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Franz Rosenthal was one of the most versatile of scholars. He produced important works on the Aramaic language, but his main contribution is to Arabic and Islamic studies. He is the author of standard works on Muslim historiography, epistemology, the Greek tradition in Islam, and the technique of Muslim scholarship. He was a true man of letters, who used his great skills as a philologist and his vast erudition to understand and explain cultures in their intellectual, social, and literary aspects. In line with the precept often expressed in mediaeval Arabic literature that a true adib should judiciously mix seriousness and jesting, he also produced a seminal work on Arabic humour, the re-published volume presently in the reader's hand.

Keywords: Arabic humour; Franz Rosenthal; Islam; Muslim historiography



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