Aspects of Islamic Civilization: As Depicted in the Original by A J Arberry

By A J Arberry

Originally released in 1964, this quantity gathers jointly extracts from a lot of Arberry’s best-known works and vitamins them with a range of formerly unpublished translations. the fabric as a result offers a vibrant photograph of the richness and diversity of Islamic civilization from its origins to the past due 20th century.

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Depart to that you cried was lies! Depart to a triple-massing shadow unshading against the blazing flame that shoots sparks like dry faggots, sparks like to golden herds. Woe that day unto those who cry it lies! This is the day they shall not speak neither be given leave, and excuse themselves. Woe that day unto those who cry it lies! (Kor.

Kor. ) The messages gradually became longer and more coherent, linking themselves up with messages spoken by God to former peoples, who disregarded the Divine warning and were consequently destroyed. By the loosed ones successively storming tempestuously, by the scatterers scattering and the severally severing and those hurling a reminder excusing or warning, 63 surely that which you are promised is about to fall! When the stars shall be extinguished, when heaven shall be split, when the mountains shall be scattered and when the Messengers’ time is set, to what day shall they be delayed?

42 I know what is happening today, and what passed before that yesterday, but as for knowing what tomorrow will bring, there I’m utterly blind. Labīd ‘The Centenarian’ Labīd lived to an even greater age than Zuhair, surviving into the reign of Mu‘āwiya the cunning. A rare tenderness characterizes his descriptions of animals. Is such my camel? Or shall I liken her to a wild cow, whose calf the beasts of prey have devoured, lagging, though true herd-leader? Flat-nosed, she has lost her young, and therefore unceasingly circles about the stony waste, lowing all the while as she seeks a half-weaned white calf, whose carcase the grey robber-wolves in greed unappeasable have dragged hither and thither; they encountered her unawares, and seized the little one from her, and of a truth the arrows of Fate miss not their mark.

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