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If the hare sees the sea

Anna Della Subin: Shihab al-Dinal-Nuwayri, 30 November 2017

The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition 
by Shihab al-Dinal-Nuwayri, translated by Elias Muhanna.
Penguin, 352 pp., £11.99, October 2016, 978 0 14 310748 4
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... I mounted​ the stallion of reading,’ Shihab al-Dinal-Nuwayri wrote, recalling the moment, around the year 1316, when he quit his job. He had been a financial clerk in the Mamluk Empire, employed by the Sultan al-Nasir to manage the royal properties and handle all species of paperwork ...

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