The Marvels Found in the Great Cities and in the Seas and on the Islands: A Representative of ‘Aǧā’ib Literature in Syriac - cover image

Book Series

Copyright

Sergey Minov

Published On

2021-01-22

ISBN

Paperback978-1-80064-032-0
Hardback978-1-80064-033-7
PDF978-1-80064-034-4

Language

  • English

Print Length

214 pages (x+204)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 12 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.46" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 19 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.75" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback685g (24.16oz)
Hardback1300g (45.86oz)

Media

Illustrations13

OCLC Number

1232501323

LCCN

2020447273

BIC

  • D
  • DF
  • CFP

BISAC

  • REL006020
  • LAN009010

LCC

  • PJ5693.E5

Keywords

  • Syriac composition
  • Marvels Found in the Great Cities and in the Seas and on the Islands
  • East Syrian Christian author
  • late medieval perios
  • early modern period
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The Marvels Found in the Great Cities and in the Seas and on the Islands

A Representative of ‘Aǧā’ib Literature in Syriac

This volume presents the original text, accompanied by an English translation and commentary, of a hitherto unpublished Syriac composition, entitled the Marvels Found in the Great Cities and in the Seas and on the Islands. Produced by an unknown East Syrian Christian author during the late medieval or early modern period, this work offers a loosely organized catalogue of marvellous events, phenomena, and objects, natural as well as human-made, found throughout the world. The Marvels is a unique composition in that it bears witness to the creative adoption by Syriac Christians of the paradoxographical literary mode of ‘aǧā’ib that enjoyed great popularity among their Arabic- and Persian-speaking Muslim neighbours. In this composition, the East Syrian author blends together a number of different paradoxographical traditions: some inherited from the earlier Christian works in Syriac, such as the Alexander Romance, some borrowed directly or indirectly from Muslim geographical and other works, and some, apparently, circulating as a part of local oral lore. Combining entertainment and didacticism, he provides his audience with a fascinating panorama of imaginary geography, which at the same time has unmistakable Christian features.

This edition makes a fascinating Syriac work available to a wider audience, and provides detailed insights into the rich assortment of traditions creatively woven together by its author. Thanks to the combination of the original text, English translation and commentary, it will be of interest to scholars and readers alike.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Introduction

Sergey Minov


2. Edition and Translation

Sergey Minov


3. Commentary

Sergey Minov


4. Indexes

Sergey Minov


5. Bibliography
6. Appendix: Manuscript Facsimiles

Sergey Minov