By Monique Bernards
Quickly after their winning revolution in 750 advert, the Abbāsids supplanted the Umayyad dynasty, equipped the recent urban of Baghdad, Iraq which turned the capital of the Islamic Empire. The civilization that the Abbāsids helped to create carried forth the torch of data lit by means of historical Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and Persia. including lots of their very own specified contributions, the Abbāsid dynasty left an indelible mark at the background of humankind.
This present collection of ʿAbbāsid reports provides a colorful mosaic of recent examine into classical Arabic texts that sheds gentle on major old, political, cultural and non secular facets of the ʿAbbāsid period and offers perception into how the basics of philology are formed. excellent vistas of old goals open up whereas ʿAbbāsid armies clatter and collide; pictures 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 terms of collating the manuscripts de Goeje has done an admirable job of producing a workable text. Yet there are notable shortcomings with Goeje’s editorial methodology, which forces the two distinct recensions of the Masālik into the artificial format of a text that never existed. His edition flattens out the profound variations of structure and content into a homogenous whole, often obfuscating a reception history of expansion, redaction, and emendation. In de Landberg’s estimation, his discovery in Alexandria represented an unicum.
Although references to Ibn Khurradādhbih can be traced throughout the development of Orientalism, a fuller picture of the ʿAbbāsid man of letters and his work does not emerge until the nineteenth century. One of the earliest mentions in pre-modern Europe is in the Medici publication in Rome (1592) of an abridgement of al-Idrīsī’s Nuzhat al-mushtāq. 8 However, he is portrayed as primarily a geographer in the bilingual Arabic and Latin edition of an extract pertaining to Khurāsān and Transoxiana from the Taqwīm al-buldān of Abū l-Fiḍāʾ, prepared by the British mathematician and explorer John Greaves (d.
The result of de Goeje’s labour was truly pioneering, offering cross-references to parallel passages, glossaries, along with toponymic and onomastic indexes which revealed the profound interconnections binding together early Arabic geographical writing. 52 Drawing from the historical references which were contained in both manuscripts, he concluded that the Bodleian copy was an extract from the first draft of the geography, which Ibn Khurradādhbih finished around 232/846, at the end of, or slightly after, the reign of al-Wāthiq.
Abbasid Studies IV by Monique Bernards