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Classical Arabic Literature Library of Arabic Literature Editorial Board General Editor Philip F. Kennedy, New York University Executive Editors James E. Montgomery, University of Cambridge Shawkat M. Toorawa, Cornell University Editors Julia Bray, University of Oxford Michael Cooperson, University of California, Los Angeles Joseph E. Lowry, University of Pennsylvania Tahera Qutbuddin, University of Chicago Devin J. Stewart, Emory University Managing Editor Chip Rossetti Volume Editor Philip F. Kennedy iii Letter from the General Editor The Library of Arabic Literature is a new series offering Arabic editions and English translations of key works of classical and premodern Arabic literature, as well as anthologies and thematic readers. Books in the series are edited and translated by distinguished scholars of Arabic and Islamic studies, and are published in parallel -text format with Arabic and English on facing pages. The Library of Arabic Literature includes texts from the pre-Islamic era to the cusp of the modern period , and will encompass a wide range of genres, including poetry, poetics, fiction, religion, philosophy, law, science, history, and historiography. Supported by a grant from the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, and established in partnership with NYU Press, the Library of Arabic Literature produces authoritative Arabic editions and modern, lucid English translations, with the goal of introducing the Arabic literary heritage to scholars and students, as well as to a general audience of readers. Philip F. Kennedy General Editor, Library of Arabic Literature ‫ر‬�‫و‬� ‫ث‬ �‫ن‬ �‫م‬ ‫ل‬ �� ‫ا‬‫و‬�� ‫م‬�‫و‬� ‫ظ‬ � �� �‫ن‬ �‫م‬ ‫ل‬ �� ‫ا‬ New York University Press New York and London Classical Arabic Literature A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology selected and translated by Geert Jan van Gelder NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS New York and London Copyright © 2013 by New York University All rights reserved Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Classical Arabic literature : a library of Arabic literature anthology / selected and translated by Geert Jan van Gelder. p. cm. — (Library of Arabic Literature) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8147-7027-6 (cl : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-0-8147-3826-9 (pb : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-0-8147-4511-3 (e-book) — ISBN 978-0-8147-7120-4 (e-book) 1. Arabic literature—Translations into English. I. Gelder, G. J. H. van PJ7694.E1C53 2012 892.7’08—dc23 2012030086 CIP New York University Press books are printed on acid-free paper, and their binding materials are chosen for strength and durability. Series design by Titus Nemeth. Typeset in Tasmeem, using DecoType Naskh and Emiri. Typesetting and digitization by Stuart Brown. Manufactured in the United States of America c 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 p 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ...


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