Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 June 2014

288 Pages

9.21 x 6.14 inches

ISBN: 9780748692743

Bookseller Code (06)

The Reader in al-Jahiz

The Epistolary Rhetoric of an Arabic Prose Master

First Edition

Thomas Hefter

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature

  • Looks at letters from one of the most unique minds of the Abbasid era that cover sectarian and ethnic rivalries, ethical questions, intoxicating beverages and daily life
  • Relates al-Jahiz's experiments with the letter frame to his views on occupations, human geography and other issues of his day
  • Examines the role of self-parody in al-Jahiz's fictional conversations with his addressees
  • Explores the rich interplay of contending voices