The Last Pagans of Iraq

Ibn Waḥshiyya and his Nabatean Agriculture


This is the first analysis in any language of the religious, philosophical and folkloristic content of Ibn Waḥshiyya's (d. 931) Nabatean Agriculture.
This enigmatic book, said to have been translated by Ibn Waḥshiyya from Syriac into Arabic, contains much material on Late Antique Paganism in Iraq and semi-learned reception of Greek philosophical thought.
The first part of the present book studies the question of authenticity, authorship and context of the Nabatean Agriculture, dated by the author to around 600 AD. The second part consists of 61 translated and annotated excerpts of the Nabatean Agriculture, until now available only in the Arabic original, as well as introductions to the world view of the text.


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Biographical Note

Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, Ph.D. (1994) University of Helsinki, is professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Helsinki University. He has published extensively on Mediaeval Arabic literature and culture. His latest monograph is Maqama. A History of a Genre (Harrassowitz 2002).


All those interested in Mediaeval Arabic studies, Late Antiquity, comparative religion and the history of Near Eastern religions, as well as historians of philosophy and Syriacists.

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