Beirut 1967 (2nd edition 2004). 74 pp. german, 16 pp. arabic, 2 tables
In this work, Josef van Ess examines the polemic writings of the lexicographer ʿAlī b. ʿUmar ad-Dāraquṭnī from Bagdad (d. 385/995), directed against the muʿtazili scholar ʿAmr b. ʿUbaid. Van Ess translates and interpretes this satire, correcting the text and adding valuable background information, such as Ḥadīṯs and juridical contestations. His analysis offers a better access to the whole text and to other traditions about ʿAmr b. ʿUbaid, which have been maintained in the Taʾrīḫ Baġdād.
Josef van Ess received his PhD from Bonn University in 1959. In his long career, he taught at AUB, UCLA and for 30 years in Tübingen. He also was head of the OIB.