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The Islamic Historical Literature

examples of islamic literature

The mystical songs of the poet died c. In addition to the quantity of theological work written in the language of the Qurʾān, from the conquest of in present-day Pakistan in 711 right up until the 19th century, much philosophical and biographical literature in Arabic was also being written in the subcontinent. He compiled a collection of medical observations, now lost. Even the arts-loving ruler of Herāt, died 1506 , wrote poetry in Turkic, following in every respect conventional literary taste. Its main function was for satire, jokes, word games, and codes. So many Muslim historians wrote on the lives and deeds of eminent personalities of Islam. He reported on legends and reflected on the people of the book, as well as on oral traditions.


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Islamic sacred texts

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Figure 2a-b: Two recent Arabic editions of Al-Sira al-nabawiya the biography of the Prophet by Ibn Hisham. Many mosques, especially those in Spain, North Africa, and Persia, are covered with tiles. The first studies of religious law and legal problems, closely connected with the study of the Qurʾān, also belong to that period. It is known for its 77 squat domes with four-sided pitched Bengali domes in the middle row. Almost the same situation developed in Iran. The Islamic civilization was responsible for many prominent achievements in medicine.

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Islam

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These Sufi masters, called sheikhs spiritual guides , attracted students who congregated at meeting houses to receive instruction. Although the various tribes, constantly feuding with one another, all spoke their own , they shared a common language for poetry whether they were Bedouins or inhabitants of the small capitals of and where the influence of Aramaic culture was also in evidence. One of the effects of the new colonial rule was the suspension of the local legal systems and the imposition of the law of the conqueror. For them, Muslims were in a situation of powerlessness because they had deviated from the correct practice of religion as interpreted by the great Sunni scholars of the ninth and tenth centuries, the founders of the four main schools of Sunni religious jurisprudence. Summary Islam, like Christianity, Judaism and other world religions, varies in its interpretations, rituals and practices.

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Literature and Music in Muslim Civilisation

examples of islamic literature

The poet had to follow strict rules laid down by the masters of rhetoric, rigidly observing the harmonious selection of thought proper to any one given sphere four allusions to Qurʾānic figures, for example, or three garden images all given in a single verse. Large numbers of fairy tales were published in these cheap editions, and still other fairy tales were collected by European and Muslim folklorists. Among its members were several important literati who wrote Urdu prose and poetry to disseminate their ideas. In the first half of the 19th century the publication of numerous translations of Eastern poetry, especially into German, began to interest some Europeans. These men were, as the modern critic Sir Hamilton Gibb emphasized, the true humanists of Islam. When Europe at last began to emerge from the doldrums, it was in great measure due to the efforts of Muslims, who had collected and translated into Arabic many of the ancient scientific works. The tomb-mosque of Sultan Hasan, built in the mid-1300's in Cairo, Egypt, is such a complex.

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A Brief, Wondrous History of Arabic Literature

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Born in Tlemcen, Western Algeria, he established himself in Cairo. The period from 1500 to 1800 According to Persian tradition, the last classic author in literature was Jāmī, who died in 1492. The value of his narrative is by the simple and pleasing style in which it was written. Devotional and esoteric literature often dealt with philosophical issues as well, and there are also many separate philosophical writings. In this traumatic context arose a Modernist leader, Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan 1817-1898 , who was firmly convinced that to make progress in the context of colonial India, the best path for the Muslims to follow was that of absolute and unwavering loyalty to the British. In the hand of lesser poets, however, qaṣīdah writing became more and more conventionalized, repeating clichés and employing inflated terms entirely devoid of feeling. All Muslims agreed on the authority of the Quran, but they actively debated the authority of political and religious leaders, the limits of human reason, and the compatibility of spiritual and worldly aspirations.

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PBS

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De Gayangos states in the preface that he fixed his interest upon Al-Maqqari because he was to his knowledge the one authority presenting a continuous history of the Muslim presence in Spain from the beginning and through the centuries. Bayt al-Hikmah in Baghdad was the departing center for the quest of Hellenistic and Eastern knowledge in science, mathematics, philosophy, geography, astronomy, and literature. They also used the decimal system. He wrote a history of Africa and Spain, Kitab al-bayan al-mughrib, which includes the most detailed account of the Umayyads of Cordova. Others felt that there were limits to the power of reason, and felt that God and his creation could be known primarily through divine revelation as conveyed in the Quran.

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Arabic Prose Literature

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Political leaders also patronized the ulama, establishing endowments for centers of learning. On the other hand, tribal leaders, merchants and commercial farmers, led by ulama and Sufi shaykhs, wanted a reorganization of Muslim communities and the reform of individual behavior in terms of fundamental religious principles and practices. The predominant, indeed almost the sole form of poem, was the qasida, a complex type of ode which made constant use of rhyme, the purpose of which was to convey in rich imagery the evocative experience of tribal life. Notwithstanding the Arabocentric tendencies in its early history, Arab Islamic civilization came to draw upon the institutions and cultures that already existed in the Middle East, including the rich heritage of the Byzantine-Christian and Persian Sassanian civilizations. Historical developments: pre-Islamic literature The first known poetic of the Arabs are of such perfect beauty and, at the same time, are so conventionalized that they raise the question as to how far back an actual poetic tradition does stretch.

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Islamic arts

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Obviously Humphrey's short entry dismisses the matter all too quickly. In this methodology of tradition, all statements are attributed with great care and in precise detail to a chain of sources said to have transmitted that particular piece of information. Decline of the Arabic language Ibn Khaldūn, who had served in his youth as ambassador to of Castile and in his as emissary to , died in. It is notable that the arts of the Islamic peoples have had relatively little impact on other , certainly far less than their artistic merit would appear to warrant. Folk poetry, for instance, has to be judged by different standards, though even here conventional forms and inherited imagery make it, on the whole, more standardized than might be wished. But eventually this writing became a separate genre that can be broadly described as esoteric or Sufi literature, which became as vast as other religious genres.

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Islamic arts

examples of islamic literature

The Taj Mahal is so renowned that its very name calls up images of almost unreal splendor and beauty. The designs began as detailed drawings, which were then skillfully adapted to a particular object and material. He had also distinguished between the direct source of income in agriculture, industry and commerce, and the indirect source of income of civil servants and private employees. For the history of Islam the Annals is no doubt the best single narrative work , at least for its scope fifteen volumes in the Leiden edition of De Goeje. At first sight its prose and poetical fragments appear to be simple and unassuming, but not a word could be changed without destroying the perfect harmony of the sound, imagery, and content. A great number of pre-Islamic poems, dating from the mid-6th century, were preserved by oral tradition.

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