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Mount of Knowledge, Sword of Eloquence: Collected Poems of an Ismaili Muslim Scholar in Fatimid Egypt Mohamad Adra

Mount of Knowledge, Sword of Eloquence: Collected Poems of an Ismaili Muslim Scholar in Fatimid Egypt

Mohamad Adra

Published May 15th 2011
ISBN : 9781848859135
Hardcover
224 pages
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A distinguished scholar, author, and statesman, al-Muayyad fil-Din al-Shirazi (1000-1078 CE) lived during one of the most turbulent periods in Islamic history. The 11th century was characterized, among other things, by an acute struggle forMoreA distinguished scholar, author, and statesman, al-Muayyad fil-Din al-Shirazi (1000-1078 CE) lived during one of the most turbulent periods in Islamic history. The 11th century was characterized, among other things, by an acute struggle for supremacy between the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam, represented politically by the Abbasid and Fatimid caliphates. Al-Muayyad was originally a Fatimid missionary- but his outstanding intellectual and literary skills eventually gained him important positions in the Fatimid administration. Eventually, he attained the highest ranks in the religious hierarchy, and won widespead acclaim for his scholarship and sagacity. The Diwan, the work translated here, is notable for its exceptional poetic quality and covers a wide range of facinating political and religious issues, from al-Muayyads intellectual disputations to devotions in praise of the Prophet Muhammad and his family. This first complete English translation seeks to recapture some of the poetic power and flavor of one of the undoubted masterpieces of medieval Arabic literature.