Al-Jahiz In Praise of Books

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-12-30
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

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Table of Contents


Part 1: Physiognomy of an Apocalyptic Age
1.1 Cataclysm
1.2 Eristics and Salvation
1.3 A Self-chronicling Society

Part 2 The Book of Living
2.1 The Totalising Work
2.2 The Treatise as Totality
2.3 Parsing Totality
2.4 The Articulation of The Book of Living
2.5 Analogues?

Part 3: The Jahizian Library Under Attack
3.1 Introducing the 'Introduction'
3.2 Translation
3.3 Commentary
3.4 The Argument

Part 4: The Salvific Book
4.1 Biobibliographies
4.2 The Form of the 'Introduction'
4.3 The Enigma of the Addressee
4.4 Invective
4.5 The Cohesiveness of Society
4.6 An Encyclopaedia to Save Society

Part 5: The Architecture of Design
5.1 Governance of the Cosmos
5.2 The Grateful Response, 1
5.3 The Grateful Response, 2
5.4 Obliquity

Part 6: Appreciating Design
6.1 An Eristical Contest
6.2 Translation
6.3 The Argument
6.4 Conclusion


Appendix: The Praise of Books


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