Selections from the Art of Party Crashing in Medieval Iraq

November 28, 2020
Selections from the Art of Party Crashing in Medieval Iraq

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 preacherand scholar, introduces The Art of Party-Crashing, a bookthat represents a sharp departure from the religious scholarshipfor which he is known. Compiled in the eleventh century, thiscollection of irreverent and playful anecdotes celebrates eating,drinking, and general merriment. Ribald jokes, flirtations, and wryobservations of misbehaving Muslims acquaint readers with everydaylife in medieval Iraq in a way that is both entertaining andedifying.Selove's translation, accompanied by her whimsical drawings,introduces the delights and surprises of medieval Arabic humor to anew audience.