Animal-Books as a Genre in Arabic Literature

M. V. McDonald

Bulletin (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies), 15:1/2, 1998, 3-10

Digital resource PDF file available

"The Arab society of the classical and medieval periods was one which, on the whole, lived fairly close to nature, while the literate classes were heir to a Bedouin tradition in which animal love played a prominent part, and, in addition, were much given to country pursuits such as hunting and falconry. Thus it is hardly surprising that writings about animals occupy a prominent part in the literature... A part of this literature is fairly technical, consisting of works on hunting, falconry, the care of horses and veterinary medicine, but, as well as this, there is a large body of material which could best be described as `animal lore'; it is this literature which will be the subject of the present paper. ... the writings of Greek scholars have a major role, above all of course Aristotle. His major zoological works Historia Animalium, De Partibus Animalium and De Generatione Animalium were translated quite early into Arabic, by Ibn al-Bitriq, c. 815, under the unsurprising title Kitab al-hyawan." - author

Language: English


   

Last update December 6, 2021