The Superiority of Dogs

Ibn al-Marzuban

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104 pages / Published: 2017

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This collection of stories and poetry was inspired by a conversation in 10th century Baghdad between the collector and a friend.

Between them they contemplate the declining moral standards of the human race and sign with nostalgia for the good old days, when one could depend upon the loyalty and friendship of one's fellow beings.

Having promised such a collection to his friend, Ibn al-Marzuban launches with enthusiasm into his task.

Quotations of the famous are followed by anecdotes and stories which in torn give way to an apposite poem – all either decrying people for their evil ways or illustrating the fine qualities displayed by their best friend, the dog, viz, its loyalty, guarding instinct, consistency, intelligence and its capabilities as a hunter.

Name

Ibn al-Marzuban

Country

Iran

Biography

Muhammad ibn Khalaf ibn al-Marzuban was a philologist of Persian origin who died in 921 CE (309 AH). He was a scholar of hadith, poetry and the Quranic sciences. In addition to writing Kitab al-Hawi in 27 volumes, he also translated more than fifty works from Persian into Arabic.

Title

The Superiority of Dogs

Format(s)

Paperback

Edition

1st

Pages

104

ISBN

9781905837304

Dimensions

140 x 215 x 15mm - 130g

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