World Library  

Add to Book Shelf
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Book

The Maqámát of Badí Al-zamán Al-hamadhání

By Prendergast, W. J.

Click here to view

Book Id: WPLBN0003468291
Format Type: PDF eBook :
File Size:
Reproduction Date: 2015

Title: The Maqámát of Badí Al-zamán Al-hamadhání  
Author: Prendergast, W. J.
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Islam, The Two Classical Exponents of the Maqama Were Hamadhani
Collections: Classic Sacred Texts
Publication Date:
Publisher: Sacred Text


APA MLA Chicago

Prendergast, W. J. (1915). The Maqámát of Badí Al-zamán Al-hamadhání. Retrieved from

Description: A Maqama (plural, Maqamat) is an Arabic rhymed prose literary form, with short poetic passages. Maqama is from a root which means 'he stood,' and in this case it means to stand in a literary discussion in order to orate. The two classical exponents of the Maqama were Hamadhani (967-1007), the composer of this work, and the later and better-known Hariri (1054-1122). Hamadhani was born in Hamadhan, the ancient Ecbatana, in what is now Iran (to the southwest of Tehran) and spent his life as a wandering scholar. The Maqamat of Hamadhani and Hariri have a similar structure. They both consist of a series of unrelated episodes involving a wandering narrator, and a trickster protagonist. In the Maqamat of Hamadhani, the narrator is an alter ego of Hamadhani, a wandering scholar named Isa ibn Hisham. In each tale, he encounters a mysterious rogue named Abul-Fath al-Iskanderi. Iskanderi wanders the earth, surviving on his wits and a silver tongue, running scams, always one step ahead of an angry mob. Each story is a small capsule description of a sometimes absurd predicament that the characters find themselves in. Nonetheless the stories are often used as framing for discourses on serious topics such as predestination, the vanity of human life, and the inevitability of death and judgement. The work brings to mind Jack Kerouac's On the Road


Click To View

Additional Books

  • Islam, Score Isl (by )
  • Studies in Islamic Mysticism, Score Siim (by )
  • History of Philosophy in Islam, Score Hp... (by )
  • Al-Madanyah Wa-al-Islm (by )
  • Mehir-i Slm Volume: 2 (by )
  • 'Ahd-i Ms-i Ar (by )
  • El-'Nyt Ür-rabbnye (by )
  • The Conference of Baghdad's Ulema, Score... (by )
  • The Masnavi I Ma'Navi, Score Masnavi (by )
  • Bughiyat Al-mushtq (by )
  • The Prayer of Abu, Hamzah Al-þomálí, Sco... (by )
  • Ḥikmet-i Ḥuḳūḳ-i İslāmīye (by )
Scroll Left
Scroll Right


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.