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Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition

edited by Dwight F. Reynolds ; co-authored by Kristen Brustad ... [et al.]
Format
Book
Published
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2001.
Language
Includes translated text from Arabic
ISBN
0520220226 (cloth : alk. paper), 0520226674 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Contents
  • Part I. A Thousand Years of Arabic Autobiography
  • 1. Fallacy of Western Origins 17
  • Western Reception of Arabic Autobiography 20
  • Redefining the Issues 31
  • 2. Origins of Arabic Autobiography 36
  • Biographical Traditions: Early Prototypes 36
  • Biographical Writing: Literary Genres 38
  • Sira (Exemplary Life Story) 38
  • Tabaqat (Biographical Dictionaries) 40
  • Tarjama (Biographical Notice) 42
  • Autobiographical Subgenres 44
  • Other Influences 45
  • 3. Toward a History of Arabic Autobiography 52
  • Historical Clusters 52
  • Authorial Motivations 59
  • Autobiographical Anxieties 66
  • 4. Arabic Autobiography and the Literary Portrayal of the Self 72
  • Essentializing the Self: Private Life and Personality in the Memoirs of Ibn Buluggin 74
  • Historicizing the Self: Deciphering the Autobiography of Ibn Hajar 79
  • Reading for Stylistic Convention in the Autobiography of al-Suyuti 87
  • Dreams, Visions, and Unseen Voices 88
  • Poetry: An Alternative Discourse 93
  • Part II. Translations
  • Hunayn ibn Ishaq (d. 873 or 877) 107
  • Al-Tirmidhi (d. between 905 and 910) 119
  • Al-Mu'ayyad al-Shirazi (d. 1077) 132
  • 'Imad al-Din al-Katib al-Isfahani (d. 1201) 145
  • 'Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi (d. 1231) 156
  • Ibn al-'Adim (d. 1262) 165
  • Abu Shama (d. 1268) 179
  • Al-Simnani (d. 1336) 188
  • 'Abd Allah al-Turjuman [Fray Anselmo Turmeda] (d. 1432?) 194
  • Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 1505) 202
  • Al-'Aydarus (d. 1628) 208
  • Yusuf al-Bahrani (d. 1772) 216
  • 'Ali Mubarak (d. 1893) 224
  • Personality and Self 242
  • Literary Conventions 245
  • Status of Arabic Autobiographies as Texts 247
  • Into the Twentieth Century 249.
Description
ix, 336 p. ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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