Abbasid Studies IV by Monique Bernards

By Monique Bernards

Quickly after their profitable revolution in 750 advert, the Abbāsids supplanted the Umayyad dynasty, outfitted the recent urban of Baghdad, Iraq which grew to become the capital of the Islamic Empire. The civilization that the Abbāsids helped to create carried forth the torch of data lit through historic Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and Persia. including a lot of their very own particular contributions, the Abbāsid dynasty left an indelible mark at the heritage of humankind.
This present collection of ʿAbbāsid reviews offers a colorful mosaic of latest learn into classical Arabic texts that sheds mild on major ancient, political, cultural and non secular elements of the ʿAbbāsid period and offers perception into how the basics of philology are formed. really good vistas of old desires open up whereas ʿAbbāsid armies clatter and collide; photos are conjured of murderous caliphs, overseas taking a look littérateurs and conversing gadgets. We see a full of life self...

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In de Landberg’s estimation, his discovery in Alexandria represented an unicum. Such a claim is correct in so far as the Vienna copy offers a unique witness to the reception of the Masālik; however, the overwhelming parallels with the Bodleian recension point to a deep connection that binds together these two manuscripts. 61 Yet, barring future manuscript discoveries, the question of how exactly the Bodleian and Vienna copies are related may never fully be resolved. De Goeje’s thesis, as he presents it, offers what appears to be a very reasonable treatment of the surviving material.

They need careful reading, both the lines as well as between the lines and around the text — collating, contextualising, using the scholar’s imagination to capture the culture in which these texts were produced — and at every single step — from transmission to manuscript to edition — decisions have been made and continue to be made, which have lasting effects. The results of this intricate process, the editions, interpretation, analysis, comparison, scepticism, again imagination, are all aimed at answering specific questions about the texts which, in turn, create new contexts for research.

The way in which the Masālik has obtained its current edited form is the subject of Travis Zadeh’s adventurous tour through the archives. Tracing the manuscript from its first pre-modern mention in Rome to a first edition and translation (in 1865) of an incomplete version of the text in Paris, which ultimately ended up in the Bodleian, Oxford — Zadeh presents a thriller-like account about the search for an additional manuscript — eventually found in Alexandria and stored in Vienna — to restore the original version of the text and to properly identify its author.

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