Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri Elias Muhanna
The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition: A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World
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The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition: A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri Elias Muhanna 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 medievAn 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 Pliny s Natural History, have been available in English for centuries This ground breaking translation of a remarkable Arabic text expertly abridged and annotated offers a look at the world through the highly literary and impressively knowledgeable societies of the classical Islamic world Meticulously arranged and delightfully eclectic, it is a compendium to be treasured a true monument of erudition.. The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World 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 th century Egyptian scholar an
  • Title: The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition: A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World
  • Author: Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri Elias Muhanna
  • ISBN: 9780143107484
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Caroline says:

      Interesting but I didn t find it as amazing as the blurbs and professional reviews Maybe dipping in now and again would be a better approach than reading straight through The rather horrifying concoctions specified for increasing sexual vigor certainly grab your attention, but even they pall after a few pages, and the long sections on description of various animals and plants are less than riveting However, the sections on statecraft and history were quite interesting as an insight into the atti [...]

    2. Sunny says:

      A shorter version of a much larger compendium of knowledge compiled by an Arab dude who clearly ad a lot of time on his hands Shihab was born in the 13th century and basically pulled a lot of information to get on some of the most disparate things you can ever imagine anyone pulling anything together on The book covered topics such as the heavens, the human being, animals, plants and history The stories at times were literally unbelievable and often literally hilarious Surely they couldn t have [...]

    3. Justin Evans says:

      First, thanks to Elias Muhanna for convincing a trade press to publish this It s great fun selections from a fourteenth century Egyptian encyclopaedia There are great stories, weird facts, and our translator edtior does some good imitations of rhythmical rhymed prose I would say, for the next edition, this reader would prefer pages from the history and the metaphysics, and rather fewer pages about plants But I guess the reading public demands science, or nature, or something Screw that Give me [...]

    4. 'Izzat Radzi says:

      Karya ini adalah terjemahan dari karya 33 jilid Nihayat al Arab fi Funun al Adab , namun seperti dinukilkan penterjemah, terpaksa dipilih pilih untuk dimuatkan ke dalam ini kerana keterbatasan ruang Buku ini lebih kepada ensiklopedia, yang bahagian kelima atau buku kelima asalnya memakan hampir 2 3 dari karya asal Bagi yang berminat dengan kaitan tumbuhan sebagai potions , atau generally dalam biologi alam tumbuhan dan manusia, boleh menelaah buku 4 On Plants Untuk lebih puas membaca, nampak gay [...]

    5. Brian McLean says:

      The scientific beliefs of the Islamic middle ages are still based on referencing earlier accounts, rather than on observation In most cases they are so far from the truth that they were no longer interesting to me However, I have registered that they were sophisticated than the beliefs in Christian Europe at that time.

    6. Grady McCallie says:

      The juiciest parts of this abridged translation are the discussions of proverbs and parables, wild animals, perfumes, and recipes for aphrodisiacs For example, here s at Nuwayri s helpful advice for how to get rid of an angry rhinoceros A trustworthy person among the Abyssinians told me that rhinoceroses in Abyssinia charge at human beings to kill them whenever they spy them If a man climbs into a tree to escape, the rhinoceros will seek to smash it and kill him, but if the man urinates on the r [...]

    7. Timons Esaias says:

      The translator and abridger of this medieval encyclopedia finished in 1333 CE faced an essentially impossible task represent a 9,000 page, 33 volume work that does not exist in English and most likely never will , and do it in less than 300 pages Muhanna has done us a great service in giving it a try, and I am pleased with the result This is a work I ve heard of many times, but the language barrier kept me from it Now I have a sense of it, and found the presentation both enlightening and amusing [...]

    8. Tony Gualtieri says:

      This is the sort of book that gives a real insight to the Medieval mind A cabinet of curiosities that illustrates the human penchant for creating certainty out of ignorance One either loves this type of compendium or finds it tedious I am firmly in the former camp.

    9. Taylor says:

      Very informational and a perfect view into history that I normally don t interact with

    10. Lucas says:

      The poetry is my favorite element of this collection, and visually striking imagery is available on nearly every page Artistically, I found several poems that I wanted to paint instead of read The rest ranges from humorous to bizarre.

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