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dc.contributor.advisorHeinrichs, Wolfhart Peter
dc.contributor.authorMuhanna, Elias Ibrahim
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-03T18:53:08Z
dc.date.issued2012-08-03
dc.date.submitted2012
dc.identifier.citationMuhanna, Elias Ibrahim. 2012. Encyclopaedism in the Mamluk Period: The Composition of Shihāb al-Dīn al-Nuwayrī’s (D. 1333) Nihāyat al-Arab fī Funūn al-Adab. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:10276en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9366551
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores the emergence of a golden age of Arabic encyclopaedic literature in the scholarly centers of Egypt and Syria during the Mamluk Empire (1250-1517). At the heart of the project is a study of Shihāb al-Dīn Aḥmad b. ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Nuwayrī’s (d. 1333) Nihāyat al-arab fī funūn al-adab (‘The Ultimate Ambition in the Branches of Erudition’), a 31-volume encyclopaedic work composed at the beginning of the 14th century and divided into five parts: (i) heaven and earth; (ii) the human being; (iii) animals; (iv) plants; and (v) the history of the world. My study examines the formal arrangement, thematic contents, and codicological features of this seminal work, arguing that the rise of encyclopaedism in this period was emblematic of a certain intellectual ethos, a systematic approach to the classification of knowledge which emerged in the discursive context of a rapidly centralizing imperial state. I argue that the Nihāya grew out of an amalgam of several genres (including the adab anthology, the cosmographical compendium, the chancery scribe manual, the dynastic chronicle, and the commonplace book), developing into a new form and serving a different purpose from its literary predecessors. Such texts, long considered tokens of intellectual and cultural decadence, demonstrate the strategies used by Mamluk religious scholars, chancery scribes, and littérateurs to navigate an ever-growing corpus of accumulated knowledgeen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNear Eastern Languages and Civilizationsen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectNear Eastern studiesen_US
dc.subjectIslamic cultureen_US
dc.subjectMiddle Eastern literatureen_US
dc.subjectMamluken_US
dc.subjectanthologiesen_US
dc.subjectencyclopediasen_US
dc.subjecthistory of the booken_US
dc.subjectmanuscriptsen_US
dc.subjectAbaden_US
dc.titleEncyclopaedism in the Mamluk Period: The Composition of Shihāb al-Dīn al-Nuwayrī’s (D. 1333) Nihāyat al-Arab fī Funūn al-Adaben_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.date.available2012-08-03T18:53:08Z
thesis.degree.date2012en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNear Eastern Languages and Civilizationsen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US


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