306 Literatur/Book Reviews / Die Welt des Islams 50 (2010) 300-314 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157006010X489829 e World of Murtaḍā al-Zabīdī (1732-91): Life, Networks and Writings . By Stefan Reichmuth. Gibb Memorial Trust, 2009. 288 pp., ISBN 978-0906094600. £ 50,00/€ 90,99. Eighteenth-century Cairo was one of the most important centers of learning in the Islamic world, but remarkably little is known of its scholarly and literary output. To some extent, this is a reﬂection of signiﬁcant shifts in literary taste, intellectual interests, and religious orientation in the Arabic-Islamic world over the course of the last two centuries. Highly stylized and ornamented—and frequently homoerotic—poetry fell out of favor in modern times. Commentaries and glosses that discussed the ﬁner points of scholastic jurisprudence, rational theology, logic, semantics-rhetoric, geocentric astronomy or mystical theology have elicited little interest from either westernized Arab modernists or Sunni-Islamic fundamentalists (Salafīs). One of the very few scholars of eighteenth-century Egypt whose name and works remain widely known is Muḥammad Murtaḍā al-Zabīdī (d.1791). at he has not become largely forgotten is presumably due—at least in part—to the fact that his major works are a monumental commentary on a famous Arabic dictionary, the Qāmūs of
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