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Al-Dżahiz i jego traktat O zachowywaniu tajemnicy i powstrzymywaniu języka
Al-Jāhiz and his Treatise Keeping Secrets and Holding the Tongue

Author(s): Marek M. Dziekan
Contributor(s): Dorota Chabrajska (Translator)
Subject(s): Other Language Literature, Sociology of Culture, 6th to 12th Centuries, History of Islam, Translation Studies
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Instytut Jana Pawła II, Wydział Filozofii
Keywords: al-Jāhiz; Arabs; Islam; ethics; mystery; not speaking and silence; paraenetic literature;

Summary/Abstract: The article comprises a Polish translation of the Arabic treatise Kitnan as-sirr wa-hafz al-lisan [Keeping Secrets and Holding the Tongue] by Abu Usman al-Jāhiz, an Arabic intellectual of the turn of the 9th century. The treatise is an interesting example of medieval Arabic-Muslim paraenetic literature, and the reflection it offers addresses ethics, philosophy and theology, as seen from the Eastern perspective. The translation of the treatise is preceded by an introduction providing the basic information on al-Jāhiz and the circumstances in which the text in question was written. Its historical and cultural context is also discussed.

  • Issue Year: 29/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 147-170
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish