Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Arab Social Life in the Middle Ages: An Illustrated Study
Foyalty 136

Arab Social Life in the Middle Ages: An Illustrated Study (Hardback)

£45.00
Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 14/02/2001.
Email me when back in stock

Synopsis

A portrait of everyday life in the medieval Arab world, this study draws on 13th-century miniatures from collections as far afield as St Petersburg and Istanbul. The wide range of topics covers every aspect of contemporary society in the Abbasid period, from life at court to the pomp and ceremony of the military, from the dispensing of justice in the law courts to the bustle of the suq and slave market. The routine of village life is contrasted with the pleasures of urban society, and the reader is also introduced to the world of musicians and professional mourners. Women are shown not only as virtuous wives and in childbirth, but as spirited and articulate individuals. The traditions of Arab hospitality are described, with scenes of drinking, feasting and etiquette. The book is illustrated with contemporary miniatures, principally those of al-Wasiti which accompany the celebrated Maqamat of al-Hariri. In his text, al-Hariri made no attempt to conceal his admiration for his unprincipled and thoroughly disreputable protagonist, Abu Zayd - who represents the voice of the common man, and possibly provides a prototype for the popular picaresque heroes of later European literature.

Al-Hariri frequently used the tales as a subtle and indirect way of satirizing the prevailing social order, yet he was insistent that his work had an underlying moral purpose.

Shirley Guthrie was educated at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh and has travelled widely in the Middle East. Since receiving her doctorate in Islamic painting in 1992, she has continued her research into illustrated Arabic manuscripts.

More books by Shirley Guthrie

Leave Review

Delivery

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Standard Delivery FREE FREE 3-5 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens,...
(Hardback)
Sherry Lindquist; Asa Simon Mittman;...
 
 
£30.00
 
Epigraphy in an intermedial context
(Hardback)
Alessia Bauer; Elise Kleivane; Terje...
 
 
£49.50
 
Re-Assessing the Global Turn in...
(Hardback)
Christina Normore; Carol Symes
 
 
£85.00
 
Islamic Chinoiserie: The Art of ...
(Paperback)
Yuka Kadoi
 
 
£35.00
 
© W&G Foyle Ltd