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The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition

A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World

by Shihab Al-din Al-nuwayri and Elias Muhanna

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The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition
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A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World
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Shihab Al-din Al-nuwayri and Elias Muhanna

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A (necessarily) very abridged version of the 14th-century Egyptian scholar and civil servant Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri's epic, 30-volume miscellany, covering everything from clouds to cheese to the nesting habits of flamingos.