By Franz Rosenthal

ISBN-10: 9004211489

ISBN-13: 9789004211483

, first released in 1956, is a pioneering research by way of the flexible and prolific pupil Franz Rosenthal (19142003), who (having released an editorial on mediaeval Arabic blurbs), must have written this article himself. It includes an annotated translation of an Arabic textual content on a determine who turned the topic of many jokes and anecdotes, the grasping and obtuse Ashab, a singer who lived within the 8th century yet whose literary and fictional existence lengthy survived him. the interpretation is preceded by means of chapters at the textual resources and at the old and mythical personalities of Ashab; the booklet ends with a brief essay on laughter. even if the jokes will make a latest reader snigger, the ebook is a precious resource for these heavily attracted to a faith or a tradition that each one too usually yet unjustly is linked, by way of outsiders, with an aversion to laughter.

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Afadı¯ (d. 764/1363), and Ibn Kathı¯r (d. ya¯ al-Nawawı¯ (d. 676/1277) wrote influential commentaries on his legal works. This activity revived the interest in al-Ghaza¯lı¯’s life. New information was hard to locate, however, and the dispute around alGhaza¯lı¯’s name exemplifies that it was simply too late to settle some issues of his biography. Whether the nisba (family name) was al-Ghaza¯lı¯ or al-Ghazza¯lı¯ is a point disputed by various early reports. The most erudite historians of the seventh/thirteenth and eighth/fourteenth centuries gave an account of these disputes and refrained from judgment.

There, al-Sam ¯¶anı¯ says that in a stack of papers left by his father he found an anecdote about how Niz. a¯m alMulk taught his nephew that making notes alone is not sufficient learning. The nephew was Shiha¯b al-Isla¯m ¶Abd al-Razza¯q (d. 525/1130), who later became a famous vizier and who during the time of this anecdote had just started studying fiqh: ¯H [Niz. a¯m al-Mulk] told the story of how the Ima¯m Abu . r al-Isma¯ ¯¶ı lı¯ in Gurga¯n and how he took notes from him ( ¶allaqa ¶anhu). u¯s, he was robbed on the road and his notes (ta ¯¶lı q) were taken away from him.

It makes little sense to assume that al-Ghaza¯lı¯ arrived in Baghdad in the summer of 484/1091 with empty notebooks, so to speak, without having written or drafted at least parts of the many books he would publish between his arrival at the Niz. a¯miyya in Baghdad and his departure four and one-half years later. In their work on the dating of al-Ghaza¯lı¯’s works, Maurice Bouyges and George F. Hourani were reluctant to assume that al-Ghaza¯lı¯ had completed many of his works before the year 484/1091.

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