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Man is Not the Only Speaking Animal: Thresholds and Idiom in al-Jāhiz

Man is Not the Only Speaking Animal: Thresholds and Idiom in al-JāḥiẓBy Jeannie MillerArabic Humanities, Islamic Thought: Essays in Honor of Everett K. Rowson, edited by Joseph E. Lowry Shawkat M. Toorawa (Brill, 2017)Introduction: “Furthermore, according to the language of the Arabs, every animal is either eloquent (faṣīḥ) or a foreign-speaker (aʿjam) … Man is the eloquent one even if he expresses himself in Persian, Hindi, or Greek.
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Mothering in the Casa Datini

Mothering in the Casa DatiniJoseph P. Byrne (Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Kennesaw, Georgia), Eleanor A. Congdon (Berkshire Community College)Journal of Medieval History, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 35–56, (1999) AbstractThe Datini archive in Prato, Italy, provides much detailed information about mothers and children in a merchant-class household of late fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century Tuscany.
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Medieval Manuscripts: The Bamberg Apocalypse

Just after the year 1000, the monastic island of Reichenau produced impressive wall paintings and illuminated manuscripts, but only one illustrated cycle of the Book of Revelation: the Bamberg Apocalypse. To comply with the Ottonian dynasty’s requests, the best monk-artists filled this luxury volume with almost 60 miniatures on gilded ground and over 100 golden initials.
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