Al-Jahiz A Muslim Humanist for our Time

Al-Jahiz A Muslim Humanist for our Time
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Al-Jahiz A Muslim Humanist for our Time

Table of Contents

Introduction.............................................................................................................V

Ezzeddin Ibrahim
Opening Address ..................................................................................................VII

Table of Contents .................................................................................................. XI
Part One Intellectual History: Critical Concepts

Josef van Ess
Al-Jahiz and Early Mu'tazali Theology ................................................................... 3

Sebastian Günther
Al-Jahiz and the Poetics of Teaching –
A Ninth Century Muslim Scholar on Intellectual Education.............................. 17

Hilary Kilpatrick
Al-Jahiz and World Music ......................................................................................27

George Saliba
Al-Jahiz and the Critique of Aristotelian Science ................................................ 39

Gregor Schoeler
Writing for a Reading Public: The Case of Al-Jahiz.............................................. 51
Part Two Language, Literature and Communication

Saleh Said Agha
Language as a Component of Arab Identity in Al-Jahiz:
The Case of Ismail’s Conversion to Arabhood ....................................................67

Ramzi Baalbaki
The Place of Al-Jahiz in the Arabic Philological Tradition ................................... 91

Vahid Behmardi
The Impact of Al-Jahiz on the Genesis of the Maqama Genre........................... 111

Lale Behzadi
Al-Jahiz and his Successors on Communication
and the Levels of Language ................................................................................. 125

Peter Heath
Al-Jahiz, Adab, and the Art of the Essay ............................................................ 133

XII
Part Three Texts and Works

Asma Afsaruddin
Lessons from the Past: Piety, Leadership,
and Good Governance in the Risalat al-Uthmaniyya ..........................................175

Michael Cooperson
Al-Jahiz, the Misers, and the Proto-Sunni Ascetics.............................................197

Hans Daiber
A New Manuscript of Al-Jahiz’s Works
and its Importance for their Transmission.......................................................... 221

Susanne Enderwitz
Culture, History and Religion:
À propos the Introduction of the Kitab al-hayawan ........................................... 229

Geert Jan van Gelder
Kitab al-Bursan: Al-Jahiz on Right- and Left-Handedness ................................. 239

Matthew S. Gordon
Yearning and Disquiet: Al-Jahiz and the Risalat al-qiyan.................................... 253

Maher Jarrar and Nisrine Jaafar
“It stinks in Basra!”
Al-Jahiz on Odors................................................................................................ 269

Index..................................................................................................................... 281


Language: English
ISBN: 9783899136760
2007, 1st edition, Hardback, 269 pages, 17 x 24.5 cm

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