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Reading "the exotic" and organising the production of knowledge: al-Tanūkhī on Indians and their elephants

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Al-Muḥassin ibn ʿAlī al-Tanūkhī (327–384/939–994) included a number of items about Indian elephants and Indians in his compilations of stories and anecdotes Nishwār al-muḥāḍara (“The table-talk of a Mesopotamian judge”) and al-Faraj baʿda al-shidda (“Deliverance follows adversity”), both of which approach the organisation of knowledge in novel ways and on a new scale. This paper lists the items, summarises their contents, and explains al-Tanūkhī’s interest in elephants in the light of an auto...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1515/asia-2017-0003

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Oriental Studies Faculty
Oxford college:
St Johns College
ORCID:
0000-0003-2472-1614
Publisher:
De Gruyter Publisher's website
Journal:
Asiatische Studien Journal website
Volume:
71
Issue:
3
Pages:
833-856
Publication date:
2017-08-18
Acceptance date:
2017-07-28
DOI:
EISSN:
2235-5871
ISSN:
0004-4717
Pubs id:
pubs:822584
URN:
uri:5cf2f15d-d1c8-4143-82b5-cccc5f126493
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uuid:5cf2f15d-d1c8-4143-82b5-cccc5f126493
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pubs:822584

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