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  • Print publication year: 1990
  • Online publication date: May 2012

3 - Ibn al-Muqaffaʿ and early ʿAbbasid prose

In the annals of Arabic literature Ibn al-Muqaffa occupies a central position. For it is with his work that the history of Abbasid prose literature begins; it is he who opens the door to the golden age of Arabic prose writing; and a wide humanistic concept of letters is introduced to the Arabs. From the Pahlavi, comes the Arabic title by which Ibn al-Muqaffa's work is best known: Kalilah wa-Dimnah. In addition to the "Book of Kings", the nature of the Kitab Mazdak is held to be deducible from the contents of certain later Perso-Arab writings in which material borrowed from the work has either been detected or deemed to be such with a degree of probability verging on certainty. The significant product of Ibn al-Muqaffa's translational activities was the so-called 'Letter of Tansar/Tosar', a Sasanian political treatise. This chapter examines Risalah with considerable historical interest.
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