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Pellat, Ch. "Al-DJahiz." In The Encyclopaedia of Islam, edited by B. Lewis, Ch. Pellat, and J. Schacht, pp. 385-87. London: Luzac & Co., 1965.

Offers an overview of al-Jahiz's life and writings.


Abbott, Nabia. "Early Islamic Historiography." In Studies in Arabic Literary Papyri I: Historical Texts, pp. 19-22. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1957.

Argues that although al-Jahiz favored the Abbasid, he wrote about Umayyad achievements.

Hitti, Philip K. "Scientific and Literary Progress." In History of the Arabs: From the Earliest Times to the Present, pp. 382-83. London: Macmillan & Co., 1964.

Discusses al-Jahiz's contributions to scientific thought but argues that he is more significant as a philosopher.

Mansur, Said H. The World-View of Al-Jahiz in Kitab Al-Hayawan. Dar Al-Maaref, 1977, 311 p.

In-depth, book-length examination of Kitab al-Hayawan.

Pellat, Charles. "Jahiz's Life." In The Life and Works of Jahiz: Translations and Selected Texts, pp. 1-27. Translated by D. M. Hawke. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1969.

Discusses the characteristics of al-Jahiz's writing, as well as his influence on Arabic literature.

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