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Book/Printed Material The Book of Misers.

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  • The Book of Misers.


  • Abu Uthman Amr ibn Bahr al-Kinani (776--869 AD; 163--255 AH), nicknamed Al-Jahiz for his bulging eyes, was a leading literary figure who lived during the early Abbasid era. He was born and died in Basra, Iraq. It was said that his grandfather was a slave from East Africa. Al-Jahiz was a prolific writer on subjects ranging from theology, to politics, to manners, who left many highly significant works. He is credited with having profoundly shaped the rules of Arabic prose. Al-bukhalaa (The book of misers) is considered a scientific, literary, social, historical, and geographic encyclopedia, in which al-Jahiz told stories about tightfisted people, whom he encountered, although some of his characters are thought to be imaginary as well. In vigorous comic prose, he ridiculed the greed of schoolmasters, singers, scribes, and beggars. Taking a nonjudgmental attitude, he described his characters in a realistic, astute, and humorous way, portraying them as good-natured but naive.


  • Al-Hajiri, Taha Contributor.
  • Jāḥiẓ, died 868 or 9 Author.

Created / Published

  • Cairo : [publisher not identified], [1900 to 1999]


  • -  800 to 868
  • -  Avarice
  • -  Wit and humor


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Includes bibliographical references (pages 491-510) and indexes."--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 510 pages ; 24 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
  • -  Content in Arabic.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

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  • 2021666156

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Chicago citation style:

Al-Hajiri, Taha Contributor, and Died 868 Or 9 Author Jāḥiẓ. The Book of Misers. [Cairo: Publisher Not Identified, to 1999, 1900] Pdf.

APA citation style:

Al-Hajiri, T. C. & Jāḥiẓ, D. 8. O. 9. A. (1900) The Book of Misers. [Cairo: Publisher Not Identified, to 1999] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Al-Hajiri, Taha Contributor, and Died 868 Or 9 Author Jāḥiẓ. The Book of Misers. [Cairo: Publisher Not Identified, to 1999, 1900] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.