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Irwin, Robert 1946-

Works: 80 works in 348 publications in 10 languages and 10,771 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  History  Experimental fiction  Folklore  Illustrations  Diary fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PJ7737, 398.210953
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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 )
45 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and German and held by 2,066 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
Night and horses and the desert : an anthology of classical Arabic literature by Robert Irwin( Book )
14 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 1,106 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 invaluable introduction to the subject." "Irwin explores the literary environments of the desert, the salon, the mosque and the bookshop, as well as providing brief biographies of the caliphs, princesses, warriors, scribes, dandies and mystics who created such a rich and diverse literary culture."--Jacket
The Alhambra by Robert Irwin( Book )
21 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Alhambra, which resembles a fairy tale palace, was constructed by slave labour in an era of economic decline, plague and political violence. Its beautifully decorated halls witnessed many murders. The Alhambra's influence on art, and on literature, Orientalist painting and Granada cinemas, Washington Irving and Borges, has been significant. Robert Irwin helps us to understand that story fully."--BOOK JACKET
Islamic art in context : art, architecture, and the literary world by Robert Irwin( Book )
16 editions published in 1997 in English and French and held by 826 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 Middle East in the Middle Ages : the early Mamluk sultanate, 1250-1382 by Robert Irwin( Book )
19 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dangerous knowledge : orientalism and its discontents by Robert Irwin( Book )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 677 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."--BOOK JACKET
The Arabian nightmare by Robert Irwin( Book )
32 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 7 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 2014 in 4 languages and held by 474 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
Camel by Robert Irwin( )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 465 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
For lust of knowing : the Orientalists and their enemies by Robert Irwin( Book )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In recent times Orientalists have been variously accused of imperialism, colonialism and distorting history. Robert Irwin powerfully overturns this view and radically reassesses their influence and legacy: he makes the definitive case for the Orientalists. Irwin charts the origins of Orientalism and its foremost practitioners, from Ancient Greece up to the present day. In doing so, he finally banishes the ghosts of Edward Said's Orientalism and 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, scholars have been unified not by politics or by ideology but by their shared obsession. For Lust of Knowing is an extraordinary, passionate book, both a sustained argument and a brilliant work of original scholarship
The limits of vision by Robert Irwin( Book )
13 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A novel about housework featuring Mucor, the spirit of dust and Charles Dickens. ""Very funny: it sparkles with brilliance and has a truly superb ending. I confidently predict that there will never be a better novel about housework."" The Fantasy Review
Mysteries of Algiers by Robert Irwin( Book )
11 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and Russian and held by 296 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
Prayer-cushions of the flesh by Robert Irwin( Book )
15 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 189 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 Arabian nights : tales of 1001 nights by M. C Lyons( Book )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Once upon a time, the name Baghdad conjured up visions of the most magical, romantic city on earth, where flying carpets carried noble thieves off on wonderful adventures, and vicious viziers and beautiful princesses mingled with wily peasants and powerful genies. This is the world of the Arabian Nights, a magnificent collection of ancient tales from Arabia, India, and Persia. The tales - often stories within stories - are told by the sultana Scheherazade, who relates them as entertainments for her jealous and murderous husband, hoping to keep him amused and herself alive. Though early Islamic critics condemned the tales' "vulgarity" and worldliness, the West has admired their robust, bawdy humor and endless inventiveness since the first translations appeared in Europe in the eighteenth century. Today these stories stand alongside the fables of Aesop, the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, and the folklore of Hans Christian Andersen as some of the Western literary tradition's most-quoted touchstones."--Publisher's website
Satan wants me by Robert Irwin( Book )
16 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 152 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
Visions of the Jinn : illustrators of the Arabian nights by Robert Irwin( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 134 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 (Sep. 30, 2013)
Mamlūks and Crusaders : men of the sword and men of the pen by Robert Irwin( Book )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 126 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
The Penguin anthology of classical Arabic literature by Robert Irwin( Book )
5 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Spanning the fifth century to the sixteenth, and ranging from Afghanistan to Spain, this unique collection provides a profound insight into the sheer vitality and depth of Classical Arabic literature. From the earliest surviving fragments of The Thousand and One Nights to the elegant beauty and profound power of the Qur'an - believed by the Islamic faith to contain the actual words of Allah - it includes translated extracts from all the major works of the period, alongside many less well-known but equally fascinating pieces. Exploring such traditional themes as lovesick yearning and fated doom, and considering subjects as diverse as the etiquette of falling in love with slave-girls and the terrors of the sea, this compelling anthology of poetry and prose brilliantly illuminates a body of writing that has been unjustly neglected by the west for centuries." "Robert Irwin's invaluable commentary explains the literary traditions and rules of the medieval Arab world and places the works meticulously in context."--BOOK JACKET
Tales from 1,001 nights : Aladdin, Ali Baba and other favourites ( Book )
2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of tales from the classic work, including the stories of Ali Baba, Aladdin, and Sindbad
The Arabian nights : tales of 1001 nights ( Book )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 88 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
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Alternative Names
Irwin, Robert Graham.
Irwin, Robert Graham 1946-
روبرت أيروين، 1946-
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