Bilal Orfali

Bilal Orfali is a Lebanese scholar of Arabic language and literature. He currently serves as Sheikh Zayed Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He is considered an expert on Arabic prose and poetry, especially during the 10th century. Provided by Wikipedia
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Published 2016
The Anthologist's Art : Abū Manṣūr al-Thaʿālibī and His Yatīmat al-dahr.

: Why did premodern authors in the Arabic-Islamic culture compile literary anthologies, and why were these works remarkably popular? How can an anthology that consists of reproduced material be original and creative, and serve various literary and political ends? How did anthologists select their material, then record and arrange it? This book examines the life and works of Abū Manṣūr al-Thaʿālibī (350-429/961-1039), an eminent anthologist from Nīshāpūr, paying special attention to his magnum opus, Yatīmat al-dahr ( The Unique Pearl ), and its sequel, Tatimmat al-Yatīma ( The Completion of the Yatīma ). This book is a direct window on to an anthologist's workshop in the second half of the fourth/tenth century. It examines the methodological consciousness expressed in Thaʿālibī's selection and arrangement, and his sophisticated system of internal references and cross-references to other works; how he selected from his contemporaries' oeuvres; how he sought, recorded, memorized, misplaced, and sometimes lost or forgot his selections; how he scrutinized the authenticity of material, accepting, questioning, or rejecting its attribution; and the errors and inconsistencies that resulted from this process.
: Description based upon print version of record. : 1 online resource (291 pages) : References to the Earlier Version of the Yatīma References to Other Works by Thaʿālibī ; Later Additions to the Yatīma ; Authenticity and Misattribution ; Forgotten, Lost, and Inconsistent Material ; Chapter 4. The Sources of Thaʿālibī in Yatīmat al-Dahr and Tatimmat al-Yatīma; Written Sources ; Dīwāns; Books; Other Written Media ; Oral and Aural Sources ; Main Guarantors in the Yatīma ; Main Guarantors in the Tatimma ; Conclusion ; Chapter 5. Material within the Entry; Categorization and Arrangement of Material within Entries ; The Biographical Summary ; Dates; Deaths of Poets. : 9789004317352 : Available to subscribing member institutions only.

Published 2013
The comfort of the mystics : a manual and anthology of early Sufism /

: This critical Arabic text edition of Salwat al-ʿārifīn wa-uns al-mushtāqīn, a manual of early Sufism by Abū Khalaf al-Ṭabarī (d. circa 470/1077), is based on a very old manuscript preserved in Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣrīya of Cairo, Egypt and copied in 459/1067. It is introduced by a detailed analytical study of the author and his work. Salwat al-ʿārifīn forms an integral part of Sufi literature and reflects Islamic developments in Nishapur in northeastern Iran. This crucial Arabic text, published for the first time, is especially valuable because of its great philological accuracy and sound textual tradition. It represents an essential source for the intellectual history of Islam during the middle of the 4th/10th to the middle of the 5th/11th century.
: 1 online resource (726 pages) : illustrations. : Includes bibliographical references and index. : 9789004233621 : Available to subscribing member institutions only.

Published 2019
Insatiable appetite: food as cultural signifier in the middle east and beyond /

: Insatiable Appetite: Food as Cultural Signifier in the Middle East and Beyond explores the cultural ramifications of food and foodways in the Mediterranean, and Arab-Muslim countries in particular. The volume addresses the cultural meanings of food from a wider chronological scope, from antiquity to present, adopting approaches from various disciplines, including classical Greek philology, Arabic literature, Islamic studies, anthropology, and history. The contributions to the book are structured around six thematic parts, ranging in focus from social status to religious prohibitions, gender issues, intoxicants, vegetarianism, and management of scarcity. Contributors are: Tarek Abu Hussein, Yasmin Amin, Kevin Blankinship, Tylor Brand, Kirill Dmitriev, Eric Dursteler, Anny Gaul, Julia Hauser, Christian Junge, Danilo Marino, Pedro Martins, Karen Moukheiber, Christian Saßmannshausen, Shaheed Tayob, and Lola Wilhelm.
: Includes index. : 1 online resource. : 9789004409552

Published 2021
Approaches to the Study of Pre-Modern Arabic Anthologies /

: "Literary anthology is a general category of adab that encompasses a range of compilations which has enjoyed tremendous popularity in Arabic literature, probably like no other literature of the world. The aim of this volume is to raise and discuss questions about the different approaches to the study of pre-modern Arabic anthologies from the perspectives of philology, religion, history, geography, and literature. Contributors: Lyall Armstrong, Carl Davila, Matthew L. Keegan, Boutheina Khaldi, Enass Khansa, Jeremy Kurzyniec, David Larsen, Nathaniel A. Miller, Suleiman A. Mourad, Hans-Peter Pökel, Isabel Toral"--
: 1 online resource. : Includes bibliographical references and index. : 9789004459090

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