K. al-Anwār al-bahiyya fī taʿrīf maqāmāt fuṣaḥāʾ al-bariyya is a work of adab attributed to the renowned littérateur and historian of literature Abū Manṣūr al-Thaʿālibī. The work consists of an introduction and four chapters. The first three chapters are concerned with knowledge (ʿilm): Chapter One discusses the merit and application of knowledge, Chapter Two the definition of knowledge and its true meaning, and Chapter Three the conditions of knowledge. The fourth chapter, which constitutes the bulk of the book, is concerned with occasions on which scholars and sages made speeches in the presence of rulers. It is divided into two parts: Part One presents pre-Islamic (jāhiliyya) speeches, incorporating Arab, Greek, Byzantine, Persian, and Indian traditions, and Part Two presents Islamic speeches. The work is introduced by an analytical study discussing the attribution of the work, its relation to the Maqāmāt genre, and the manuscripts used.
Bilal Orfali, Ph.D. (2009) is Sheikh Zayed Chair for Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He has published extensively both in English and Arabic on Arabic literature, Sufism, and quranic Studies.
Ramzi Baalbaki, Ph.D. (1978), University of London, is the Margaret Weyerhaeuser Jewett Professor of Arabic at the American University of Beirut. He has published extensively both in English and Arabic on the history of the Arabic grammatical and lexicographical traditions.
Introduction 1 K. al-Anwār al-bahiyya fī taʿrīf maqāmāt fuṣaḥāʾ al-bariyya 2 From Maqām to Maqāma 3 The Attribution to Abū Manṣūr al-Thaʿālibī 4 Abū Manṣūr al-Thaʿālibī 5 Manuscripts
Index of Qurʾanic Verses Index of Prophetic Tradition Index of Names Index of Places Index of Poetry Index of Sources Index of Chapters
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