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Irwin, Robert 1946-

Overview
Works: 74 works in 509 publications in 13 languages and 13,322 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  History  Fairy tales  Fantasy fiction  Short stories  Experimental fiction  Illustrated works  Biography  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, win
Classifications: PR6059.R96, 946.82
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Most widely held works about Robert Irwin
 
Most widely held works by Robert Irwin
Night and horses and the desert : an anthology of classical Arabic literature by Robert Irwin( Book )

27 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in English and held by 1,179 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 Alhambra by Robert Irwin( Book )

24 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,058 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
The Arabian nights : a companion by Robert Irwin( Book )

51 editions published between 1918 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,034 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
Dangerous knowledge : orientalism and its discontents by Robert Irwin( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 695 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
The Middle East in the Middle Ages : the early Mamluk sultanate, 1250-1382 by Robert Irwin( Book )

26 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Islamic art in context : art, architecture, and the literary world by Robert Irwin( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 567 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
The Arabian nightmare by Robert Irwin( Book )

38 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 446 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
For lust of knowing : the Orientalists and their enemies by Robert Irwin( Book )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 415 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
Exquisite corpse by Robert Irwin( Book )

20 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 410 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
Tales of the marvellous and news of the strange( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 389 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 nights : tales of 1001 nights by M. C Lyons( Book )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, executing her the next morning. To end this brutal pattern and to save her own life, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king stories of adventure, love, riches and wonder - tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, the Angel of Death and magical spirits, tales of the voyages of Sindbad, of Ali Baba outwitting a band of forty thieves and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lamps. The sequence of stories will last 1,001 nights
The limits of vision by Robert Irwin( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 291 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
Islamic art by Robert Irwin( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 276 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
Mysteries of Algiers by Robert Irwin( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and French and held by 265 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
Camel by Robert Irwin( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Arabic and held by 230 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
Prayer-cushions of the flesh by Robert Irwin( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 166 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
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 165 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
Visions of the Jinn : illustrators of the Arabian nights by Robert Irwin( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this richly-illustrated book, illustrations of various Western editions of The Arabian Nights from the eighteenth to the twentieth century are presented and analysed. Visions of the Jinn is simultaneously a closely-focused study of a special case in the history of book illustration, an account of the evolution of an important strand of visual fantasy and a presentation of a hitherto neglected area of Orientalism. Some of the artists - Dulac, Dore, Brangwyn - are famous. Many others, such as Coster or Letchford, are almost totally unknown. In the course of the book, the discussion also reveals much about the visual discovery of the Near East in modern times. This volume will make an important contribution both to the history of book illustration and, more generally, to the history of the book. His analyses of the individual illustrators, mainly English but also French and German can be regarded as a contribution to art history. -- from http://www.booktopia.com.au/ (Sep. 30, 2013)
Satan wants me by Robert Irwin( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sex, drugs, satanism, rock and roll and the 1960s. Irwin is a writer of immense subtlety and craftmanship, and offers us a vivid and utterly convincing portrait of life on the loopier fringes of the Sixties. Satan Wants Me is black, compulsive and very, very funny. Christopher Hart in The Daily Telegraph Irwin's writing is witty and scabrous but it is also subtle in a way that keeps catching the reader out. The blend of the fantastical with the philosophical has been the defining characteristic of Irwin's fiction and in Peter's drug-drenched, satan-haunted diary, it has found its perfec
The new Cambridge history of Islam by Robert Irwin( Book )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 53 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
 
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Night and horses and the desert : an anthology of classical Arabic literature
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

ロバート・アーウィン

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The AlhambraThe Arabian nights : a companionDangerous knowledge : orientalism and its discontentsIslamic art in context : art, architecture, and the literary worldThe Arabian nightmareFor lust of knowing : the Orientalists and their enemiesExquisite corpseThe Arabian nights : tales of 1001 nights