Parution : Francesca Bellino, Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen, and Luca Patrizi, L’adab, toujours recommencé. “Origins”, Transmissions, and Metamorphoses of Adab literature, Brill, 2023

L’adab, toujours recommencé

“Origins”, Transmissions, and Metamorphoses of Adab literature

Volume Editors: Francesca Bellino, Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen, and Luca Patrizi

Series: Islamic Literatures: Texts and Studies, Volume: 4




The notion of adab is at the very heart of the Islamicate cultures. Born in the crucible of the Arabic and Persian civilisations of the Late Antiquity period, nourished by Greek, Syriac and Indian influences, this polysemic notion could cover a variegated range of meanings, ranging from good behaviour, good manners, etiquette, proper knowledge of the rules, to belles-lettres, and finally, literature. This volume addresses the notion of adab through four perspectives, which correspond to the four parts into which it is divided: “Origins”; “Transmissions”; “Metamorphosis” of the “Origins” and finally “Origins” through the lens of modernity.


Preface. A Project, a Conference, a Book
List of Figures
Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction. L’adab, toujours recommencé
“Origins”, Transmissions, Metamorphoses
 Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen

2 From Education to Etiquette
An Attempt to Reconstruct the Semantic “Enlargement” of the Term Adab
 Luca Patrizi

Part 1: Backgrounds and Foundations

3 Paideia et adab
Quelques remarques préliminaires
 Jakub Sypiański

4 De l’adab au musar
La littérature philosophique hébraïque dans la formation de l’éthique juive au Moyen Âge
 Francesca Gorgoni

Part 2: The “Origins” of Adab

Introduction to Part 2
 Francesca Bellino

Section 1: Adab and the Formation of Literary Canons

5 Wine, Law and Irony
al-Jāḥīẓ’s Kitāb al-shārib wa-l-mashrūb (On the Drinker and Drinks)
 Ignacio Sánchez

6 Developing a Knowledge System Based on Adab
Birds Fluttering from Ibn Qutayba’s Adab al-Kātib to the ʿUyūn al-Akhbār
 Francesca Bellino

7 Adab al-imlāʾ wa-l-istimlāʾ d’Abū Saʿd ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Samʿānī (m. 562/1166)
Refonder et canoniser la transmission du hadith au prisme de l’adab
 Francesco Chiabotti

Section 2: Adab, Power and Ethics

8 Adab in Early Wisdom Literature and the Role of Aristotle’s Letters to Alexander
 Faustina Doufikar-Aerts

9 Deciphering Difference in Premodern Islamic Political Thought
 Neguin Yavari

10 Règles d’adab et maîtrise des émotions
Amour et colère en parallèle dans l’Islam médiéval
 Monica Balda-Tillier

Part 3: The Transmission of Adab: The Redefinition of Genres through the Centuries

Introduction to Part 3
 Francesca Bellino

Section 1: Kalīla wa-Dimna: Back and Forth from India to the West

11 The Crow Who Aped the Partridge
Ibn al-Muqaffaʿ’s Aesopian Language in a Fable of Kalīla wa-Dimna
 István T. Kristó-Nagy

12 Homecoming: The Journey Back to India of Kalīla wa-Dimna
 Thibaut d’Hubert

Section 2: Evolution of Genres: The maqāmāt

13 Adab as Metamorphosis
Text, Translation, and Commentary of the Mawṣiliyya of Hamadhānī
 Bilal Orfali and Maurice Pomerantz

14 The Maqāma as a Romantic Novel?
Shihāb al-Dīn al-Ālūsī (1802–1854) and “The Cooing of the Dove in the Qamariyya School Quarter”
 Stefan Reichmuth

Section 3: Changes in Function: The Anthologies

15 Buried Treasure, Sweet Basil and the Turtle in the Tree
Innovative Features of Arabic adab in the Mamluk and Ottoman Periods
 Hilary Kilpatrick

16 D’Ahiqar au tapis volant du roi Salomon, des mirabilia géographiques à Sindbad le marin en araméen moderne
Adab et recherche orientaliste à la fin du XIXe siècle
 Alessandro Mengozzi

Part 4: Metamorphoses of Origins

Introduction to Part 4
 Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen

Section 1: Science, Aesthetics and Mysticism

17 Adab et magie dans l’Islam médiéval
Une lecture de traités arabes de magie à travers le prisme de l’adab
 Jean-Charles Coulon

18 When Aesthetics Is Ethics, Forging Adab through Literary Imitation
The Irano-Turkic Case
 Marc Toutant

19 Paradoxe et subjectivité chez Hamzah Fansuri
 Étienne Naveau

Section 2: Reconstructing Origins beyond Ruins?

20 Adab into Littérature
Debating Turkish Literature in Ancien Régime France
 Jonathan Haddad

21 Ruins for a Renaissance: Decline, Rebirth and Cyclical History in the Arab Mediterranean
 Elisabetta Benigni

22 Al-Hāshimī’s Jawāhir al-adab: Anthology and History of Arab Literature
From a Reformist Project to Egyptian Nationalism (1900–1937)
 Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen

Index of Names and Places
Index of Titles
Index of Keywords and Notions


Francesca Bellino, Ph.D. (Firenze, 2005) is an Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Naples L’Orientale. Her field of research concerns pre-modern Arabic literature and she has worked in particular on popular literature, encyclopedism, and adab literature.

Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen is Professor of Modern History at Sorbonne Université (Paris). She works on religious and cultural history of Early Modern and Modern Egypt. Her most recent edited book is: Adab and Modernity. A “Civilising Process” ? (Sixteenth-Twenty-first Century), Leiden, Brill, 2019.

Luca Patrizi is a Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Turin. He has been a Research Fellow at the Universities of Geneva, Sorbonne-Paris, Bonn and Exeter. His interests in Islamic studies focus on theological and ethical issues and on the doctrines and practices of Islamic esotericism.


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