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Wonders and Rarities: the marvelous book that traveled the world and mapped the cosmos.

著者名:
Zadeh, Travis
出版元:
Harvard U.P.
頁数:
vii,445p illus.
刊行年:
2023
ISBN:
9780674258457

Cosmography -- Geography -- History -- Qazwīnī, Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad, approximately 1203-1283

The astonishing biography of one of the world’s most influential books.
During the thirteenth century, the Persian naturalist and judge Zakariyyāʾ Qazwīnī authored what became one of the most influential works of natural history in the world: Wonders and Rarities. Exploring the dazzling movements of the stars above, the strange minutiae of the minerals beneath the earth, and everything in between, Qazwīnī offered a captivating account of the cosmos. With fine paintings and leading science, Wonders and Rarities inspired generations as it traveled through madrasas and courts, unveiling the magical powers of nature. Yet after circulating for centuries, first in Arabic and Persian, then in Turkish and Urdu, Qazwīnī’s compendium eventually came to stand as a strange, if beautiful, emblem of medieval ignorance.
Restoring Qazwīnī to his place as a herald of the rare and astonishing, Travis Zadeh dramatically revises the place of wonder in the history of Islamic philosophy, science, and literature. From the Mongol conquests to the rise of European imperialism and Islamic reform, Zadeh shows, wonder provided an enduring way to conceive of the world—at once constituting an affective reaction, an aesthetic stance, a performance of piety, and a cognitive state. Yet through the course of colonial modernity, Qazwīnī’s universe of marvels helped advance the notion that Muslims lived in a timeless world of superstition and enchantment, unaware of the western hemisphere or the earth’s rotation around the sun.


Introduction: Wonder's End
I. A World within a Book:
1 Stranger Lands
2 Measures of Authority
3 Astral Power
II. Wonders to Behold:
4 Cosmic Order
5 Terrestrial Designs
6 Alchemical Bodies
III. Distant Shores:
7 Long Divided
8 Across the Globe
9 On the Edge
Coda: A Hidden Map

No.
41596
価格:
8,169円


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