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Title: O ye Gentlemen: Arabic Studies on Science and Literary Culture, In Honour of Remke Kruk
Author: Vrolijk, Arnoud Jan Hogendijk (eds)
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2008
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004157941
Volumes: 1; Pages: xxiv, 536
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O ye Gentlemen explores two vital strands in Arabic culture: the Greek tradition in science and philosophy and the literary tradition. They are permanent and, though drawing on Islam as a dominant religion, they are by no means dependent on it. That the strands freely interweave within the broader scope of Schrifttum is shown by more than thirty essays on subjects as varied as the social organisation of bees, spontaneous generation in the Shi'ite tradition, astronomy in the Arabian nights, the benefits of sex, precious stones in a literary text, the virtue of women in Judaeo-Arabic stories, animals in Middle Eastern music and the transmission of Arabic science and philosophy to the medieval West.