treasury of Virtues is a collection of sayings, sermons, and teachings attributed to Ali ibn Abi Talib (d. 40H/661AD), cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, and fourth caliph. Ali was an acknowledged master of Arabic eloquence and a renowned sage of Islamic wisdom. Through proverbs and aphorisms, sermons and speeches, prayers and supplications, epistles and contracts, testimonials and homilies, verse and dialogues, it provides instruction on how to be a decent human being. And it combines these ethical teachings with religious exhortations and preparation for eternal life in the hereafter. Moreover, the lessons of the text are clothed in the cadenced parallelisms of a consummate oral culture, and the vivid metaphors of the Arabian desert. Appealing to the addressee’s higher nature, they also beguile his aesthetic sensibilities, integrating art and edification in an exquisite package of verbal ingenuity.Of the many compilations of Ali’s words, A Treasury of Virtues arguably possesses the broadest compass of genres, and the largest variety of themes. The shorter One Hundred Proverbs is also a compilation of Ali’s words. Attributed to al-Jahiz (“the father of Arabic prose”), it has a celebrity status in its own category and its pithy one-liners are quotable quotes of the finest order. This volume presents the first English translation of both these important texts, with a new critical edition based on several original manuscripts.
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ISBN-13: 9780814729144
ISBN-10: 0814729142
Pagini: 272
Dimensiuni: 157 x 231 x 30 mm
Greutate: 0.59 kg
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Tahera Qutbuddin is Associate Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Al-Muʾayyad al-Shirazi and Fatimid Daʿwa Poetry: A Case of Commitment in Classical Arabic Literature.