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Irwin, Robert 1946-

Overview
Works: 81 works in 421 publications in 12 languages and 11,835 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Legends  Experimental fiction  Fantasy fiction  Fairy tales  Short stories  Illustrated works  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Honoree
Classifications: PR6059.R96, 946.82
Publication Timeline
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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 )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 1,126 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 )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,059 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 )

42 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 1,027 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
Islamic art in context : art, architecture, and the literary world by Robert Irwin( Book )

19 editions published in 1997 in English and French and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the greatest and least understood areas of art is that of the Islamic nations and peoples. Robert Irwin, an expert in the arts of Islam and a compelling writer, takes the reader deep into the cultures in which some of the world's most splendid art was created. Working thematically, he surveys the refined and exquisite arts of porcelain, enamel, manuscript illumination, metalwork, calligraphy, textiles - and more - within a larger picture of a powerful faith, a profound tradition and a magnificent history
Dangerous knowledge : orientalism and its discontents by Robert Irwin( Book )

6 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
The Middle East in the Middle Ages : the early Mamluk sultanate, 1250-1382 by Robert Irwin( Book )

23 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arabian nightmare by Robert Irwin( Book )

35 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 471 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 )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 443 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 )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 399 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
Tales of the marvellous and news of the strange( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 315 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 limits of vision by Robert Irwin( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 302 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
Mysteries of Algiers by Robert Irwin( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and French and held by 277 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 )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Arabic and held by 225 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 170 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 )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 154 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 Golem by Gustav Meyrink( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a jeweler and art restorer living in the ghetto of Prague
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 143 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 129 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 Penguin anthology of classical Arabic literature by Robert Irwin( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 100 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."--Jacket
Blanquerna : a thirteenth century romance by Ramon Llull( Book )

6 editions published between 1977 and 1988 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Récit de la vie de Blaquerne, depuis le mariage de ses parents jusqu'à son départ du foyer. Il devient successivement moine, abbé, évêque et pape. Mais il abdique pour enfin vivre en ermite, son rêve le plus cher depuis l'adolescence. Ecrit à Montpellier vers 1283
 
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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

Ρόμπερτ Άιρβιν Βρετανός συγγραφέας

Ирвин, Роберт

Ռոբերտ Իրվին

روبرت أيروين، 1946-

アーウィン, ロバート

Languages
English (264)

French (11)

Spanish (10)

Dutch (5)

Czech (5)

German (4)

Italian (4)

Finnish (3)

Turkish (3)

Russian (2)

Arabic (1)

Hebrew (1)

Covers
The AlhambraThe Arabian nights : a companionIslamic art in context : art, architecture, and the literary worldDangerous knowledge : orientalism and its discontentsThe Arabian nightmareExquisite corpseFor lust of knowing : the Orientalists and their enemiesThe limits of vision