Medieval Arabic historiography: authors as actors

"Medieval Arabic Historiography is concerned with social contexts and narrative structures of pre-modern Islamic historiography written in Arabic in thirteenth-century Syria and Egypt. Taking up recent theoretical reflections on historical writing in the European Middle Ages, the study combines approaches drawn from social sciences and literary studies and focuses on two well-known texts by Abu Shama (d. 1268), The Book of the Two Gardens, and Ibn Wasil (d. 1298), The Dissipater of Anxieties."--BOOK JACKET.