The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition

Written By Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri
The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition
  • Publsiher : Penguin
  • Release : 30 August 2016
  • ISBN : 0698166760
  • Pages : 352 pages
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The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition

The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition
  • Author : Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-08-30
  • Total pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0698166760
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Summary : For the first time in English, a catalog of the world through fourteenth-century Arab eyes—a kind of Schott’s Miscellany for the Islamic Golden Age An astonishing record of the knowledge of a civilization, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition catalogs everything known to exist from the ...

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