The Epistle of Forgiveness or A Pardon to Enter the Garden - Vol. 1

By Abū L-ʿalāʾ Al-Maʿarrī; Geert Jan Van Gelder et al. | Go to book overview

Notes to the Introduction

1 Ibn Khallikān, Wafayāt, i, 113–16; the same in al-Ṣafadī, al-Wāfī, iv, 94–111.

2 Yāqūt, Muʿjam al-udabāʾ, iii, 107–217; see p. 161.

3 Yāqūt, Muʿjam al-udabāʾ, xv, 83.

4 Nicholson, “Persian Manuscripts.”

5 Nicholson, “The Risālatu ’l-Ghufrān by Abū ’l-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1900): 637–720; (1902): 75–101, 337–62, 813–47.

6 Al-Thaʿālibī, Tatimmat al-Yatīmah, p. 16; also in Yāqūt, Muʿjam al-udabāʾ, iii, 129–30; Ibn al-ʿAdīm, Bughyat al-ṭalab, p. 897; al-Ṣafadī, al-Wāfī bi-l-Wafayāt, vii, 96. Ibn al-ʿAdīm, always keen to defend al-Maʿarrī, doubts that he ever played games or even jested. Al-Maʿarrī’s jesting cannot be denied but it is admittedly always of a serious kind.

7 Following Arabic usage, in this introduction he will be called either al-Maʿarrī or Abū l-ʿAlāʾ, for the sake of variety.

8 The Arabic term is kunyah (incorrectly translated as “patronymic” in the Encyclopaedia of Islam, New [= Second] Edition, v, 395).

9 Ibn al-ʿAdīm, Bughyat al-ṭalab, pp. 896–97.

10 An allusion to making fire by means of the friction between two pieces of wood, one hard and one soft.

11 The collection is often called al-Luzūmiyyāt.

12 For a good selection, with English translations, see Nicholson, “The Meditations of Maʿarrī.”

13 Abū l-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī, Zajr al-nābiḥ: Muqtaṭafāt.

14 Al-Maʿarrī, Luzūm mā lā yalzam, i, 188 (rhyme -īthī): “I see myself in my three prisons | (so do not ask me about my secret story) || Because of my loss of sight, being homebound | and my soul’s residing in an evil body.”

15 See, e.g., Ibn Khallikān, Wafayāt, i, 115.

16 Al-Qifṭī, Inbāh al-ruwah, i, 85.

17 Yāqūt, Muʿjam al-udabāʾ, iii, 176–213; see Margoliouth, “Abū ’l-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī’s Correspondence on Vegetarianism.”

18 e.g., Yāqūt, Muʿjam al-udabāʾ, iii, 125.

19 Yāqūt, Muʿjam al-udabāʾ, iii, 126; Ibn al-ʿAdīm, Bughyat al-ṭalab, p. 910 mentions “seventy poets from al-Maʿarrah.”

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Table of contents

  • Letter from the General Editor iii
  • Title Page v
  • Table of Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Abbreviations Used in the Introduction and Translation xiv
  • Introduction xv
  • A Note on the Text xxix
  • A Note on the Edition xxxii
  • Notes to the Introduction xxxv
  • The Epistle of Ibn Al-QāRiḥ 1
  • The Epistle of Forgiveness Volume One 65
  • Between Paradise and Hell 227
  • Notes 325
  • Glossary of Names and Terms 370
  • Bibliography 392
  • Further Reading 400
  • Index 404
  • About the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute 424
  • About the Typefaces 425
  • About the Editor-Translators 426
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