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Irwin, Robert 1946-

Works: 78 works in 535 publications in 13 languages and 13,266 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  History  Fantasy fiction  Fairy tales  Short stories  Experimental fiction  Historical fiction  Biography  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Editor, wpr, Author of introduction, win, Redactor
Classifications: PR6059.R96, 823.914
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Most widely held works about Robert Irwin
Most widely held works by Robert Irwin
The Arabian nights : a companion by Robert Irwin( Book )

55 editions published between 1918 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irwin traces the development of the "stories within stories" from prehistoric India and Pharaonic Egypt to modern times, explores translations, additions, imitations, and plagiarizings, always in the context of the social history and counter-culture of the medieval Near East
The Alhambra by Robert Irwin( Book )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Alhambra is the only Muslim palace to have survived from the Middle Ages. Built by a bloody and threatened dynasty of Muslim Spain, it was preserved as a monument to the triumph of Christianity. Every day tourists in their thousands are entranced by its superb site, its towers and courts, its fountained gardens, its honeycombed ceilings and its intricate tile work. Much of what they see is the invention of later generations. Its highly sophisticated decoration is not just random but full of hidden meaning. Its most magnificent buildings were designed not by architects, but by philosophers and poets. It is a place of many mysteries. Even its purpose is not always clear
Night and horses and the desert : an anthology of classical Arabic literature by Robert Irwin( Book )

29 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in English and held by 1,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Night and Horses and the Desert reveals the authentic greatness of Classical Arabic literature. Selecting a wide range of Arabic poetry and prose in translation, from the most important and typical texts to the very obscure, Robert Irwin provides an introduction to the subject."--Jacket
The Middle East in the Middle Ages : the early Mamluk sultanate, 1250-1382 by Robert Irwin( Book )

28 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dangerous knowledge : orientalism and its discontents by Robert Irwin( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is Orientalism, who were the Orientalists, and how did Western scholars of Islamic culture come to be vilified as insidious agents of European imperialism? In Robert Irwin's groundbreaking new history, he answers this question with a detailed and colorful story of the motley crew of intellectuals and eccentrics who brought an understanding of the Islamic world to the West. In a narrative that ranges from an analysis of Ancient Greek perceptions of the Persians to a portrait of the first Western European translators of Arabic to the contemporary Muslim world's perceptions of the Western study of Islam, Irwin affirms the value of the Orientalists' legacy: not only for the contemporary scholars who have disowned it, but also for anyone committed to fostering the cross-cultural understanding which could bridge the real or imagined gulf between Islamic and Western civilization."--Jacket
Camel by Robert Irwin( )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Arabic and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A distinct symbol of the desert and the Middle East, the camel was once unkindly described as "half snake, half folding bedstead." But in the eyes of many the camel is a creature of great beauty. This is most evident in the Arab world, where the camel has played a central role in the historical development of Arabic society--where an elaborate vocabulary and extensive literature have been devoted to it. In Camel, Robert Irwin explores why the camel has fascinated so many cultures, including those cultivated in locales where camels are not indigenous. Here, he traces the history of the camel from its origins millions of years ago to the present day, discussing such matters of contemporary concern as the plight of camel herders in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region, the alarming increase in the population of feral camels in Australia, and the endangered status of the wild Bactrian in Mongolia and China. Throughout history, the camel has been appreciated worldwide for its practicality, resilience, and legendary abilities of survival. As a result it has been featured in the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Poussin, Tiepolo, Flaubert, Kipling, and Rose Macaulay, among others. From East to West, Irwin's Camel is the first survey of its kind to examine the animal's role in society and history throughout the world. Not just for camel aficionados, this highly illustrated book, containing over 100 informative and unusual images, is sure to entertain and inform anyone interested in this fascinating and exotic animal
Islamic art in context : art, architecture, and the literary world by Robert Irwin( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing in a lively and engaging style, Irwin places this complex art in context. He pays close attention to patronage, to how works of art are used and displayed, to the traditions within the Islamic cultures of fine craftsmanship, and to the shifting relationship of art to religious practice and belief
Tales of the marvellous and news of the strange( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dating from at least a millennium ago, this title features the earliest known Arabic short stories, surviving in a single, ragged manuscript in a library in Istanbul. It features monsters, lost princes, jewels beyond price, a princess turned into a gazelle, sword-wielding statues and shocking reversals of fortune
The Arabian nightmare by Robert Irwin( Book )

44 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The hero and guiding force of this epic fantasy is an insomniac young man who, unable to sleep, guides the reader through the narrow streets of Cairo, a city mysterious and full of deceit and trickery."--Back cover
Exquisite corpse by Robert Irwin( Book )

20 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "anti-memoir" of Caspar, a British surrealist painter whose movement was dedicated to shock the bourgeoisie out of its lethargy in the 1930s. He describes surrealist life in Munich, Paris, London, and recounts his romance with a typist who models for him, then leaves, sending him grieving into an asylum. But the memoir's publication brings her back. By the author of The Mysteries of Algiers
For lust of knowing : the Orientalists and their enemies by Robert Irwin( Book )

29 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent times Orientalists, with their passion and fascination for the East, have been variously accused of imperialism, colonialism and distorting history. In this new book Robert Irwin overturns these views and radically reassesses the influence and legacy of the Orientalists. Robert Irwin has spent a lifetime investigating and imagining the history of the Islamic world. In For Lust of Knowing, the culmination of that lifetime's devotion, he makes the definitive case for the Orientalists. Irwin charts the origins of Orientalism - in this case, the study of the Middle and near East - and its foremost practitioners, from Ancient Greece to the present day. In doing so, he finally banishes the ghosts of Edward Said's Orientalism, which branded this rich and wondrous field of study a weapon of imperialism. Irwin shows that, whether making philological comparisons between Arabic and Hebrew, cataloguing the coins of Fatimid Egypt or establishing the basic chronology of Harun al-Rashid's military campaigns against Byzantium, these scholars have been unified not by politics or by ideology but by their shared obsession
The limits of vision by Robert Irwin( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finally available again in the United States, The Limits of Vision is Robert Irwin's irrepressibly entertaining and imaginative novel about a young housewife named Marcia and the war she wages against dirt. Set over the course of a single day as Marcia goes about her quotidian activities-having the girls over for coffee, tidying the house, making dinner-it becomes increasingly clear that her sanity is unraveling at an alarming rate. Irwin is at his creative best here, as he describes Marcia's conversations with Mucor, the "mouthpiece for the Dirt, the Empire of Decay and Ruin, the Principle of Evil," as well as such scientists and artists of the past as William Blake, Charles Dickens, Leonardo da Vinci, and Charles Darwin
Wonders will never cease : a novel by Robert Irwin( Book )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beginning with the Palm Sunday Battle of Towton, the bloodiest ever fought on English soil, this relates the fabulous adventures of one man and his noble family amid the chaos and political intrigue that beset England during the War of the Roses, when two great houses battled for control of the throne. The young Anthony Woodville, Lord Scales and brother to the future queen, Elizabeth Woodville, seems to die during that battle and be resurrected. While dead, he witnesses the Grail ceremony last seen during the age of King Arthur, before England was cursed by war and Hell so filled with bodies that the dead now walk the land. What he wakes to and witnesses for the rest of his life as he defends his king is a ceaseless stream of wonders: a family rumored to be descended from the fairy Melusine and imbued with her dragon's blood, a talking head that predicts the future, a miraculous cauldron, a museum of skulls, alchemists and wizards, the Swordsman's Pentacle, and plenty of battles, sieges, swordplay, jousts, treachery, murder, beheadings, and horrific torture. And all the while, stories--some so porous that their characters enter history and threaten their maker"--
The Arabian nights : tales of 1001 nights by M. C Lyons( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When the beautiful Shahrazad gives herself to the bloody-handed King Shahriyar, she is not expected to survive beyond dawn. But using all her wit and guile, she begins a sequence of stories that will last 1001 nights: stories of jinns and blind men, warriors and princesses, viziers and magical palaces, and wonderful talking birds. This volume also includes the well-known tales of Sindbad the Sailor" "Along with this landmark new translation, Robert Irwin's introduction examines the history and provenance of the Nights, the different uses of the works - from ethnographic source to storytelling celebration - and the varied translations through the years. This edition also contains a glossary and maps."--Jacket
Mysteries of Algiers by Robert Irwin( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about the psychology of terrorism set in algiers in 1959. "Entertaining and very nasty, this calculatedly intellectual comedy succeeds well as an unheroic quest starring Philippe, an interesting monster of disarming modesty." The Listener
Islamic art by Robert Irwin( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sans prendre le parti d'une analyse strictement chronologique, Robert Irwin fournit, par la présentation de sujets essentiels (la mosquée, la question de la figuration ou l'écriture), une image précise des manifestations artistiques de l'Islam
Ibn Khaldun : an intellectual biography by Robert Irwin( Book )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) is generally regarded as the greatest intellectual ever to have appeared in the Arab world--a genius who ranks as one of the world's great minds. Yet the author of the Muqaddima, the most important study of history ever produced in the Islamic world, is not as well known as he should be, and his ideas are widely misunderstood. In this groundbreaking intellectual biography, Robert Irwin provides an engaging and authoritative account of Ibn Khaldun's extraordinary life, times, writings, and ideas. Irwin tells how Ibn Khaldun, who lived in a world decimated by the Black Death, held a long series of posts in the tumultuous Islamic courts of North Africa and Muslim Spain, becoming a major political player as well as a teacher and writer. Closely examining the Muqaddima, a startlingly original analysis of the laws of history, and drawing on many other contemporary sources, Irwin shows how Ibn Khaldun's life and thought fit into historical and intellectual context, including medieval Islamic theology, philosophy, politics, literature, economics, law, and tribal life. Because Ibn Khaldun's ideas often seem to anticipate by centuries developments in many fields, he has often been depicted as more of a modern man than a medieval one, and Irwin's account of such misreadings provides new insights about the history of Orientalism. In contrast, Irwin presents an Ibn Khaldun who was a creature of his time--a devout Sufi mystic who was obsessed with the occult and futurology and who lived in an often-strange world quite different from our own"--Dust jacket
Prayer-cushions of the flesh by Robert Irwin( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comedy on a Turkish harem where a new sultan is given an education in sex. The curriculum includes having your future foretold from the shape of your penis, a bit of sadism with a leather strap and sex talk
The new Cambridge history of Islam by Robert Irwin( )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The themes treated in this volume include religion and law, conversion, Islam's relationship with the natural world, governance and politics, caliphs and kings, philosophy, science, medicine, language, art, architecture, literature, music and even cookery
Mamlūks and Crusaders : men of the sword and men of the pen by Robert Irwin( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mamluks and Crusaders: Men of the Sword and Men of the Pen brings together a series of studies, based mainly on medieval Arabic sources, of Middle Eastern history and society in the late Middle Ages. Several of these studies deal with the confrontation between the Mamluks and the Crusaders. Others deal with aspects of Mamluk society and culture in Egypt and Syria from the 13th to the early 16th centuries. There are articles on such matters as Crusader feudalism and Mamluk iqta', Crusader and Mamluk currency, the last years of the Crusader states, Mamluk faction fighting, the size of the Mamluk army, the image of the Crusaders and other Europeans in Arabic popular literature, a neglected source on the sex life of the Mamluks, the ritual consumption of horse meat by Mamluks and Mongols, the table talk of the Mamluk Sultan Qansuh al-Ghawri, the deployment of gunpowder and firearms in the Middle East, gangsterism in Cairo and the shared interest of Ibn Khaldun and al-Maqrizi in the occult. Finally, several studies deal with questions of historiography, in both Crusader and Mamluk studies
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The Alhambra
Alternative Names
Irwin, Robert Graham

Irwin, Robert Graham 1946-

Robert Graham Irwin britischer Historiker und Autor

Robert Irwin Brits historicus

Robert Irwin écrivain britannique

Robert Irwin escriptor britànic

Robert Irwin escritor británico

Ρόμπερτ Άιρβιν Βρετανός συγγραφέας

Ирвин, Роберт

Ռոբերտ Իրվին

روبرت أيروين، 1946-

アーウィン, ロバート


The AlhambraNight and horses and the desert : an anthology of classical Arabic literatureDangerous knowledge : orientalism and its discontentsCamelIslamic art in context : art, architecture, and the literary worldThe Arabian nightmareExquisite corpseFor lust of knowing : the Orientalists and their enemies