Aspects of Islamic Civilization: As Depicted in the Original by A J Arberry

By A J Arberry

Originally released in 1964, this quantity gathers jointly extracts from lots of Arberry’s best-known works and supplementations them with a variety of formerly unpublished translations. the fabric consequently offers a vibrant photo of the richness and diversity of Islamic civilization from its origins to the past due 20th century.

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Do you not know how the squadrons thrusted and shot their bolts, ours and yours together? We were caparisoned in helmets, and Yemeni jerkins, 53 we were accoutred with swords straight and bending, our bodies were hung with glittering mail-coats having visible puckers above the sword-belt that being unbuckled from the warrior reveals his skin rusted from the long wearing, mail-coats that ripple like a pool of water when the furrowing wind strikes its smooth surface. Short-haired are our steeds on the morn of terror, known to us, our weanlings, won from the enemy; them we inherited from the truest of fathers, them we shall bequeath dying to our sons.

They have built for us a house whose roof reaches very high and to it have mounted alike the elders and young of the tribe. So be satisfied with what the Sovereign has allotted; He has divided the qualities among us, knowing them well, and when trustworthiness came to be apportioned among a tribe the Apportioner bestowed on us an exceeding share. They are the strivers, whenever the tribe is visited by distress; they are the tribe’s knights and high arbiters; to those who seek their protection they are as the bounteous Spring 46 as also to widows in their long year of widowhood.

Threaten us then, and menace us; but gently! When, pray, were we your mother’s domestics? Be sure, that before your time our lances baffled our enemies’ efforts to soften them; when the spear-vice bit into them, they resisted and drove it back like a stubborn, shoving camel, a stubborn camel; bend them, and with a creaking they strike back at the straightener’s neck and forehead. Have you been told, regarding Jusham bin Bakr, 51 that they ever failed in the ancients’ great engagements? We are heirs to the glory of Alkama bin Saif: he mastered for us the castles of glory.

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