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23%OFFal-Nuwayri, Shihab al-Din - The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition: A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World - 9780143107484 - V9780143107484
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The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition: A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World

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Description for The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition: A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World Paperback. Translation of: Nihaayat al-arab fai funaun al-adab. Translator(s): Muhanna, Elias. Num Pages: 352 pages. BIC Classification: 1FB; 1HB; DN; GBA; HBJF1. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 198 x 183 x 16. Weight in Grams: 250.
An astonishing record of the knowledge of a civilization, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition catalogues everything known to exist from the perspective of a 14th-century Egyptian scholar and litterateur. More than 9,000 pages and 30 volumes--here abridged to one volume, and translated into English for the first time--it contains entries on everything from medieval moon-worshiping cults, sexual aphrodisiacs, and the substance of clouds, to how to get the smell of alcohol off one's breath, the deliciousness of cheese made from buffalo milk, and the nesting habits of flamingos. Similar works by Western authors, including ... Read more

Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Classics
Format
Paperback
Publication date
2016
Condition
New
Number of Pages
352
Place of Publication
London, United Kingdom
ISBN
9780143107484
SKU
V9780143107484
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About al-Nuwayri, Shihab al-Din
Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri (1272-1332) was an Egyptian historian of the Islamic Golden Age and a civil servant. Best known for his 9,000 page, 33-volume encyclopedia, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition, he wrote on topics ranging from zoology to anatomy and chronicled the Mongol conquest of Syria.

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One of NPR's Best Books of the Year One of The Guardian's Best Books of the Year Sparkling . . . Marvelous . . . Wondrous . . . A monument of classical Islamic learning . . . Muhanna renders what might have been a rather baroque text in elegant prose. . . . The text opens a ... Read more

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