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Robert Irwin (1)

This page covers the author of The Arabian Nightmare.

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Robert Irwin is senior research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. His many books include Dangerous Knowledge: Orientalism and Its Discontents and Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis, Mystics, and the Sixties. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
— biography from Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual Biography
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The Arabian Nightmare 368 copies, 5 reviews
The Arabian Nights: A Companion 274 copies, 3 reviews
Nights and horses and the desert 231 copies, 2 reviews
The Alhambra 162 copies, 2 reviews
Exquisite Corpse 145 copies, 3 reviews
Satan Wants Me 111 copies, 3 reviews
Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh 92 copies, 4 reviews
The Limits of Vision 83 copies, 5 reviews
Wonders Will Never Cease 66 copies, 2 reviews
The Mysteries of Algiers 66 copies, 2 reviews
Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam (Contributor) 40 copies, 2 reviews
The Golem (Introduction, some editions) 1,650 copies, 42 reviews
Les Diaboliques (Introduction, some editions) 567 copies, 10 reviews
Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange (Introduction, some editions) 214 copies, 2 reviews
The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World (Contributor) 172 copies, 3 reviews
Companion to Historiography (Contributor) 64 copies
Tarot Tales (Contributor, some editions) 58 copies, 4 reviews
The Garden of Hermetic Dreams (Contributor) 32 copies
The Dedalus Book of Femmes Fatales (Contributor) 23 copies
The Enigma of Departure (Introduction) 8 copies
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Robert Irwin was born in 1946. He was educated at Epsom College and won a major scholarship to Oxford. After a lectureship at St Andrews he became a house-husband and writer, and has continued to produce both fiction and academic work. He is a widely acknowledged expert on The Arabian Nights. His first novel was the celebrated cult book, The Arabian Nightmare (1983), followed by The Limits of Vision (1986), The Mysteries of Algiers (1988), Exquisite Corpse (1995) and Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh (1997). Satan Wants Me, a novel of the occult set in Sixties Britain, is published by Dedalus. His non-fiction includes The Arabian Nights: A Companion (1994) and Islamic Art (1997); his anthology of classical Arabic literature is published by Penguin.

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