By Monique Bernards
Quickly after their winning revolution in 750 advert, the Abbāsids supplanted the Umayyad dynasty, equipped the recent urban of Baghdad, Iraq which turned the capital of the Islamic Empire. The civilization that the Abbāsids helped to create carried forth the torch of data lit by way of historic Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and Persia. including lots of their very own designated contributions, the Abbāsid dynasty left an indelible mark at the historical past of humankind.
This present number of ʿAbbāsid stories offers a colorful mosaic of latest learn into classical Arabic texts that sheds gentle on major old, political, cultural and spiritual facets of the ʿAbbāsid period and gives perception into how the basics of philology are formed. really good vistas of historic goals open up whereas ʿAbbāsid armies clatter and collide; photographs are conjured of murderous caliphs, international taking a look littérateurs and conversing gadgets. We see a full of life self...
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Yet there are notable shortcomings with Goeje’s editorial methodology, which forces the two distinct recensions of the Masālik into the artificial format of a text that never existed. His edition flattens out the profound variations of structure and content into a homogenous whole, often obfuscating a reception history of expansion, redaction, and emendation. In de Landberg’s estimation, his discovery in Alexandria represented an unicum. Such a claim is correct in so far as the Vienna copy offers a unique witness to the reception of the Masālik; however, the overwhelming parallels with the Bodleian recension point to a deep connection that binds together these two manuscripts.
39 Such an assessment of the moribund intellect of the Oriental fits into a discrete set of discursive practices profoundly connected with the colonial production and management of knowledge; an observation which has been so thoroughly examined that it need not be fully rehearsed here. ” — would surely have been lost on him, as a historical anarchism which Orientalist scholarship would only begin to confront a century later. What is noteworthy, nonetheless, is that by printing the Masālik through the organ of the Journal asiatique, de Meynard indeed breathed life back into Ibn Khurradādhbih’s administrative geography, reviving the dead manuscript through a new horizon of readers who could directly access the work in the highly transportable and readily reproducible fruit of print technology.
The codicological record, nonetheless, is shaped by the twin impulses of redaction and expansion. 7 ON ORIENTAL GEOGRAPHY Ibn Khurradādhbih’s Masālik has long been known to western scholarship. However, compared with the subsequent geographical writings of al-Idrīsī (d. 560/1165) or Abūl-Fidāʾ (d. 732/1331), the Masālik made its western debut relatively late. Although references to Ibn Khurradādhbih can be traced throughout the development of Orientalism, a fuller picture of the ʿAbbāsid man of letters and his work does not emerge until the nineteenth century.