"The sheer prevalence of party-crashing is only the first lesson of Emily Selove’s Selections from The Art of Party Crashing in Medieval Iraq, the first English translation of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi’s 11th-century manual on being the best uninvited guest you can be."—The Atlantic
"This thoroughly enjoyable little volume is rife with the advice of rascals, rogues and raconteurs, all focused on one objective: the free lunch."—Aramco World
"In a fascinating new translation, The Art of Party-Crashing is a tongue-in-cheek compilation of stories, advice, and anecdotes."—The National
He’s fond of anyone who throws a party;
he’s always at a party in his dreams,
for party-crashing’s blazoned on his heart . . .
a prisoner to the path of fi ne cuisine.
With this statement, al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, a Muslim preacher and scholar, introduces The Art of Party-Crashing, a book that represents a sharp departure from the religious scholarship for which he is known. Compiled in the eleventh century, this collection of irreverent and playful anecdotes celebrates eating, drinking, and general merriment. Ribald jokes, flirtations, and wry observations of misbehaving Muslims acquaint readers with everyday life in medieval Iraq in a way that is both entertaining and edifying.
Selove’s translation, accompanied by her whimsical drawings, introduces the delights and surprises of medieval Arabic humor to a new audience.
Al-Khatib al-Baghadidi (1002–1071) was a Muslim preacher and scholar of the hadith. Al-Khatib is most well-known for Tarikh Baghdad (The History of Baghdad), which describes thousands of Baghdadi scholars. Like most of his writing, Tarikh Baghdad was intended as an aid for students of the hadith.
Emily Selove is a PhD student in UCLA's department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures where she studies classical Arabic literature.
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