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God's Banquet: Classical Arabic Literary Representations of Food Hardcover – Mar 2000


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  • Hardcover: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231119488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231119481
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.1 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 395 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,780,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By the end of the book we have a very good idea of what Arabs ate, what they thought about it, and how they wrote about it, literally and figuratively. Along the way, we have been treated to many striking, amusing, and illuminating samples from the Arabic literary tradition. -- Everett K. Rowson, University of Pennsylvania

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By A Customer on June 17 2000
Format: Hardcover
This innovative book illuminates both culinary and literary history. Van Gelder surveys the ways food appears in classical Arabic literature, including pre-Islamic poetry, the Qur'an, Islamic poetry and tales, the Thousand and One Nights, and popular genres such as the adab anthologies and satires. To show how food both forms and reveals aspects of Arab culture, he considers ban-quets and the prestige of prodigal hospitality; abstinence and piety versus satiety and sin; smorgasbords and rich literary diction; and food and parody. Focusing more on dishes than ingredients, the author is concerned with how food is depicted, as well as how literary texts are shaped by the theme of food. His command of the sources is magisterial, and he has a gift for unexpected conjunctions and deft phrasing that illuminate both literature and culture.
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Innovative and illuminating June 17 2000
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Format: Hardcover
This innovative book illuminates both culinary and literary history. Van Gelder surveys the ways food appears in classical Arabic literature, including pre-Islamic poetry, the Qur'an, Islamic poetry and tales, the Thousand and One Nights, and popular genres such as the adab anthologies and satires. To show how food both forms and reveals aspects of Arab culture, he considers ban-quets and the prestige of prodigal hospitality; abstinence and piety versus satiety and sin; smorgasbords and rich literary diction; and food and parody. Focusing more on dishes than ingredients, the author is concerned with how food is depicted, as well as how literary texts are shaped by the theme of food. His command of the sources is magisterial, and he has a gift for unexpected conjunctions and deft phrasing that illuminate both literature and culture.


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