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A Treasury of Virtues: Sayings, Sermons, and Teachings of 'Ali, with the One Hundred Proverbs Attributed to Al-Jahiz (Library of Arabic Literature #58) (Paperback)

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By Al-Q&#25 Al-Quḍāʿī, Tahera Qutbuddin (Translator), Rowan Williams (Foreword by)
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A Treasury of Virtues is a collection of sayings, sermons, and teachings attributed to 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (d. 40/661), the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, the first Shia Imam and the fourth Sunni Caliph.

An acknowledged master of Arabic eloquence and a sage of Islamic wisdom, 'Ali was renowned for his eloquence: his words were collected, quoted, and studied over the centuries, and extensively anthologized, excerpted, and interpreted.

Of the many compilations of 'Ali's words, A Treasury of Virtues, compiled by the Fatimid Shafi'i judge al-Quda'i (d. 454/1062), arguably possesses the broadest compass of genres and the largest variety of themes. Included are aphorisms, proverbs, sermons, speeches, homilies, prayers, letters, dialogues, and verse, all of which provide instruction on how to be a morally upstanding human being. The shorter compilation included here, One Hundred Proverbs, is attributed to the eminent writer al-Jahiz (d. 255/869). This volume presents the first English translation of both of these important collections.

An English-only edition.

About the Author


al-Qāḍī al-Quḍāʿī (Author) Al-Qāḍī al-Quḍāʿī (d. 454/1062) was a Sunni jurist, a scholar of hadiths and history, and a senior government official of the Fatimid dynasty in Cairo. Rowan Williams (Foreword by) Rowan Williams is the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Tahera Qutbuddin (Translator) Tahera Qutbuddin is Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Arabic Oration: Art and Function.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781479896530
ISBN-10: 1479896535
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 196
Language: English
Series: Library of Arabic Literature