Kitab 'Uyun al-Akhbar (4 vol in 2) كتاب عيون الأخبار
By: Ibn Qutaybah (213/828 - 276-889) ابن قتيبة الدينوري
4 vol in a 2 book set, The Book of Choice Narratives, an early Encyclopedia of Arab history by Abd Allah ibn Muslim Ibn Qutaybah (213/828-276/889?). This work set the pattern for many later encyclopedias, and includes 10 parts: Rulers; Warfare; Leadership; Dispositions and Ill Conduct; Knowledge and Exposition; Asceticism; Friends and Brothers; Wants; Food; Women-folk. Ibn Qutaybah's literary style makes for a pleasing reading experience and serves as an example.