Al-Iqd al-Farid ( The Unique Necklace ), translated into English, is one of the classics of Arabic literature. It is compiled in several volumes by an Andalusian scholar and poet named Ibn 'Abd Rabbih (246-328 H/860-940 CE). This title is suitable for those interested in classical Arabic literature.
The translator Issa J. Boullata is a literary critic and scholar, who also writes fiction. Formerly Professor of Arabic Literature at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, he has published several books, including Trends and Issues in Contemporary Arab Thought (1990) and a novel in Arabic, Homecoming to Jerusalem (1998), in addition to numerous studies of Arabic literature, book reviews, short stories in English, and translations of Arabic poetry and novels.