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By E.G. Browne

ISBN-10: 0415469473

ISBN-13: 9780415469470

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Browne's well-known paintings, first released in 1902, used to be the basic textual content on literary historical past in Persian stories for a few years. As an summary of Persian literature from the earliest instances until eventually Firdawsi, it is still a useful reference. Out of print for it slow, it really is now reissued as a library variation, in facsimile to catch the texture of the unique variation.

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In consequence of this, the book, as I am well aware, is marred not only by occasional repetitions, but by a certain disconnectedness and lack of uniformity for which I crave the reader’s indulgence. On the other hand I have throughout endeavoured to use original sources and to form independent views, and in this I have been aided by several rare works, inaccessible or hardly accessible to my predecessors, of which I may specially mention the Chahár Maqála (“Four Discourses”) of Nidhámí-i-‘Arúḍí of Samarqand, the Lubábu’l-Albáb of Muḥammad ‘Awfí, the Mu‘ajjam of Shams-i-Qays, and my notes on the Ráḥatu’ṣ-Ṣudúr of ar-Ráwandí, the Jahán-gushá of ‘Aṭá Malik-i-Juwayní, the Jámi‘u’t-Tawáríkh of Rashídu’d-Dín Fadlu’lláh, and other similar books.

Pride of the Arabs in their language. The Arabs themselves (including, of course, peoples like the Egyptians who have adopted the Arabic speech) are intensely, and justly, proud of their glorious language, and exclaim with the fullest conviction, “Al-ḥamdu li ’lláhi ’lladhí khalaqa’ l-Lisána’l-‘Arabiyya aḥsana min kulli lisán” (“Praise be to God who created the Arabic language the finest of all languages”). Whether or not we are prepared to go as far as this, it is at least certain that no satisfactory knowledge of the languages, literatures, and modes of thought of Persia, Turkey, Muhammadan India, or any other Muslim land is possible without a considerable knowledge of Arabic, and that in particular our appreciation and enjoyment of these literatures grows in direct ratio to this knowledge.

George Puttenham, in his Arte of English Poesie (1589: Arber’s reprint, 1869, p. ” 2. Verse-forms. Verse-forms recognised by the Persians. Eleven different verse-forms, or varieties of poem, are enumerated by Rückert (ed. Pertsch, p.

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