The Sword of Ambition
Bureaucratic Rivalry in Medieval Egypt
"Luke Yarbrough has done the field of medieval Middle Eastern history a service... [An] excellent edition and exemplary translation."
— Journal of the American Oriental Society
"An amazing narrative that combines erudition, poetry, belles lettres, history, law, and anecdotal accounts into a compelling work."
— Islamic Sciences
"Avery reader-friendly modern English version of this mediaeval Arabic text . . .Yarbrough's informative introduction usefully situates the book both in its own time and in terms of the later uses that have been made of it. . .Yarbrough's fine translation allows the contemporary English-speaking reader to hear the full range of its author's wheedling, monomaniacal voice."
"Luke Yarbrough is to be congratulated for a very fine piece of philological scholarship combining [a] first-class edition with a wonderful translation."
— Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
"[An] elegant and well-edited bilingual edition."
— Times Literary Supplement
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