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The Resource The world in a book : Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic encyclopedic tradition, Elias Muhanna

The world in a book : Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic encyclopedic tradition, Elias Muhanna

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The world in a book : Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic encyclopedic tradition
Title
The world in a book
Title remainder
Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic encyclopedic tradition
Statement of responsibility
Elias Muhanna
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri was a fourteenth-century Egyptian polymath and the author of one of the greatest encyclopedias of the medieval Islamic world-a thirty-one-volume work entitled The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition. A storehouse of knowledge, this enormous book brought together materials on nearly every conceivable subject, from cosmology, zoology, and botany to philosophy, poetry, ethics, statecraft, and history. Composed in Cairo during the golden age of Islamic encyclopedic activity, the Ultimate Ambition was one of hundreds of large-scale compendia, literary anthologies, dictionaries, and chronicles produced at this time-an effort that was instrumental in organizing the archive of medieval Islamic thought. In the first study of this landmark work in a European language, Elias Muhanna explores its structure and contents, sources and influences, and reception and impact in the Islamic world and Europe. He sheds new light on the rise of encyclopedic literature in the learned cities of the Mamluk Empire and situates this intellectual movement alongside other encyclopedic traditions in the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment periods. He also uncovers al-Nuwayri's world: a scene of bustling colleges, imperial chanceries, crowded libraries, and religious politics. Based on award-winning scholarship, The World in a Book opens up new areas in the comparative study of encyclopedic production and the transmission of knowledge
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Muhanna, Elias
Dewey number
030.927
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
AE2.N8
LC item number
M84 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nuwayrī, Aḥmad ibn ʻAbd al-Wahhāb
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries, Arabic
  • 02.01 history of science and culture
Label
The world in a book : Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic encyclopedic tradition, Elias Muhanna
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)-- Harvard University, 2012
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-208) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Encyclopedism in the Mamluk Empire -- Structures of knowledge -- Sources of knowledge -- Encyclopedism and empire -- Working methods -- The reception of the Ultimate ambition
Control code
980858431
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 214 pages
Isbn
9780691175560
Lccn
2017011145
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)980858431
Label
The world in a book : Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic encyclopedic tradition, Elias Muhanna
Publication
Copyright
Note
Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)-- Harvard University, 2012
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-208) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Encyclopedism in the Mamluk Empire -- Structures of knowledge -- Sources of knowledge -- Encyclopedism and empire -- Working methods -- The reception of the Ultimate ambition
Control code
980858431
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 214 pages
Isbn
9780691175560
Lccn
2017011145
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)980858431

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