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A Literary History of the Arabs by Nicholson

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A LITERARY HISTORY OF THE ARABS

BY

REYNOLD A. NICHOLSON

CAMBRIDGE

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS

1966

PUBLISHED BY

THE SYNDICS OF THE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Bentley House, 200 Euston Road, London, N.W. 1 American Branch: 32 East 57th Street, New York N.Y. 10022, West African Office: P.O. Box 33, Ibadan, Nigeria

First edition (T. Fisher Unwin) 1907, reprinted 1914, 1923 Reprinted (Cambridge University Press) 1930, 1941, 1953, 1962, 1966

_First printed in Great Britain at the University Press, Cambridge Reprinted by offset-litho by Latimer Trend & Co. Ltd, Whitstable_

To

PROFESSOR A. A. BEVAN

In grateful recollection of many kindnesses

PREFACE

_A Literary History of the Arabs_, published by T. Fisher Unwin in 1907 and twice re-issued without alteration, now appears under new auspices, and I wish to thank the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press for the opportunity they have given me of making it in some respects more accurate and useful than it has hitherto been. Since the present edition is printed from the


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