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PARKINSON, Yehya-en-Nasr.

Muslim Chivalry.

Rangoon: British Burma Press, 1909 Stock Code: 118377
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First and only edition, extremely uncommon: Library Hub cites BL only among British and Irish institutional libraries, WorldCat adds Northwestern, Chicago and Cleveland Public Libraries. John Yehya-en-Nasr Parkinson (1874-1918) was a Scottish Muslim poet, essayist and critic. "Born John Parkinson, he adopted the name Yehya-en-Nasr after privately converting to Islam in c.1901 after a correspondence with Abdullah Quilliam in Liverpool Quilliam was a convert to Islam and founded England's first mosque. Although relatively isolated in Scotland, Parkinson maintained contact with Quilliam's Liverpool Muslim Institute between 1901 and 1908 which helped to establish his literary reputation by publishing his early work, after which he developed connections with literary and learned Muslim circles in British India (in Lahore, Calcutta and Rangoon), as well others closer to home in London and Woking, Surrey. His published books and pamphlets included Lays of Love and War (Ardrossan, 1904), Muslim Chivalry (Rangoon, 1909), Essays on Muslim Philosophy (Rangoon, 1909), Outward Bound (Rangoon, 1909) and Al-Ghazali (Woking, c.1913). He was a regular contributor of poetry and prose to a number of journals including The Islamic World (Liverpool), The Crescent (Liverpool), Journal of the Moslem Institute (Calcutta), Crescent (Lahore), The Review of Religions (Qadian, Punjab) and The Islamic Review (Woking). Parkinson worked for nearly all of his adult life as a wool-spinner at the Busby Spinning Company with a two-year sojourn in Burma as a deputy editor of a Rangoon newspaper in 1908-10; ill-health forced him to return to Scotland. With the Liverpool Muslim Institute having collapsed during his time abroad, Parkinson became Vice-President of the British Muslim Society (later renamed as the Muslim Society of Great Britain) run from Woking and headed by Lord Headley. He died in December 1918 after a short bout of pneumonia. While he achieved some fame within local and some international Muslim literary circles, Parkinson has been largely forgotten until a recent revival of interest in his work among historians including Timothy Winter (Cambridge), Yaqub Zaki (Scotland) and Brent D. Singleton (California). Singleton recently republished a number of Parkinson's poems in an anthology of poems by Muslim converts during the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, The Convert's Passion (2009)" (from the knowledgeable and well-written blog https://yahyabirt1.wordpress.com/; retrieved 08.02.18). Muslim Chivalry gathers together prose and poems previously published in various journals, the articles having "all been re-written" (Preface).

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Description

Octavo. Original dark grey-green sand-grained cloth, lettered in black on front board.

Condition

Some wear to extremities of spine, other light shelf wear, a few old pale marks to back cover, ownership inscription on front free endpaper (top corner of same leaf torn away, apparently removing the name of another owner), paste-burn toning to endpapers.

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