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D’une Herméneutique de la Nature à une Sémiotique de la Culture
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Salah Natij's book, Al-Jahiz's Theory of Bayân: From a Hermeneutics of Nature to a Semiotics of Culture is the first comprehensive study entirely devoted to the Bayān theory (communication, hermeneutics, semiology) elaborated in the middle of the ninth century by the Arab encyclopedist and polygrapher al-Jāḥiẓ (d. 255 H./ 869). It is a work that restores to the Jāḥiẓian theory of bayān its originality by showing that it does not constitute a simple linguistic rhetoric (Balāgha), having the verbal statement (Lafẓ) as its sole object, but a hermeneutic-semiological perspective that studies not only speech (lafẓ), but also all types of signs that living beings, human and non-human, produce, emit and use to communicate or adapt to their living environment.
Volume I: Essays / Volume 2-1: Arabic Edition / Volume 2-2: Arabic Edition / Volume 3-1: Annotated English Translation / Volume 3-2: Annotated English Translation, Appendices and Indices
An online, Open Access version of this work is also available from Brill.

A Literary History of Medicine by the Syrian physician Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah (d. 1270) is the earliest comprehensive history of medicine. It contains biographies of over 432 physicians, ranging from the ancient Greeks to the author’s contemporaries, describing their training and practice, often as court physicians, and listing their medical works; all this interlaced with poems and anecdotes. These volumes present the first complete and annotated translation along with a new edition of the Arabic text showing the stages in which the author composed the work. Introductory essays provide important background. The reader will find on these pages an Islamic society that worked closely with Christians and Jews, deeply committed to advancing knowledge and applying it to health and wellbeing.
Beautifying the Ugly and Uglifying the Beautiful by Abū Manṣūr al-Thaʿālibī (d. 429/1038)
In his Beautifying the Ugly and Uglifying the Beautiful (Taḥsīn al-qabīḥ wa-taqbīḥ al-ḥasan) the prolific anthologist al-Thaʿālibī (d. 429/1038) offers a thematically arranged selection of Arabic poems and prose anecdotes or sayings with contrary or paradoxical purport, such as praise of miserliness, boredom, sickness, and death, or condemnation of generosity, intelligence, youth, and music. The book is both entertaining and informative, giving insight in premodern Arab and Islamic culture. It contains a new edition of the Arabic text and a complete English translation (the first in any language) with extensive annotation, preceded by an introduction with the necessary background of the genre.
Zum Schrifttum der europäischen Expansion
Series:  Poesis, Volume: 6
Der vorliegende Band geht auf ein Forschungskolloquium an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum zurück. Fachvertreter*innen der Romanistik, Komparatistik und Geschichtswissenschaft richten den Blick auf jene Texte, die im Zusammenhang mit der frühneuzeitlichen Vereinnahmung der beiden Amerikas, des Fernen Ostens und des Mittelmeerraumes entstanden sind. In postkolonial-kritischer Perspektive legen sie offen, dass Affekte wie Furcht, Staunen, Mitleid oder Scham gezielt zum Einsatz kommen, um die Ideologie der Expansion zu rechtfertigen, die Taten der Expansionsträger ins rechte Licht zu rücken und die gewaltvolle Realität der Kontakte zu Indigenen zu verschleiern. Den komplexen Verfahren der Verschriftlichung und Darstellung, aber auch der bewussten Ausklammerung ebendieser Affekte (in) der europäischen Expansion nachzugehen, ist das gemeinsame Ziel der hier versammelten Beiträge.