The Epistle of Forgiveness: With the Epistle of Ibn al-Qarih: Volume One : A Vision of Heaven and He (BOK)

Gregor Schoeler, Abu L-Ala' Al-Ma'Arri

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One of the most unusual books in classical Arabic literature, The Epistle of Forgiveness is the lengthy reply by the prolific Syrian poet and prose writer, Abu l-'Ala' al-Ma'arri (d. 449H/1057AD), to a letter by an obscure grammarian, Ibn al-Qarih. With biting irony, The Epistle of Forgiveness mocks Ibn al-Qarih's hypocrisy and sycophancy by imagining he has died and arrived with some difficulty in Heaven, where he meets famous poets and philologists from the past. He also glimpses Hell, and converses with the Devil and various heretics. Al-Ma'arri - a maverick, a vegan, and often branded a heretic himself - seems to mock popular ideas about the Hereafter. This translation is the first complete translation in any language and retains the many digressions, difficult passages, and convoluted grammatical discussions of the original typically omitted in other translations. It is accompanied by extensive annotation and a comprehensive introduction.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Abu L-Ala' Al-Ma'Arri, Gregor Schoeler
ISBN 9780814763780
Antall sider 464 Dimensjoner 15,7cm x 23,1cm x 3,8cm
Vekt 771 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Andre medvirkende G. J. H. van Gelder Emner og form Prose: non-fiction